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  • September 4, 2015

    Don't judge charter based on just a few provisions: PM

    ... to endorse the charter draft, a national referendum will be held around early next year. "I have set the rules as if I am preparing this food for you to eat but you choose not to eat. If you want new food to eat, you can find it elsewhere,'' Prayut said. He said the fate of the charter was not...

  • August 12, 2015

    Blind demonisation of opponents doesn't help anybody

    However, when their version of reality becomes too simple, it often gets distorted and people can find themselves lost in a world of their own imagination - a world in which they are unable to connect or empathise with those they have branded as the enemy. This, unfortunately, is what has been happening...

  • August 10, 2015

    Food prices rise in flood aftermath

    The federation's chairperson Chit Khine said: "People are afraid of rice shortages as 11 out of 14 states and regions experience flooding. That's why we decided to stop the export of rice temporarily. Prices are rising fast due to huge purchases by charitable organisations and people. "The federation is planning...

  • July 30, 2015

    US trafficking report: When doing the right thing just ain't enough

    ... Department's 2015 Report on Trafficking in Persons (TIP) did not come from the government of Thailand. It came from Melysa Sperber, director of the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking. "I would say that this year had the biggest cases where politics seem to have gotten involved," commented David Abramowitz...

  • July 29, 2015

    Consequences of the Kokang crisis for peace, democracy in Myanmar

    ... in the Kokang region and attacked government and army positions after an interval of nearly six years. Pheung Kya-shin's Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), a former ceasefire group and government ally, was ousted from the Kokang region in 2009 by a rival Kokang leader with the help of the Tatmadaw...

  • July 20, 2015

    New assembly law 'will hinder but not stop dedicated protests'

    ... which read "Who killed the Andaman [Sea] " on both sides of the pavement. They were members of the "Save the Andaman from Coal Network" group. For three years, the group has been urging successive governments to drop plans to build a coal-fired power plant and a seaport in Krabi province as well as...

  • July 20, 2015

    Airport seize case postponed to 2016

    The decision followed public prosecutorsāš‚ statement today that evidence was not ready due to the vast quantity. The next date is set at February 1. Ninety two defendants including Chamlong Srimuang and Sondhi Limthongkul were present at the court. They face charges in connection with their protests...

  • July 15, 2015

    Charities facing crackdown by govts around the world

    ... many sleepless nights over the past year worrying about the future of her organisation. The Indian government labelled the group "anti-national" for its campaigns against coal mining, genetically modified crops and nuclear power, and blocked its bank accounts, deported foreign workers and stopped Indian...

  • July 8, 2015

    NRC reconciliation report fails to win broad approval

    ... committee with mixed reactions. The report was completed on Friday. It was submitted to NRC chairman Thienchay Kiranandana on Monday for deliberation before being forwarded to the government. The report suggested six key measures for reconciliation including amnesties. It suggested amnesty for all except...

  • July 2, 2015

    Activists sing for their son, outside jail

    Pai was among the 14 being detained for violating the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) ban on political gatherings of five or more persons and for allegedly committing sedition by calling for the ouster of the military regime of Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha. Wiboon and Prim Boonpatararaksa...