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<p>Controversial ex-Prime Minister Pol Lt Col Thaksin Shinawatra is to be charged with defaming the monarchy and stripped of his police rank.</p>
<p>The military demolished a roadside souvenir stall and confiscated fruit, wine and other processed fruit products in a northern touristic province allegedly because they believed the ‘square face’ logo on the products symbolized the controversial ex-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.</p>
By Thaweeporn Kummetha |
<div>Sulak talked about lèse majesté cases involved former kings, analyzed the ultra-royalists who hold narrow and nationalistic views of Thai history, the planned education reform, with more nationalistic, and royalist elements, the coup and succession.</div> <div> </div>
By Human Rights Watch |
<p>&nbsp;</p> <p>(New York, October 25, 2014) – The Thai government has yet to bring to justice police and military personnel responsible for the deaths of scores of protesters in Tak Bai in southern&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hrw.org/asia/thailand" target="_blank">Thailand&nbsp;</a>in 2004, Human Rights Watch said today.</p>
<div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A lèse majesté complaint has been filed against controversial former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and those involved with the Thai translation of&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Conversations-Thaksin-Deliverance-Thailands-Populist/dp/9814328685">Conversation with Thaksin</a></em>, a one-sided account of Thai politics from Thaksin as interviewed by American journalist Tom Plate, <a> </a></div>
By Pavin Chachavalpongpun |
<p>Rewriting a history in an intricate business. Nations thrive on extraordinary history. It must be replete with heroism, sacrifices, courage and patriotism. History is employed to reaffirm the longevity of a nation. The longer the life of a nation is, a deeper sense of national belonging it becomes. Given this importance, history is a powerful tool in instigating nationalism. To make a perfect nation, a perfect history is necessary. In the world of nationhood, history tells stories of miracles, achievements and memorable occurrences.</p>
<div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <div>A junta spokesman on Sunday denied the allegations by red-shirt activist Kritsuda Khunasen that the military tortured her during her illegal detention and forced her to lie on TV that she was happy, insisting that her happiness was real, according to Matichon Online.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Col Winthai Suvaree, spokesman for the junta’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), said he was “surprised” by what the red-shirt activist said during an interview with Jom Petchpradab, a veteran independent journalist, published on YouTube and released on Saturda </div></div>
<div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="http://en.khaosod.co.th/detail.php?newsid=1403519110&amp;typecate=06&amp;section=">Khaosod English</a> reported on Monday that spokesperson of the military junta has rejected the revelation by the former anti-government protest leader that the army has been seeking to overthrow the previous government for years.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Suthep Thaugsuban, leader of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), reportedly told his supporters over the weekend that he been closely coordinating with army chief and coupmaker Gen. </div>
By Pavin Chachavalpongpun |
<p>The coup was staged on 22 May—it is the 19<sup>th</sup> coup since Thailand abolished its absolute monarchy in 1932. While domestic pressure has been built up against the coup, international community has also kept a watchful eye on what has happened in Thailand.</p>
By Thaweeporn Kummetha |
<div>Enforced disappearance has happened again and again in Thailand. The number of victims may be over 3,000. Still, no one has ever been held to account for these crimes. This story explores how the practice has become systematic and part of the 'culture' of the land of smiles.</div> <div> </div>
By Keiko Sei |
<p>I am a resident of Din Daeng. For my daily exercise I go to a public aerobics programme that takes place at the Thai-Japanese Stadium every day at 6:30 pm except Mondays.</p>
By Harrison George |
<p>It’s been a deadly winter for British comedians.&nbsp; John Fortune died on New Year’s Eve, alas, and this week comes news of the death of Roger Lloyd-Pack.&nbsp; So nostalgia has us flipping through some of the best clips and lo and behold, there’s the clue to Thailand’s political problems.</p>