Thailand's young pro-democracy protesters challenge military and monarchy | DW | 16.10.2020

When Thailand's premier, Prayuth Chan-ocha, declared a state of emergency in Bangkok on Thursday morning, it was supposed to be the final warning shot towards the pro-democracy protest movement. The emergency decree bans gatherings of more than four people. Anyone publishing news or online reports that "harm national security or cause panic" is liable to prosecution. However, the pro-democracy movement showed surprisingly little concern. Only a few hours after the "state of emergency" was anno

Thousands flee military to Thailand-Myanmar border region | DW | 25.03.2021

In the hilly border region between Thailand and Myanmar, members of the ethnic Karen group have been fighting against the Burmese army for decades. Since the coup in Myanmar eight weeks ago and the brutal clampdown on protests, the territory has once again become a refuge for other opponents of the military regime. According to Padoh Saw Taw Nee, the head of the foreign affairs department of the Karen National Union, which is providing them with food and shelter, there are more than 2,000 refug

After the Indonesian tsunami: Cashing in on the dead | DW | 02.01.2019

When the relatives of the tsunami victims come to collect the mortal remains of their loved ones from Serang District Hospital in the province of Banten, about 150 kilometers (90 miles) from Java's ravaged coastal region, they are in a state of shock. Jackson Sinaga from Jakarta is one of them. He lost his 9-month-old son to the floodwaters, triggered by the collapse of the Anak Krakatoa volcano just before Christmas. "Satria was fast asleep in a rented villa on Carita Beach when the tsunami cra

Thailand’s Election Commission Now Blames Computer Errors for Incorrect Vote Totals

BANGKOK – It seems that an orderly transition from military junta to an elected opposition is looking less likely and with no clear result in sight. Polls closed last Sunday evening in Thailand’s parliamentary elections, but nearly a week on, the results remain inconclusive. Questions about accuracy at the ballot boxes persist and jockeying between parties has resulted in a hung parliament of sorts. On Saturday, the country’s election commission sought to allay concerns over accuracy and trans

Thailand's war on drugs targets meth from Myanmar | DW | 25.01.2019

At the "Wat Kathu" temple on the Thai island of Phuket, a bald monk sits in front of the prayer house with a cigarette hanging from the corner of his mouth. Taking up most of the space inside are display cabinets with amulets for sale. The temple abbot blesses Chinese tourists who arrive every half hour in buses. Diligent monks collecting alms in the city are nowhere to be seen. Even if the monks here don't seem to be the most pious, they were very surprised when Thai drug police pulled into th

Thailand election highlights a divided society | DW | 25.03.2019

The final result of Thailand's election may not be official until the end of the week, but both sides are already claiming the right to begin forming a government. The pro-military Palang Pracharat party currently looks to have a slight edge over the Pheu Thai party loyal to exiled former leader Thaksin Shinawatra. On Monday morning, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha was seen entering the government offices in Bangkok looking relaxed wearing his military uniform and aviator sunglasses

Seit der Flut ist sie unauffindbar: Menschen warten nach Tsunami vor Leichenhäusern

Mindestens 430 Menschen sind durch den Tsunami ums Leben gekommen, der in Indonesien die Küsten von Java und Sumatra überrollte. Die Identifizierung der Leichen wird zunehmend schwieriger. Von Julian Küng, Pandeglang. Beißender Verwesungsgeruch liegt wie eine Wolke über dem Bezirkskrankenhaus Pandeglang im Westen der indonesischen Insel Java. Ohne Mundschutz ist es kaum auszuhalten. Dann ein lauter Schrei aus einem der vier Leichenhäuser, der durch Mark und Bein geht. "Wohl eine Familie die ih

Thailand still waiting for a government as tensions rise | DW | 30.03.2019

Polls closed last Sunday evening in Thailand's parliamentary elections, but nearly a week on, the results remain inconclusive. Questions about accuracy at the ballot boxes persist and jockeying between parties has resulted in a hung parliament of sorts. On Saturday, the country's election commission sought to allay concerns over accuracy and transparency, saying that computer software was partly to blame for inconsistent and delayed vote totals. Parties that back the military won the popular vo

Cuando el pánico bloquea la ayuda en la zona del tsunami | DW | 26.12.2018

Con una rama, Rahmat revuelve en un charco de lodo. Saca un zapato de tela empapado. "Lo hemos perdido todo", dice desesperado el niño, mientras sus tres hermanos recorren los escombros que eran su hogar hace unos días. Cerca, Uju Sukarsi golpea con su machete los bambús entre los restos de su local en la playa inundada. "Mi querido restaurante de fideos está en ruinas", dice desconsolada esta madre de dos hijas. Son solo dos ejemplos de entre miles de destinos truncados en la región de Banten,

Thailand's Muslim rebellion has army living in 'constant fear' | DW | 06.11.2018

At a border checkpoint crossing into southern Thailand's conflict zone, a police officer rushed quickly from his wooden guard post toward a reporter who had been snapping a few pictures. After the guard realized that the journalists were working on a report covering unrest in the region, he calmed down, adjusted his brown uniform, straightened his glasses and vented his frustration. "It's hard for me to find words that describe the permanent atrocities committed the rebels commit," he said, wh