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Thailand’s Rice Subsidies a Copycat Boondoggle the Junta Condemed in the 2014 Coup

. . BANGKOK – When Thailand’s military staged a coup in 2014 against then-Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, it used her government’s disastrous rice-subsidy scheme as one of its principal justifications. The generals have since fined Ms. Yingluck $1 billion for negligence, banned her from politics for five years, and gave her a 10-year prison term […]

November 28th, 2016 | Posted in Regional News,Thailand Politics | Read More »

Thai PM Assures Foreign Investors of Junta’s Democracy Road-map

. . BANGKOK – Thailand’s Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday assured foreign investors of his government’s determination to speed up investments in all sectors particularly in  the development of the national infrastructure, and its commitment to achieve its democracy roadmap. He said Thailand would be moving ahead along the roadmap that has been set to […]

November 26th, 2016 | Posted in Economy & Business,Thailand Politics | Read More »

Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Vague When Asked about 2017 Elections

. . BANGKOK – Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said Thursday that the Military led Government the National Council for Peace and Order could delay holding an election if it would cause damage to the country. General Prawit said the plan to hold the next general election in 2017 remained intact, but he did […]

November 24th, 2016 | Posted in Regional News,Thailand Politics | Read More »

Thai Prossicutors to Charge Wat Dhammakaya Abbot Phra Dhammachayo with Money Laundering

. . BANGKOK – Office of the Attorney-General prosecutors said Wednesday thet the head of a powerful Buddhist sect in Thailand will be indicted next week on charges of money laundering and related crimes involving millions of embezzled funds that allegedly reached the temple’s coffers. The Attorney-General’s office announced its decision to bring to court […]

November 23rd, 2016 | Posted in Regional News,Thailand Politics | Read More »

Thailand’s Proposed Cyber Security Bill Come Under Fire from Critics

. . BANGKOK – Thailand’s military government, which has cracked down on online dissent since seizing power in 2014, is pushing ahead with cyber security bills that rights groups say could mean more extensive online monitoring, raising concerns over privacy protection. Amendments to Thailand’s 2007 Computer Crime Act to be considered by parliament next month […]

November 23rd, 2016 | Posted in Regional News,Thailand Politics | Read More »

Thailand’s Rice Farmers the New Battleground Ahead of 2017 Elections

    . . BANGKOK – Thailand’s politically powerful rice farmers are becoming the new battleground between the country’s junta and ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, with both trying to woo their support amid concerns of a flashpoint ahead of 2017 elections. Yingluck on Friday attacked the military government’s recent rescue packages worth at least […]

November 4th, 2016 | Posted in News,Thailand Politics | Read More »

Thailand Police Charge Human Rights Lawyer in Front of EU Embassy Officials

. . BANGKOK – Representatives of the European Union and officials of European embassies in Thailand went to Bangkok’s Samranrat police station on Saturday to witness the filing of criminal charges by the police against a human rights lawyer who has been providing legal counselling to political activists. Sirikan “June” Charoensiri, a human rights lawyer […]

October 23rd, 2016 | Posted in Regional News,Thailand Politics | Read More »

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