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Thailand’s Prime Minister Accused of Attempting to Retain Power

– BANGKOK – Thailand’s Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha has come under heavy attack for asking “leading questions” that are seen as an attempt to gather public support for the regime to stay on in power. He came up with the questions following a blast at Phramongkutklao Hospital last Monday that left 25 people injured. […]

May 28th, 2017 | Posted in Regional News,Thailand Politics | Read More »

Three Years after Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha’s Coup, Thailand Sees Sporadic, Unnerving Unrest

– BANGKOK — Three years after Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha and his military leaders overthrew a democratically elected government in Thailand, the country is sputtering economically, watched closely for its crackdown on political freedom and still the site of sporadic but unnerving unrest. On Monday, a bomb exploded in a military-run hospital in Bangkok, wounding 21 […]

May 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Thailand Politics | Read More »

Six Charged with Lese Majesty over Thai Historian’s Facebook Post

– BANGKOK – A human rights lawyer is facing up to 150 years in prison for violating Thailand’s strict royal defamation law by sharing Facebook posts written by an exiled dissident academic. Prawet Prapanukul was arrested last month and charged by a Bangkok court with 10 counts of insulting a monarch or other ruler for […]

May 18th, 2017 | Posted in Regional News,Thailand Politics | Read More »

Thai Junta Looks to Allow Foreigners to Set up Universities in Special Economic Zones

– BANGKOK – Thailand’s Military Cabinet is planning to allow foreigners to set up universities in Special Economic Zones in an effort to address skill shortages. The plan has already won the green light from the joint meeting of the Cabinet and the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). Government Spokesman Lt General Sansern […]

May 17th, 2017 | Posted in Regional News,Thailand Politics | Read More »

Thailand Looks for an Upswing in Ties with Trump Administration

– BANGKOK – From zero to hero is the trajectory of Thailand’s future relations with the United States. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is scheduled to visit Washington in mid-June in response to US President Donald Trump’s invitation. The trip will mark an important step to repair the much-bruised bilateral relations after the May coup in […]

May 17th, 2017 | Posted in Regional News,Thailand Politics | Read More »

Thailand’s Treasury Department Chief Suddenly Transferred Without Warning

  BANGKOK – The National Legislative Assembly on Tuesday approved the transfer of Treasury Department chief Chakkrit Parapuntakul to the post of deputy permanent secretary for finance. Chakkrit Parapuntakul said he believes might be related to the department’s housing project in Bangkok’s Phahol Yothin area. Mr Chakkrit said he was not aware in advance of his […]

May 9th, 2017 | Posted in Thailand Politics | Read More »

Thai Junta Proposes Two Year Jail Term for Reporters without Licenses

– BANGKOK – According to the latest version of the media reform bill to be proposed by a reform panel, Reporters will be required to have a licence to do their jobs or face a jail term up to two years or a fine not more than 60,000 baht, or both. Pol Maj Gen Pisit […]

April 27th, 2017 | Posted in Regional News,Thailand Politics | Read More »

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