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  • March 3, 2015

    Thailand's rice basket shrivels amid drought of long-term policy

    ... short-term hurdles. No government has ever embarked on a grand-scale project to tackle long-term problems. Irrigation plans were included in the Yingluck government's Bt350 billion water-management plan, but it was the 2011 flood that sparked its creation, not drought. The junta scrapped that plan and drew...

    Opinion
  • March 2, 2015

    'Clear govt system needed' to prevent fake deals

    ... indicated that the two officials were allegedly involved in four "government-to-government" rice deals during the administration of prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her commerce minister Boonsong Teriyapirom. To prevent future problems, the ministry has already launched a "zero corruption" campaign...

    Business
  • March 2, 2015

    Envoy rejects US paper's attack on Thai government

    ... lifted before elections to allow vibrant and participatory campaigning." The letter said there were no political prisoners, and former premier Yingluck Shinawatra would enjoy due process in the Supreme Court. Thailand's goal was to achieve democratic rule, where key principles such as good governance...

    Politics
  • February 28, 2015

    Thai women are tough enough

    ... him of harbouring a bias against women. In fact, I do not recall him ever making any demeaning or insulting personal attacks on women, including Yingluck Shinawatra. He has regularly criticised Yingluck's political performance as prime minister, but that's a different matter. As regards Mr Chavala's assertion that...

    Opinion
  • February 26, 2015

    No justice if political players flee

    I very much doubt that Somsak Pola is right in his claim that Yingluck Shinanawatra fleeing the country, never to return, would be a "win-win" outcome. Having to face the prospect of never again seeing her native land would certainly not be a "win" for her. I also doubt that her departure would, as claimed...

    Opinion
  • February 26, 2015

    New provisions on censure debate

    ... impeached or under a five-year ban from politics. Some people have speculated that this provision could be applied to former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who was recently indicted, along with the 111 Thai Rak Thai Party and 109 People Power Party MPs, who were banned from politics for five years...

    Politics
  • February 26, 2015

    Hitler does not live here, nor does Mao or Mussolini

    ... information gathering. The rest of his article seems to rely on the accounts fed to him by unnamed, unsubstantiated sources - except one. He quoted Yingluck Shinawatra from her Facebook post on the day of her conviction: "Today democracy in Thailand died, and so did the rule of law." He went on to say that...

    Opinion
  • February 25, 2015

    Only one verdict will bring 'happiness'

    If the court accepts the case against Yingluck Shinawatra on March 19, there will be three possible outcomes: She is acquitted, she is convicted and jailed, or she flees and is convicted in absentia. I would rule out the first possibility. Acquittal would imply that the coup was unjustified and the junta...

    Opinion
  • February 25, 2015

    Most judges picked for Yingluck case also hearing other Thaksin camp cases

    ...' panel that ruled to confiscate Bt46 billion of Thaksin's assets, for benefiting from corrupt dealings while he was prime minister. Meanwhile, Yingluck has yet to say if she will object to the judicial panel that has been selected, as both the plaintiff and the defendant have the right to file a petition...

    Politics
  • February 24, 2015

    Supreme Court to choose panel for Yingluck case

    ... both plaintiffs and the defendant can say if they object to the selection. Once the panel is set up, it will decide if the indictment against Yingluck is legitimate and if it should accept the case. If the case is accepted, it will schedule the first hearing and send a notice to Yingluck to appear in court...

    Politics