Thaksin Rolls Dice in Bid to Check Thai Military

The sudden reemergence of Thai former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to take on the junta that took over the country in 2014 is an attempt to thwart its secret plan to stay in power for at least a decade or more, sources in Bangkok say. “His plan is ... Read More...

Cats Fighting Under the Blanket in Thailand

The emergence of the deposed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra after a long period of silence and self-imposed exile to escape prosecution suggests that events in Thailand are gathering momentum. In a media ... Read More...
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Thai Game Plan: Drive Shinawatras into Exile

In November of last year, a Thai businessman with close connections to the leaders of the Bangkok protests that eventually drove the Pheu Thai government from power said the real reason for the protest wasn’t j... Read More...
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Thai Military Says Knock Off the Violence

Thailand’s powerful military is clearly growing concerned about the rising tide of political violence in Bangkok, with Army Chief Prayuth Chan-ocha warning in an official statement that the carnage has to stop. "I want to warn every group -- especially thos... Read More...
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Thailand’s Lethal Muslim Conflict

For four months, Thailand’s pro-royalist People’s Democratic Reform Committee has led anti-government protesters in Bangkok to work toward toppling the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, the youn... Read More...
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Thailand’s Thaksin Thinks He Can Outlast the Protesters

Thaksin Shinawatra, the ousted premier who nonetheless has run Thailand for the past seven years through surrogates and guile, is like the Cheshire Cat. There is nothing for his enemies to pursue except his disappearing smile, now here and gone there. That ... Read More...
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Thailand: Land of Snarls

The leaders of the 100,000-odd protesters who blocked some of Bangkok’s key intersections Sunday are said by knowledgeable political analysts to be deeply involved in not just a battle for political primacy but... Read More...