Thai People

Prisoners jailed for insulting Thailand's king face abuse

Activists display pictures of Ah Kong, who died while jailed for sending messages deemed offensive to Thailand's royals. Photo: AFP

Locked up for breaking Thailand's most enduring taboo, the kingdom's "royal insult" prisoners say they face mistreatment from jail guards and are shunned even by common criminals.

Friday, 24 August, 2012, 3:16am

Who said it?

The nation's justice system and righteousness are about to be destroyed

Former Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, on a law that could allow his predecessor Thaksin Shinawatra to return from exile

We are not there to play the role of passive observer to unspeakable atrocities

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Syria's 'catastrophic civil war'

1 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Mango Tree serves up Thai culture for city opening

After successful outlets in Tokyo, London, and Dubai, Thai restaurant Mango Tree opened its first store in Hong Kong last Wednesday with a ceremony that saw Thai dancing and culinary performances by the restaurant's twin chefs.

2 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Nine Thai soldiers to face military court over killing of Chinese sailors

Nine Thai soldiers have turned themselves in and will face a military court over the killing of 13 Chinese sailors on the Mekong River near the kingdom's northern border earlier this month, according to Thailand's police chief.

30 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Catastrophic failures of inept governments

Like the Japanese tsunami, flooding in Thailand is causing widespread death, displacement and disruptions of global supply chains for cameras, computers and cars.

26 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

With deadly blaze in mind, fire crews beef up

16 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

A good week for ...

Pojaman Shinawatra

28 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Thaksin's risky steps on the comeback trail

Former Thai prime minister turned fugitive Thaksin Shinawatra is apparently pursuing the first step in a political comeback. But his high-profile visit to Japan has caused controversy at home and could jeopardise the newly formed government under the leadership of his sister, Yingluck.

26 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

One hurdle down but more are to come for Yingluck

The electoral win of Yingluck Shinawatra, leader of the Puea Thai party, was finally endorsed by the Election Commission on Tuesday. After a week of political manoeuvring and widespread rumours of a 'judicial coup', Yingluck is now on her way to become Thailand's first female prime minister.

21 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

A tough act to follow

To see Buakaw Por Pramuk in the ring is to see the art of Muay Thai fully realised. There's the supreme balance, the speed of hand and leg and the fearless pursuit of victory that beats with the very heart of the sport, no matter how battered and bruised the outside body may appear.

17 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Yingluck's true political tests are still to come

Yingluck Shinawatra, leader of the Puea Thai party, has made history. She is expected to become the first female prime minister of Thailand after her party won the election with a slim majority of 265 out of the total 500 parliamentary seats.

6 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Coup season

Examining the brittle bones of Thai democracy after an election that has yet again restored the Thaksin political machine to power, the lessons for a region wary of Thai-style instability are not immediately clear.

5 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Pro-Thaksin poll victory may be too much to bear

Almost all recent polls put the Peua Thai party, backed by loyal fans of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, ahead of the ruling Democrats in the run-up to the Thai election on July 3. The leader of Peua Thai, Yingluck Shinawatra, Thaksin's sister, has also emerged as the most preferred premier.

21 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Battle between old and new elite threatens Thai democracy

Thailand's elites seem determined to tear each other apart - and the country, too, if necessary - in what is supposed to be an election to restore full democracy to the country. Far from it: the way the campaign is going, chances are that Thailand will face another coup or dictatorship before long.

4 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Paving the political path for Thaksin's sister

Is Thailand ready for its first female prime minister? From his base in Dubai, former-premier-turned-fugitive Thaksin Shinawatra reportedly said that he wanted to nominate his sister, Yingluck Shinawatra, 43, as the new leader of the fragmented opposition Peua Thai party in the upcoming election, due in late June.

15 Apr 2011 - 12:00am