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Thailand’s New Charter : Soldier’s Dream, Civilian Nightmare

02/09/15

The junta writes a document tailored to its own interests and little else Thailand’s new proposed constitution, released last week by the junta’s Constitution Drafting Committee, is pretty much as expected. The 20th since 1932, it is a clear (...)

Politics and security in Thailand

Zachary Abuza 25/08/15

In the wake of the Bangkok blasts, politics and the junta’s self-interests should not trump a proper investigation. It is still too early to attribute the bombings in Bangkok to any group and to date no one has claimed responsibility. There are (...)

Thai election won’t solve political crisis

Pavin Chachavalpongun 23/06/15

The Thai political crisis has deepened following the coup of 22 May 2014. The military claimed it was saving Thailand from slipping into a new round of political violence after months of anti-Yingluck Shinawatra protests. But, in reality, it (...)

Thailand : V-Day resistance to the junta’s coercive regime

Aim Sinpeng 02/03/15

Thailand just witnessed the most important anti-government rally since the May 2014 coup. This rare and well-coordinated opposition activity could be a game changer for the growing dissent among the Thai public. On Valentine’s Day, the newly (...)

Thaïlande : instabilité politique et faiblesse du mouvement syndical

Sakdina Chatrakul na Ayudhya 09/12/14

Le mouvement syndical thaïlandais est faible en termes quantitatifs et qualitatifs. En dépit de parenthèses démocratiques qui ont permis aux travailleurs de s’organiser, les coups d’Etat répétés, la militarisation et les logiques de patronage ont créé un (...)

Thailand : Time for Thai Royals to Face Reality

Chatwadee Rose Amornpat 19/11/14

Opinion : monarchists are out of touch and one self-exiled Thai woman says, ‘Enough !’ I have often asked myself why Thai royalists are so blindsided, so irrational and so acrimonious whenever anyone with a free-spirit questions the high-flying (...)

Thailand’s National Legislative Assembly

Khemthong Tonsakulrungruang 26/08/14

The appointment of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) members marks the end of absolute dictatorship and the beginning of democratization. The military’s ruthless power will be civilized by sharing it with other bodies created by the Interim (...)

What the World Cup Can Teach Progressives About Corruption

Walden Bello 24/07/14

Brazil’s crushing World Cup loss to Germany’s world champion team wasn’t just bad news for Brazilian football fans. It’s also likely to reignite the anger that many Brazilians felt towards the government of President Dilma Rousseff for hosting such (...)

Thaïlande : la démocratie des riches n’est pas celle des pauvres

David Camroux 24/03/14

Depuis la mi-janvier, les milieux d’affaires et les classes moyennes de la capitale contestent la légitimité d’un gouvernement soutenu par les classes populaires et rurales pourtant largement majoritaires. Depuis la fin de la monarchie absolue en (...)

Thailand’s Edsa 2 : from civil conflict to uncivil war ?

Walden Bello 03/02/14

There are occasional references to the Edsa Uprising, with one speaker saying, “The Filipinos did it in nine days. We can do it, too.” The event to which he was comparing the Bangkok mass protests was the original Edsa Revolution that toppled (...)

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