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  • OPINION

    Will Yingluck be allowed to leave?

    Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 18/07/2014

    » The big question now is: Will Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha, head of the National Council for Peace and Order, retract the decision allowing former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra to leave the country for a European tour from July 20-Aug 10 now the National Anti-Corruption Commission has decided to indict her for malfeasance in office for gross negligence in overseeing the rice pledging scheme?

  • OPINION

    Another 'honest mistake', really?

    Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 17/10/2014

    » Over a decade ago the Constitutional Court famously found that then prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra made an "honest mistake" in finding him not guilty of assets concealment by a vote of 8:7. Two of the eight votes which ruled Thaksin not guilty in 2001 came from sitting judges who abstained from voting.

  • OPINION

    NCPO raises eyebrows with its Thais overseas stand

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 21/07/2014

    » In his first public message to politicians who have taken self-imposed exile abroad, National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha extended an olive branch by appealing to them to return home to cooperate in rebuilding the nation with an assurance that they will be given fair treatment.

  • OPINION

    Govt turns to harassment of court, NACC

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 10/03/2014

    » Violence perpetrated against anti-government protesters has subsided lately, thanks to a security beef-up by the army and the recent dismantling of three protest stages at Pathumwan, Ratchaprasong and Asok to merge with one at Silom Road, which is based in Lumpini Park.

  • OPINION

    A welcome break in the amnesty bill row

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 27/05/2013

    » "'My objective is to bring Thaksin home. If this is not successful, I will be the only person to be held accountable. That's Okay. I can be taken anywhere and beheaded. I am not afraid because I have already made up my mind and will tour the country, including the South, to [solicit support for the reconciliation bill]. But I chose to come to Isan first, and if you people agree with me, please give me applause..."

  • NEWS

    Highlights of the week

    Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 21/09/2012

    » The final report on the political turbulance in April and May 2010 was released by Kanit na Nakorn's truth commission and, as anticipated, was heavily criticised, especially by red-shirts and the Pheu Thai Party; and Parliament President Somsak Kiatsuranont was spotlighted for using seven million baht of taxpayers' money to take a large group of his staff and pro-government media people on a junket to Europe.

  • OPINION

    No shame about lying

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 24/09/2012

    » When parliament president Somsak Kiatsuranont said on Thursday that he might visit China to attend a provincial trade exposition instead of taking a "study" tour of western Europe which was heavily criticised by the press, I was foolishly misled into thinking that he really felt guilty about spending seven million baht of taxpayers' money on a junket which includes watching an English Premier League soccer match.

  • OPINION

    Sane heads must stop this

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 04/06/2012

    » The "last war" declared recently by People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) leader Sondhi Limthongkul has not yet started.

  • NEWS

    Weekly highlights

    Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 12/04/2012

    » As the country heads into the Songkran celebration an 8.6 magnitude quake off Indonesia set off tsunami alarms across the Indian Ocean -- including six southern coastal provinces in Thailand, where tens of thousands of residents and tourists fled to high ground, temporarily spoiling the festive mood. But not for Thaksin's supporters in the Northeast, a few hundred of whom went to Vientiane to greet him.

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    Weekly highlights

    Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 10/02/2012

    » The violence escalated in the far South after security forces killed four innocent Malay Muslims in Nong Chik of Pattani in late January. In Ayutthaya province, totally unexpected flooding in Sena and Pak Hai districts caused panic in the riverside communities. Politically, the country appears to be heading for more conflict as the drive for constitutional amendment has started in earnest.

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