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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.

Thailand’s post-coup ‘reform’ process: Only a few ‘good’ men at the helm

By Thu, Oct 30, 2014 9:55AM 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.

The "reform" plans by Thailand's military government continue to take shape. After the establishment of the so-called National Reform Council, a Constitutional Drafting Committee will be created soon. But developments in both groups suggest again that any attempts to revamp the political system will be a very exclusive, one-sided affair....

The US scales down “Cobra Gold” military exercises in Thailand

By Mon, Oct 27, 2014 8:39AM UTC Comments Off Pic: Saksith Saiyasombut

A crucial part in the military junta's desire to win approval from the international community are its current ties to the United States. But the signs between Washington and Bangkok are somewhat ambiguous right now, writes Saksith Saiyasombut....

More support for gay and transgender communities needed in Thailand

By Sat, Oct 25, 2014 5:30PM UTC Comments Off Member's of Thailand's LGBT community dance at a parade in Bangkok. Pic: AP.

Thailand has made strides in the fight against HIV, but must do more to directly prevent HIV transmission among men who have sex with men, transgender people, and sex workers. Midnight Poonkasetwattana, Executive Director of the Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health (APCOM), says it is crucial that the government and healthcare providers create a more welcoming and supportive environment for high-risk groups....

Re-drawing the invisible line: Lèse majesté cases pile under Thailand’s junta

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014 6:17AM UTC Comments Off Re-drawing the invisible line: Lèse majesté cases pile under Thailand’s junta

Since the military coup, the number of lèse majesté cases has been rising in Thailand as the chances of the accused grow even slimmer under the junta’s rule. The trial was about to start when everybody except the defendants and their lawyers were asked to leave the room. Despite negotiations by observers and in the...

Thailand: Breaking the silence

By Wed, Oct 22, 2014 10:36AM UTC Comments Off A Thai anti-government protester raise his hand under giant  national flag during a mass rally in Bangkok, Thailand in March. Pic: AP.

In the wake of the coup in Thailand, a calm has descended over the country, with little visible dissent or opposition. But will this silence last, or is it just the calm before the storm?...

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