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  1. http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/MJ20Ae02.html It's all wet in Thailand By Shawn W Crispin BANGKOK - As Thailand counts the cost of massive seasonal flooding, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's political and economic leadership is under sharp new scrutiny. Catapulted to power on a class struggle rally cry and pro-poor populist policies, her government's response to the disaster has prioritized the protection of industrial estates and central Bangkok property over grassroots livelihoods and lives. The floods have devastated agricultural crops, inundated over 14,000 f
  2. ASIA HAND Fluid loyalties, obscure intentions in Thailand By Shawn W Crispin BANGKOK - Four months after self-exiled former premier Thaksin Shinawatra's protest group fired rhetorical broadsides at Thailand's royal family, his younger sister Yingluck Shinawatra opened her prime ministerial tenure with praise and respect for the same royal institution. The discrepant signals underscore the divergent interest groups now under Thaksin's political umbrella and whose push and pull will determine largely the stability and longevity of Yingluck's new government. The appointment of Yinglu
  3. July 5, 2011 11:49 pm Thaksin’s dreams can end Thai democracy By Joshua Kurlantzick Only a decade ago, Thailand was one of Asia’s strongest democracies. Today, that democracy has fallen off a cliff, a worrying trend, which despite the optimism of the Arab spring, is increasingly being seen elsewhere in the developing world too. Now, with the election of the Puea Thai party, led by Yingluck Shinawatra, sister of exiled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, Thailand risks losing a last chance to put its wobbly democracy back on track. Thailand’s democratic fall is relatively rec
  4. EDITORIAL The time has come to rediscover our moral compass By The Nation Published on July 9, 2011 A blanket amnesty will do nothing to heal the bitter divide in Thai society - justice and the rule of law are the only way forward In early 2003, the administration of Thaksin Shinawatra launched a controversial campaign in the name of a war against drugs. Within three months, about 2,500 suspects and a handful of innocent bystanders had been killed. The official explanation was that this was "bad guys killing bad guys". Nobody believed it, but we Thais didn't really care. As far
  5. Changing of the guard in Thailand By Shawn W Crispin BANGKOK - In a tightly scripted and richly financed campaign, former premier Thaksin Shinawatra's Puea Thai party notched a majority in Sunday's highly anticipated Thai elections, handing the outgoing Democrats another humbling defeat. Despite widespread concerns of a possible post-poll coup or street upheaval, all signs so far point towards a smooth democratic transition. While an earlier accommodation reached between the royal palace, military and Thaksin representatives to allow Puea Thai to form a government has held in the e
  6. Already posted here in "News" on June 30. http://www.thai360.com/fbb/showtopic.php?tid/540922/
  7. I read and downloaded all of Bangkok Embassy cables which were published as of 2 weeks ago. But I tried Wikileaks today and it's blocked. I'm trying some mirror sites now.
  8. I was actually referring to Wattana and Yingluck. I would not trust much of what Wattana says and my guess is that Yingluck is being kept in the dark about a lot of things her brother et al are doing.
  9. How much of what they say is truthful?
  10. http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/MF30Ae01.html ASIA HAND The deal behind Thailand's polls By Shawn W Crispin BANGKOK - High-level secret talks between Thailand's royal palace, military and self-exiled former premier Thaksin Shinawatra point towards a stable outcome to this Sunday's highly anticipated election. Contrary to widespread speculation of a post-poll coup and new rounds of street violence, the military is more likely to stay in the barracks if Thaksin's Puea Thai party wins and forms a new government. Puea Thai has surged ahead in pre-election polls, holdi
  11. I've used this guy several times: Mr. Go Pal Lama No. 456 497 4th Floor, Pantip Plaza 604/3 Petchburi Rd. Rajthevi Bangkok 10400 Thailand +66 22550743 +66 818402532
  12. Kamphaeng Phet has became famous for 2 events last week. The assassination of a Police Chief and now this. The video. Not for the feint of heart.
  13. A man who was arrested for killing the superintendent of Sai Ngam Police Station in Khamphaengphet has pleaded innocent. Narong Thongchai, 43, was nabbed at 8.30pm on Tuesday in Nakhon Phanom. The fatal attack on Pol Colonel Krirkrit Niyomserm took place on April 19 in Nakhon Sawan. Speaking at a press conference, Narong Wednesday denied the charge that he killed Krirkrit, saying that he had not left Nakhon Phanom since last August. Police believe Narong has been involved in six murders, including the one that claimed Krirkrit's life. However, Narong has admitted to two murders. In the
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