8 DECEMBER 2013
Thai crisis deepens as main opposition party quits Parliament
Thailand’s main opposition party resigned from Parliament on Sunday to protest what it called « the illegitimacy » of an elected government with which it can no longer work. The move deepens the country’s latest political crisis one day before new street demonstrations that many fear could turn violent.
7 DECEMBER 2013
Thai leader offers talks with protesters
Thailand’s prime minister vowed to resign and hold elections if it would help end the country’s most severe political crisis in years as Bangkok braced for a fresh outbreak of protests next week.
5 DECEMBER 2013
Thailand King makes unity call in birthday message
King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand has urged people to support each other for the sake of the country, in his address to the nation on his birthday.
3 DECEMBER 2013
Thai tensions ease as police lift barricades
Anti-government protesters in Thailand have crossed heavily fortified barriers and reached the gates of the prime minister’s office without resistance from the police.
2 DECEMBER 2013
Thai protests: police fire rubber bullets as protests turn more violent
Thai police fired rubber bullets to quell violent demonstrations aimed at the overthrow of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Monday, as the government sought to arrest the leader of the protests for “insurrection”.
1 DECEMBER 2013
Thailand clashes: PM forced to flee as violent demonstrations escalate
A Thai government supporter was shot and killed early on Sunday at protests in Bangkok, raising the death toll to two as protesters invaded a police compound and forced the evacuation of the prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, to a secret location.
30 NOVEMBER 2013
Shots fired as Thai protesters clash
At least one person has been shot dead as Thai government supporters and foes clashed for the first time in a week of demonstrations against the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
29 NOVEMBER 2013
Thai Protesters Storm Army Headquarters
Thai protesters briefly stormed into army headquarters in Bangkok in a bid to get the military to join their efforts to topple the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra
28 NOVEMBER 2013
Thai PM appeals to protesters after surviving no-confidence vote
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has urged anti-government demonstrators to end street protests, after surviving a no-confidence vote in parliament.
25 NOVEMBER 2013
Thai prime minister invokes security law after protesters occupy ministries
The Thai prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, invoked an emergency security law across much of Bangkok on Monday, after protesters forced their way inside the finance ministry and through the gates of the foreign ministry compound.
24 NOVEMBER 2013
Tens of thousands join anti-government rally
Anti-government protesters estimated in the hundreds of thousands have joined Sunday’s rally at the Democracy Monument with organisers still hoping the number will swell to one million.
11 NOVEMBER 2013
UN rules for Cambodia in Thai border row
Thailand must withdraw all military and police forces from the area surrounding a 900-year-old Hindu temple on the far side of its border with Cambodia, UN judges have said in a ruling that could exacerbate tensions between the two countries.
Thailand senate rejects controversial amnesty bill
Thailand’s senate has rejected an amnesty bill which could have led to the return to the country of the former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra.
6 NOVEMBER 2013
Amnesty bill would kill 25,355 graft cases: NACC
The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) yesterday issued a statement opposing the amnesty bill on grounds that it would absolve thousands of graft violations, including hundreds against top politicians.
1 NOVEMBER 2013
Thai amnesty bill passes lower house
Thailand’s lower house of parliament has passed a political amnesty bill that critics say could allow the return of former PM Thaksin Shinawatra.
29 OCTOBER 2013
Myanmar workers in Thailand earning under minimum wage
Many Myanmar migrants working in Thailand are earning less than the minimum wage of BHT 300 a day (US$ 10), according to the Education and Development Foundation.
