Well known song writer Chalee Intharavichit has died at 98

One of Thailand’s most celebrated and prolific song writers and national artist Chalee Intarawichit died in the early hours of Tuesday, at the age of 98. The legend died after treatment for heart disease and diabetes at Siriraj Hospital. Having penned more than 1,000 Thai songs throughout his career, Mr. Chalee also starred in several […]

American academic who wrote about Thailand’s lèse majesté law granted visa

David Streckfuss, an American academic who has been involved in pro-democracy activities and written articles about the kingdom’s lèse majesté law, was granted a work visa on Monday (May 3). The visa issuance was announced amid growing concerns that Streckfuss would be another victim of the crackdown on the pro-democracy movement. In March, his academic […]

Surcharge Reduction for Rice Exports to Europe Under Tariff Quotas

The Cabinet has approved two draft ministerial announcements to be issued by the Ministry of Commerce, one on rice exports to the European Union and the United Kingdom under tariff quotas, and the other on the setting of surcharges for rice exports to the European Union and the United Kingdom.   In the ministerial announcement […]

Kachin Rebels Say They Shot Down a Myanmar Military Helicopter

A government military helicopter shelling Kachin Independence Army positions was shot down by the KIA Monday near the Chinese border in northern Myanmar, where fighting has intensified since the Feb. 1 army overthrow of the elected government, a spokesman the ethnic rebel group said. The helicopter was with two Myanmar Air Force jets shelling KIA […]

Safety net needed to protect vulnerable Thai workers

Eyes on the seams, hands on the cloth, feet on the pedals, seamstresses sew a thousand pieces in an eight hour day and all on minimum wage. That is life for tens of thousands of such workers across the country, as explained by Vipa Matchachat, a seamstress turned labour activist. “When you only make ฿350- […]