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  • Thai-Cambodian border clashes: Nationalist fever boils over

    By Feb 10, 2011

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    A Cambodian Buddhist monk walks toward the Cambodia's 11th century Hindu Preah Vihear temple, which was enlisted as UNESCO's World Heritage site in Preah Vihear province, about 245 kilometers (152 miles) north of Phnom Penh, Cambodia Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011. Pic: AP.

    By Saksith Saiyasombut It has been nearly a week since the tense situation at the Thai-Cambodian border at the disputed ancient Hindu temple Preah Vihear escalated yet again, when troops on both sides exchanged gunfire and according to independent observers, killed 11 people on both sides. Even though no shooting has been reported since Tuesday, the current

  • 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.

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