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  • Thai junta’s blueprint for political reforms

    By Oct 15, 2014

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    Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha. Pic: AP.

    Matichon has summarized the main details of the blueprint for political reforms which were submitted to the NRC (Thai Post has a similar summary, but with a few additional details). The blueprint was written by the working party for preparing reform to return happiness to people in the nation (คณะทำงานเตรียมการปฏิรูปเพื่อคืนความสุขให้คนในชาติ) of the from the Office of the Permanent Secretary for Defence

  • Prayuth: UK has no problem with Koh Tao murder probe

    By Oct 14, 2014

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    Burmese migrant workers Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun. Pic: AP.

    MCOT with the story entitled “PM asserts British government has no doubts regarding British tourists’ murder case”. Key excerpts: Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha asserted that the British government has no doubt regarding Thailand’s investigation of the murder of two British tourists on Surat Thani’s Ko Tao island last month. … Gen Prayut, also the chief

  • Reformer: Referendum is not necessary as there are no conflicts in Thai society

    By Oct 14, 2014

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    Chai-Anan Samudavanija, a National Reform Council (NRC)  member, is quoted in the The Nation: The NRC member for political reform proposed that the country should press on with decentralisation of power. In an exclusive interview with The Nation, he said the country only needed a single Parliament of 77 members, with one elected MP from

  • Government of body language experts and foreign government understanding

    By Oct 10, 2014

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    The Bangkok Post: After the 45-minute meeting, Mrs Kenney told reporters that she had paid the courtesy call on MR Pridiyathorn because she had completed her four-year term as the US ambassador to Thailand. She will return to the United States in the second week of November. … MR Pridiyathorn said Mrs Kenney wanted details

  • Connors to the Thai junta: ‘Hubris always has an expiry date’

    By Oct 09, 2014

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    Academic and long-time observer on Thai politics Michael Connors has a semi-active blog.  Below is an excerpt from a post of his. For the latest crisis, responsibility at its gravest lies with the reactionary anti –Thaksin People’s Democratic Reform Committee that led months’ long protests before the coup,  and the opposition Democrat Party from which

  • McCargo: Where does Thailand go from here?

    By Oct 09, 2014

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    Junta leader and Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha. Pic: AP.

    BP has already blogged on some comments by Duncan McCargo back in May – just after the coup – but McCargo has also written two pieces for Foreign Policy. In June, his article for Foreign Policy was on why Thailand’s coup is destined to fail. Below are some excerpts: It’s not a question if the Thai

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