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  • 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

  • The end of corruption and wasteful spending in a post-coup environment

    By Sep 05, 2014

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    Diligent followers of Thai politics may remember the expensive clocks purchased for parliament. Khao Sod: Mr. Watchara also urged the NACC to speed up the investigation of pricy digital clocks installed in the House of Parliament last year. A total of 238 clocks were installed throughout the building while the Pheu Thai Party was in

  • FCCT event tonight : Silencing Media Coverage of Migrants: The Wider Repercussions in Thailand

    By Sep 01, 2014

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    This is a little late as thought that the event would be on Wednesday, but it is actually tonight. The blurb is below: Silencing Media Coverage of Migrants: The Wider Repercussions in Thailand A Panel Discussion 7 pm, Monday September 1, 2014 Members: Free; Non-members: 350 baht; A la carte menu offered Thailand has seen

  • Junta and allies dominate key Thai Cabinet positions

    By Sep 01, 2014

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    Junta and allies dominate key Thai Cabinet positions

    Below is the new Cabinet: GREEN = Current military, junta, or close to Prayuth; PINK = women. 1. Junta dominance is clear. The junta have 13 Ministers including the PM and control over most of the key positions ranging from PM, Defence, Education, Transport, Interior, Justice, Foreign Affairs and Commerce (only key ones they don’t

  • Thai army sues human rights activist over torture claim

    By Aug 29, 2014

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    Thai army sues human rights activist over torture claim

    The Association for the Prevention of Torture has the following blurb on Pornpen Khongkachonkiet: Despite growing intimidation from authorities, Pornpen Khongkachonkiet, Director of the Cross Cultural Foundation, continues to assist marginalised communities, especially torture victims and their families in Southern Thailand, to access justice. She also supports the communities’ efforts to address the widespread culture of

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