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Randy Thanthong-Knight
For Randy Thanthong-Knight's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Feb 3, 2021
Thailand revives prison terms for royal insults to stop protests
The fresh charges appear to be a tactical shift in a bid to silence the key leaders of the protests.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jan 18, 2021
Thailand sold itself as a paradise pandemic retreat. No one came.
The economy is estimated to have contracted 6% in 2020, the biggest decline since the Asian financial crisis.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Dec 3, 2020
Thai protests target king’s billions of dollars in property investments
Thailand's royal family has long been the biggest shareholder in two of the country's most valuable companies as well as vast plots of land in central Bangkok.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Dec 2, 2020
Thai court ruling could see prime minister ousted amid protests
Thailand’s Constitutional Court is set to decide on Wednesday whether Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha should be disqualified for breaking ethical rules, a move that would see him ousted even after he’s repeatedly rejected calls by pro-democracy groups to resign.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Oct 28, 2020
Focused on Thai king, protesters vow to persist even if PM quits
Even if Prayut Chan-ocha steps down, protesters say they aren't going anywhere until the political system engineered by the royalist elite is also gone.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Oct 27, 2020
Germany warns of ‘consequences’ if Thai king breached law
Demonstrators are questioning the king's legal status in the European country and asking Germany to probe whether he has exercised royal authority during his time there.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Oct 21, 2020
How Thai protesters are using emoticons to stay ahead of police
Social media platforms have emerged as the backbone of the youth-led movement posing an unprecedented challenge to Thailand's royal establishment.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics / ANALYSIS
Oct 16, 2020
Thai leaders have no easy options to end protests
In Thailand, crackdowns usually bring an end to street protests and life goes back to normal. But this time the Thai establishment has a bigger problem.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Aug 14, 2020
Thailand’s dilemma: Silence students or allow criticism of the monarchy
It’s long been the case in Thailand that every conversation about the monarchy requires an extra level of alertness.

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