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  • November 24, 2014

    Books accuse Thailand of being deadly, and democratically backward

    ... the No 1 spot not only in the volume of rice exports, but also in profit. It was when Yingluck Shinawatra, under the directives of her brother Thaksin, became Thailand's prime minister that the trouble began. Now, the damage for the country alone is now more than US$16 billion, according to the Voice...

  • November 23, 2014

    Pheu Thai, UDD boycott 'won't hurt charter'

    Direk Thuengfang, deputy chairman of the NRC's special committee on politics, said that there would not be any problems if the Pheu Thai Party and the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship refused to contribute their ideas and proposals in the process. He said that as long as the NRC worked...

  • November 22, 2014

    Three-way strife may be likely now

    ... of a three-camp political landscape that is looking increasingly likely and it will be anything but healthy. It used to be a pro- and anti-Thaksin divide but a third movement may soon emerge and say no to both the military and tainted democracy. If reform is hard when Thais are split down the middle, imagine...

  • November 21, 2014

    'New charter will give us a better future'

    ... just serve this generation but also ensures security and happiness for future generations. He also admitted that though he cannot deny his anti-Thaksin Shinawatra sentiments, which he is known for, he will try to be very neutral when drafting this charter. "I cannot change people's minds or what...

  • November 20, 2014

    Without two crucial changes, reform will be a sham

    ... the prime minister, and that anyone with the proper education may run for office, then we will go back to exactly the way things were before Thaksin Shinawatra arrived on the scene. Regardless of who drafts the new constitution, if we don't see those changes, we know how it will all end up. And I can further...

  • November 18, 2014

    A battle between open-minded and the closed in outlook

    ..., at this significant period of national history. This is not a battle between the conservative and liberal, nor it is a battle of pro- and anti-Thaksin Shinawatra camps. Thailand's current political battle is the open-minded versus those with more closed minds. With regards to discerning opinions and...

  • November 17, 2014

    Reds should not let opportunity pass them by

    ... preparing to have a say in this constitutional drafting process. Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva will lead his team to meet the CDC. The anti-Thaksin PDRC was enthusiastic about taking part in the forum. Its spokesman even said the PDRC already had its drafts prepared on what to propose to the committee...

  • November 16, 2014

    Power to the people

    ... fame stems from his career as a television anchor. What is certain is that Jade has been under the spotlight as a political critic from the anti-Thaksin protest movement in 2006 to the latest protests. Asked why he was picked by the Cabinet to be one of the 36 Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC)...

  • November 15, 2014

    Mothers call on Prayut to get their boys back

    ... and Jimmy Namsak handed in a petition addressed to Prayut via the Office of the Prime Minister's complaint centre yesterday. Saowapa's son, Thaksin Wannasin, is just 15 and Jimmy's son Thiradon Pengkho is barely 13 years old. "Both boys are from Bung Kan province," Sompong said. The labour activist...

  • November 14, 2014

    Bt682 bn lost to rice scheme

    ... billion in losses were accumulated during the Yingluck Shinawatra administration from 2011-14. The remaining loss of Bt164 billion was from the Thaksin Shinawatra government's subsidy schemes for 11 crops. "The losses are within the expectations of the subcommittee. But we must concede that there were...