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  • Thai coup leader regrets conflict, defends actions

    By Sep 23, 2010

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    By Panuwat Panduprasert General Sonthi Boonyaratglin, the (nominal?) leader of Thailand’s 2006 coup d’état, has mostly stayed out of the limelight since the end of the junta regime in December 2007. But that doesn’t mean he has no political ambition. For a few months he served as one of the Deputy PMs under the Surayud government

  • How to prevent another coup: a suggestion by Worajet Pakirat

    By Sep 20, 2010

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    By Prach Panchakunathorn Yesterday I attended the opening ceremony of a new website called “Enlightened Jurists” (www.enlightened-jurists.com), set up by a group of law professors at Thammasart University, led by Dr Worajet Pakirat. (Actually the name of the website in Thai is slightly subtler. It’s “นิติราษฎร์”, or “law for the people”.) The opening ceremony was

  • Thai statistic of the day: young people don’t care about politics!

    By Sep 18, 2010

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    By Saksith Saiyasombut Note: the following post contains satire! Here are some numbers for you as seen in an article by the Bangkok Post… An opinion survey by Bangkok Poll at Bangkok University found that more than 60 per cent of young people pay little or no attention to politics. The pollsters surveyed 1,159 people in

  • Is Pattaya’s image improving?

    By Sep 16, 2010

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    By Newley Purnell Yesterday’s NYT/IHT has a story that examines attempts to improve Pattaya’s image. It’s called “A Thai City of Sleaze Tries to Clean Up.” The lede: PATTAYA, THAILAND — Somewhere in the world there may be a city with a more seedy reputation, a place more devoted to the sex industry and more notorious as

  • Puea Thai Party’s flip-flop leadership

    By Sep 15, 2010

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    By Saksith Saiyasombut The opposition Puea Thai Party (PT) had some turbulent days in the past week with the sudden announcement of Yongyuth Wichaidit stepping down as the party’s leader. But why? Yongyuth has served for less than two years as an unhappy nominal Pheu Thai leader, whose job was exclusively to fulfil legal and

  • Undelivered Ukrainian APCs and German weapon exports to Thailand

    By Sep 13, 2010

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    By Saksith Saiyasombut In 2007 the military interim government has announced the purchase of 96 BTR-3E1 armored personnel carriers (APCs) worth THB 4bn (about $117m). And how many have been delivered to Thailand until now? None! The reasons were supposedly that the engines by German manufacturers Deutz tend to overheat. But apart from the technical problems made in Germany

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