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Sanitsuda Ekachai

Former editorial pages editor

Sanitsuda Ekachai is a former editorial pages editor, Bangkok Post. She writes on human rights, gender, and Thai Buddhism.

Sanitsuda Ekachai
13 Jul 2020

Hair saga reflects authoritarian culture

If you want to understand why dictatorship persists in Thailand, or the reason why the culture of bullying and impunity is so deep-rooted here, what happened at a public school in Si Sa Ket earlier this month offers an answer.

13 Jul 2020 62
Hair saga reflects authoritarian culture
1 Jul 2020

Demolition, lies, nepotism and impunity

Seriously? The national park authorities in Phrae province outraged the whole nation by razing a historical heritage house to the ground, and are we still going to let them get away scot-free?

1 Jul 2020 22
Demolition, lies, nepotism and impunity
18 Jun 2020

Govt continues to exploit pandemic

While we dread the novel coronavirus and wish it would go away, the government is prolonging the Covid-19 pandemic scare to strengthen its iron grip on the country.

18 Jun 2020 23
Govt continues to exploit pandemic
3 Jun 2020

'Bleach mum' exposes welfare failure

Had not the doctors intervened, a two-year-old toddler may have been poisoned to death by his mother. They could not save the boy's four-year-old sister, however. She was already dead from the same malady.

3 Jun 2020 17
'Bleach mum' exposes welfare failure
18 May 2020

When education supports rape culture

School rapes in Thailand happen so frequently they no longer shock. But not this one. Not when underage schoolgirls were repeatedly gang-raped by their teachers. Not when other teachers callously defended the rapists and paedophiles as "good teachers and family men", dismissing the heinous crime as consensual sex and blaming the victims as "bad girls".

18 May 2020 62
When education supports rape culture
4 May 2020

Racism is fuelling more than wildfires

With the May rains coming to our rescue, we can now put the forest fires and toxic haze nightmares behind us -- until they return to haunt us again next year.

4 May 2020 16
Racism is fuelling more than wildfires
23 Apr 2020

Covid-19 exposes our broken system

The government's constant mishandling of the Covid-19 pandemic evokes two images in my mind. One is a badly infected wound. The other is an overblown balloon ready to burst.

23 Apr 2020 40
Covid-19 exposes our broken system
11 Apr 2020

A forest lockdown will fuel more fires

With strong wind and fast-approaching forest fires, a group of forest dwellers on Doi Mon Dok mountain in Chiang Mai's Samoeng District are racing against time to stop the flames from engulfing their village.

11 Apr 2020 19
A forest lockdown will fuel more fires
2 Apr 2020

Forests doomed by power and prejudice

After nearly two months of being blanketed by a thick toxic haze with zero national attention due to Covid-19, the city of Chiang Mai became like a "gas chamber".

2 Apr 2020 38
Forests doomed by power and prejudice
9 Mar 2020

Govt gets Fs for protecting women

If you fail but still keep trying to reach your goal, that is noble. But if you keep telling the world you are trying to do good but are the actual perpetrator, then you are not just a hypocrite.

9 Mar 2020 11
Govt gets Fs for protecting women