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Some say the recent reshuffle has bolstered PM Yingluck Shinawatra's position. Pic: AP.

The month in Thailand: Reshuffles, coup rumblings and the 3G farce

By Thu, Nov 01, 2012 11:00AM UTC Comments Off Some say the recent reshuffle has bolstered PM Yingluck Shinawatra's position. Pic: AP.

October is normally a politically heated month in Thailand, as seen in the numerous street protests, military shenanigans and other political developments in the recent history and in the more distant past. However, the events in this month were less controversial, or the changes were in the detail, or both. Here are some of the stories...

Tongue-Thai’ed! Part XIII: A coup (de main) for national unity

By Tue, Apr 24, 2012 10:30AM UTC Comments Off Sonthi Boonyaratglin. Pic: AP.

By Saksith Saiyasombut “Tongue-Thai’ed!” encapsulates the most baffling, amusing, confusing, outrageous and appalling quotes from Thai politicians and other public figures – in short: everything we hear that makes us go “Huh?!”. Check out all past entries here. The General Sonthi Boonyaratglin of 2006 is very different from the Sonthi Boonyaratglin of today. The former was army...

The Q.E.D of the “C” word story – deciphering the Indian coup report

By Thu, Apr 05, 2012 3:11AM UTC Comments Off

After a day-long tracking of what was ‘trending’ and who said what, if one has to make a cold analysis of the Quod Erat Demonstrandum of the Indian Express report on the C-word, where does one begin and what does one conclude? The report was intended to send alarm bells ringing by reporting on an...

China punishes social media, websites on coup talk

By Sat, Mar 31, 2012 7:01PM UTC 2 Comments China punishes social media, websites on coup talk

BEIJING (AP) — China is closing a dozen websites, penalizing two popular social media sites and detaining six people for circulating rumors of a coup that rattled Beijing in the midst of its worst high-level political crisis in years. The extensive clampdown, announced late Friday by state media, underscores the authoritarian government’s anxieties over a...

Thailand: What’s so controversial about Nitirat’s constitution draft?

By Thu, Feb 02, 2012 5:23AM UTC Comments Off Thailand: What’s so controversial about Nitirat’s constitution draft?

By Prach Panchakunathorn I have blogged earlier about the group of legal scholars called “Nitirat” and their proposals. Last month they proposed to nullify the legal effects of the 2006 coup (see BP’s post here) and to amend the lese-majeste law (see my post here). They made headlines again last week when they proposed that a new...

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