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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • September 30, 2014

    Seriously, though, does Stephff scare you that much

    The Alliance Francaise was all set to present the show "Frankenstein-ocracy" from October 2 to 18, but then had second thoughts. The deal's off. So now Stephff, a Frenchman who has the name Stephane Peray in his passport, is roaming around Bangkok with a box of 60-odd political cartoons, hoping someone will...

  • September 30, 2014

    Siam Commercial Bank

    ... offset the effect of slower lending growth, so our FY14 earnings forecast stands unchanged at Bt56.5bn, up 12ฒoY. Moreover, there could be scope for upside to SCB's FY15 lending and profit growth profiles if progress on state infrastructure projects were to beat our base-case assumption. Our BUY rating...

  • August 26, 2014

    Veera, 7 others in custody but not charged yet

    ... Second Cavalry Division, took the eight to the Crime Suppression Division (CSD). Burin said police were allowed under the law to detain them for no more than seven days without charge. If they are not formally charged within the period, they will be released. He said he had interrogated the eight...

  • August 25, 2014

    Setting the clock back to zero with an amnesty ain't so easy

    ... that "sets the clock to zero", as sought by the Thaksin camp, would spark another round of political conflict. Although the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has denied recent media reports that it planned to conduct an opinion survey on amnesty for political cases, an in-depth investigation...

  • July 16, 2014

    NLD cancels rally in Sittwe due to security concerns

    ... regions nationwide, including Yangon and Mandalay. They have held rallies in all targeted townships except Sittwe. Hundreds of thousands of people attended rallies at which Aung San Suu Kyi appeared. According to the NLD, more than 3.3 million people signed the petition to amend Section 436 between May...

  • July 15, 2014

    Bt300 million earmarked to repair Govt House

    ... - will undergo renovations. The Nari Samosorn building, which was previously used as a news centre, will be turned into a reception area for government guests. The news centre will be moved to Command building. The work also includes dismantling a media room near the Thai Khu Fa building, where...

  • June 30, 2014

    Where will 'reform' place the judiciary

    ... of the judges. And whatever comes out of the "reform" process in this regard will determine Thailand's political course. Pheu Thai, like the People Power Party and the Thai Rak Thai Party before it, has been at the "wrong" end of Thailand's checks and balances. Whereas its opponents applauded such court...

  • June 18, 2014

    Discussion held on securing Veera's release

    He was among seven Thai nationals arrested in December 2010 for illegally crossing a disputed Thai-Cambodian border area. Veera is the leader of the Thailand Patriot Network, a splinter group of the yellow-shirt People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) movement. Five members of the group were released in January 2011, but an additional...