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China and Iran defence officials meet in effort to strengthen ties

China and Iran defence officials meet in effort to strengthen ties

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014 7:01PM UTC Comments Off China and Iran defence officials meet in effort to strengthen ties

BEIJING (AP) — China's defense minister has met with Iran's navy commander in the latest sign of warming ties between their two militaries. Thursday's meeting in Beijing follows the first joint drills between their two navies in the Persian Gulf last month....

The Thai junta’s 2015 draft budget, explained in 4 graphs

By Tue, Aug 19, 2014 10:00AM UTC Comments Off The Thai junta’s 2015 draft budget, explained in 4 graphs

Thailand's National Legislative Assembly (NLA) approved the draft for the 2015 budget in its first reading on Monday. The body, whose members were all picked by the military junta and is thus dominated by active and retired military officers, rubber-stamped the budget bill with 183 votes and three abstentions (assumed to be the assembly president and his two deputies)....

Australia: Anti-war activists raid Israeli drone factory

By Fri, Aug 15, 2014 1:37PM UTC Comments Off Anti-war activists occupy the rooftop of Elbit Systems (Photo: WACA)

Anti-war activists stormed a factory in Port Melbourne this morning  to protest against the Australian government’s support for Israeli’s war in Gaza. They raided the manufacturing compound which, they said, supplies arms and drones for Israel. Named the Melbourne Palestine Action Coalition (MPAC), it consists of activists from Whistleblowers Australian Citizens Alliance (WACA)  and renegade activists. The protesters occupied the roof of Elbit Systems and blockaded the front gate....

A first look at Thailand’s new interim constitution

By Wed, Jul 23, 2014 8:30AM UTC Comments Off Thai junta leader and army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha (left) receives the royally-endorsed interim constitution from HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej Tuesday evening. (Pic: Khaosod English/Facebook)

Two months after Thailand's military has staged a coup on May 22, 2014, the country has now adopted a new interim constitution. Army chief and junta leader General Prayuth Chan-Ocha was granted an audience with King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Tuesday in order to seek His Majesty's endorsement of the country's 19th constitution....

On ‘happiness’ and Thai opinion polls after the military coup

By Tue, Jun 24, 2014 11:30AM UTC Comments Off A Thai soldier poses for photograph with Thai-Muslim women during an event called "Return Happiness to Thai People" in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, June 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)

We here at Siam Voices usually do not cover Thai opinion polls for two reasons: first, there are too many of them out there on a weekly basis by the major survey institutes (ABAC, NIDA and Suan Dusit) alone, and second, they're mostly crap! ...

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