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Thai junta lays groundwork for its own guided democracy

Thai junta lays groundwork for its own guided democracy

By Mon, Feb 16, 2015 8:13AM UTC Comments Off Thai junta lays groundwork for its own guided democracy

As the Thai military government pushes ahead with its so-called reform plans, the legal groundwork in form of some sort of reform continuation body is being laid out so that the generals will have enough power to influence Thai politics for the foreseeable future....

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. ...

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 Australia: Anti-war activists raid Israeli drone factory

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....