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A Thai soldier stands guard in front of the Democracy Monument in Bangkok after the military seized power on May 22. Pic: AP.

28 weeks later in post-coup Thailand: Some personal thoughts

By Sat, Nov 22, 2014 11:45AM 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.

Hindsight is a tricky thing. It is the understanding of something only after it has already occurred. You may anticipate or predict it, but getting a truly clear picture of what has happened mostly is something that is visible after the fact. ...

28 weeks later: Education reform in Thailand under the junta

By Fri, Nov 21, 2014 4:09PM UTC Comments Off Education in Thailand.

When the military junta came to power in May 2014, it vowed to bring an end to corruption and reform Thailand’s underperforming civil institutions, amongst which the education system was a clear priority....

Thailand: Burmese ethnic armed groups ordered to inform junta of meetings

By Fri, Nov 21, 2014 12:54PM UTC Comments Off Kachin Independence Army recruits in training. Photo: AP

Lt-Gen Sathit Pittrat, commander of the Thai Third Regional Army, has directed that Burmese ethnic armed organisations (EAOs) must give advance notice to and seek permission from the army for any meetings they intend to hold in Thailand....

Thai junta leader pats reporter on head, tugs his ear

By Fri, Nov 21, 2014 9:59AM UTC Comments Off Thai coup leader and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. Pic: AP.

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's military-installed prime minister, known for scolding journalists, is trying a new tack: patting their heads and tugging their ears....

28 weeks later: Thailand tourism down, but not out

By Thu, Nov 20, 2014 4:53PM UTC Comments Off A tourist walks past a street vendor in Bangkok, Thailand. Pic: AP.

Earlier this month Thailand’s Tourism Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul said that about 25 million foreign visitors are expected to visit the country this year, down from 26.7 million in 2013. This seems optimistic, considering that Thailand has suffered a tumultuous year marred by months of violent political protests and a military coup on May 22....

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