Group concerned for activist missing in Thailand

By Mon, Apr 21, 2014 2:06PM UTC Pic: AP.

BANGKOK (AP) — An international human rights group is calling on Thai authorities to investigate the disappearance of a prominent environmental activist. Human Rights Watch says Por Cha Lee Rakcharoen, known as “Billy,” has been missing since he was detained last week in Petchaburi province’s Kaengkrachan National Park. Park chief

Thai police: 2-year-old killed in southern attack

By Mon, Apr 21, 2014 11:39AM UTC Pic: AP.

HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) — Police in southern Thailand say suspected insurgents shot dead three people, including a 2-year-old girl, in a drive-by shooting. Police Col. Chartchai Chanasit says two gunmen riding on a motorcycle carried out the attack on Sunday in the Bannang Sata district of Yala province.

Census or election? What is the better way out of Thailand’s stalemate?

By Mon, Apr 21, 2014 10:00AM UTC Pic: AP.

Chaiwat Satha-Anand is professor of political science, Thammasat University, and chairperson of the Strategic Nonviolence Commission, Thailand Research Fund has an op-ed in the Bangkok Post stating “Census holds key to defusing stalemate”. He states: Elections, admittedly with all their imperfections, are one of the most significant innovations in conflict

Thailand fails to curtail Songkran road carnage

By Fri, Apr 18, 2014 1:09PM UTC Pic: AP.

Songkran, Thailand’s Buddhist New Year festival, ended earlier this week but the holiday’s dark legacy of high road deaths continues to cast a pall. Thai PBS reported that 277 people died in road accidents during the holiday, and 2,926 sustained injuries in nearly 2,754 reported accidents.

Thailand’s Blue Diamond affair and the PDRC connection

By Fri, Apr 18, 2014 10:00AM UTC Suthep Thaugsuban at Lumpini Park on Saturday, March 1, 2014 (Photo: Casey Hynes)

Saudi Arabia downgraded its diplomatic relations with Thailand in 1990 after the murder of four Saudi diplomats, the murder of a Saudi businessman, and the theft of jewellery from the Saudi royal family. The latter is known as the Blue Diamond affair – see post here for more details. In

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