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  • April 11, 2014

    I can't broker talks: Prem

    ... with only a smile. Prem was heard telling National Police chief Pol General Adul Saengsingkaew: "Be patient, and keep doing your job." Noppadon Pattama, legal adviser to former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, yesterday proposed the immediate holding of a general election in which all parties could propose reforms they seek as election promises, before a reform assembly is set up to seek councillors...

    Politics
  • April 11, 2014

    Society deeply polarised, veteran insurgents say

    ... end, so armed struggle was inevitable, Suthachai said. He said the anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) should seek to dislodge Yingluck Shinawatra and her older brother Thaksin through elections. Gawin Chutima, 58, another ex-communist rebel who went into the jungle in the same province as Suthachai, and a veteran activist in non-governmental organisations, said he was more disturbed...

    Politics
  • April 10, 2014

    'Outsiders' can't help Thailand solve political crisis : Lee

    ... term and where you are one society and one country". The PDRC, whose leaders have been accused of sedition, wants Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra - the younger sister of ousted fugitive ex-PM Thaksin Shinawatra - to step down. Lee also drew comparisons between Thailand and Singapore, noting that the former has more benefits in building a stronger nation because it is the "most natural nation in Southeast...

    Politics
  • April 10, 2014

    Ball in charter court over special session

    ... specify how the Senate should go about holding a meeting if the House is in recess, so the law has to be interpreted strictly according to organic laws. Senator Paiboon Nititawan claimed that the Thaksin administration had set a precedent back in 2006 when it dissolved the House and the Senate needed to appoint election commissioners. At that time, Thaksin issued a Royal Decree for a special parliamentary session...

    Politics
  • April 10, 2014

    Political spankings - where to draw the line

    Mr Pola is at it again. So, foreigners should not criticise Yingluck or Thaksin! They also shouldn't pay taxes, spend money, be harassed by tourist police or be subjected to double pricing. Even though I use my Christian name, I am Thai. My grandfather was born here and became Thai, My father was Thai, my wife and children are Thai. So does that mean I am allowed to spank Thaksin and Yingluck Please let me...

    Opinion
  • April 10, 2014

    Suthep seeking coup d'etat

    ... among them and without giving anybody the chance to defend him/herself; the key principle of "innocent until proven guilty" has gone out the window. What he promises is hardly any different from Thaksin's dictatorship of the majority. Suthep should back off and help shield the judicial system from political interference so that, regardless of whether the defendants are Thaksin & Co, Abhisit, or Suthep himself...

    Opinion
  • April 9, 2014

    Thawil's case and lessons in democracy

    To be strictly neutral, the transfer of the former chief of the National Security Council took place on that thin line between "democratic power" and "abuse of power". Should a democratically elected Cabinet be able to remove or transfer permanent state officials as it deems fit Of course it should - that's what democracy is supposed to be all about. Even the best, most efficient official can be replaced...

    Opinion
  • April 9, 2014

    Thailand Plc

    The columnist's statement "After all, Thailand is hardly a corporation and the real owners are the people, not the administrators" is completely out of sync with what happened in 1998 when Thaksin formed Thai Rak Thai (covertly, "Thailand Plc"). Richard Bowler Bangkok

    Opinion
  • April 9, 2014

    Law Society of Thailand president calls for legal action against Amsterdam

    Dejudom said Amsterdam allegedly defamed the King, courts and constitutional organisations when he made a phone call to address the latest red-shirt rally during the weekend. The Nation

    Breakingnews
  • April 8, 2014

    Don't use the country as a pawn in political games

    ... at the UDD and PDRC weekend rallies. Also, every comment, be it from a rally leader or a guest speaker - including foreigners like Robert Amsterdam, the Canadian lawyer of fugitive former PM Thaksin Shinawatra - gets a reaction. For instance, when I re-tweeted a colleague's message on Saturday night urging Thais to stop fighting, I almost immediately got a rude message back from a complete stranger...

    Politics