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  • 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

  • Videos show Thai MP, activists before arrest in Cambodia

    By Jan 04, 2011

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    Videos show Thai MP, activists before arrest in Cambodia

    By Saksith Saiyasombut Last week, seven Thais were arrested by Cambodian authorities for allegedly crossing the border into Cambodian territory illegally (check out previous coverage by fellow Siam Voices writer Thorn Pitidol and at Bangkok Pundit). Among the detained are Democrat MP Panich Vikitsreth and PAD-affiliated activists Samdin Lertbutr and Veera Somkwamkit. The latter is the

  • New developments in the Thai-Cambodia conflict

    By Dec 30, 2010

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    A Thai activist, Veera Somkwamkid, a core leader of Yellow Shirt, right, escorted by Cambodian court security personnel, at Phnom Penh Municipal Court, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010. Pic: AP.

    By Thorn Pitidol To those who may have missed this breaking news from yesterday (Dec, 29), the Cambodian army have arrested and detained seven Thais who they said had illegally crossed the border into Cambodian territory. The seven Thais who were arrested include two well-known PAD members, Veera Somkwamkit and Samdin Lertbutr, wh0 were both

  • Thailand: General Prayuth’s wish list for 2011

    By Dec 29, 2010

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    New Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha salutes during a hand over of duty ceremony Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Pic: AP.

    By Saksith Saiyasombut It seems that Thailand’s army commander-in-chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha is already being more outspoken in public (with a public outburst being his last outing) than his predecessor(s) in such a short time, considering he just took up the post in October. This week, he outlined four points on his wish list for the

  • How much did the CRES cost? Don’t ask General Prayuth about it!

    By Dec 23, 2010

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    By Saksith Saiyasombut After the state of emergency was lifted in Bangkok and three other provinces on Tuesday it was also time for the CRES, which overlooked the security situation (and made it’s spokesperson Col. Sansern an instant celebrity), to be dissolved. Now the monitoring body is no more (but is essentially replaced with another

  • WikiLeaks and Thai Jedi mind tricks

    By Dec 22, 2010

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    WikiLeaks and Thai Jedi mind tricks

    By Jon Dent (Guest Contributor) Over the past few weeks the London based Guardian newspaper has released several batches of WikiLeaked classified U.S. diplomatic cables relating to Thailand. Discussing Thailand’s sensitive political questions are generally carried out in the shadows, in whispered conversations, and usually not in Thai.  While titillating in the details and names

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