Bangkok – Assault on Democracy – Photo Special

Bangkok – Assault on Democracy – Photo Special

The attempt by a small number of predominantly right-wing, conservative Bangkokians supported by the country’s second oldest political party*, the Democrat Party,¬† to suspend democracy in Thailand and install their own unelected “people’s committee” under the guise of ridding the country of the “Thaksin regime” has seen political fervour reach a level not seen since […]

Thailand Labour Day 2013 – Photo Special

Thailand Labour Day 2013 – Photo Special

More than four thousand trade unionists gathered at Sanam Luang park in central Bangkok yesterday (May 1, 2013) to mark Thailand Labour Day 2013 and hear Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra promise to review a raft of workers rights and conditions demands raised by Thailand trade unions. Amongst issues the trade unions want addressed are: a […]

Thailand Internal Security Act shows rattled Thai Government

Thailand Internal Security Act shows rattled Thai Government

Just a little more than two-and-a-half years after anti-government street protests brought the centre of Bangkok to a stop for 64 days ahead of a bloody military crackdown, Bangkokians are again living under the Thailand Internal Security Act, highlighting a government rattled by the first major anti-government rally since taking office . The government of […]

Four agreements & panda diplomacy neuters US President’s visit to Thailand

Four agreements & panda diplomacy neuters US President’s visit to Thailand

Just days after being fawned over by US President Barack Obama on a whirlwind Southeast Asia tour, Thailand has signed four bilateral memorandum of agreements with regional powerhouse China, who trumped Washington by throwing high-speed trains and a panda into the pot. The US presidential road-show earlier in the week saw Thailand sign a new […]

Backflip on Thailand TPP membership talks

Backflip on Thailand TPP membership talks

In an apparent backflip on a proposed Thailand TPP membership application Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said on Saturday that she will not be discussing an application to join the controversial Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact with US President Barack Obama when he visits the country on Sunday. Last Monday the Thai cabinet agreed to […]

Thailand’s TPP application threatens to overshadow Presidential visit

Thailand’s TPP application threatens to overshadow Presidential visit

Bangkok is abuzz at the imminent visit of freshly re-elected US President Barack Obama on a whirlwind three-nation tour to shore up US support in the region, however trade discussions threaten to overshadow the stated purpose of the visit, a courtesy call to mark 180 years of Thai-US relations. While details such as the number […]

Bangkok terrorism alert a face-losing embarrassment by Thai government (updated Jan 20, 2012)

Bangkok terrorism alert a face-losing embarrassment by Thai government (updated Jan 20, 2012)

This story was updated at 15:15 Jan 20, 2012 Edited text in blue type This story was updated at 09:30 Jan 19, 2012. Edited text in green type A Bangkok terrorism alert issued by the American embassy in Bangkok and at least 14 other nations which has been continually downplayed and criticized by Thailand officials […]

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 […]

2011 Thailand flood could be more destructive than Asian Economic Crisis

2011 Thailand flood could be more destructive than Asian Economic Crisis

This story was updated at 10:33 Nov 9, 2011. Edited text in green type For the second consecutive weekend residents of Bangkok have been alerted to prepare for wide-spread flooding as an estimated 12 billion cubic meters (12 trillion liters / 3.17 trillion gallons) of water from months of rain in Thailand’s central and northern […]

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 […]

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