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  • Observations from the trial of Chiranuch Premchaiporn

    By Feb 06, 2011

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    Observations from the trial of Chiranuch Premchaiporn

    By Jon Dent (Guest Contributor) The trial of Ms. Chiranuch Premchaiporn – known to her friends simply as ‘Jiew’- the executive director of the independent news website Prachatai.com began on Friday, and is slated to last until February 17. Jiew stands trial for allegedly violating Art. 14 and 15 of the 2007 Computer Crimes Act

  • Thailand’s Groundhog Day: Rumors of a military coup

    By Feb 02, 2011

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    Thailand’s Groundhog Day: Rumors of a military coup

    By Saksith Saiyasombut Thailand faces an increased amount of rumors about a military coup again in the last few weeks with the latest being spewed out by Admiral Bannawit Kengrian: The countdown to another military coup has begun, former deputy permanent secretary for defence Admiral Bannawit Kengrian said on Tuesday. [...] He said there were several

  • Two Thais sentenced to prison for illegally crossing into Cambodia, what now?

    By Feb 02, 2011

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    By Saksith Saiyasombut The Nation writes in today’s title story: Veera Somkwamkid and Ratree Pipatanapaiboon were yesterday given lengthy prison sentences in Phnom Penh over charges of illegal entry and espionage in a case that could worsen ties between Thailand and Cambodia. In the one-day trial, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court found Veera, who leads

  • British MPs voice concern over Thai webmaster trial

    By Feb 02, 2011

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    British MPs voice concern over Thai webmaster trial

    By Saksith Saiyasombut British MPs have signed a motion voicing their concern over the trials against embattled Prachatai webmaster Chiranuch Premchaiporn, who faces charges for violation of the Computer Crime Act and also lèse majesté. The Early Day Motion (EDM), proposed by Labour MP Tom Watson, warns that Chiranuch’s case may threaten freedom of speech

  • Abhisit tells Mubarak to “respect wishes of the people”

    By Jan 29, 2011

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    Abhisit tells Mubarak to “respect wishes of the people”

    By Prach Panchakunathorn Thai PM Abhisit is in Davos, Switzerland, to attend the World Economic Forum. CNN reports what he said in an interview with their correspondent: Thailand’s Prime Minister has called on leaders troubled by civil unrest to exercise restraint, less than a year after a bloody military crackdown on the streets of Bangkok.

  • 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

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