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Post-Songkran politics: Worst-case scenario isn't an option
April 17, 2014 1:00 am

Post-Songkran politics: Worst-case scenario isn't an option

Most analysts say a new round of confrontation between the caretaker government and the protesting PDRC (People's Democratic Reform Council), this time even more explosive than before, awaits the country after the annual Songkran festival.

'Frenemy' approach: Is this the long-awaited...
April 10, 2014 1:00 am

'Frenemy' approach: Is this the long-awaited...

When China gave visiting US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel an unprecedented tour on board its sole aircraft carrier earlier this week, it offered a new twist in the two superpowers' relations.

When the Senate undermines checks and balances
April 3, 2014 1:00 am

When the Senate undermines checks and balances

The National Election Commission (NEC) set the target for voter turnout in last Sunday's Senate election at 70 per cent. The actual turnout was 42.5 per cent. The previous election in 2008 registered a turnout of 55.6 per cent.

One political battle ends, another - uglier one - begins
March 27, 2014 1:00 am

One political battle ends, another - uglier one - begins

Now that the Constitutional Court has ruled the February 2 election null and void, a new election will take place. End of conflict? Problem solved?

If neither side blinks first, they will have to blink together
March 20, 2014 1:00 am

If neither side blinks first, they will have to blink together

You could say their attempt was aborted. But when the six independent agencies proposed on Monday that both sides of the conflict come up with 10 names so that identical personalities could form the "mediation team" to end the...

Elections without checks and balances aren't democracy
March 13, 2014 1:00 am

Elections without checks and balances aren't democracy

The Economist magazine's cover story this week has drawn considerable interest here in Thailand. Both the caretaker government and protesting People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) could cite the story to fit their respective agendas....

'Impossible' demands will stall the govt-protester...
March 6, 2014 1:00 am

'Impossible' demands will stall the govt-protester...

Under the Constitution, the Election Commission (EC) isn't supposed to play the role of "honest broker". Its task is to organise elections and to ensure that they are held in a free and fair manner.

Negotiations on the cards? Never let a good crisis go to waste
February 27, 2014 1:00 am

Negotiations on the cards? Never let a good crisis go to waste

Quiet diplomacy" is under way to try to reach a compromise to end the ongoing crisis. But real negotiations between the caretaker government and the protesting People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) have yet to begin. Both sides...

If negotiations start, what will be on the agenda?
February 20, 2014 1:00 am

If negotiations start, what will be on the agenda?

The caretaker prime minister seems determined to stay the course. The protest leader insists he won't negotiate with the premier. There is no "win-win" solution, he claims. It's either victory or defeat for the movement bent...

Why is govt stuck in the mud over rice-pledging scheme?
February 13, 2014 1:00 am

Why is govt stuck in the mud over rice-pledging scheme?

Someone in the newsroom posed a very simple question on a subject undermining the caretaker government to the point of near collapse: Can the Yingluck caretaker government pay farmers under the rice-pledging scheme?