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  • Thai Navy plans to buy submarines from Germany

    By Jan 23, 2011

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    By Saksith Saiyasombut The Bangkok Post reports The Royal Thai Navy wants to buy two second-hand submarines at a cost of 6-7 billion baht [$195m - $228m].  [...] The specifications of the submarines have not been determined but the navy is expected to buy them from European suppliers, probably Germany. The navy has stressed the

  • A World Cup in Southeast Asia?

    By Jan 17, 2011

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    A World Cup in Southeast Asia?

    By Newley Purnell Today’s Bangkok Post: Asean kicks around plan to host World Cup Asean foreign ministers have agreed to propose to the grouping’s leadership that the region host the World Cup in 2030 as a group, diplomatic sources say. The foreign ministers, who are meeting in Lombok, Indonesia, would submit a formal and detailed

  • Red Shirt to ‘sue’ Thai privy councilors over cable

    By Jan 12, 2011

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    Former Thai Prime Minister Prem Tinsulanonda. Pic: AP.

    By Saksith Saiyasombut Last week, VoiceTV* reported this: Gen Prem Tinsulanonda, Anand Panyarachun and ACM Siddhi Savetsila were Thursday sued on lese majeste charges. Gen Prem, the chief privy counsel and former prime minister, Mr Anand, a former prime minister, and ACM Siddhi, a former foreign minister, were altogether charged by Red Shirt movement for alleged

  • Thailand van accident: Fear and loathing in the ‘Land of Smiles’

    By Jan 10, 2011

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    Stephff’s view in The Nation on the van accident

    By Thaweeporn Kummetha On the evening of December 27 of last year, there was a horror car accident on a Don Muang elevated motorway in Bangkok. Nine lives were lost, after a passenger van was hit by a sedan. Many of the passengers were thrown out of the van onto the road below, leading to

  • Dawei and Thailand’s stake in Burma’s industrial mega-project

    By Jan 06, 2011

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    By Saksith Saiyasombut Burma has vanished from the international headlines ever since the hotly debated elections and the release of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest late last year. Around the same time there was coverage about the Thai involvement in the Burmese industrial complex Dawei, located on the west coast. Thailand is one

  • Abhisit’s poll dancing

    By Jan 05, 2011

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    Abhisit’s poll dancing

    By Saksith Saiyasombut Just before the holiday break, Thai Prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva looked back on his tenure so far and essentially announced the past two years as a great success. The government faced the global economic crisis, and political conflict and social inequality inside the country – but had implemented measures to develop both

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