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  • July 28, 2014

    Gen Prayuth - PM in waiting

    .... The ruling generals don't want to repeat the mistakes made by their predecessors. When General Sonthi Boonyaratglin seized power from the Thaksin government in 2006 he made what many people believed to be his biggest blunder by hastily transferring total power to a civilian administration. Because...

    Opinion
  • July 28, 2014

    Thaksin's Parisian birthday wish card goes viral

    The card, which included a picture of Thaksin posing with his younger sister, former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, has gone viral on social media. Thaksin celebrated his birthday with close family members in Paris on Saturday.

    Politics
  • July 27, 2014

    Backers mark Thaksin's birthday

    Singthong Buachum, a legal adviser to Pheu Thai Party, said that Thaksin's admirers and red shirts who work at the department store held a merit-making ceremony and put up a big picture of Thaksin and former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra to celebrate Thaksin's birthday yesterday. But at 1.30pm, he said military...

    Politics
  • July 26, 2014

    Social media users play 'taro' card on recent scandals

    .... They investigate even deeper than the national intelligence." Former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra's trip to Paris to join her brother Thaksin for his birthday celebrations attracted the attention of many. The interest was compounded when Thaksin's children posted a picture of the happy reunion on Instagram...

    Politics
  • July 25, 2014

    Happy siblings reunite in Paris

    Former PM Yingluck Shinawatra has publicly reunited with her brother former PM Thaksin Shinawatra, who is in self-imposed exile from Thailand, for the first time in almost six years. Oak Panthongtae, Thaksin's son, yesterday posted a photo on Instagram of Thaksin hugging a woman. Meanwhile, Thaksin's youngest daughter Paetongtarn...

    Politics
  • July 24, 2014

    Critics wary of NCPO chief's powers

    ... have lost power after he installed the Surayud Chulanont government. Sonthi, as a result, failed to accomplish his intended task of getting rid of Thaksin Shinawatra's influence. Abhisit questioned the necessity of the council having legislative and judicial powers, as the NCPO members are already sitting...

    Politics
  • July 24, 2014

    Legal adviser to junta chief jumps into spotlight

    ... a professor emeritus. When he was at the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Political Office Holders, he was one of the judges who ruled that Thaksin Shinawatra had abused his power in connection with telecommunications excise tax policy for his own benefit. The prosecution alleged that Thaksin's corruption...

    Politics
  • July 24, 2014

    There are reasons why this time things are better

    ... regimes of Sarit Thanarat, Thanom Kittikajorn and Suchinda Kraprayoon to live without the democratic process. It was just as sickening during the Thaksin regime, and worse when Thaksin used the name of democracy and parliament to suppress the minority. So far this junta appears promising in achieving its goal...

    Opinion
  • July 24, 2014

    Let's not forget the crisis that fostered the coup

    .... The government was accused of not only being inefficient but untruthful to the people. Third, plutocracy under the tyrannical rule of fugitive Thaksin Shinawatra was still the rule of the day - not democracy. Vint Chavala Bangkok

    Opinion
  • July 24, 2014

    Thaksin united with his sister

    The woman is believed to be former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra; Thaksin's sister, who left Bangkok for Paris last night reportedly to attend Thaksin's birthday party on July 26. Yingluck had to ask permission from the junta to go abroad

    Politics