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Cabinet and NCPO: Will the twain ever meet?
August 28, 2014 1:00 am

Cabinet and NCPO: Will the twain ever meet?

A joke being shared in the social media depicts a fictional exchange between a reporter and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha:

NCPO's road to real reform could get bumpy
August 21, 2014 1:00 am

NCPO's road to real reform could get bumpy

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) says it will give the 250-member National Reform Council (NRC) a "free hand" in debating the 11 areas of proposed reform. But the final decision on who will be named to the council still rests...

NIT: In search of an alternative to populist policy
August 14, 2014 1:00 am

NIT: In search of an alternative to populist policy

Members of the think-tank at the Finance Ministry have been thinking aloud about how to find an alternative to controversial and expensive populist policy. Their mission is to identify the "real poor", engage them and make them part of...

NCPO facing litmus test of its political will
August 7, 2014 1:00 am

NCPO facing litmus test of its political will

The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) appointed by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) isn't supposed to be a democratic body. It is meant to pass laws considered vital to the powers-that-be. It doesn't pretend to represent...

Interim constitution: There's more to it than meets the eye
August 1, 2014 1:00 am

Interim constitution: There's more to it than meets the eye

If you read the provisions of the interim constitution carefully, you will get sufficient hints to draw your own picture of what the new political landscape looks like.

Roadmap Phase II: The uphill climb gets tougher
July 17, 2014 1:00 am

Roadmap Phase II: The uphill climb gets tougher

"We are praying for you. You should pray for us too

General Prayuth's dilemma: A single, dual or triple role?
July 10, 2014 1:00 am

General Prayuth's dilemma: A single, dual or triple role?

In one way, he doesn't want to be seen as the "Supreme Leader". But then, since he has decided to take the plunge, he will have to see the mission through - and most people around him have told him he will have to go through with it...

China's Big Purge is on: the 'Tigers and Flies'...
July 4, 2014 1:00 am

China's Big Purge is on: the 'Tigers and Flies'...

The Big Purge is on in China. The level of graft in high places has angered the Chinese public to the point that the sight of another Rolex-toting official only convinces them that the system of corruption remains unshaken.

For sustainable farming, get populist politics out of the way
June 26, 2014 1:00 am

For sustainable farming, get populist politics out of the way

The most effective way for the government to help Thai farmers and the rice industry is simple and urgent: Just stay put.

The coup, the promises and the roadmap
June 20, 2014 1:00 am

The coup, the promises and the roadmap

If things go according to the junta's roadmap, one line of speculation is that a new general election could be held in May, 2015. But then, that depends on whether the first of three phases, from now until August, goes "according to...