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  • 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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    Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha speaks at a press conference. 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

  • “Middle income” Thais with 50 million baht of assets need to be protected from an inheritance tax

    By Oct 08, 2014

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    BP has already blogged that the proposed inheritance tax (50 million baht is tax-exempt and then 10% tax) and critiqued a number of criticism of the inheritance tax. The Nation: Bandid Nijathaworn, president and chief executive officer of the Thai Institute of Directors Association, said the tax should be implemented but it alone might not be

  • Prayuth’s brother’s mathematically challenged assets declaration

    By Oct 07, 2014

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    Prayuth’s brother’s mathematically challenged assets declaration

    As we know, Prayuth’s brother is a member of the NLA and is quite rich. The Bangkok Post: Assistant army chief Lt Gen Preecha Chan-o-cha, who is the younger brother of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, has 79.8 million baht in net assets. Reviewing his assets declaration, there are some issues. Page 5 has list of

  • ‘Project to Strengthen Stability at the Village Level’

    By Oct 06, 2014

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    Isaan Record: Under a temple pavilion, 60 Red Shirt villagers watched a projected image of a candle on a screen. A military staff member asked everyone to close their eyes, sit silent and meditate while she read aloud. “How was it that we kept a hold on our country and avoided being colonized by another

  • Inheritance tax worries Thailand’s ultra-rich

    By Oct 06, 2014

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    Pic: AP.

    Sasithorn Ongdee in an op-ed in The Nation: What will happen if the inheritance tax is revived in ways that mean Thais won’t return to “happiness”? Several years ago, one of my cousins was approached by the owner of an orchard to buy some 10 rai of her orchard plantation in Nonthaburi. The reason for

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