Thailand

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 […]

Thailand

Judiciary shows its true colours in Thailand’s coup

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The recent ousting of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra reflects a judiciary that has become politically interventionist and remarkably powerful, writes KEVIN HEWISON. In May 2014, a series of rapid-fire events saw Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra disqualified by the Constitutional Court, the military declare martial law and then, on 22 May, the Army commander declared […]