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  • Thailand: The curious case of the two Buriram football clubs

    By Feb 22, 2011

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    Newin Chidchob. Pic: AP.

    by James Goyder The margins between sport and politics often get blurred. In Italy Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is hoping that, after some extensive investment, his AC Milan team will do well enough this season to deflect attention from some of his other alleged extra curricular activities. You only need to glance at some of

  • “Black Khmer magic” a threat to the Thai army?!

    By Feb 20, 2011

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    A Thai soldier wears an amulet on the outside of his bullet proof vest along with ammunition as he takes up a position across from an anti-government barriade near Lumpini Park in downtown Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, May 19, 2010. Pic: AP.

    By Saksith Saiyasombut During the most recent clashes at the Thai-Cambodian border the Thai military have beefed up their presence in the area with more troops, more military hardware and apparently also more amulets…?! The chief of the 2nd Army distributed talismans to his troops to help protect them from evil curses which he believes

  • The Cambodian view on border clashes with Thailand

    By Feb 18, 2011

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    The Cambodian view on border clashes with Thailand

    By Saksith Saiyasombut In a comment in the English language The Phnom Penh Post, co-founder and former editor-in-chief Michael Hayes expressed his view on the most recent Thai-Cambodian border clashes and reflects on the national feeling about this issue. He writes: At the very least I’ve never been called a spin doctor for the Cambodian

  • “Enter The RED Shirts” – An upcoming documentary

    By Feb 18, 2011

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    “Enter The RED Shirts” – An upcoming documentary

    By Saksith Saiyasombut Several readers have pointed out a trailer for an upcoming documentary titled “Enter The RED Shirts: A Documentary Project” by Aphiwat Saengphatthaseema. The filmmaker himself explains his project as following: I documented both camps’ activities on the field and found that the topic is very relevant to the interests of the Thai

  • 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

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