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  • May 30, 2015

    Seeing the FUTILITY in the dog chasing its tail

    ... on the red-shirt protests, which had in their midst the complicating factor of armed elements. The demonstrators were encamped in downtown Bangkok for weeks, disrupting traffic and business, after a court ordered a large swath of Thaksin's ill-gotten wealth to be seized. They also shared an unabated sense...

  • May 29, 2015

    PAD leaders sentenced to two years' jail

    ... Somsak Kosai-suk, 69; and Suriyasai Katasila, 42; were accused by prosecutors of violating Articles 83, 91, 358, 362 and 365 of the Criminal Code for damaging state assets. The complaint said the PAD led a rally from Democracy Monument to Government House to oust then-prime minister Samak Sundaravej. They laid...

  • May 28, 2015

    Six former PAD leaders jailed two years for occupying Government House

    The six included Chamlong Srimuang and Sondhi Limthongkul. They were initially given two-year jail term each but the term was commuted by one third. The six were released on bail after posting assets worth Bt200,000 each as a guarantee.

  • May 25, 2015

    'Much needs to be done before referendum is held on charter'

    EVEN though the National Council for Peace and Order has finally agreed to allow a national referendum on the new constitution, much needs to be done to educate the public about it and to work out how it should be carried out, academics and politicians say. "There should definitely be public hearings...

  • May 19, 2015

    Red stronghold in Pathum Thani unchanged

    ... political identity No. They can only stop us from wearing red," she said, adding that she and her husband still keep flags of the United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) at home, waiting for the day when they can freely fly them. "I don't watch TV anymore, except for [red-shirt] Peace TV [online...

  • May 18, 2015

    NRC suggests six months for referendum holding

    ... letter to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on May 14 proposing that a referendum on the draft constitution be held and suggesting a six-month period for the entire process. "We think it should take at least six months [for the referendum] as three months might not be sufficient time for the distribution...

  • May 15, 2015

    Federal Union to be possible only with goodwill: Suu Kyi

    At a meeting with civic organisations on May 12, she said for a successful federal system, everyone must nurture goodwill. "We must be broad-minded. Racism is too narrow-minded to sustain a federal union. As the Bamar are the majority in our country, Bamar people nurture more goodwill. However, other national...

  • May 14, 2015

    Thailand seen attractive for incentive travel

    Supawan Tanomkieatipume, vice president of the Thai Hotels Association, said this country had become one of most popular destinations for incentive travel, particularly from Asian countries such as China, South Korea and Japan. She said Thailand was a much cheaper destination for this kind of travel than...

  • April 30, 2015

    Making like a celebrity

    One of the main sponsors of the Cannes Film Festival for the last 17 years, L'Oreal Paris recently unveiled "Born to be a star", a limited edition of cosmetics that will be presented on the red carpet by Araya "Chompoo" A. Hargate, who is returning to the French Riviera this May. Chompoo, who is an...

  • April 9, 2015

    Blackmail and abuse: Gay sex ban in India stirs violence

    ...(Bt7,900)... Even though society has not fully accepted us, the law was there to protect us. But now we are scared." Rajan is one of thousands of people from India's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community (LGBT) who have faced persecution after the world's largest democracy in December 2013 reinstated...