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One year anniversary of military crackdown in Thailand

By Thu, May 19, 2011 11:59PM UTC Comments Off

Today, is the one year anniversary of the crackdown and there are a number of stories. The death of one nurse though is prominently featured. AP: Cradling a framed portrait of her slain daughter, Payao Akkhahad approached a soldier outside a barracks in this vast Asian metropolis and delivered a letter asking for something her...

Democratic or opportunistic? Questions for the Red Shirt Party

By Tue, May 10, 2011 12:54AM UTC Comments Off

By Pipob Udomittipong (Guest Contributor) On Wednesday, May 11, 2011, throngs of the supporters of the right to free speech, including many so called “Red Shirts”, will again lay siege to the Nag Lerng Police Station in downtown Bangkok. Another reminiscence to the packed room of the Faculty of Law, Thammasat University in late April,...

Thailand’s armed forces: Overemphasizing the loyalty

By Thu, Apr 21, 2011 12:30PM UTC Comments Off Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha (AP Photo)

By Saksith Saiyasombut When General Prayuth Chan-ocha took over as commander-in-chief of Thailand’s armed forces last year, he made in no uncertain terms right off the bat what his top priorities are: protecting the royal institution and going after everything and everyone that is deemed a threat to it. Since then, he apparently still is not tired to emphasize...

Thailand’s red shirts: Astroturf or real grass?

By Tue, Apr 12, 2011 12:13PM UTC 1 Comment Thailand’s red shirts: Astroturf or real grass?

By Dan Waites Here’s one for you. What do Thailand’s red shirts and the United States’ Tea Party have in common? Answer: both have been derided as “astroturf” political movements – fake grassroots protest groups established to further a hidden corporate or political agenda. In August last year, The New Yorker published a fascinating article...

Do the Red Shirts care about inequality?

By Thu, Mar 31, 2011 11:24PM UTC Comments Off Thida Thawornseth (Photo: AFP)

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...

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