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Russian premier visits Thailand: More rubles rolling into Prayuth’s regime?

By Fri, Apr 10, 2015 10:00AM UTC 0 Comment

It’s been a while since the red carpet has been rolled out at Bangkok Government House for a foreign leader who isn’t from an Asian country. That hiatus ended mid-week with the visit of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday....

Thai junta lays groundwork for its own guided democracy

By Mon, Feb 16, 2015 8:13AM UTC Comments Off

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 0 Comment

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 0 Comment

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 0 Comment

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)....