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A tear-gassed protester in Thailand

Thailand’s Protests Are Turning Dangerously Violent

Brutal police responses have prompted a shift in once-peaceful movements.

A protester scolds riot police in Thailand.

As COVID-19 Spikes, Thailand Goes After the Press

The pandemic has become an excuse for expanding authoritarianism.

A wildlife keeper checks a pangolin enclosure.

Endangered Species Are Paying the Price of COVID-19

Diminishing tourism has created new incentives for the illegal wildlife trade.

A Thai Buddhist monk gets a shot of Sinovac vaccine

Southeast Asia Had COVID-19 Under Control. What Went Wrong?

Mutant viruses, rich Chinese tourists, and a military government no one trusts are among the reasons cases are surging.

Riot police in Bangkok

Thailand’s Military Is Getting Ready for Another Crackdown

The Biden administration must prepare to stand up for protesters.

Rap Against Dictatorship performs during a demonstration at the October 14th Memorial in Bangkok on Aug. 27.

Rap Against Dictatorship Turns Thai Protests Into Video Hits

Facing a military-backed government, Thai protesters find musical inspiration.

U.S. President Donald Trump, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, and moderator, NBC News anchor Kristen Welker, participate in the final presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, on Oct. 22.

Trump and Biden Are Both Touting Foreign-Policy Failures as Achievements

With the world on fire from Thailand to Nigeria, there wasn’t much talk of international affairs in the final debate of the 2020 campaign—and when there was, both candidates defended flawed approaches to North Korea.

A protester gives the three-finger salute at a rally outside Nonthaburi police station in Bangkok on Oct. 19.

Thai Protesters Claim a Temporary Victory

Both the government and demonstrators are borrowing tactics from Hong Kong.

Protesters attend a rally  in Bangkok on Oct 15.

Thai Protesters Defy New State of Emergency

After a confrontation with the royal motorcade, the government is cracking down.

Thai protesters attend a rally outside the Thai parliament in Bangkok on Sept. 24.

Can Thailand’s Protest Movement Broaden Its Appeal?

To succeed, the protesters will have to overcome old regional and class divides—and new ones, along generational lines.

The Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning and other ships sail during a naval drill in the East China Sea in April 2018.

The Next Front in the India-China Conflict Could Be a Thai Canal

India is beefing up its island defenses as Beijing seeks a quicker route to the Indian Ocean.

An anti-government protest in Bangkok

Thai Protesters Test a Royal Redline

The biggest rallies in years are risking the wrath of royalists eager to use the lèse-majesté law.

Protesters flash the Hunger Games salute during a pro-democracy rally at Thammasat University in Pathum Thani, north of Bangkok, on August 10.

Thai Monuments Are Disappearing in the Dead of Night

This week’s student protests are part of a backlash against a monarchist elite trying to erase Thailand’s democratic history.

Coronavirus Misinformation Arrests in Indonesia

Coronavirus ‘Fake News’ Arrests Are Quieting Critics

In Southeast Asia, the coronavirus pandemic has provided a handy excuse for a clampdown on free speech.

Cambodians dry fish in a village along the Tonle Sap River in Phnom Penh in 2019, the year the country faced one of the worst droughts in modern history.

In the Mekong, a Confluence of Calamities

Drought coupled with the coronavirus pandemic spells danger for food security.

Thai locals download music at an internet cafe in downtown Bangkok on Feb. 3, 2006.

Thais Show How to Beat China’s Online Army

A pop culture battle turned into a nationalist frenzy and a propaganda problem.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi are greeted by South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa

Coronavirus Has Started a Censorship Pandemic

Governments around the world are banning fake news about the crisis—and cracking down on their critics while they’re at it.

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