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Chinatown
Bangkok
By Andre Malerba
26 Apr 2019

Vendors set up their carts in the early morning light.

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Last Day Thai Elections 2019
Bangkok
By GonzaloAbad
22 Mar 2019

Last Day Thai Elections 2019. Democracy Party Meeting.

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Thai Elections politic campaign 2019
Bangkok
By GonzaloAbad
21 Mar 2019

Thai Elections politic campaign 2019

First free elections in Thailand after the Coup d’État in 2014. 

General elections are scheduled in Thailand on Sunday, 24 March 2019. 

The military government in 2014 promised to hold elections in 2015 but later postponed them. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha told the United Nation's General Assembly in September 2016 that elections would be held by late 2017. Then, during a 2017 visit to the White House, Prayut promised elections in 2018. In October 2017, he promised elections for November 2018. However, in January 2018, the enforcement of a bill governing the election of MPs was postponed by the National Legislative Assembly for 90 days, which delays elections until February–March 2019. The bill is one of four needed to hold a general election. The constitution mandates that elections be held within 150 days after all necessary electoral laws take effect. Delayed enforcement of any of the laws pushes back the election.

Principal Candidates:

  • Prayut Chan-o-cha. Party: Palang Pracharat. New Party. Actual PM.
  • Abhisit Vejjajiva. Party: Democrat.
  • Sudarat Keyuraphan. Party: Pheu Thai.

 

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Bangkok
By GonzaloAbad
08 Jun 2018

Thais with the pictures of the King Rama IX with the thai police wait to be able to enter The Royal Cremation Ceremony
Hundreds of Thais wait and sleep in the street to be able to enter Sanam Luang area to see the ceremony to their king Rama IX on 26th October.

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Chinese Opera Portrait
Bangkok
By Andre Malerba
25 May 2018

A Chinese opera actress poses for a portrait in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Bangkok
By Fabio Polese
26 Oct 2017

Bangkok, 26 oct 2017 On the occasion of the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majestic the Late King Bhumibol (Rama IX) of the Kingdom of Thaiand, millions people have gone down the streets of the capital, Bangkok, for the last homage to their father Bhumibol, the King much loved by the Thai people.

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Bangkok
By Fabio Polese
26 Oct 2017

Bangkok, 26 oct 2017 On the occasion of the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majestic the Late King Bhumibol (Rama IX) of the Kingdom of Thaiand, millions people have gone down the streets of the capital, Bangkok, for the last homage to their father Bhumibol, the King much loved by the Thai people.

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Bangkok
By Fabio Polese
26 Oct 2017

Bangkok, 26 oct 2017 On the occasion of the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majestic the Late King Bhumibol (Rama IX) of the Kingdom of Thaiand, millions people have gone down the streets of the capital, Bangkok, for the last homage to their father Bhumibol, the King much loved by the Thai people.

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Bangkok
By Fabio Polese
26 Oct 2017

Bangkok, 26 oct 2017 On the occasion of the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majestic the Late King Bhumibol (Rama IX) of the Kingdom of Thaiand, millions people have gone down the streets of the capital, Bangkok, for the last homage to their father Bhumibol, the King much loved by the Thai people.

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By Fabio Polese
26 Oct 2017

Bangkok, 26 oct 2017 On the occasion of the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majestic the Late King Bhumibol (Rama IX) of the Kingdom of Thaiand, millions people have gone down the streets of the capital, Bangkok, for the last homage to their father Bhumibol, the King much loved by the Thai people.

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By Fabio Polese
26 Oct 2017

Bangkok, 26 oct 2017 On the occasion of the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majestic the Late King Bhumibol (Rama IX) of the Kingdom of Thaiand, millions people have gone down the streets of the capital, Bangkok, for the last homage to their father Bhumibol, the King much loved by the Thai people.

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By Fabio Polese
26 Oct 2017

Bangkok, 26 oct 2017 On the occasion of the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majestic the Late King Bhumibol (Rama IX) of the Kingdom of Thaiand, millions people have gone down the streets of the capital, Bangkok, for the last homage to their father Bhumibol, the King much loved by the Thai people.

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By Fabio Polese
26 Oct 2017

Bangkok, 26 oct 2017 On the occasion of the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majestic the Late King Bhumibol (Rama IX) of the Kingdom of Thaiand, millions people have gone down the streets of the capital, Bangkok, for the last homage to their father Bhumibol, the King much loved by the Thai people.

