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Demystifying Thailand through October 6, 1976 massacre

By Pokpong Lawansiri Today is the 34th anniversary of the October 6, 1976 massacre. The BBC World Service’s Witness Programme reports the significance of the massacre in Thai politics. The...

Thai King says haves should give to have-nots

By Thorn Pitidol Matichon Online has reported on the latest Royal speech given during the private meeting between King Bhumibhol and the privy councillors, led by General Prem Tinsulanonda. The speech was given...

The right to the net in Southeast Asia

By Jon Dent (Guest Contributor)  I recently returned from the 5th international Internet Governance Forum (IGF) held in the Baltic capital of Lithuania, Vilnius. Six Southeast Asian free-speech campaigners, internet...

Thailand’s 3G saga

By Newley Purnell Arguments over stipulations in the Thai constitution. Court rulings. Frustrated investors. Beguiled local people. Sound familiar? No, this isn’t the Map Ta Phut industrial estate case. It’s...