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  • Thailand, April 10: The day that changed the game?

    By May 07, 2011

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    Thai soldiers patrol a street in Bangkok, Sunday April 25, 2010. Pic: AP.

    By Dan Waites In Thailand’s modern history, April 10 is already a date to remember. On that day last year, at the height of the red shirt protests, at least 25 people were killed during clashes in Bangkok, including Reuters cameraman Hiroyuki Muramoto, 19 Thai civilians and five soldiers. This year, it seems the date

  • Time for Amnesty International to live up to its ideals in Thailand

    By May 05, 2011

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    Thai activist Daranee Charnchoengsilpakul. When will Amnesty speak out? Pic: AP.

    By: James Buchanan (Guest Contributor) It was probably the right decision for Amnesty International to distance itself from Robert Amsterdam and it is understandable that they wish to remain detached from the imbroglio of the Thai crisis. It is, after all, not an overtly political organization. However, “everything is politics”, particularly human rights, and any

  • Tongue-Thai’ed! Part II: Suthep, HRW and who killed JFK?

    By May 04, 2011

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    Tongue-Thai’ed! Part II: Suthep, HRW and who killed JFK?

    By Saksith Saiyasombut “Tongue-Thai’ed!” is the new segment on Siam Voices, where we encapsulate the most baffling, amusing, confusing, outrageous and appalling quotes from Thai politicians and other public figures – in short: everything we hear that makes us go “Huh?!”. Check our first entry here. Some backstory before we dive into the quote: I initially

  • Tongue-Thai’ed! Part I: Nouveau dismiss

    By May 02, 2011

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    Tongue-Thai’ed! Part I: Nouveau dismiss

    By Saksith Saiyasombut Welcome to a new segment on Siam Voices where we (for now semi-regularly) encapsulate the most baffling, amusing, confusing, outrageous, appalling quotes from Thai politicians and other public figures – in short: everything we hear that makes us go “Huh?!”. We have previously highlighted some noteworthy Thai verbal outings of all kinds,

  • Thailand’s cyber-police drafts new Computer Crimes Act

    By May 02, 2011

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    Thailand’s cyber-police drafts new Computer Crimes Act

    By Saksith Saiyasombut Thailand’s authorities have been patrolling the internet more and more vigorously, mostly to clamp down on content that is allegedly lèse majesté and to silence political opponents. In recently published research by Freedom House, the US-based think-tank has labeled the kingdom’s internet as ‘not free’, putting it below countries such as Zimbabwe, Turkey, Venezuela, Pakistan,

  • Exiled Thaksin takes center stage at Puea Thai Party campaign launch

    By Apr 27, 2011

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    Exiled Thaksin takes center stage at Puea Thai Party campaign launch

    By Saksith Saiyasombut Last weekend the opposition Puea Thai Party launched its campaign for the anticipated election later this summer (despite the chances that there might be none after all) and unveiled its promises policies at the Rangsit Campus of Thammasat University north of Bangkok (which might be surprising in itself). If you were looking

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