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  • February 27, 2015

    Govt must take public into confidence on oil concessions

    The issue of greatest concern to critics who call themselves the "People's Network for Energy Reform" in essence involved adding more options to the Petroleum Act on acquiring oil and gas for energy security apart from the concession system. They prefer the "production sharing contract" (PSC) system...

  • February 26, 2015

    Hitler does not live here, nor does Mao or Mussolini

    ... not to reproduce. Money was paid to government officials to look the other way. Human rights, anyone Bandow quoted The Economist's view that the Shinawatras offended the old elites who "liked to think of the King traditionally atop an ordered hierarchy with deferential peasants at the bottom of the grateful...

  • February 24, 2015

    Mega-projects for the rich won't bridge national rift

    .... Does she really believe that it improved the lot of some coal miner in Appalachia It is this sort of thinking that spawned the rise of the Shinawatras and, ultimately, the red-shirt movement. All of it could have been reversed had the current crop of coup-makers corrected the electoral process in Thailand...

  • February 21, 2015

    Any 'peace talks' must be open to all

    ..., mere clemency would dash any hope of getting back the money seized from his bank accounts following his ouster. "Justice", for opponents of the Shinawatras, demands that Thaksin admit the Ratchadapisek land purchase amounted to abuse of power, that corruption plagued the rice price-pledging scheme, and that...

  • February 19, 2015

    Time to distinguish reasoned debate from personal abuse

    Vint Chavala is wrong to say I denied Yingluck Shinawatra's guilt in the murder of innocent people. I have no idea whether she was involved in any way. My ire was directed at another letter-writer who stated her guilt as if it were a matter of fact, even though I doubt he had any evidence to support...

  • February 19, 2015

    Proposal for dialogue with Thaksin just a bad joke

    ... came after former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra was impeached by the National Legislative Assembly. As a result, many people viewed that the Shinawatras and their people were just fighting for themselves. Many Thais believe that the Thaksin-backed political group, when it was in power, had cosied up to...

  • February 15, 2015

    Civil case on rice scheme unfair: ex-PM's lawyer

    Norawich Lalaeng, a Yingluck lawyer, said yesterday that it would be unfair to the former PM if a civil case was filed as the Criminal Court was yet to hear a separate case in which she has been accused of negligence of duty leading to corruption in the scheme, now scrapped. "The legal team has discussed...

  • February 14, 2015

    Generals unchallenged, yet lady kicked while down

    The publication of former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra's assets declaration was bound to provoke some sort of response, and, sure enough, Richard Bowler couldn't resist the temptation to "have a go", posing various questions as if he was a one-man NACC. However, his remark regarding the possibility...

  • February 13, 2015

    Yingluck's lawyers seek review of case

    FORMER PRIME MINISTER Yingluck Shinawatra's legal team has urged the Office of the Attorney-General to review its decision to pursue a corruption case against her, arguing that there is insufficient evidence as the investigation is still incomplete. Yingluck's lawyer Norawit Lalaeng yesterday submitted...

  • February 10, 2015

    Decision on Yingluck going overseas deferred

    Prosecutors are set to take her to the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Political Office Holders for failing to stop corruption and causing huge losses to the state. NCPO secretary-general General Udomdej Sitabutr, who also serves as Army Chief, said the council realised that Yingluck's request...