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‘Merchant of Death’ back in Thai court

By Mon, Oct 04, 2010 10:29AM UTC

Alleged Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, the so-called “Merchant of Death”, was to appear in a Thai court again on Monday in the next legal hurdle of his protracted US extradition case. Bout, wanted on terrorism charges by the United States, was expected to be flown out in August after

Three dead as 20 NATO tankers set ablaze in Pakistan

By Mon, Oct 04, 2010 10:21AM UTC

Three people were killed on Monday and up to eight others wounded when about 20 NATO oil tankers were attacked and set ablaze near the Pakistani capital, in the second mass torching in days. Television pictures showed a towering inferno of fire coming from the trucks that were filling up

“Soft” authoritarianism

By Mon, Oct 04, 2010 9:00AM UTC

In a follow-up to Thitinan’s op-ed in the Bangkok Post entitled “Thailand and its hybrid authoritarianism”, Joshua Kurlantzick of the Council on Foreign Relations has some comments on Thitinan’s op-ed then states: It may well be, as some Thai friends believe, that Abhisit is not happy with the extent of

Who is really behind NATO convoy attacks? (Updated below)

By Mon, Oct 04, 2010 7:30AM UTC

So here’s what we know: On Thursday September 30, three Pakistani Frontier Corps personnel were killed by a NATO airstrike. The very same day, Pakistan shut down one particular border crossing to Afghanistan in protest. On Friday October 1, two NATO convoys were attacked in separate parts of the country,

Will Thailand deport Burmese refugees after the election?

By Sun, Oct 03, 2010 11:59PM UTC

The Irrawaddy: Thai Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya is working on a plan to repatriate Burmese refugees and intellectuals after the Nov. 7 election, saying that the Thai government will assist in their return to “half-democratic” Burma. He told a US audience that upon his return to Bangkok, he will “launch

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