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By Fabio Polese
26 Oct 2017

Bangkok, 26 oct 2017 On the occasion of the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majestic the Late King Bhumibol (Rama IX) of the Kingdom of Thaiand, millions people have gone down the streets of the capital, Bangkok, for the last homage to their father Bhumibol, the King much loved by the Thai people.

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By Fabio Polese
26 Oct 2017

Bangkok, 26 oct 2017 On the occasion of the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majestic the Late King Bhumibol (Rama IX) of the Kingdom of Thaiand, millions people have gone down the streets of the capital, Bangkok, for the last homage to their father Bhumibol, the King much loved by the Thai people.

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By Fabio Polese
26 Oct 2017

Bangkok, 26 oct 2017 On the occasion of the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majestic the Late King Bhumibol (Rama IX) of the Kingdom of Thaiand, millions people have gone down the streets of the capital, Bangkok, for the last homage to their father Bhumibol, the King much loved by the Thai people.

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By Fabio Polese
26 Oct 2017

Bangkok, 26 oct 2017 On the occasion of the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majestic the Late King Bhumibol (Rama IX) of the Kingdom of Thaiand, millions people have gone down the streets of the capital, Bangkok, for the last homage to their father Bhumibol, the King much loved by the Thai people.

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By Fabio Polese
26 Oct 2017

Bangkok, 26 oct 2017 On the occasion of the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majestic the Late King Bhumibol (Rama IX) of the Kingdom of Thaiand, millions people have gone down the streets of the capital, Bangkok, for the last homage to their father Bhumibol, the King much loved by the Thai people.

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Bangkok
By Fabio Polese
26 Oct 2017

Bangkok, 26 oct 2017 On the occasion of the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majestic the Late King Bhumibol (Rama IX) of the Kingdom of Thaiand, millions people have gone down the streets of the capital, Bangkok, for the last homage to their father Bhumibol, the King much loved by the Thai people.

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By Fabio Polese
26 Oct 2017

Bangkok, 26 oct 2017 On the occasion of the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majestic the Late King Bhumibol (Rama IX) of the Kingdom of Thaiand, millions people have gone down the streets of the capital, Bangkok, for the last homage to their father Bhumibol, the King much loved by the Thai people.

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Bangkok
By Fabio Polese
26 Oct 2017

Bangkok, 26 oct 2017 On the occasion of the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majestic the Late King Bhumibol (Rama IX) of the Kingdom of Thaiand, millions people have gone down the streets of the capital, Bangkok, for the last homage to their father Bhumibol, the King much loved by the Thai people.

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Bangkok
By Fabio Polese
26 Oct 2017

Bangkok, 26 oct 2017 On the occasion of the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majestic the Late King Bhumibol (Rama IX) of the Kingdom of Thaiand, millions people have gone down the streets of the capital, Bangkok, for the last homage to their father Bhumibol, the King much loved by the Thai people.

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Bangkok
By Fabio Polese
26 Oct 2017

Bangkok, 26 oct 2017 On the occasion of the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majestic the Late King Bhumibol (Rama IX) of the Kingdom of Thaiand, millions people have gone down the streets of the capital, Bangkok, for the last homage to their father Bhumibol, the King much loved by the Thai people.

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Bangkok
By Fabio Polese
26 Oct 2017

Bangkok, 26 oct 2017 On the occasion of the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majestic the Late King Bhumibol (Rama IX) of the Kingdom of Thaiand, millions people have gone down the streets of the capital, Bangkok, for the last homage to their father Bhumibol, the King much loved by the Thai people.

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Bangkok
By GonzaloAbad
25 Oct 2017

Thais with the picture of His Majesty King Rama IX
Hundreds of Thais wait and sleep in the street to be able to enter Sanam Luang area to see the ceremony to their king Rama IX on 26th October.

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Ex PM Yingluck Shinawatra final verdict
Bangkok
By GonzaloAbad
25 Aug 2017

Ex PM Yingluck Shinawatra final verdict about rice-pledging case. 25th August 2017.

Today is judgement day for Ms Yingluck Shinawatra (ex-prime minister)  for her role in overseeing the loss-ridden rice scheme. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hand down its verdict that day, when supporters of the former prime minister are expected to throng the court premises. 

Ms Yingluck has denied all wrongdoing in her handling of the rice scheme, one of the flagship policies of her former Pheu Thai government. She could face 10 years in jail if found guilty. 

She is accused of dereliction of duty over her alleged failure to halt devastation from the scheme. Two rice crops during 2012-14 incurred losses of 178 billion baht. 

