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Newin’s struggle to win hearts and minds

By Tue, Aug 10, 2010 6:09AM UTC

By James Harriman, Matichon Weekly has an interesting article on Newin Chidchob and his Bhum Jai Thai (BJT) party in its recent edition. The article comes after Newin and BJT splashed the headlines last week with reports from its party meeting. Below are key highlights from the article: Newin has

Thailand: No longer the land of smiles?

By Tue, Aug 10, 2010 4:00AM UTC

Marianna Brungs, who was an Australian diplomat based in Bangkok from 2005-2008, has written a paper (PDF – 19 pages) for Chatham House (AKA Royal Institute of International Affairs). The introduction: While Thailand’s reputation as ‘the land of smiles’ is a cliché, the recent images of violence and unrest in Bangkok have been a

Really inappropriate metaphor of the day

By Tue, Aug 10, 2010 2:04AM UTC

Most people are heavily criticizing Asif Ali Zardari and his government in the aftermath of the floods. Now, you may disagree with that criticism — and I do, at least in its severity, and will be writing a post on this soon — but that is another matter. The point

Face of the day

By Tue, Aug 10, 2010 12:00AM UTC Face of the day

Newly appointed Prime Minister Kim Tae-ho is seen in his university graduation picture here, courtesy of the Chosun Ilbo.

Cambodia seeks UN help in Thailand border dispute

By Mon, Aug 09, 2010 8:20PM UTC

Cambodian’s prime minister called on the United Nations to help resolve a territorial dispute with Thailand, saying Monday that the two countries with troops at the border have reached an impasse. Prime Minister Hun Sen accused his Thai counterpart of threatening to use military force in the neighbors’ rival claims

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