Category: Thailand

Thailand

What is King Bhumibol’s legacy?

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The death of  the world’s longest-reigning monarch, King Bhumbibol Adulyadej, on 13 October may loose forces that will energise a new round of political turmoil in Thailand The 70-year reign of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej started and ended inauspiciously. It was a family tragedy that unexpectedly brought Bhumibol to the throne. He went on to […]

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The real meaning of Thailand’s constitutional referendum

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If history is a guide, Thailand’s latest constitution will be shortlived Many observers of Thailand’s ongoing debilitating political crisis have been scratching their heads trying to understand how Thai voters approved a draft constitution in the referendum on 7 August 2016 which is so blatantly designed to entrench military rule. The result of the referendum […]

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Finding the grains of truth in Thailand’s spoiled-rice scandal

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Thailand’s simmering politics could be about to become even hotter as former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra faces her accusers over a scheme to provide cheap rice to poor farmers There has long been something special among Thais about rice and female spirits, an essential nurturing attribute important to sustain the essence of life (khwan). Every […]

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Thailand’s military regime continues to tighten its grip

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A return to democracy in Thailand is the hands of the masses It was on a normal workday on Tuesday 2 February at around 11 am at the studio of Peace TV—a Red Shirt-affiliated television station where the suppressed UDD (United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship) Red Shirt leader Jatuporn Prompan works as a host, […]

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Thailand dictatorship far from benign

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Thailand’s military court is being used to process civilian crimes against the crown and state for the first time since the 1970s, writes TYRELL HABERKORN. Since the 22 May 2014 coup by the National Council or Peace and Order (NCPO), the 12th ‘successful’ (meaning that power was seized) coup since the end of the absolute […]

Laos, Thailand

Laos foots the bill for power-hungry Bangkok

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Bangkok’s ever increasing electricity consumption is perpetuating injustice in Laos, writes DANNY MARKS. Seven months ago, in May, Bangkok’s latest shopping mall, Central Embassy, celebrated its opening with aplomb, attracting several thousand Bangkok celebrities to this glitzy affair. The 144 000 square-meter luxurious and futuristic-looking mall was described by Travel & Leisure magazine as a ‘monster […]