Atrocities, bribery, gang wars, government coups, police brutality and more, the news in Thailand regularly produces the type of news that would hold the attention of the press. Yet here, tragic news is often just another tragic story.
Take for example this story from The Nation, a newspaper which I readily admit to having little time for, reporting that Thai soldiers shot a teenage Cambodian boy before burning him to death.
What crime could possibly produce such a 'punishment', if you can call being shot and killed in the most inhumane way, that is.
Did he kill a man? Perhaps he shot at a soldier? Maybe he was carrying a bomb, or a terrorist.
It is alleged that the boy, who was just 16 years old, was chopping down trees on the Thai side of the border with Cambodia.
The governor of the Cambodian border province has rightly asked why the boy was burnt alive when he had already been arrested?
There has been no response from the Thai embassy in Cambodia, and none is likely.
This may be news those who do not live in this part of the world but Thai society is incredibly class and race oriented. Foreigners from neighbouring states like Cambodia and Burma (Myanmar) are considered to be the lowest of the low - typified by their dark skin which, in Thailand, is a sign of poverty as it indicates the individual has had a life of working outdoors and is, therefore, poor.
Of course, immigrants from neighbouring countries are not saints. But they are humans, they come to Thailand illegally, yes, but the motive is to better their lives and the lives of their families. There is no justification for what happened to this 16 year old boy.
There should be a public investigation and punishment should be given to those responsible for this atrocity.
But this is Thailand, a country in which racially motivated killings occur almost daily on the southern border, a country which is engaged in a political civil war, a country which has failed to convict activists who sieged the country's main airport plunging the country in chaos.
This news is likely to receive little attention with the country focused on Saturday, the 3rd anniversary of the coup which ousted then Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.