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New documentary explores vice and violence in Thailand’s Deep South

New documentary explores vice and violence in Thailand’s Deep South

By Tue, Dec 09, 2014 8:44AM UTC Comments Off New documentary explores vice and violence in Thailand’s Deep South

Bars line the street, on display are neon lights, beer signs and women trying to lure in passing revelers. This scene could be anywhere in Thailand, but this particular red light district in Su-ngai Kolok is on the border with Malaysia in Narathiwat province. Here, soldiers and military vehicles patrol the streets to protect the sex workers and the Malaysian men they cater to from the very real possibility of attacks by Muslim insurgents....

Thailand’s military junta to delay elections to 2016 – is anyone surprised?

By Fri, Nov 28, 2014 7:50AM UTC Comments Off A Thai soldier stands guard in front of the Democracy Monument in Bangkok after the military seized power on May 22. Pic: AP.

In the immediate aftermath of the military coup of the May 22 earlier this year, there was some early hope by rather optimistic (but ultimately naive) observers that this hostile takeover of powers would be just a "speed bump" or a "slight setback" for Thailand's democracy. The hope was that, as with the previous coup in 2006, powers would be returned to a quasi-civilian government that would organize fresh democratic elections within a year....

The curious case of Yingluck Shinawatra’s Bangkok Post (non-)interview

By Thu, Nov 27, 2014 8:51AM UTC Comments Off The curious case of Yingluck Shinawatra’s Bangkok Post (non-)interview

On Monday, the 'Bangkok Post' ran what was touted as the "first interview" given by former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra since the military coup of May 22, 2014, which ousted her government after nearly six months of anti-government protests and thus a manufactured political deadlock. ...

28 weeks later: Prayuth, censorship and the media in post-coup Thailand

By Tue, Nov 18, 2014 10:34AM UTC Comments Off Thai coup leader and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. Pic: AP.

Since his time as army chief, General Prayuth Chan-ocha’s relationship with the media has been strenuous at best. Now as the coup leader and prime minister he constantly in the limelight, and his gaffes are under more scrutiny than ever. On the other hand, the media itself is facing stringent censorship....

Re-drawing the invisible line: Lèse majesté cases pile under Thailand’s junta

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014 6:17AM UTC Comments Off Pic: AP.

Since the military coup, the number of lèse majesté cases has been rising in Thailand as the chances of the accused grow even slimmer under the junta’s rule. The trial was about to start when everybody except the defendants and their lawyers were asked to leave the room. Despite negotiations by observers and in the...

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