Thaksin royal pardon has Thailand coup watchers on alert as the 9s line up again

Thaksin royal pardon has Thailand coup watchers on alert as the 9s line up again

After just 106 days in office the coming days promise to be a tense period for the government of Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra (‡∏¢‡∏¥‡πà‡∏á‡∏•‡∏±‡∏Ň∏©‡∏ì‡πå ‡∏ä‡∏¥‡∏ô‡∏߇∏±‡∏ï‡∏£), with conditions approaching ideal for the Royal Thai Army (‡∏Ň∏≠‡∏á‡∏ó‡∏±‡∏û‡∏ö‡∏Ňπч∏ó‡∏¢) to mount the country’s 19th coup d’√©tat since absolute monarchy rule was abolished 79 years ago. Already the subject […]

Jatuporn to be Yingluck’s first test on clean Thailand government

Jatuporn to be Yingluck’s first test on clean Thailand government

For the past three years one of the most familiar faces at red-shirt rallies across Thailand has been that of United Front for Democracy (UDD) co-leader and former Pheu Thai Party (PTP) MP Jatuporn Prompan, now languishing in the Bangkok Remand Center and threatening to become the first real test of how clean the newly […]

Thailand tourism industry prioritised to lead 2009 recovery as economy shrinks 5%

Thailand tourism industry prioritised to lead 2009 recovery as economy shrinks 5%

Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has targeted the Thailand tourism industry as a priority for reviving the Thai economy in 2009¬† in a speech to members of the National Economic and Social Advisory Council (Nesac). In his policies for solving economic and social problems speech, Mr Abhisit said the government needed to boost Thailand‚Äôs economy […]

Red shirts defiant as “third hand” blamed for Thailand riots and assassination attempt: Thai tourism plummets

Red shirts defiant as “third hand” blamed for Thailand riots and assassination attempt: Thai tourism plummets

Less than 24-hours after Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva removed the state of emergency decree for Bangkok and five other Thai provinces, red shirt pro-democracy supporters have rallied at Sanam Luang, a traditional political rallying ground in the center of Bangkok directly in front of Thailand‚Äôs Grand Palace. With the majority of its leadership in […]

Rumours fester among Bangkok red shirts as emergency decree continues

Rumours fester among Bangkok red shirts as emergency decree continues

One week after Thai soldiers clashed with rioting pro-democracy “red shirt” protesters on the streets of Bangkok the country is still governed under the state of emergency decree imposed by Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. The emergency declaration bans gatherings of more than five people for political purposes, censors news reports considered threatening to public […]

Thailand Prime Minister dead man walking as Asean leaders flee Pattaya

Thailand Prime Minister dead man walking as Asean leaders flee Pattaya

The ongoing political protests in Thailand and the hasty cancellation of the 14th Asean economic summit that saw 14 heads of state hurriedly evacuated from a Pattaya hotel rooftop by helicopter will have a long-lasting affect on Thailand. After only four months in office Prime Minister Abhisit¬† Veijajiva already looks like a dead man walking […]

Thailand political unrest continues as hundreds of thousands rally in Bangkok

Thailand political unrest continues as hundreds of thousands rally in Bangkok

Less than five months after yellow-shirted anti-government protesters seized and closed Bangkok‚Äôs two airports stranding hundreds of thousands of international tourists, the country is headed towards further political unrest after more than 150,000 pro-democracy red shirt protesters rallied in Bangkok today. The mass rally saw supporters of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), […]

Thailand on the edge ahead of mass pro-democracy protest

Thailand on the edge ahead of mass pro-democracy protest

Tonight Thailand sits on the edge. After weeks of small-scale pro-democracy rallies throughout the country, a mass march and the surrounding of Government House by red-shirted pro-democracy protesters, and nightly video calls from deposed prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, the day of political reckoning is almost here. Dubbed D-Day by some, organisers of the latest round […]