Thailand’s NACC ruling: Why it happened and what it means

Originally published at Siam Voices on January 8, 2014 Thailand’s National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) will charge 308 lawmakers, most from interim Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s Pheu Thai Party, for proposed amendments to the country’s constitution adding more uncertainty over its candidates for the upcoming federal election on February 2. The proposed changes would have changed the… More Thailand’s NACC ruling: Why it happened and what it means

Siam Voices 2013 Review – Part 1: Blowing the final whistle on Thailand’s political calm

Originally published at Siam Voices on December 27, 2013 Welcome to the Siam Voices 2013 year in review series, where we look back at the most important and interesting headlines, issues and stories that happened in Thailand this past year. Today we start with the political 2013, which looked very different when it started compared… More Siam Voices 2013 Review – Part 1: Blowing the final whistle on Thailand’s political calm

Thai Culture Minister slams SNL ‘Rosetta Stone’ sketch

Originally published at Siam Voices on February 5, 2013 About two weeks ago, the long-running US-American TV-show “Saturday Night Live” on NBC* had a skit lampooning the language-learning software Rosetta Stone (see embedded video below). In the parody commercial, some of the testimonials claim to use the software to learn Thai, order “to go to Thailand… More Thai Culture Minister slams SNL ‘Rosetta Stone’ sketch

Thai Buddhist cult claims to know afterlife of Steve Jobs

Originally published at Siam Voices on August 21, 2012 A Thai Buddhist cult movement claims to know the whereabouts of Steve Jobs in the afterlife. In a TV special on DMC.tv, the satellite TV channel of the Dhammakāya (pronounced “tah-mah-guy”) Movement, and its website have given their take on the question hardly anyone was asking… More Thai Buddhist cult claims to know afterlife of Steve Jobs

Tongue-Thai’ed! Part XV: Of causality and casualties – Dr. Pornthip and the GT200

Originally published at Siam Voices on July 25, 2012 “Tongue-Thai’ed!” encapsulates the most baffling, amusing, confusing, outrageous and appalling quotes from Thai politicians and other public figures – in short: everything we hear that makes us go “Huh?!”. Check out all past entries here. The renewed controversy over the fraudulent bomb-detecting GT200 has revealed the reaffirmed faith… More Tongue-Thai’ed! Part XV: Of causality and casualties – Dr. Pornthip and the GT200

Pupils’ hunger strike exposes corruption in Thai school admissions

Originally published at Siam Voices on May 31, 2012 SEE UPDATE AND CORRECTION BELOW! A hunger strike by schoolchildren who have been barred from advancing to the upper secondary level at their Bangkok school has highlighted the ever-existing problem of corruption when it comes to parents finding a place to learn for their children in… More Pupils’ hunger strike exposes corruption in Thai school admissions

Arbitrary Thai survey blames Facebook for teen pregnancies

Originally published at Siam Voices on February 28, 2012 We recently had Valentine’s Day and like every year, the Thai Moral Taliban Police has been patrolling the streets to crack down on young lovebirds who might commit the crime of love (making) – since some survey suggests that many teenagers are hell-bent to loose their… More Arbitrary Thai survey blames Facebook for teen pregnancies

Thai ‘anti-corruption vigilante’ Chuwit: Cleaning up in his own ranks

Originally published at Siam Voices on February 22, 2012 We have featured the former massage parlor tycoon turned anti-corruption vigilante Chuwit Kamolvisit before (see here), whose Rak Thailand Party surprisingly scored a few seats in the House at the elections last year (and where Chuwit also knew how to make a first impression) and positioned themselves… More Thai ‘anti-corruption vigilante’ Chuwit: Cleaning up in his own ranks

Tongue-Thai’ed! Part VIII – Tea Money left to learn: Minister touts transparent bribes for schools

Originally published at Siam Voices on September 13, 2011 “Tongue-Thai’ed!” encapsulates the most baffling, amusing, confusing, outrageous and appalling quotes from Thai politicians and other public figures – in short: everything we hear that makes us go “Huh?!”. Check out all past entries here. Education is one of the many problems hindering Thailand from being… More Tongue-Thai’ed! Part VIII – Tea Money left to learn: Minister touts transparent bribes for schools