28 OCTOBER 2013
Ex-Thai PM Abhisit faces indictment over protest crackdown
Thailand’s attorney general has decided to prosecute former premier Abhisit Vejjajiva and his ex-deputy on murder charges related to a bloody crackdown on anti-government protests in 2010, officials said Monday
27 OCTOBER 2013
Thai parliament postpones amnesty bill readings
The House of Representatives is expected to deliberate the Amnesty Bill in the second and third readings in mid-November at the earliest, chief government whip Aumnuay Khlangpha said . Meanwhile, Aumnuay’s deputy Paijit Sreewarakan said the ruling Pheu Thai Party would order its members of parliament (MPs) to vote in support of the draft law instead of allowing them to vote freely
24 OCTOBER 2013
Supreme Patriarch dies at 100
The nation and the entire Buddhist community are mourning the loss of His Holiness the Supreme Patriarch of Thailand, Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara Suvaddhana Mahathera, who passed away at Chulalongkorn Hospital
19 OCTOBER 2013
Thailand extends ISA till Nov 30
The Thai government has decided to extend the enforcement of the Internal Security Act in three Bangkok districts until November 30, the day after the parliamentary session ends, National Security Council secretary-general Paradorn Pattanatabutr said.
16 OCTOBER 2013
Ruling on Thai-Cambodian Temple Row Expected Next Month
The United Nations’ top court is set to deliver its verdict on a long running dispute between Cambodia and Thailand over an ancient temple site. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague will decide on Nov. 11 which country should administer a 4.6-square kilometer (1.8-square mile) tract of land surrounding the 11th century Preah Vihear temple.
11 OCTOBER 2013
With Li Visit, Thailand, China Move to Strengthen Ties
Thailand and China have moved to further strengthen bilateral economic ties during an official visit by China’s Premier Li Keqiang, who kicked off the trip by addressing parliament on Friday.
27 AUGUST 2013
Reconciliation Talks in Thailand Will Be Litmus Test of Parties’ Sincerity
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is pushing forward a reconciliation forum on September 2 in an effort to address the political divisiveness in Thailand in recent years. The government has invited key figures from the ruling Pheu Thai party, the opposition Democrat Party, and foreign leaders to participate in the forum. While the Thai private sector and international community welcome the initiative, politicians will have to act beyond their own interests to make the reconciliation talks meaningful.
12 AUGUST 2013
Chavalit urges all parties to back reconciliation forum
Former prime minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh on Monday revealed that Yingluck Shinawatra had personally called him to invite him to take part in her proposed reconciliation forum, and urged opposing groups to get involved with discussions on how to heal the political divide in Thailand.
7 AUGUST 2013
Protest in Thailand as parliament debates amnesty bill
Thousands of anti-government protesters gathered outside Thailand’s parliament on Wednesday as lawmakers began debating a political amnesty bill that it is speculated could help ousted and exiled premier Thaksin Shinawatra return home a free man.
5 AUGUST 2013
Key Muslim leader shot dead in Thailand
A Muslim leader seen as a major figure in efforts to end bloody fighting in Thailand’s south has been shot dead, raising concern about the future of peace talks. Imam Yacob Raimanee of the Pattani Central Mosque – the main house of Islamic worship in one of several violence-plagued southern provinces – was gunned down on Monday afternoon in the town of Pattani, police said.
1 AUGUST 2013
Thousands cheer Thai king as he leaves hospital after long stay
Thailand’s revered but frail king left the hospital where he has lived for almost four years on Thursday, as thousands of flag-waving well-wishers cheered him on his way to his coastal palace.
26 JULY 2013
Thaksin calls on Thais to unite
Ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Friday called on Thais to reconcile their differences for the sake of the country as he celebrated his 64th birthday in Beijing.
