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  • June 30, 2015

    Remember prior crackdowns

    But I fear the villainy of the military junta pales into insignificance when you recall the 84 men asphyxiated in the back of lorries at Tak Bai in 2003, or the 2,500 deaths of "drug dealers" in Thaksin Shinawatra's narcotics crackdown, or the massacre of men, women and children when bombs were thrown...

  • June 27, 2015

    Yingluck's total assets drop by Bt4.9 million

    Yingluck's assets total Bt612.3 million, but she owes Bt33 million to her brother, former premier Thaksin. Her total net assets were listed at Bt579.3 million, including cash, bank deposits, investments, land plots, 36 buildings, nine vehicles, jewellery and other luxury items, the National Anti-Corruption...

  • June 21, 2015

    Give the junta credit where it's due

    Like Richard Bowler, I am a sceptic when it comes to official pledges on eradicating corruption in government. However, I am prepared to give credit where it is due. First, during its year in power, this interim government has already overseen the arrests of many police generals and civil servants...

  • June 16, 2015

    Govt should bring banned politicians back to the fold

    The interim constitution stipulates that the NRC will be dissolved if it rejects the charter draft, but stay on if it approves the charter, though an amendment proposal states that the NRC would be dissolved regardless. This move will obviously decrease the NRC's motive to approve the charter. ...

  • June 4, 2015

    Political parties call for changes to charter

    Pheu Thai politician Worachai Hema said after the meeting that they also agreed the draft constitution needed to be revised, or the country would experience a "crisis even worse than before". He said they called on the constitution drafters to heed advice from politicians and members of the public...

  • June 3, 2015

    New Zealand's major business sectors seek bigger footprint in Asean

    As this year marks the 40th anniversary of the official relationship between New Zealand and Asean, businesses in that country are shifting their focus more to this region and its large population. During a meeting in Auckland last week with journalists from Asean countries, New Zealand Prime Minister...

  • June 1, 2015

    Look who's attacking the Shinawatras now

    ... at hiding behind the poor is not new. But what is surprising is that a hardcore leftist is now saying this. In his most stinging attack against the Shinawatras yet, Somsak Jeamteerasakul asserted that the clan is no different from those who the family's members claim are hell-bent on destroying them. The sharp...

  • May 31, 2015

    Police issue alert amid unrest fears

    THE NATIONAL police chief has ordered the police force to be vigilant over possible attempts to cause unrest or disturbances following the Foreign Ministry's revocation of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra's passports. Police General Somyot Poompanmuang issued his order, marked "urgent" and...

  • May 30, 2015

    Seeing the FUTILITY in the dog chasing its tail

    With each passing day, the question of how a divided Thailand can be reconciled becomes stickier. Not least after Thaksin Shinawatra's latest passport revocation, the impeachment of and planned legal action against ousted prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, and the National Anti-Corruption Commission...

  • May 27, 2015

    Special pay rise for govt security personnel

    The salary hikes were approved for 101 officials from October 1, 2013, and 48 officials from April 1. The salary adjustments were stalled by political problems at the end of 2013. The Cabinet also approved the Cabinet Secretariat's proposal to improve criteria and guidelines on giving special...