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  • September 28, 2015

    Pro- and anti-govt groups rally in NY, out of sight of PM

    The pro-government group led by People's Alliance for Democracy and People's Democratic Reform Committee in the US occupied a corner of 47th Street and First Avenue - while the opposition, calling themselves Thai democracy-lovers, occupied another corner some 10 metres away at the same location. They were all Thais - some holding US citizenship...

  • September 28, 2015

    40ฅive in war zones

    ... Activist in Dutch award list Phyo Phyo Aung, 27, general secretary of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions, is among 30 nominees for the Netherlands' Human Rights Tulip Award. She won the Citizen of Burma 2015 award. The Human Rights Tulip Award will be announced in December. ...

  • September 21, 2015

    Week in Review: Myanmar

    ... grabbing About 300 ethnic minority residents in Myeik, Tanintharyi Region, held a prayer meeting and sent a petition to the government asking for an end to land-grabbing. Members of the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society, university students and representatives from civic organisations and political...

  • September 16, 2015

    Colombia reaches out for Thai investments

    The embassy, in cooperation with the Federation of Thai Industries, is hosting a seminar tomorrow to make a pitch for Thai investment in Colombia. "This will be the first major event between the two countries aimed at deepening the trade relationship and we're excited about moving forward," Garcia...

  • September 8, 2015

    'Good points from rejected draft charter can be included'

    ... good points from older charters, the new group of drafters could save a lot of time. Chavalit suggested that the maximum 180 days designated for drafting could be reduced considerably this way. He also said that organic laws for the new constitution could also be drafted at the same time as the new charter...

  • September 6, 2015

    Hardline monks claim victory as Myanmar Muslims face poll exclusion

    ... nationโ s landmark November 8 election. Wirathu, whose soft voice belies the vitriol behind his words, is the best known member of an alliance of monks who have inserted their hardline stance into Myanmarโ s mainstream politics. He was jailed in 2003 for inciting religious tension under the...

  • 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...