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Tell us about your “Life Under Dictatorship”

Life Under Dictatorship is our new section chronicling how people live under Thailand’s military dictatorship. We are looking for

  • observations about how dictatorship affects your life, or those of others
  • personal accounts of encounters with the military/authorities
  • reflections on the nature of living under a military dictatorship

You can submit contributions directly and anonymously using the link below.




Martin Wheeler, the simple life that slipped away

Living the life of a farmer in rural Isaan, Martin Wheeler became the poster child for organic agriculture and the sufficiency economy model. But much of the attention, Wheeler says, was misdirected. His farm which once grew rice and vegetables is now filled with sugarcane and grown with chemical fertilizer.

Chaiyaphum land rights activist sentenced to 12 months in jail

The prosecution of a prominent land rights activist is part of a legal campaign that may lead to the eviction of dozens of families living in Sai Thong National Park. Since 2014 forest communities across the country have been targeted as part of the military government’s forest reclamation policy.

Turning policy-making on its head, a new party struggles with legal hurdles

A new political party seeks to change almost everything about Thai politics, starting with how public policy is formed. But a legal hurdle could trip them up before they reach the starting line of the electoral race.

Nakhon Phanom community demands justice from SEZ development

Locked in a legal battle with a government bent on building a Special Economic Zone over their homes, a community is split over how to secure their land rights.

Betraying my heritage: the riddles of Chinese and Lao

What does is mean to be championing the revindication of Lao ethnicity when one is not in fact Lao, asks Peera Songkünnatham in this personal essay on identity and belonging.