12 JULY 2013
Thailand agrees Muslim rebel Ramadan ceasefire
The Thai government and Muslim separatists in the south of the country have announced they will stop fighting each other during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23288378
3 JULY 2013
Monk had 10 bank accounts with daily transactions of Bt2m
The Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) has found 10 bank accounts under the name of Luang Pu Nenkham, who calls himself the abbot of Si Sa Ket’s « Wat Pa Khanti Dhamma » monastery, as well as records of transactions totalling up to Bt20 million per day. http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Monk-had-10-bank-accounts-with-daily-transactions–30209598.html
30 JUNE 2013
Thailand’s latest Cabinet reshuffle: 3 initial observations
On Sunday June 30, Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej endorsed the changes to what is now the fifth Cabinet of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra at nearly the halfway point of her tenure ever since she took over office in 2011. Currently, the government is under alot of fire: http://asiancorrespondent.com/110057/thailands-latest-cabinet-reshuffle-three-initial-takeaways/
21 JUNE 2013
European diplomats urge tourist safety moves on Phuket
European ambassadors on Friday 21 urged authorities on a Thai resort island work to ensure foreign tourists are safe from crime, corruption and dangerous road and swimming conditions. http://asiancorrespondent.com/109700/european-diplomats-urge-tourist-safety-moves-on-phuket/
20 JUNE 2013
Suu Kyi Blasts Proposed Law on Marriage Restrictions
Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has criticized a proposed law by a group of nationalist Buddhist monks restricting Muslim men and those of other faiths from marrying Buddhist women, saying it was discriminatory and violated human rights http://www.rfa.org/english/news/myanmar/marriage-06202013231513.html
17 JUNE 2013
Thailand cracks down on monks living it up with luxuries
Thailand’s national Buddhism body has announced it is monitoring monks for any inappropriate behavior following complaints prompted by a video showing Buddhist monks flying on a private jet http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/17/thailand-cracks-down-monks-luxuries http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10124885/Thai-Buddhist-monks-criticised-over-private-jet.html
White mask rallies spread in Thailand
Anti-government protesters gathered in many provinces yesterday despite opposition from red-shirt supporters of the government http://www.asianewsnet.net/White-mask-rallies-spread-in-Thailand-48010.html
14 JUNE 013
Thai rebels say peace could be years away
Rebels from Thailand’s restive south Friday said securing lasting peace could take years, acknowledging some insurgents were trying to undermine ongoing talks through continued violence. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thai-rebels-say-peace/710578.html
6 JUNE 2013
The Search for a Solution in Thailand’s Deep South
With negotiations apparently stalled between the Thai Government and Barisan Revolusi Patani (BRN), one of the Muslim rebel groups operating in Thailand’s deep south, one must start considering how long before a solution to this lingering insurgency problem can be found http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5477&Itemid=392
5 JUNE 2013
Thailand denies entry to Cambodia opposition leader Sam Rainsy
Thailand has denied entry to Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy over concerns he would engage in political campaigning in the neighboring Southeast Asian nation. http://asiancorrespondent.com/108704/thailand-denies-entry-to-cambodia-opposition-leader-sam-rainsy/
29 APRIL 2013
Thai ‘Yellow Shirt’ activists trial postponed
A Thai court has postponed the trial of nearly 100 Thai royalist activists who were facing charges for their roles in 2008 rallies that paralysed Thailand’s main airports stranding thousands of tourists http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/04/201342995251949888.html
28 MARCH 2013
Thailand opens peace talks with Muslim separatist rebels
Peace talks facilitated by Malaysia aim to end almost a decade of violence in Muslim-dominated provinces of southern Thailand http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/28/thailand-peace-talks-muslim-rebels http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21963399
21 MARCH 2013
A step toward peace in southern Thailand
On 28 February in Kula Lumpur, Thailand’s government signed an agreement to initiate peace talks between the Thai National Security Council and Barisan Revolusi Nasional-Coordinate (BRN-C), one of the major separatist groups in southern Thailand. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/03/21/a-step-toward-peace-in-southern-thailand/
3 MARCH 2013
Bangkok governor gets second term
