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  • 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.

  • The Thai post-coup government: The junta’s shadowy cabinet

    By Jul 07, 2014

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    Thai coup leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha. Pic: AP.

    Since the military coup of May 22, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) – the military junta’s formal name – spent its first weeks seizing and establishing full control over the branches of government power. The sole executive and legislative powers at the moment lie in the hands of the generals and their advisors – with the notable exception of the judiciary (i.e. Constitutional Court) and the supposedly “independent” government agencies like the Election Commission and National Anti-Corruption Commission, all having played a role with at least exacerbating Thailand’s political deadlock that ended with the coup d’etat.

  • Burma, Cambodia ‘hail’ Thai junta: With neighbors like these…

    By Jul 05, 2014

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    Burma, Cambodia ‘hail’ Thai junta: With neighbors like these…

    For the Thai military, launching a coup in Thailand is one thing, but maintaining it is a whole other task. Probably one of the hardest jobs for the junta is to seek universal legitimacy from the international community – especially since “the transition of power” was very one-sided, to say the least.

  • The Thai post-coup government: Purging bureaucrats

    By Jul 03, 2014

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    The Thai post-coup government: Purging bureaucrats

    This is part 1 in a three-part series looking at how the Thai junta government after the military coup will be structured, governed and by whom this will be led. Today’s article details the mass purge among the government officials.

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