Keeping a pulse on political, economic and social developments in Thailand is
never an easy task even if you live in Thailand. A certain skill is needed to
read between the lines of not only what is said but what has not been said. I
have another purpose. Often I will come across an article about a place or
person that sends me out the door to investigate for possible material to be
used in a novel. Many of my novels also have a political angle and it is good to
have a wide source of opinion and information about the fault lines that
characters seek to avoid. Often news from the political world reads like noir
fiction and that makes it all the more compelling to form part of a crime novel.
The leading English language newspapers are:
The Bangkok Post
if you are looking for alternative points of view and independent voices, I
would recommend the following blogs:
For a line by line (or blow by
blow) analysis of one personís take on the quality of analysis and reasoning by
members of the local press Thailand Jumped the Shark is a provocative, edgy and
frequently insightful website.
If you like satire and parody, then Siam Sentinel takes
on the sacred cows. Irony isnít a natural part of the Thai political tradition
where it is often seen as a personal assault. Sometimes the cross-cultural
perception, especially when expressed as satire can cause amusing
misunderstandings. The posting are often very funny.
Two other blogs
worth checking out are Bangkok Pundit and for a more scholarly blog New Mandala