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Thailand: Not So Fast

Opposition to Thailand’s ruling junta became more visible today after the generals announced a series of measures designed to curb political activity and censor the media. In an announcement read on ... Read More...
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“There Wasn’t Any Choice”

When a military junta overthrows an elected government, the Western world typically declares a step back for democracy. Not so in Thailand. Many Thais benignly accepted Tuesday’s coup with a shrug, accepting the ouster of Prime Minister Thaksin Shi... Read More...
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Throwing the Bums Out

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The Rules of the Game

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Military Coup in Bangkok

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Bangkok: It’s the Sauce, Stupid!

No matter where you are in Bangkok, a khao mun gai vendor is only a stone’s throw away. Just look for a row of cooked chickens hanging from hooks on a stall. The chicken—either fried or boiled, ... Read More...
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The King Never Smiles: Book Excerpt

Handley reported from Bangkok for many years for the Far Eastern Economic Review. The chapter below describes the bloody 1992 attempts to suppress dissent and the king’s largely unwritten role, which ... Read More...
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Royal Maneuvers

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