The need to protest


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What is it about society that drives people to protest? Other than for the sake of being there and actually experiencing a protest, I've never felt compelled to take to the streets to stand up for what I believe in. I wonder, though, had I grown up in Thailand rather than the UK, if perhaps […]

Blame Cana… no, wait a minute


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In South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut, there’s a scene where some of the characters sing a song called “Blame Canada” in response to the trouble that their children have been getting into after watching the movie Terrance and Phillip: Asses of Fire. Imagine, for a minute, that South Park is set in Thailand. What […]

Activist faces 15 years for sit-down protest


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Have you ever been in the cinema when the Thai national anthem plays and you’ve seen someone not stand up? I have, a couple of times — and it was Thai people, not foreigners. I’ve also seen people not stop in the street or at the BTS station when the anthem has played. There are […]

At least 100,000 migrant workers in Phuket


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I’ve been writing about immigrant workers a lot recently. It’s not that I feel some sort of satisfaction by criticizing the police or the government, but I think it’s important to highlight the hypocrisy of the government’s recent attempts to curb the flow of illegal Burmese laborer entering Thailand. The 54 Burmese migrants who died […]

Human trafficking? What human trafficking?


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It has taken the death of 54 Burmese migrants to provoke the government to redraft a law prohibiting human trafficking. The way the law is set up at the moment, the Prevention and Suppression of Human Trafficking Act is ineffective. The National Operation Center on Human Trafficking is part of the Ministry of Social Development […]