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A Thai anti-government protester raise his hand under giant  national flag during a mass rally in Bangkok, Thailand in March. Pic: AP.

Thailand: Breaking the silence

By Wed, Oct 22, 2014 10:36AM UTC Comments Off A Thai anti-government protester raise his hand under giant  national flag during a mass rally in Bangkok, Thailand in March. Pic: AP.

In the wake of the coup in Thailand, a calm has descended over the country, with little visible dissent or opposition. But will this silence last, or is it just the calm before the storm?...

Why are people really protesting in Hong Kong?

By Wed, Oct 22, 2014 7:54AM UTC Comments Off Police try to control crowds in Mong Kok. Pic: AP

Ask anyone in Hong Kong why so many people have taken to the streets and the answer will often be the same: “for democracy,” “for universal suffrage,” or “to elect a fair government.” Equally, one could look at any of the slogans disseminated around the protests sites. Be it a sticker or a poster pasted on a wall, the message is likely to be something related to democracy and elections....

Likhit Dhiravegin Interview – Part 3: On Article 7 and appointing a new PM

By Sun, May 11, 2014 4:55PM UTC 1 Comment Likhit Dhiravegin, right. Pic from YouTube.

On May 9, 2014, the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) kicked off its “all-out final battle” to oust the “Thaksin regime” by occupying state TV stations and telling them to stop broadcasting government statements and to only broadcast only the PDRC’s. They also went to the parliament building to ask the Senate to help resolve “the political deadlock.” ...

Likhit Dhiravegin Interview – Part 2: On the orchestration of a political vacuum

By Sat, May 10, 2014 1:38PM UTC 1 Comment Likhit Dhiravegin, right. Pic from YouTube.

On May 7, 2014, the Constitutional Court ousted caretaker PM Yingluck Shinawatra from office for abusing her power in transferring the former national security chief Thawil Pliensri. ...

Constitutional amendment and the guardians of Thai democracy – Part 2

By Sun, Oct 20, 2013 1:43PM UTC 1 Comment Constitutional amendment and the guardians of Thai democracy – Part 2

By Kaewmala As discussed in Part 1: Constitutional Court and constitutional amendment, the Constitutional Court and independent agencies have played crucial roles in Thailand’s protracted political conflict between the old establishment and the new anti-establishment forces. Often aligned with the traditional elite, the independent agencies are widely seen as the “guardians” of Thai democracy. They...

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