By Prach Panchakunathorn The National Reform Committee (NRC) and the parallel National Reform Assembly (NRA), both appointed by the Abhisit government, propose measures to solve “inequality”. (See here and here.) What do the NRC hope to achieve with these measures? Former PM Anand Panyarachun, chairman of the NRC, stated that the NRC’s ultimate goal was to “bring...
By Dan Waites With a general election expected within months, earlier this week The Nation interviewed election strategists from four of Thailand’s major political parties. Among those quizzed were representatives of the three largest parties in the governing coalition – the Democrats, Chart Thai Pattana and Bhum Jai Thai – as well as Khanawat Wassinsangworn,...
Over the last week I’ve read a number of blogs and tweets from people, many of whom are based in the West, asking whether and when the wave of social-media inspired democracy protests will arrive in Asia. Most of those asking the question are looking towards China, with its rigid internet laws, lack of free...
By Saksith Saiyasombut Last week, VoiceTV* reported this: Gen Prem Tinsulanonda, Anand Panyarachun and ACM Siddhi Savetsila were Thursday sued on lese majeste charges. Gen Prem, the chief privy counsel and former prime minister, Mr Anand, a former prime minister, and ACM Siddhi, a former foreign minister, were altogether charged by Red Shirt movement for alleged...
BK Magazine* has a profile of Sombat Boonngam-anong. Some key excerpts: I was expelled from high school after I led a protest against the principal for student rights. At that time students had lots of problems with expensive, heavy, new school bags and corruption related to school fees. … My turning point was when I...
Abe on 1st trip to Burma by Japan PM in 36 years
Fri, May 24, 2013 5:20PM UTC
Roadside bomb kills 5 soldiers in southern Thailand
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Fri, May 24, 2013 3:30PM UTC
Nepal: 5 climbers feared dead on world’s 3rd highest peak
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2 former sex slaves cancel Japan mayor meeting
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Japanese climber, 80, becomes oldest to conquer Everest
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Heat wave causes power outages, anger in India
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