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  • January 27, 2015

    The state of the pivot: A missed American opportunity

    ... hometown concerns in his penultimate State of the Union address. As I argued in Fortune Magazine, however, that's unfortunate. Prior to embarking for India, Obama had a chance to put that trip in the context of America's enduring commitment to Asia. He missed the opportunity to further what could still...

    Opinion
  • January 16, 2015

    More political talks planned

    The United Nationalities Alliance (UNA) plans to hold its next political dialogue next month, which will include representatives of ethnic armed groups and political groups. The UNA held its last political dialogue, which also included civic organisations, in Yangon on December 23-24, 2014. The discussants...

    Aec
  • January 15, 2015

    Unfruitful political talks

    When as many as 48 people gather in a single room, not all can have the time to divulge their thoughts, let along reach a solution to long-standing conflicts. That is the case of the political talks on January 12, which was participated by 48 individuals including 28 ethnic ministers from various regions...

    Aec
  • January 6, 2015

    Impeachment vote a hot potato

    ... politicians, whatever it decides will undoubtedly cause great dissatisfaction among one group or another - resulting in a political time bomb for the government. This coming Thursday and Friday will see the first hearing and opening statements in the biggest impeachment cases in Thai politics. ...

    Politics
  • January 5, 2015

    Charter will be a key test for govt: experts

    Experts say there are several possible flashpoints for conflict this year, with many agreeing that the key issues will be if the public finds the new charter acceptable, plus continued infringement on civil liberties under martial law, the state of the economy and more. Ekaphan Pinthawanij, Mahidol University...

    Politics
  • December 29, 2014

    Mining activities getting more dangerous

    ... their oxen-pulled carts to the site, protesting against the company's fencing. Some complained against the company's failure to pay compensation for their land confiscated for the project, others cried foul over possible environmental impacts from mining activities, despite the companyโ s insistence of compliance...

    Aec
  • December 25, 2014

    CDC picks German system

    ... any political parties but they have to represent a political group or association, he said. As an example, Lertrat said the red-shirt United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship, the yellow-shirt People's Alliance for Democracy and the People's Democratic Reform Committee can all field candidates in the election. Thammasat University...

    Politics
  • December 20, 2014

    Red and yellow figures oppose direct election of PM

    ... the Constitution Drafting Committee on what should be included in the new constitution, although he said he did not represent the whole United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship. He said he would discuss the CDC response to his proposals with the UDD later. CDC spokesman General Lertrat Ratanavanich said...

    Politics
  • November 30, 2014

    Suriyasai calls on NCPO, govt to express clear-cut stand on amnesty

    Suriyasai Katasila, a lecturer of Rangsit University and former leading member of the People's Alliance for Democracy, Sunday called on the National Council for Peace and Order and the government to express their clear-cut stand on amnesty for political offenders. Suriyasai said the efforts to push for an amnesty bill had led to political...

    Breakingnews
  • November 26, 2014

    Student protest will grow unless their voices are heard

    Student struggles for democracy sharply declined after the May 1992 uprising to topple the military backed government of General Suchinda Kraprayoon. On that occasion, students under the umbrella of the Student Federation of Thailand (SFT), together with the urban middle class - mostly from the October 1973 generation...

    Politics