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  • February 25, 2015

    Most judges picked for Yingluck case also hearing other Thaksin camp cases

    .... The panel voted 9:0 to disband the party, but Thanit was one of the minority opposing the then junta's order to ban Thai Rak Thai executives for five years. Thanit was also a member of the judges' panel that ruled to confiscate Bt46 billion of Thaksin's assets, for benefiting from corrupt dealings while...

  • February 20, 2015

    Reconciliation body 'will succeed where others have failed'

    ... to wait until the draft passes the CDC's examination [before acting on it]. Of the 14 members of this reconciliation committee, nine should be people who are neutral, highly respected and experienced and who understand the causes of conflict. Those nine members will select another five people from the conflicting...

  • February 17, 2015

    The myth of neutrality in Thai politics

    Thai citizens can be forgiven for feeling sceptical at the proposal from Constitution Drafting Committee chief Borwornsak Uwanno that a national reconciliation committee be set up to resolve ongoing political disputes. Borwornsak said the committee would be authorised to propose pardons for people involved in...

  • February 13, 2015

    Somchai ready to prove his innocence over PAD crackdown

    The Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Political Office Holders has scheduled the first hearing in the case for May 11. Somchai and three other men have been charged with abusing their authority by ordering the crackdown on protesters surrounding Parliament, resulting in two deaths and 471 injuries...

  • February 8, 2015

    Public nod for martial law: survey

    ... that given the country's current situation martial law needs to be continued, according to the latest public opinion survey. Of the 1,120 people surveyed by Bangkok University Research Centre's Bangkok Poll, about 70 per cent of respondents insisted that martial law was necessary at the moment. About...

  • February 6, 2015

    Thailand boosts military ties with China amid US spat

    ... Wanquan to Bangkok, and as Thailandโ s military government looks to cultivate Beijingโ s support amid Western unease over a delayed return to democracy. "China has agreed to help Thailand increase protection of its own country and advise on technology to increase Thailandโ s national security," Thai Defence...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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. ...