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  • 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
  • November 26, 2014

    Give amnesty to protesters, not leaders: big parties

    ... system, they said, should be allowed to play an important role in solving many issues and prolonged disputes in the country. The proposal for an amnesty bill was discussed by a charter draftersโ subcommittee on Monday, as a way of accomplishing true reconciliation. Anek Laothamatas, chairman...

    Politics
  • November 18, 2014

    Sentences for NBT raiders cut

    Three were juveniles at the time and were given three months in jail. Criminal Courts in December 2010 sentenced 85 people led by Thanet Khamchumall and supporters of the People's Alliance for Democracy to more than a year in prison depending on their roles in the break-in. Thanet was sentenced to two years-and-six months by the...

    Politics
  • November 12, 2014

    Political groups invited to give views to charter drafters

    The invitation is slated for November 17 to 25, CDA spokesperson Kamnoon Sidhisamarn said yesterday. The meeting, due to begin on Monday, will give each speaker 10 minutes to express their views under the topic "Why is Thailand stuck and how we can overcome it " Differing views will be incorporated...

    Politics
  • November 9, 2014

    UN chief should be left out of S Korea's politics

    ... to domestic politics, including opinion polls. The last few days have seen a flood of reports on Ban as a possible presidential candidate for 2017. While Ban had often been mentioned as a possible candidate, the reports this time were more specific. The latest speculation was triggered by an opinion...

    Opinion
  • November 8, 2014

    Japanese must see China anew

    ... Asia strategy in 2010. In order to cope with a rising China, the US and Japan have invented a China threat and strengthened and expanded their alliance to cover more fields such as cyberspace and intelligence cooperation. Strategic confrontation between the two Asian powers is looming heavily. The...

    Opinion
  • November 4, 2014

    Bad blood will flow on US foreign policy

    ... appears inevitable, president Barack Obama and his officials look more besieged than ever, both at home and abroad. And it may be too late for Obama to rescue his tarnished foreign and security policy credentials; both are "flat-out" as Kerry put it, but on their backs. The impending Republican...

    Opinion
  • November 3, 2014

    Suriyasai calls for wider public say in reform process

    ... problem in society. So, accepting reform ideas from various sectors of society would ensure effective reform. "We have more than 60 million people living in the Kingdom, so it does not make sense to bet our nation on a mere group of NRC [members]," he stressed. The leader of TRI predicted the institute...

    Politics
  • October 11, 2014

    HK protests have roots in old and new social movements

    ... the 1980s, Hong Kong's economy took off, bringing in soaring wealth and propelling the city as one of the "Asian Tigers" while laying the foundation for the emergence of a vibrant civil society. Both the crackdown of the 1989 Tiananmen movement and governor Chris Patten's drastic measures of political...

    Opinion
  • October 7, 2014

    Red shirts shrug off NRC moves, 'to watch process'

    Red-shirt United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) co-leader Weng Tojirakarn said the whole process was under the junta's dictates, so it was pointless. "Let them do whatever they want so everyone in this country can see how the NCPO wants to change the country," said Weng, adding he thought the...

    Politics