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    'Economic interests' named as potential motive behind Big C blast in Pattani

    News, Chaiyot Yongcharoenchai, Published on 28/05/2017

    » A Thai army commander based in the deep South believes that the perpetrators behind the Big C bombing in Pattani were more motivated by economic interests than the separatist movement's desire to assert regional autonomy.

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    Thailand to lay down own conditions at BRN peace talks

    Patsara Jikkham, Published on 12/09/2013

    » Security agencies are refusing to commit to demands made by the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) for peace talks and are preparing their own list of conditions, to be presented to the separatist movement representatives at their next meeting, tentatively set for late October.

  • NEWS

    Muslim rally seen as pitch for NGO support

    News, Wassana Nanuam, Published on 07/02/2017

    » A rally staged last week by Muslim students in which some demanded "self-determination" in the insurgency-plagued South was a move to gain financial support from European rights advocacy groups, according to 4th Army chief Piyawat Nakwanich.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Asean films receive special showcase

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 04/07/2018

    » The riches of Southeast Asian stories and images are celebrated at the 4th Bangkok Asean Film Festival, which opens tonight at SF CentralWorld and runs until Sunday. Hosted by the Thai Ministry of Culture, this year's edition marks the 51st anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the regional body whose primary mission is economics and which increasingly pays more heed to cultural promotion.

  • NEWS

    Search still on for bomb masterminds

    News, Published on 13/08/2017

    » One year after multiple bomb blasts and arson attacks in seven provinces, the situation has returned to normal but police have still failed to identify who masterminded the attacks.

  • OPINION

    Serving up cruelty, a taste of 'Thainess'

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 20/08/2016

    » The debate on the meaning of "Thainess" always fills me with patriotism and stomach ache. After last week's bombings, the army chief warned us to look out for people who wore hats, glasses and carried backpacks, because "Thais don't do that". The general meant well -- that we should watch out for suspicious agents of terror -- but the way he framed it was a crass, militaristic way of monopolising the definition of something that is shifting, malleable, even undefinable.

  • OPINION

    Avoiding a religious row

    News, Editorial, Published on 20/01/2016

    » It is unclear why authorities in the South have pushed a project for a new Buddhist park in Pattani province. Indeed, as of yesterday at least, provincial officials had provided no specifics. The central government seems confused but it is crystal clear that local people have grave doubts, and have spoken about them clearly.

  • NEWS

    Prayuth seeks to broaden South talks

    Wassana Nanuam, Published on 01/08/2014

    » The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has held peace talks with southern insurgent groups, both openly and behind closed doors, according to Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha.

  • NEWS

    Highlights of the Week

    Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 31/08/2012

    » Defence Minister Sukumpol Suwannatat appears to have resolved his conflict in his ministry with his abrupt transfer of three generals. But Science and Technology Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi is caught in a three-way war of words with the City Hall and a group of water experts on the flood prevent plan. In the deep South, militants went on bomb-planting spree to mark their national day.

  • OPINION

    How the Catalonia vote threatens the EU

    News, John Lloyd, Published on 06/11/2017

    » The struggles for and against independence in the Spanish province of Catalonia are emblematic of the European Union's present strength and its future weakness. They also display the weaknesses, present and future, of the two leaders of the contending parties: Mariano Rajoy, the Spanish prime minister and Carles Puigdemont, president of Catalonia.

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