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Thai coup leader regrets conflict, defends actions

By Panuwat Panduprasert General Sonthi Boonyaratglin, the (nominal?) leader of Thailand’s 2006 coup d’état, has mostly stayed out of the limelight since the end of the junta regime in December 2007....

How to prevent another coup: a suggestion by Worajet Pakirat

By Prach Panchakunathorn Yesterday I attended the opening ceremony of a new website called “Enlightened Jurists” (www.enlightened-jurists.com), set up by a group of law professors at Thammasart University, led by...

Is Pattaya’s image improving?

By Newley Purnell Yesterday’s NYT/IHT has a story that examines attempts to improve Pattaya’s image. It’s called “A Thai City of Sleaze Tries to Clean Up.” The lede: PATTAYA, THAILAND — Somewhere...