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  • OPINION

    Time to lift rights bans

    News, Editorial, Published on 17/09/2018

    » The best thing that can be said about last week's action by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) is that the all-male group understands it has created a problem. It has returned to the public a tiny bit of the civil and human rights it removed 52 months ago. On Friday, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha used his extraordinary powers under Section 44 to give some small but important freedoms to political parties. While the order restores the right to organise party affairs, it falls lamentably short of restoring basic and constitutional rights to all Thais.

  • OPINION

    The three gutsy peers

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 16/09/2018

    » The six-month Bangkok Shutdown campaign may have given off an aura of fun and games with a positive outcome for the green shirts and a negative one for the reds.

  • NEWS

    Democrats adopt primary vote in leadership race

    News, Nattaya Chetchotiros, Published on 10/09/2018

    » A primary voting system intended to give the public more active engagement in politics will be adopted by the Democrat Party to decide its next leader, which could set the tone for other parties under a charter designed to prevent a power monopoly by a single owner.

  • OPINION

    Politics is sport for Newin

    News, Published on 08/09/2018

    » Newin Chidchob, a veteran politician who has turned his focus to football and motorsport in the northeastern province of Buri Ram, has made headlines again as the regime is expected to ease its ban on political activities some time this month.

  • NEWS

    Top US officials deny 'gutless' editorial

    AFP, Published on 06/09/2018

    » WASHINGTON: Donald Trump's top lieutenants scrambled Thursday to deny authorship of an explosive op-ed article that has plunged his presidency into crisis by proclaiming secret insider resistance to his reckless, "amoral" leadership.

  • NEWS

    Apirat gets army chief's job in top brass reshuffle

    News, Wassana Nanuam, Published on 02/09/2018

    » Assistant army chief Apirat Kongsompong has been promoted to take the army's top post in the annual military reshuffle which further cements the regime's power to run the country, observers said.

  • OPINION

    Thai idols fall in line with orthodoxy

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 01/09/2018

    » Poor coup-makers, no one wants to see them on TV. At 6pm sharp when the theme song begins, there's a rush of hands to the remote control. Not that you can escape them. The true mark of dictatorship is audiovisual dictatorship: They beam their images on every TV and radio channel, monopolising your sensory reception, like a sci-fi movie, or like a spoiled child demanding your full attention. At 6pm every day for the past four years, the hands clutching the remote have reached for the only possible button. Off.

  • NEWS

    Army reshuffle sees loyalists appointed

    News, Wassana Nanuam, Published on 03/09/2018

    » The annual military reshuffle has seen the appointment of assistant army chief Gen Apirat Kongsompong as the new army chief -- a position perceived to be critical to smoothing the way for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to reclaim his premiership and stay on in power after the next election.

  • OPINION

    Is Aussie political madness catching?

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 29/08/2018

    » I happened to be in Canberra last Friday, speaking to a room full of journalists at the National Press Club, when the news came in, halfway through lunch, that Australia had a new prime minister. The moderator pointed out that the year is already two-thirds gone and it is "only three prime ministers till Christmas" -- and the China Daily's headline read "Australia changes its prime minister again, again, again, again, again".

  • NEWS

    Political turmoil blamed for GDP losses

    Business, Somruedi Banchongduang, Published on 28/08/2018

    » Thailand's political uncertainty over the past 20 years took a toll on the country's economic growth, shaving off 0.4 percentage points per year on average and depressing growth below its potential, according to a joint survey by the Bank of Thailand's Puey Ungphakorn Institute for Economic Research's (Pier).

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