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Surakiart Sathirathai, who was deputy PM under Thaksin Shinawatra, has been campaigning for funds for a Thai Studies program at Harvard University. Pic: AP.

Thai Studies, Harvard University and the problem with political lobbyists

By Tue, Aug 26, 2014 9:05AM UTC Comments Off Surakiart Sathirathai, who was deputy PM under Thaksin Shinawatra, has been campaigning for funds for a Thai Studies program at Harvard University. Pic: AP.

It is an unfortunate reality that many areas of study at universities across the world will never have the same draw than others. Very often, the more exotic the area, the less attractive it is for most prospective students. ...

Thai junta leader Prayuth takes over as prime minister

By Mon, Aug 25, 2014 1:54PM UTC Comments Off Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha speaks  after he accepted a written royal command issued by King Bhumibol Adulyadej certifying his appointment as the country's 29th premier in Bangkok, Monday. Pic: AP.

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's junta leader has officially become the new prime minister following a royal endorsement from the country's monarch. ...

Abhisit compares the coup and the military junta to Sarit

By Mon, Aug 25, 2014 1:00PM UTC Comments Off

The Nation on July 9: Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said yesterday that it was not necessary for the interim charter to grant the ruling National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) absolute control because the country was not facing any security threats. Abhisit expressed disapproval of Article 17 in the proposed charter, which he...

Anti-Thaksin energy reform activists detained by Thailand’s military junta

By Mon, Aug 25, 2014 10:15AM UTC Comments Off A former imprisoned for illegally entering CambodiaThai nationalist activist Veera Somkwamkid, center, enters the Phnom Penh International Airport upon his arrival, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Wednesday, July 2, 2014.

The Bangkok Post on August 20: Energy reform advocates kicked off their 950km walking campaign from Songkhla’s Hat Yai district to Bangkok yesterday to raise public awareness of national energy policy. The group, called “Partnership on Energy Reform,” started the campaign at the Clock Tower square in Muang Hat Yai municipality, drawing about 100 participants...

Junta leader Prayuth eases restrictions on visa runners in Thailand

By Sat, Aug 23, 2014 2:27PM UTC Comments Off Pic: Shutterstock.

Thailand's leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha has acknowledged that a recent tightening of visa rules put English teachers in a precarious situation and instructed Immigration officials to be flexible with visa runners, according to The Nation. ...

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