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  • September 2, 2014

    Foreign Minister Tanasak gets nod from diplomats

    ... every time they meet their Thai counterparts since Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen has a personal relationship with former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and good ties with the previous government under Thaksin's sister, Yingluck.

  • August 31, 2014

    It's a major milestone for Teerasil and also Thai football

    ... forgettable experience seven years ago when he and two other Thai players were signed by English Premier League club Manchester City during Thaksin Shinawatra's reign as the club owner. Sadly, it turned out to be a publicity stunt by the former prime minister to milk the emotions of Thai people. In fact, the...

  • August 30, 2014

    Thaksin has done nothing for Thailand

    ... was spot-on when he said Thailand needs reform that will help the people on society's bottom rung. Despite being a darling of Thailand's poor, Thaksin Shinawatra has done very little to alleviate the problem of poverty. On the contrary, as a result of his rule and influence over Thailand during the past...

  • August 27, 2014

    Ten things General Prayuth should know

    ... hearing it while nothing actually happens, you may just want someone to turn off the loudspeaker. 2. The "cult figure" trap is wide open. When Thaksin Shinawatra was accused of trying to be everywhere and control everything, it was the start of his downfall(s). Enough said. 3. The historical record...

  • August 27, 2014

    When virtual reality starts to overlap real life

    ... wants to wait until the time is right or when a clear leader emerges, while another group says they are disillusioned by the Shinawatra siblings (Thaksin and Yingluck) as well as red-shirt leaders and no longer want to risk their lives for these people again. Yet, there are a few who insist that virtual...

  • August 27, 2014

    Rift over energy reform

    ... local consumption. Politically, both groups had in the past shared only one goal: to wrest energy trade and management out of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra's control. With the coups in 2006 and 2014 having toppled Thaksin and his cronies from power, the two groups have now turned their guns on each...

  • August 26, 2014

    Ice bucket brigade demands |year-round Songkran

    ... were not amused. So we need everyone who has NOT taken the challenge and posted video proof on YouTube to raise a hand. (Not you, Khun Thaksin - you don't count.) Whose is that hand over there Ah, it's Nichkhun Horvejkul, the Thai member of the absurdly popular South Korean boy band 2PM. He's refused...

  • August 25, 2014

    Finnish expert gives Thai academics ideas for lifting teaching quality

    ... the big picture of Thai society. Prof Hannele Niemi, conducted a training session early this month at Chulalongkorn, Kasetsart, Silpakorn and Thaksin universities on leadership in teacher education. In the second week she also trained three former institutes' teacher educators and executives about enhancement...

  • August 25, 2014

    Setting the clock back to zero with an amnesty ain't so easy

    Granting Thaksin an amnesty is a dilemma that Thais have struggled with. The country may not move forward quickly and peacefully without an amnesty but giving a blanket amnesty that "sets the clock to zero", as sought by the Thaksin camp, would spark another round of political conflict. Although the National Council...

  • August 24, 2014

    Military court indicts 26 for plotting attacks

    The suspects were arrested in northeastern Thailand - a traditional stronghold of fugitive premier Thaksin Shinawatra - after the Army seized power in a bloodless coup on May 22. The 24 men and two women - whose ages range from 40 to 72 years old - were indicted by a military court in the northeastern city...