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By Somsak Jeamtheerasakun |
<p>At a seminar at Thammasat University on last Sunday, I commented that if we just call on the people to vote 'no' against the CNS draft Constitution, there will be several problems consequentially.</p>
By Ranee Adipat |
<p>According to UNHCR, &quot;Asia has not only been the main host of UNHCR&#39;s total population of concern but also by far the main source... some 8.4 million persons originating from Asia were considered by UNHCR as being in need of international protection.&quot;<sup><a name="sdendnote2anc" href="#sdendnote2sym" title="sdendnote2anc"><sup>ii</sup></a></sup> </p>
By Pokpong Lawansiri |
<p>The 19<sup> </sup>June 2007 once again brings the celebration of Aung San Suu Kyi&#39;s birthday. On this occasion, thousands of Burmese and international human rights defenders (HRDs) are celebrating the birthday of the world&#39;s only imprisoned Nobel Laureate and discussing plans for the future of democracy in Burma. </p>
By “Rit Chu-Pracha” |
<p>However, today under the military regime, the Thai middleclass ironically marginalizes themselves and refuses to seriously join hands on the struggle against the dictators. More ironically, a part of the middlesclass has fall short serving as the ideological tools in media-space where the military has controlled to legitimize its rule.</p>
By Pokpong Lawansiri and Wassanont Oon-anant |
<p>The action to dissolve TRT could be seen as a just and legitimate move by the Council for National Security (CNS)-another name for the military government-as TRT is largely seen as a threat to democracy, since the premiership of Thaksin in 2004, independent agencies, senate, and parliaments were swarmed by TRT cronies and Thaksin proxies.</p>
By Ranee Adipat |
<p>The first-ever and relatively controversial Global Peace Index was released at the end of May. The Peace Index is a ranking of 121 countries based on 24 &quot;global peace indicators,&quot; which include: number of wars fought, level of distrust for other citizens, respect for human rights, level of violent crime, and access to small weapons.</p>
By Subhatra Bhumiprabhas |
<p>The fact that the junta sent armed troops to watch over TV stations in the eve of the judgment day May 30, went by with the Thai media&#39;s sound of silence.</p>
By Somchai Preechasilpakul |
<p>Shall the freedom of demonstration under the democratic rule be prevented only because its objective was questioned by those in powers?</p>