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  • How little things change in Thailand

    By Jul 04, 2014

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    How little things change in Thailand

    Reading on Thailand’s political history

  • US: Reconciliation in Thailand will not come about through fear of repression

    By Jul 01, 2014

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    Pic: AP.

    Scot Marciel, who is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs of the US State Department gave testimony before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific last week. Below are some excerpted highlights with comments: Over the past decade, however, Thailand has grappled with an internal

  • The increased political risk of Thailand’s Facebook block

    By Jun 30, 2014

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    Pic: AP.

    The background is that on May 28 Facebook was unavailable in Thailand for around one hour. This was claimed to be because of technical issues and not that it was specifically blocked, but then mysteriously Facebook was then available again for all.  Most people fell into line and modified previous statements to follow the official story that the

  • Hun Sen vs the Thai junta

    By Jun 30, 2014

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    Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen sits inside the session hall of the National Assembly in Phnom Penh Tuesday. Pic: AP.

    The Bangkok Post with the headline “Hun Sen criticism over workers denied” A report by the Phnom Penh Post, quoted in Thai media, that Prime Minister Hun Sen is not satisfied with the National Council for Peace and Order’s handling of the Cambodian migrant workers is incorrect, NCPO spokesman Col Winthai Suvaree said on Sunday.

  • Suthep’s gaffe will haunt the junta

    By Jun 30, 2014

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    Suthep Thuagsuban (left), General Prayuth Chan-Ocha

    After Suthep revealed that he had been communicating with Prayuth for four years,* Thai Rath‘s political analysis on June 25 wondered whether Suthep was calling in his chits as summarized below: Suthep revealed that he has been discussing with Prayuth since 2010 about removing Thaksinocracy [Thai Rath then summarizes the Bangkok Post article including the

  • Views from Japan on the Thai coup

    By Jun 27, 2014

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    Views from Japan on the Thai coup

    BP has done posts on the response of the US, EU, and Australia, but Japan is also a key country as Thailand’s biggest foreign investor.

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