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Thailand opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva seen during anti-government protests in November. Pic: AP.

Tongue-Thai’ed!: Whistle blown on Abhisit’s spurious pleas for reform

By Thu, Jan 09, 2014 12:00PM UTC 1 Comment Thailand opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva seen during anti-government protests in November. Pic: AP.

This is part XXIV of “Tongue-Thai’ed!”, an ongoing series where we collect the most baffling, amusing, confusing, outrageous and appalling quotes from Thai politicians and other public figures. Check out all past entries here. Ever since deciding not to compete in the upcoming snap-elections on February 2 after a lot of meandering, the implosion of the opposition Democrat...

Siam Voices 2013 Review – Part 1: Blowing the final whistle on Thailand’s political calm

By Fri, Dec 27, 2013 12:00PM UTC Comments Off Pic: AP.

Welcome to the Siam Voices 2013 year in review series, where we look back at the most important and interesting headlines, issues and stories that happened in Thailand this past year. Today we start with the political 2013, which looked very different when it started compared to the chaos on the street we have now...

Opinion: Thai opposition boycott a slap in the face to voters

By Sun, Dec 22, 2013 11:00AM UTC 4 Comments Former Thai PM Abhisit Vejjajiva. Pic: AP.

Thailand’s opposition Democrat Party is to boycott the February 2 elections, prolonging the current political crisis. But this move will hurt the country’s oldest political party in the long-run, writes Saksith Saiyasombut When Sukhumband Paribatra was reelected as Governor of Bangkok in March this year he did it with a record number of over 1.25m votes, maintaining the Democrat Party’s...

‘It will hurt either way’: Thai opposition still undecided on elections

By Wed, Dec 18, 2013 10:30AM UTC Comments Off Thailand opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva seen during anti-government protests in November. Pic: AP.

In Southeast Asian Buddhist mythology, the goddess that is known in Thailand as Phra Mae Thorani (พระแม่ธรณี) was called upon by the Bodhisattva to help him fend off the demon Māra, who tried to distract him from seeking enlightenment. According to the myth, Thorani then twisted her very long hair and out came an enormous torrent of water that...

The Economist on Suthep and the Democrats

By Tue, Dec 03, 2013 12:00PM UTC 1 Comment Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Pic: AP.

Banyan in The Economist on November 30: But the question now is how long they can keep it up for. For, despite the presence of tens of thousands of protestors on the streets; the dramatic occupation of some government offices; and the many sit-ins now taking place around Bangkok, on balance the week probably belonged...

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