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  • No sign of a rebound: Thailand tourist arrivals down more than 10% in August

    By Sep 18, 2014

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    Western tourists soak up the sun on Kata Beach, Phuket. Pic: AP.

    Exports and tourism have long been key reasons for Thailand’s good economic performance over the last two decades. Exports are down .42% in the first 7 months of the year, but bad tourism numbers are also a worry. TTR Weekly: International tourist arrivals to Thailand posted a decline of 10.66%, January to August, this year, according

  • Down the memory hole: Thaksin’s name removed from Thai textbook

    By Sep 16, 2014

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    Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Pic: AP.

    In a move that would make the Ministry of Truth proud, Thomas Fuller of the NYT reports: His legacy is inseparable from the past decade of political tumult in Thailand, but high school students will not find the name Thaksin Shinawatra in the history textbooks that the country’s military junta recently ordered schools to use. Mr.

  • Signs that the Thai military is in for the long haul

    By Sep 14, 2014

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    National Council for Peace and Order Chairman Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha talks to members of the National Legislative Assembly at the Parliament in Bangkok, Thailand Monday. Pic: AP.

    The Bangkok Post in late August: ACM Prajin said Wednesday the next general election would occur in early 2016. Wassana in the Bangkok Post last week entitled “Prayuth’s tactical transfers pave way for long tenure”. Key excerpts: With a hint delivered during his weekly address last Friday, National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) and

  • In post-coup Thailand, what is happening with Prem?

    By Sep 09, 2014

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    In post-coup Thailand, what is happening with Prem?

    Prem Tinsulanoda, Chairman of the Privy Council, has  been key player in Thai politics in recent decades, particularly in regards to military appointments. James Ockey, “Monarch, monarchy, succession and stability in Thailand“, Asia Pacific Viewpoint, Vol. 46, No. 2, August 2005, pp115–127 at 123: Prem’s influence has been most clear in the military. Before the rise of

  • The religion of anti-corruption in Thailand and looking to China

    By Sep 08, 2014

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    National Council for Peace and Order Chairman Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha talks to members of the National Legislative Assembly at the Parliament in Bangkok, Thailand Monday. Pic: AP.

    The Nation: The new prime minister, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, was yesterday urged to emulate the Chinese president’s policy of cracking down on corruption seriously and without exceptions, as part of his government’s fight against graft. Anti-corruption activist Veera Somkwamkid yesterday praised Prayuth, who is also chief of the ruling National Council for Peace and Order

  • Term of the day : Unelected council of notable worthies

    By Sep 07, 2014

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    Suthep Thuagsuban (left), General Prayuth Chan-Ocha

    Reuters: Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha on Thursday set out broad criteria for the selection of a 250-member council to draw up sweeping political reforms and approve a new constitution, saying people from all walks of life would be included. Prayuth was speaking in Bangkok to mark the beginning of a selection process for the

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