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  • Bangkok editor: appointed Senate fits with Thai-style democracy

    By Jul 13, 2014

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    Pic: AP.

    The Bangkok Post’s news coverage and editorial line has been mainly supportive of the coup although some op-ed columns do have some criticism.Pichai Chuensuksawadi, who is Editor-in-Chief of Post Publishing and clearly the most influential person at the Bangkok Post, has an op-ed in today’s paper entitled “Let’s admit this is not democracy”.

  • Thailand: Some speech is divisive; some hate speech is allowed

    By Jul 09, 2014

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    Thailand: Some speech is divisive; some hate speech is allowed

    The junta has warned people over divisive speech although they are largely focusing on reds and those with links to the reds or Puea Thai (like eating a sandwich in public, reading 1984 or holding up signs like “Long Live USA”). Rape and torture fantasies seemingly do not qualify. What is the standard that is being applied?

  • No need for constitution referendum as it will create divisions in society

    By Jul 07, 2014

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    We have already had a few signs from leaked sources that there is no constitution referendum in the draft charter, but BP did wonder whether this was just some ploy, but clearly the fix is in, so to speak. We have coordinated specious arguments against a constitution referendum.

  • Economic fallout from the mass exodus of Cambodian migrant workers

    By Jul 06, 2014

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    Cambodian migrant workers stand in a truck as they arrive from Thailand at a border gate in Poipet, Cambodia last month. Pic: AP.

    On June 20, IOM stated that 225,000 Cambodian migrant workers had left Thailand. Hun Sen stated on June 26 that at least 250,000 had left. Thai figures are much lower than this, but this is because they don’t count all arrivals and departures at some border crossings so it seems like the number of Cambodian

  • Why did more than 200,000 Cambodian workers leave Thailand?

    By Jul 06, 2014

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    Cambodian migrant workers stand in a truck as they arrive from Thailand at a border gate in Poipet, Cambodia last month. Pic: AP.

    On June 20, IOM stated that 225,000 Cambodian migrant workers had left Thailand. Hun Sen stated on June 26 that at least 250,000 had left.

  • Thai junta says Burma understands the coup; they did the same in ’88

    By Jul 05, 2014

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    Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha speaks at a press conference. Pic: AP.

    Myanmar’s Commander-in-Chief General Min Aung Hlaing yesterday praised Thailand’s ruling junta, saying it was right to seize power to protect national security and people’s safety.

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