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  • A first look at Thailand’s new interim constitution

    By Jul 23, 2014

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    Thai junta leader and army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha (left) receives the royally-endorsed interim constitution from HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej Tuesday evening. (Pic: Khaosod English/Facebook)

    Two months after Thailand’s military has staged a coup on May 22, 2014, the country has now adopted a new interim constitution. Army chief and junta leader General Prayuth Chan-Ocha was granted an audience with King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Tuesday in order to seek His Majesty’s endorsement of the country’s 19th constitution.

  • Thai military junta tightens grip on media, issues gag order (UPDATE)

    By Jul 21, 2014

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    This photo taken off the TV screen shows the blue screen with military crests that replaced all TV programming in Thailand last month. Pic: AP.

    Thailand’s military government has further tightened its grip on the country’s media by banning criticism of the junta, threatening to shut down the offending media outlet and legal consequences. The edict came at a time when probably not many were listening. On Friday night, shortly after the weekly, self-adulating TV address by army chief and

  • Thailand: Former PM Yingluck to face charges over rice scheme

    By Jul 17, 2014

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    Thailand's former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Pic: AP.

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s military government has given permission for former premier Yingluck Shinawatra to travel overseas for the first time since they overthrew her government.

  • In Thailand, collective responsibility is the best tribute to rape victims

    By Jul 14, 2014

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    State Railway of Thailand Governor Prapas Chongsa-nguan, 2nd right, attends the funeral rite for 13-year old victim of the raped and killed on an overnight train to Bangkok. Pic: AP

    The brutal rape and killing of a 13-year-old schoolgirl on the Surat Thani-Bangkok overnight train shook Thai society to its core. Nong Kaem (not her real name) was on her first train ride on Sunday, July 6th, and was reported missing from a sleeper car by her sisters, who also on the train. Nong Kaem’s naked body was found near the train tracks in the morning of Tuesday, July 8th.

  • How (not) to protest at the US Embassy, according to the Thai junta

    By Jul 10, 2014

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    How (not) to protest at the US Embassy, according to the Thai junta

    The US have downgraded its military relations with their Thai counterpart by suspending military aid worth $4.7m (a drop in the ocean compared to the total Thai military budget estimated at $5.4bn) and cancelling several joint-exercises, though a decision to relocate the long-running regional and multi-national military exercise Cobra Gold has not been made yet. Also, a senior US official told a congressional hearing in Washington, D.C. in late June that military rule in Thailand will stay “longer than expected” and has expressed his skepticism towards the sincerity of the junta’s reconciliation efforts.

  • Thailand: Did Pheu Thai ‘hire motorcycle taxis’ during the 2010 protests?

    By Jul 08, 2014

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    Motorcycle taxis driving through Bangkok shortly after the anti-government red shirt protests in 2010. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)

    Claudio Sopranzetti is an Italian post-doctorate student at Oxford University best known for his research on Bangkok’s motorcycle taxis. This handy (and at times only) mode of transportation through the often jammed streets of the Thai capital is hard to miss thanks to the drivers’ bright orange vests seen waiting at the end of almost every alley and street.

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