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Thailand Military Monopolizes Power, Crushes Liberty: Sadness, Not Happiness, Rules

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.19.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Thailand's best hope is genuine constitutional reform. Government power should be limited, especially to award economic favors. Federalism should rule, giving provinces more authority to serve communities at odds with the national government.

Thailand's Military Dictators Extend Hold on Power

Doug Bandow | Posted 03.14.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Thailand's capital has lost none of its frenetic motion or relaxed informality. But it is a bit quieter of late, with last year's demonstrators dispersed by the military. However, the junta, which took power in May, is not leaving.

Looking for Orange Shirts in Thailand

Stanley Weiss | Posted 08.17.2014 | World
Stanley Weiss

We can only hope. Thailand may be a historically-fractured, cobbled-together country, but that doesn't mean that it should pass up a golden opportunity -- an Orange opportunity -- to invent a better future for itself.

Class War: Thailand's Military Coup

Walden Bello | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Walden Bello

Elite-middle class alliance is deceiving itself if it thinks the adoption of a constitution institutionalizing minority rule will be possible. For Thailand is no longer the Thailand of 20 years ago, where political conflicts were still largely conflicts among elites.

Only the Tourists Can Save Thailand

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

One thing that could make a difference would be if the tourists stopped coming, prompting the exchange rate, foreign exchange reserves, and stock market to fall substantially. Perhaps, if there was enough collective pain, the red and yellow shirts would determine that it is in everyone's interest to find common ground.

What Thailand Needs Most Is a Bill of Rights

Stanley Weiss | Posted 04.30.2014 | World
Stanley Weiss

Over the past century, Thailand has endured colonial aggression, two world wars and neighboring civil wars on every one of its borders.

The Color Wars

John Feffer | Posted 04.08.2014 | World
John Feffer

The use of colors to identify the sides in a conflict is certainly nothing new. The U.S. Civil War was a contest between the Union blues and the Confederate grays. The Russian civil war following the Bolshevik revolution of 1917 pitted the Reds against the Whites.

The Fire Next Time in Bangkok

Stanley Weiss | Posted 05.08.2012 | World
Stanley Weiss

Already a fragmented nation, when it comes to bridging its social and economic gulf, Thailand is a country with few ties.

Can Thailand Avoid the Abyss?

Dr. Kantathi Suphamongkhon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Kantathi Suphamongkhon

A fresh start for Thailand is needed urgently. This means nothing less than the immediate change in assumptions and attitudes for all sides, followed immediately by constructive action.