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Paritta Wangkiat

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Paritta Wangkiat is a Bangkok Post columnist.

Paritta Wangkiat
3 May 2021

'Penguin' dares to dream of better things

I have met political activist Parit "Penguin" Chiwarak twice in my career as a journalist. The first was five years ago when Parit was a precocious high school student at Triam Udom Suksa, a well-known high school in Bangkok. At that time, he had launched a campaign against the Thai education system that teaches students to be submissive.

3 May 2021 70
'Penguin' dares to dream of better things
26 Apr 2021

Poor left out while rich get priority

As Covid-19 hits the country hard, disparities between the rich and the underprivileged become glaring.

26 Apr 2021 54
Poor left out while rich get priority
12 Apr 2021

Time for govt to show Karen some heart

After struggling for survival on an empty stomach for days, Karen villagers who fled the war atrocities in Myanmar, from an area under the control of the Karen National Union, took shelter along the Salween River. They received some food and medicine, supplied largely by non-profit organisations, temples, Thais, and fellow ethnic people.

12 Apr 2021 9
5 Apr 2021

Thailand must lend a hand to the Karen

Pictures of Karen people, including children and the elderly, crowded on the banks of Myanmar's Salween River while attempting to flee the country as their communities were targeted by air strikes launched by the Tatmadaw, and taking refuge on Thai soil triggered sympathy among many Thais. Criticism has also been deafening over allegations made by human rights groups that Thai authorities pushed back the Karen into the war zone.

5 Apr 2021 12
Thailand must lend a hand to the Karen
22 Mar 2021

Thai superiority complex harms Karen

Taking the case of Bang Kloi Karen villagers, there is no further proof needed that indigenous people in Thailand have a hard life. It's an irony, given that the country in 2007 adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

22 Mar 2021 24
Thai superiority complex harms Karen
18 Jan 2021

Let's learn to coexist with Covid-19

Once a bustling business district, Khao San Road looked like a ghost town when I dropped by last week. Most of the shops and restaurants in the area, one of Bangkok's top tourist attractions, were closed. There were no visitors; I saw only a few vendors and passers-by.

18 Jan 2021 14
Let's learn to coexist with Covid-19
11 Jan 2021

Covid vaccine progress needs investment

In normal times, a vaccine is a health product that works its way to protect a person from a disease. But in the age of "new normal", vaccines can define a country's development level.

11 Jan 2021 4
14 Dec 2020

Education 'reform' is an utter failure

The World Bank's recent report on a decline in Thai students' performance in the Program for International Student Assessment (Pisa) is a slap in the face for the government, particularly the Education Ministry, under Nathapol Teepsuwan.

14 Dec 2020 45
Education 'reform' is an utter failure
7 Dec 2020

What K-pop can teach us about politics

Tweets by Thai fans of the South Korean boyband BTS, or Bangtan Sonyeondan, over "happy birthday" signs for their idols on the back of tuk-tuks, instead of at mass transit stations, have gone viral.

7 Dec 2020 13
What K-pop can teach us about politics
16 Nov 2020

Violence as yellow shirts overreact

Last week, a rally by a group of ultra-royalists in Nakhon Si Thammarat turned ugly after some elements from the crowd attacked a car, which they falsely believed to be carrying the co-founder of the Progressive Movement, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, out of a hotel. This is a sign that violent confrontations will be inevitable.

16 Nov 2020 109
Violence as yellow shirts overreact