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 […]

Red-shirts return to Ratchaprasong for anniversary of deadly 2010 crackdown

Red-shirts return to Ratchaprasong for anniversary of deadly 2010 crackdown

This story was updated at 6:45pm May 27, 2011. Additional/ edited text in blue type. One year after the violent military crackdown against red-shirt (‡πć∏™‡∏∑‡∏≠‡πâ‡πŇ∏î‡∏á) anti-government protesters in the heart of the Bangkok business district more than 10,000 of the groups faithful gathered at the Ratchaprasong intersection today, May 19, 2011, to mark the deaths […]

Who killed Seh Daeng?

Who killed Seh Daeng?

One year ago today as red-shirt (เสือ้แดง) protesters hunkered down behind fearsome looking bamboo and tire barricades blockading about 8 sq.km (3 sq.miles) of the central Bangkok business district, surrounded by heavily armed Royal Thai Army (RTA) (กองทัพบก) troops, one of the protest movements most colorful figures, RTA specialist, Major-General Khattiya Sawatdiphon (ขัตติยะ สวัสดิผล), affectionately […]

Médecins Sans Frontières protest places Hmong refugees in Thailand at risk of humanitarian crisis

Médecins Sans Frontières protest places Hmong refugees in Thailand at risk of humanitarian crisis

M√©decins Sans Fronti√®res (MSF), or Doctors without Borders as they are otherwise known, runs the risk of creating a humanitarian crisis if it goes ahead with plans to withdraw from a Hmong refugee camp in Northern Thailand in protest at the Thai governments treatment of Hmong. This warning was sounded yesterday by Yap Swee Seng, […]

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 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 […]

Elephants birthday a jumbo celebration in Thailand

Elephants birthday a jumbo celebration in Thailand

Once the backbone of the Thai military and later the backbone of the Thai teakwood logging industry, the Thai elephant remains a potent and often encountered symbol in Thailand. On March 13th of each year elephants in Thailand celebrate their birthday on Thai National Elephant Day.

Red the new yellow as protesters back on Bangkok streets

Red the new yellow as protesters back on Bangkok streets

Less than three months after thousands of yellow-shirted ‚Äúanti-government‚Äù protesters seized Thailand’s main international airport stranding hundreds of thousands of foreign tourists, protesters are again on the streets of Bangkok. More than 10,000 red-shirted ‚Äúpro-democracy‚Äù protesters have surrounded Thailand‚Äôs Government House in an attempt to pressure the government of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva into dissolving […]