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  • Tongue-Thai’ed! Part IV: Korbsak and the red menace (UPDATED)

    By May 24, 2011

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    Democrat Party campaign strategist Korbsak Sabhavasu (Picture by The Official Site of The Prime Minister of Thailand Photo, licensed under CC)

    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 out all past entries here. Korbsak Sabhavasu, former secretary-general of the PM, now main campaign

  • Asian political parties silent on 2010 Bangkok crackdown

    By May 23, 2011

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    By Anek Sae-Lao As I was cleaning up my email account today, I came across a forwarded email which I received from an activist friend around this time last year. The email was an open letter to Dr. Neric Acosta, the Secretary-General of the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD), a network of allegedly

  • Thailand: Will Pheu Thai put human rights first?

    By May 20, 2011

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    Thailand: Will Pheu Thai put human rights first?

    By Anek Sae-lao I had a few exchanges with a few friends over Twitter and Facebook last week after learning that Pheu Thai (PT) is fielding Yingluck Shinawatra, the sister of Thaksin Shinawatra, as the candidate for Prime Minister. I see such a move as a clear act of nepotism. Yingluck does not have any

  • Examining expat perceptions of Thai politics and the red shirts

    By May 20, 2011

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    Examining expat perceptions of Thai politics and the red shirts

    By James Goyder This article is written partly as a response to one published by Dan Waites on Asia Provocateur entitled “Why Thailand’s sexpat community hates Thaksin Shinawatra”. In his article Dan cites a statistic suggesting that 73.3% of Thai Visa (an internet forum popular with the expat community) members believe Thaksin should not be forgiven

  • The May 19 Bangkok crackdown, one year on – some thoughts

    By May 19, 2011

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    Smoke rises from burning fires in downtown Bangkok, Thailand, following the surrender of anti-government leaders to the police Wednesday, May 19, 2010.   The Thai government is attempting to end the two month long standoff with Red Shirt protestors with a massive military crackdown.  (AP Photo/David Longstreath)

    By Saksith Saiyasombut Note: The views expressed here are solely those of the author and not of Asian Correspondent and of the other Siam Voices authors I’ve been blogging about Thai current affairs and politics for over a year and my writing debut coincided with the start of the protests by the red shirts in March 2010. Over the next nine

  • Tongue-Thai’ed! Part III: O brother, where art thou?

    By May 17, 2011

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    Yingluck Shinawatra. Pic: AP.

    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 out all past entries here. The election campaign has now really begun this week

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