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Compulsive loquaciousness: Thai junta PM goes off script at media gala dinner

By Thu, Apr 30, 2015 11:00AM UTC 1 Comment

Thailand's Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha's keynote speech at gala dinner in front of international media representatives is yet another example of the junta leader's unpredictable talkativeness, while his understanding of the media differs greatly from the international audience he was talking to....

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....

After martial law in Thailand, there is Article 44 – and a backlash against the junta

By Fri, Apr 03, 2015 8:00AM UTC 0 Comment

The removal of martial law in Thailand has not been met with relief, but with more anxiety and criticism – not only from abroad – amid fears of a descent into a fully-fledged dictatorship under Article 44, which gives the junta near-absolute power. Television viewers in Thailand saw their regular programs interrupted Wednesday evening for...

Assuming absolute control: Thai military junta revokes martial law, but…

By Wed, Apr 01, 2015 7:04AM UTC 0 Comment

The good news: the Thai military junta may soon lift martial law, which has been in place for nearly a year. The bad news: it will be replaced by something worse that could give junta leader and Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha much more power....

Thai junta leader Prayuth moves to lift martial law, impose absolute power

By Tue, Mar 31, 2015 5:44PM UTC 0 Comment

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's prime minister and junta leader has asked the king for formal approval to lift martial law, which the military imposed ahead of a coup last May that overturned an elected government. The monarch's approval is considered a formality....