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  • If you are farang, don’t meddle with Thai politics – or their food!

    By Sep 28, 2010

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    By Saksith Saiyasombut Normally here on this blog, we don’t write about topics most tourists would associate with Thailand, one of which is food*. While this is one of the few things Thailand is renowned for worldwide and can still be proud of, the New York Times features an Aussie chef, who humbly declares that he is “on a

  • The right to the net in Southeast Asia

    By Sep 25, 2010

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    By Jon Dent (Guest Contributor)  I recently returned from the 5th international Internet Governance Forum (IGF) held in the Baltic capital of Lithuania, Vilnius. Six Southeast Asian free-speech campaigners, internet activists, and blogers braved the chilly autumn in order to ensure that their voice was heard at this singular international forum, bringing together governments, business,

  • Thailand’s 3G saga

    By Sep 25, 2010

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    By Newley Purnell Arguments over stipulations in the Thai constitution. Court rulings. Frustrated investors. Beguiled local people. Sound familiar? No, this isn’t the Map Ta Phut industrial estate case. It’s a different snafu entirely — but one with certain similarities. This high-tech imbroglio has to do with Thailand’s lack of a so-called 3G mobile network.

  • Webmaster of Thai news site ‘Prachatai’ arrested again UPDATED

    By Sep 24, 2010

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    By Saksith Saiyasombut Thai police detained the manager of a popular news website Friday as she returned from an Internet freedom conference in Europe on charges of insulting the monarchy and violating the Computer Crime Act. Chiranuch Premchaiporn, webmaster of Prachatai, said she was stopped at an immigration checkpoint at Bangkok’s international airport and shown

  • Stock market exuberance and currency appreciation: signals of recovery?

    By Sep 24, 2010

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    By Narun Popattanachai Forget red shirts and yellow hairbands, the ubiquitous presence of green digits on the board has recently put smiles back on many Thai stockbrokers’ faces. The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) index is at the level unseen since the 1997 Asian financial crisis (see the Economist). The IMF predicts a full year growth

  • Govt-sponsored pro-monarchy ‘rally’ a non-event

    By Sep 24, 2010

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    By Saksith Saiyasombut On the eve of the red shirt protests last Sunday to commemorate the four-year anniversary of the military coup and the four-month anniversary of the military crackdown against the anti-government protesters, there was this little counter-protest: At least 50,000 members of the Monarchy Defence Network from seven northeastern provinces (Nong Khai, Kalasin,

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