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Military Junta Turns Thailand Into Land Of Frowns

Doug Bandow | Posted 09.11.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

A cartoonish dictator out of a Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera runs a not-so funny junta which jails opponents and suppresses free speech. The recent bombing of a popular Hindu shrine in Bangkok should act as the famed fire bell in the night.

An End to Improvisation in Thailand

Stanley Weiss | Posted 05.14.2015 | World
Stanley Weiss

As Thailand endures the second year of yet another coup, King Bhumibol Adulyadej is approaching the 70th year of his reign -- and his health is reputedly poor. In this Southeast Asian kingdom of 67 million, the question on everyone's mind is: When the music stops and the world's longest-serving monarch is gone, what -- or who -- will fill the void?

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.

Thai Legislature Impeaches Former PM

AP | THANYARAT DOKSONE | Posted 03.24.2015 | World

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said Friday that democracy in her country was dead, after the military-appointed...

Ousted Thai Prime Minister Yingluck To Face Criminal Charge

Reuters | Panarat Thepgumpanat, Pracha & Hariraksapitak | Posted 01.23.2015 | World

BANGKOK, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will face criminal charges in the Supreme Court and a possible jail term, t...

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.

Ladies and Generals in Burma and Thailand: Forward and Backward Progress in Human Rights

Jack Healey | Posted 09.07.2014 | World
Jack Healey

Without real and continuing steps towards resolving problems and the will to stay the course for human rights and civil liberties, the country will become darker than ever.

My Heart Breaks for Thailand

Mary Buffett | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics
Mary Buffett

As somebody who has a close kinship with the people and business leaders of Thailand, I'm heartbroken by the recent military coup. Over the past couple of years, I have spent a great deal of time in Bangkok on speaking tours and working with the emerging professional class.

Thai PM Forced To Resign Over Abuse Of Power

AP | THANYARAT DOKSONE | Posted 07.06.2014 | World

BANGKOK (AP) — A grenade was thrown at the home of a judge on Thailand's Constitutional Court that a day earlier had ousted the country's prime mini...

Thailand: Treadmill or Tipping Point

Michael Berkowitz | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics
Michael Berkowitz

Thailand's year of living dangerously may be grinding to a conclusion. But is it moving to another stage -- or just another venue?

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.

Violence Erupts As Police Try To Remove Bangkok Protesters

Reuters | Athit Perawongmetha and Damir Sagolj | Posted 04.19.2014 | World

BANGKOK, Feb 18 (Reuters) - A Thai police officer was killed and dozens of police and anti-government protesters were wounded in gun battles and cla...

Thailand's Andrew Jackson Moment

Stanley Weiss | Posted 04.16.2014 | World
Stanley Weiss

I can't help but think about Jackson here in Bangkok, where pro-government "red shirts" and anti-government "yellow shirts" are clashing, reenacting their own version of "King Mob."

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.

Thai Protesters March To Downtown Bangkok In Effort To Topple PM

Reuters | Posted 04.05.2014 | World

* Anti-government protesters close two camps, head downtown * No election results announced; Yingluck remains caretaker PM (Adds U...

Thai Protesters Block Poll Stations Ahead Of Elections

AP | JINDA WEDEL | Posted 03.27.2014 | World

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's ruling party on Saturday questioned the reasoning behind a court decision saying a general election in just over a week ca...

Thai Prime Minister Struggles To Stay In Power

AP | TODD PITMAN | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

BANGKOK (AP) — From inside her "war room" in a temporary office at the Defense Ministry, Thailand's beleaguered Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra i...

Thailand's Invisible Revolution

Michael Hughes | Posted 03.05.2014 | World
Michael Hughes

The Western media's neglect of the ongoing political unrest in Thailand seems quite conspicuous considering it's a sordid gem of a story ready-made fo...

Rocks, Tear Gas Fly In Thai Protests

AP | CHRIS BRUMMITT | Posted 02.24.2014 | World

BANGKOK (AP) — Protesters seeking to disrupt preparations for elections in Thailand have clashed with police in the capital. The clashes on Thursda...

Thai Prime Minister Dissolves Parliament

Reuters | Posted 12.08.2013 | World

BANGKOK, Dec 9 (Reuters) - Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said on Monday she would dissolve parliament and hold an election "as soon as possi...

Thai Political Protests Turn Violent

AP | THANYARAT DOKSONE | Posted 11.30.2013 | World

BANGKOK (AP) — Aggressive political protests in the Thai capital turned violent late Saturday with at least one man killed and five wounded by gunsh...

The Oracle of Thailand

Stanley Weiss | Posted 05.05.2013 | World
Stanley Weiss

Officially, Yingluck Shinawatra is the prime minister. But it is her brother, exiled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who calls the shots via Skype from his homes in Dubai and London. Part of the reason the power-sharing works is that the same brilliant advisor is close to both.

Obama Asia Visit To Encourage Democracy

Reuters | Posted 01.18.2013 | World

* Shift in US strategic focus to Asia * Obama heading to Myanmar, in transition to democracy * Won't be able to forget M...

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.

Student Hacks Thai Prime Minister's Twitter Account

Posted 12.06.2011 | College

A student at Chulalongkorn University In Bangkok was arrested on Wednesday after allegedly hacking into the Thai Prime Minister's twitter account and ...