Thailand

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Bangkok Elites Win Government Dissolution

The Yingluck Shinawatra government this morning called for dissolution of parliament, paving the way for a fresh election to be held within 45 days, ostensibly to seek a way to stop the continuing political vio...
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Political Temperature Cools in Bangkok

With Bangkok having calmed down in the run-up to the 86th birthday of Thailand’s ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the antagonists are catching their breath before the tear gas, rocks and rubber bullets may again...
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Thaksin’s Enduring Appeal

It would be hard to imagine another country anywhere that would see thousands of well-educated and seemingly middle-class people march to the streets demanding not more but less democracy. But the current prote...
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The Man Who Leads Bangkok’s Mobs

Suthep Thaugsuban, Thailand’s current mob leader, has reinvented himself from villain to national hero, at least in the eyes of his supporters, because he has dared to challenge what is characterized as the evi...
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Thailand’s Politicized Courts Fuel Protests

Last Wednesday, Thailand’s Constitutional Court declared that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s ruling Pheu Thai Party government had, by seeking to make the upper house Senate a fully-elected body, engaged ...
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Thailand’s Opposition Democrats Go Rogue

Thailand’s opposition Democrat Party, having tasted success in stopping a blanket amnesty that would have allowed fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to return from exile, are turning to the viole...
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The Cresting of Thaksinism?

The Thai Senate’s decisive 141-0 vote Monday killing the Pheu Thai Party’s blanket amnesty bill, which would have absolved everybody of political guilt going back to 2004 and cleared the way for the return of T...
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Thaksin Forces Give Up

It appears that the Pheu Thai Party’s attempt to bring its outlawed and exiled former chief Thaksin Shinawatra back to Thailand has failed in the face of thousands of angry protesters in Bangkok’s streets. R...
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Thai Parliament Passes Amnesty Bill

After more than two years of ducking and weaving, Thailand’s ruling Pheu Thai Party has defied public outrage to push through a controversial bill granting blanket amnesty to participants on both sides of the b...
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Thaksin finally bows out

Deposed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra resigned from his Thai Rak Thai party Tuesday, effectively terminating what was the most popular party in Thai history before the military and palace joined forces to o...