Thailand’s Unsettling Arrest of an American Journalist
The Thai government has charged Hok Chun Anthony Kwan, an American photojournalist from Minneapolis, with the crime of weapons possession. The Royal Thai Police detained Kwan as he tried to board a plane after covering the aftermath of a deadly bomb explosion at a shrine in Bangkok on Aug. 23. He is... Read more
I Went on a Ride-along With Thailand’s Toughest Cops
I was in southern Thailand on a trip to research the government’s low-boil war with Islamist insurgents — and I had a very hard time getting the Royal Thai Police to talk to me. Though the Royal Thai Army has earned the least notoriety and most prestige, the RTP has... Read more
Thailand’s Counter-Insurgents Are Not Winning Hearts and Minds
The Royal Thai Army and the Royal Thai Police have for decades fought rebels in one of Asia’s lesser-known sectarian conflicts. Malay Muslim separatists in southern Thailand, inspired by centuries-old sultanates in the Islamic historical region of Patani, renewed their insurgency against the Thai government in 2004. Since then, the... Read more
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