The military-led government has pursued an administrative order to seek compensation for damages from the scheme from Ms Yingluck worth 35.7 billion baht, 20% of the total damage evaluation. 

Market nonchalant about impact of Yingluck verdict. Regarding how stocks in Ms Yingluck's equity portfolio could fluctuate after court decision, she does not appear to be a major shareholder in SC Asset Corporation Plc and the stock has fallen in line with those in the property sector.

 

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Bangkok
By GonzaloAbad
11 Feb 2017

Thai children attentive at ceremony to become monks.
1500 Thai children will be a monk on Makha bucha day. Bangkok, Thailand.
Maka Bucha is a public holiday in several Mekong region countries such as Cambodia and Thailand. The date of this important Buddhist festival depends on Lunar cycle. The holiday may also be known as Magha Puja.
On this day, the full moon of the third lunar month (called Tabodwe); seven months after Buddha began his teachings, over a thousand monks gathered to hear Buddha preach.

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Bangkok
By GonzaloAbad
11 Feb 2017

Thai children meditating before they will be a monks.
1500 Thai children will be a monk on Makha bucha day. Bangkok, Thailand.
Maka Bucha is a public holiday in several Mekong region countries such as Cambodia and Thailand. The date of this important Buddhist festival depends on Lunar cycle. The holiday may also be known as Magha Puja.
On this day, the full moon of the third lunar month (called Tabodwe); seven months after Buddha began his teachings, over a thousand monks gathered to hear Buddha preach.

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Star Wars Premiere in Bangkok
Bangkok
By GonzaloAbad
18 Dec 2015

The Bangkok premiere of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' was held at the Siam Paragon shopping mall in the Thai capital.

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A Transsexual Couple Fights for Right...
Bangkok
By Ana Salvá
17 Dec 2015

Sam and Yollie love each other as much as any other ordinary couple. What makes them different from many others is that Yollie was born in the body of a man, while Sam the body of a woman, and both are transgender. Two years after beginning their relationship, they are fighting to have their gender identities recognized, marry and consider the option of adopting a child. "We think of our future", explains Yollie.

Thailand is a country that holds every year a Miss Universe pageant for transsexuals, and where sex changes are advertised in the newspapers, but the rights of the transgender community are far from being equal to those of other men and women. For starters they are not even legally recognized.

Sam and Yollie have undergone each a complete change operation sex, but continue to maintain their gender of birth in official documents and cannot marry. Such unions between a transsexual and a man or a woman are considered same-sex marriages and have no legal validity.

"Legally we cannot get married the way we are. Sam would be my wife and I would be her husband. If we adopt a son, Sam will be the mother and I will be the father. Do you think I want to marry Sam as a husband or that he wants to marry me as a wife? Do you think I want to be the father of my son?”, asks Yollie, who is the president of the TransFemale Association of Thailand. Next year the association will be renamed as Transgender Association to give transmale people like Sam the chance to join.
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Thai-U.S Strategic Dialogue in Bangkok
Bangkok
By GonzaloAbad
17 Dec 2015

Senior delegations representing Thailand and the United States met on December 17, 2015 in Bangkok. Permanent Secretary Apichart Chinwanno led the Thailand delegation, and Assistant Secretary of State for EastAsian Daniel Russel led the US delegation.

As long-time treaty allies, the United States and Thailand reaffirmed their shared commitment to promoting peace, security, and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

Recognizing Thailand’s regional leadership role and the United States’ vital contributions to peace and stability, the two sides engaged in a comprehensive discussion of issues within Southeast Asia and across the broader Asia-Pacific region.

The United States reaffirmed its support for ASEAN centrality in the Asia-Pacific regional architecture.  The two sides discussed ways to enhance their cooperation in regional frameworks, including the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI), the East Asia Summit (EAS), and the ASEAN-US Strategic Partnership, with a view to tackling common challenges as well as contributing to greater stability and prosperity of the region.  Both sides recognized Thailand’s active engagement in the LMI and look forward to enhancing cooperation under the framework in the areas of education, energy, public health, science and technology, innovation, and women’s empowerment.  The two delegations underscored the importance of coordinating assistance in the region and of supporting Lao People’s Democratic Republic 2016 ASEAN Chairmanship.  The U.S. delegation noted that President Barack Obama looks forward to hosting leaders from all ten ASEAN nations, including Thailand, at the ASEAN-U.S. Special Summit early next year.

