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  • 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.

  • On Thailand’s coup, international treaties and the neglect of human rights

    By Jul 03, 2014

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    Pic: AP.

    By Passau Watching Thailand Since the coup on May 22, not much has been heard about the effects of the junta’s announcements and orders on international agreements Thailand has signed. Condemnations of the EU and the United States as well as media outcries focused mainly on calls to return quickly to democracy and minor sanctions. Yet

  • Why the latest coup may no longer be ‘business-as-usual’ for Thailand

    By Jul 01, 2014

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    Soldiers on Bangkok streets during the May 22 coup. Pic: AP.

    On May 29, exactly one week after General Prayuth Chan-ocha and the Thai military announced a coup, I travelled to Bangkok to observe the situation on the ground. Passing through the Don Muang and Suvarnabhumi international airports, roaming the traffic-burdened streets of the Siam Square district, and cruising along the Chao Phraya River in Asia’s “City of Angels,” I hardly noticed any troop presence in the Thai capital.

  • Thailand’s junta sets up media watchdogs to monitor anti-coup dissent

    By Jun 26, 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 junta has set up watchdogs to monitor all kinds of media for content that is deemed as “inciting hatred towards the monarchy” or providing “misinformation” that could potentially complicate the work of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), as the junta calls itself.

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