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  • November 28, 2014

    Prayut reaches historic crossroads in the deep South

    ... and Thailand look good, and yet say nothing about what kind of concessions the country is willing to make to the Malays of the deep South. Yingluck Shinawatra's government employed that shallow tactic throughout its peace initiative, launched on February 28, 2013. She thought that putting together peace...

  • November 26, 2014

    PDRC calls for end to party-list MPs in proposal to CDC

    ... it submitted to the CDC resulted from the brainstorming sessions of PDRC supporters during the 204-day protest in Bangkok against the elected Yingluck Shinawatra government. The proposals are as follows: l In order to strengthen political parties, they should have branches in all provinces and...

  • November 26, 2014

    EC discusses reforms, says all senators should be selected

    ... election date. This is to prevent the same problems from taking place as when the House was dissolved on December 9 and the EC locked horns with the Yingluck government over the February 2 election. The EC also suggested that the number of party-list MPs and constituency MPs be equal. But it said a new...

  • November 24, 2014

    Books accuse Thailand of being deadly, and democratically backward

    ... long-term rice policy. In 2007, Thailand had gained 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...

  • November 24, 2014

    Mixed feelings over junta's start

    ... where freedom is limited," he said. For him, the most-liked policy was when the military regime managed to pay money to farmers who'd joined the Yingluck Shinawatra administration's rice pledging scheme. The most disliked policy was martial law and Article 44. Akanat Promphan, spokesman for the People...

  • November 23, 2014

    Navy's submarine acquisition plan can wait

    Here we go again. The talk of purchasing submarines has effectively resurfaced now after the plan to purchase two second-hand submarines during the Yingluck Shinawatra government did not materialise. Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan has given the Navy the green light to conduct a new study of submarine...

  • November 22, 2014

    Three-way strife may be likely now

    .... Anti-corruption promises have been in danger of falling through, although the jury is very much out on how the controversial rice scheme of the Yingluck administration is addressed. The red shirts are not happy, and neither are the yellow shirts. Those in between may still be willing to give Prayut a chance...

  • November 21, 2014

    Yingluck's lawyer submits new documents

    ...'s scrutiny. The documents include the consensus of the former cabinet, a report from the National Rice Policy Committee, and the directions given by Yingluck while she participated in the scheme. The defense attorney believed that upon studying the documents, the NLA would see that Ms. Yingluck had enacted various...

  • November 20, 2014

    Gender equality 'still not substantive'

    ..., pointed out. Apart from this, womanhood is also being used by some as a weapon to undermine a person's credibility, she said, citing former PM Yingluck Shinawatra, whose dignity was challenged just because she is a woman. Government representatives from 50 states in the Asia-Pacific region are expected...

  • November 19, 2014

    Criminal case against Yingluck 'a step closer'

    ... from the Office - would wrap up the case soon. The last hurdle the joint panel must overcome is that the Office wants the NACC to agree that Yingluck be indicted on charges of negligence and not corruption. That does not seem to pose a problem, said NACC secretary-general Sansern Poljiak yesterday....