The two sides reaffirmed the importance of maintaining peace and stability, ensuring maritime security and safety, and freedom of navigation, including in and over-flight above the South China Sea.  The delegations noted the need to avoid the militarization of the disputed areas. The two sides also reaffirmed their support for on-going efforts by ASEAN and China to fully and effectively implement the Declaration of the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) in its entirety, and to work toward the expeditious conclusion of an effective Code of Conduct (COC).

On bilateral issues, both sides affirmed their enduring treaty alliance and the strategic importance of their relations.  The two delegations discussed ways to further strengthen and expand areas of cooperation, including public health workforce development, medical research, creative economy, prevention and suppression of trafficking in persons and forced labor, law enforcement cooperation, and training through the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA), as well as trade and investment.

The two sides reaffirmed the value of Thailand-U.S. defense cooperation and look forward to continuing to implement the 2012 Joint Vision Statement by strengthening cooperation on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, global peacekeeping, and military medical research, among other defense engagements.  The United States welcomed Thailand’s pledge at President Obama’s September 2015 Peacekeeping Summit to contribute civil development, engineering, and medical teams to future United Nations peacekeeping missions, and looks forward to continuing to work with Thailand as feasible on capacity building and training of peacekeepers from regional countries through Thailand’s Peacekeeping Operation Centre.  The two sides also look forward to resuming their Defense Strategic Talks at the earliest opportunity.

Furthermore, the two sides also identified practical ways to expand their comprehensive partnership to benefit their respective countries, the region, and beyond.  In particular, Thailand and the United States agreed to hold the first Joint Commission Meeting under their bilateral Science and Technology Agreement in Thailand in the first half of 2016.  The two countries look forward to expanding trade and investment ties and agreed to hold the next round of talks under the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) as soon as possible in 2016.  The United States recognized Thailand’s leadership in the area of public health.  Both sides are committed to working together to detect, prevent, and respond to infectious disease threats and address public health challenges through both bilateral and multilateral mechanisms. The two delegations noted that a five-year plan is being developed to achieve the targets of the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA).  They also agreed to explore the possibility of establishing a bilateral public health coordination mechanism.

The two governments recognized the importance of education and people-to-people connectivity.  In line with President Obama’s priorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, the two sides discussed future bilateral cooperation and the co-organization of a regional STEM workshop in 2016.  The two governments pledged their recommitment to the Thailand-U.S. Creative Partnership, launched at the 2010 U.S.-Thailand Strategic Dialogue, which identifies new opportunities for collaborative ingenuity between the two countries.

Recognizing Thailand’s efforts and contributions in addressing global challenges, the two sides also discussed enhanced cooperation on climate change; disease prevention and control; irregular migration and human trafficking; humanitarian assistance and disaster relief; peacekeeping; and counterterrorism. The two sides welcomed the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit.

The delegations discussed current political developments in Thailand and the country’s commitment to  implementing comprehensive reforms and a return to sustainable democracy.  Both sides also affirmed the importance of promoting universal human rights and humanitarian cooperation.

Looking forward, the two sides welcomed continued robust, candid exchanges on these and other issues and a continued exchange of visits in the future.  The two sides agreed to hold the Sixth U.S.-Thailand Strategic Dialogue in the United States in 2016.

 

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Transgenders in Thailand 03
Bangkok
By Ana Salvá
17 Dec 2015

Yollie and Sam on holiday in the Maldives

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Thai-US Summit 01
Bangkok
By GonzaloAbad
17 Dec 2015

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangkok, Thailand: Mr. Apichart Chinwanno, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Thai-US Summit 02
Bangkok
By GonzaloAbad
17 Dec 2015

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangkok, Thailand: Mr. Apichart Chinwanno, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcoming to Mr. Daniel R. Russel, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia.

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Thai-US Summit 03
Bangkok
By GonzaloAbad
17 Dec 2015

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangkok, Thailand: Mr. Apichart Chinwanno, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs with Mr. Daniel R. Russel, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia.

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Thai-US Summit 04
Bangkok
By GonzaloAbad
17 Dec 2015

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangkok, Thailand: Mr. Apichart Chinwanno, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs with Mr. Daniel R. Russel, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian.

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Thai-US Summit 05
Bangkok
By GonzaloAbad
17 Dec 2015

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangkok, Thailand: Mr. Apichart Chinwanno, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs with Mr. Daniel R. Russel, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia.

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Thai-US Summit 06
Bangkok
By GonzaloAbad
17 Dec 2015

U.S. delegation at the 5th Thai-US strategic dialogue.

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Thai-US Summit 07
Bangkok
By GonzaloAbad
17 Dec 2015

Mr. Daniel R. Russel, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs gives a speech to the press media.