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  • 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

  • Thai government fights back, unveils new populist measures

    By Dec 21, 2010

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    Thai government fights back, unveils new populist measures

    In perhaps the clearest indication yet that Thai politicians are entering the ‘election mode’, the Thai government has announced a set of wide-ranging policy measures aimed squarely at rural farmers and the urban poor, both generally seen as supporters of Thaksin and his associated parties.

  • Rethinking the Demutualisation of Thailand’s Stock Exchange

    By Dec 19, 2010

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    Thailand's Stock Exchange. Pic: AP.

    By Narun Popattanachai Former Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) president Patareeya  Benjapholchai emphasized in her final remark before stepping down in June 2010 that demutualization of the bourse must remain high on her predecessor’s agenda in order to reinforce the SET with a competitive edge it badly needs. Apart from the fact that the demutualising process

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