Nov 24, 2014

Thai king meets PM, ministers easing health concerns

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej met the country’s prime minister and two other ministers on Sunday, helping to ease concern over his health after he was admitted to a hospital last month. Bhumibol, 86, attended an official ceremony at Bangkok’s Siriraj Hospital, where he is ...

Thai junta's focus on school reforms raises eyebrows

Oct 30, 2014

Thai junta's focus on school reforms raises eyebrows

Sixteen years old and studying 13 hours a day, high school pupil Worapot doesn’t have time to waste meeting a military-led government’s idea of what makes a good Thai. The generals who led a coup in May have prioritized school reforms to inculcate a ...

Thai man confesses to killing a second Japanese

Oct 25, 2014

Thai man confesses to killing a second Japanese

The Thai man who admitted to killing Yoshinori Shimato, a 79-year-old Japanese teacher who had been missing since late September, has confessed to killing another Japanese man, a Thai police official said Friday. The confession was made by Somchai Kaewbangyang, 47, who is thought ...

Soaps trigger outcry over romanticizing rape

Oct 17, 2014

Soaps trigger outcry over romanticizing rape

by Jocelyn Gecker

In a famous scene from Thailand’s award-winning soap opera “The Power of Shadows,” the handsome protagonist gets drunk and rapes the leading lady. He later begs her forgiveness, and they live happily ever after. Boy meets girl, boy rapes girl, boy marries girl. The ...