Sukhumbhand Paribatra of the royalist pro-establishment Democrat party overcame a rival from the ruling Puea Thai party, which is backed by « Red Shirt » supporters of ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1257637/1/.html http://asiancorrespondent.com/100111/against-expectations-sukhumbhand-wins-second-term-as-bangkok-governor/
28 FEBRUARY 2013
Thailand and Muslim separatists agree to peace talks
Senior Thai government officials signed the deal on Thursday with members of the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, where they agreed to launch a « dialogue process » in the southern border provinces. They gave no date for future meetings. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/28/thailand-muslim-separatists-peace-talks http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/02/201322822925178206.html http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/9899300/Thailand-signs-breakthrough-deal-with-Muslim-rebels.html
27 FEBRUARY 2013
Murder of environmentalist ‘highlights Thailand’s failure to protect activists’
An international rights group is pressing Thailand to investigate the recent murder of an environmentalist who exposed the dumping of toxic waste, and condemned the government’s « fundamental failure » to protect activists fighting for social and environmental change in the kingdom. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/27/murder-environmentalist-thailand-failure
19 FEBRUARY 2013
Thai GDP growth rises to 6.4% for 2012
Thailand’s economy grew a robust 3.6 percent in the fourth quarter from the previous three months, taking the 2012 pace to 6.4 percent… http://asiancorrespondent.com/97956/thai-gdp-growth-rises-to-6-4-for-2012/
15 FEBRUARY 2013
In Thailand, 30,000 children are boxing to help their poor family
13 FEBRUARY 2013
Thai army repels mass attack in restive south
Scores of heavily armed gunmen stormed a military base in unrest-plagued southern Thailand, in a major assault that left at least 16 attackers dead, a military spokesman said. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/02/20132131188370718.html http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/13/16946868-muslim-insurgents-launch-raid-on-thai-military-base-16-militants-slain?lite http://www.voanews.com/content/thai-army-urges-curfew-after-insurgents-attack-base/1602719.html
18 JANUARY 2013
Justice or politics
Some say former PM Abhisit is rightfully being charged for supressing the red shirts; other see the case as business as usual. http://thediplomat.com/2013/01/19/justice-or-ruse-in-thailand/
13 JANUARY 2013
Stop the intimidation, media body tells Army
The Thai Journalists Association called on the military yesterday to stop intimidating the media, while urging media practitioners to abide by their code of conduct after dozens of uniformed officers protested twice at ASTV Manager’s offices. http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Stop-the-intimidation-media-body-tells-Army-30197810.html
10 JANUARY 2013
Thai govt ‘obliged to find Lao activist’
Not only Laotian authorities, but also Thailand must take responsibility for the disappearance of Lao activist and Magsaysay Award winner Sombath Somphone, who is widely believed by civic groups to have been abducted for his role in fighting a Thai-Lao development project on the Mekong River. http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Thai-govt-obliged-to-find-Lao-lawyer-30197613.html
4 JANUARY 2013
3,380 killed in nine years of violence
A total of 3,380 people have been killed and 8,388 wounded in terror attacks since the resumption of insurgent violence in the deep South nine years ago today, according to figures released yesterday by the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Centre http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/3380-killed-in-nine-years-of-violence-30197241.html
13 DECEMBER 1012
Former Thai PM charged with murder
Abhisit Vejjajiva, the former prime minister of Thailand, has been charged with murder over the death of a civilian during a crackdown on anti-government rallies two years ago, his party says.
5 DECEMBER 2012
Thais celebrate 85th birthday of revered king
In a rare public appearance, Thailand’s king has called for unity and stability in the divided nation during a speech to mark his 85th birthday
28 NOVEMBER 2012
Thai PM survives no-confidence vote
Thailand’s government has survived a no-confidence vote, days after clashes in Bangkok between protesters and riot police in the largest demonstration against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s 16-month-old administration. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/11/2012112810580871551.html
15 NOVEMBER 2012
Thailand Defence pact with US ‘only reaffirms ties’
The 2012 Joint Vision Statement for the Thai-US Defence Alliance, to be signed during the visit of US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta today, posed no legal difficulties in terms of the Constitution and would have no impact on strategic ties with China, Defence Minister Sukampol Suwannathat said
14 NOVEMBER 2012
US defence pact ‘won’t affect’ Thai neutrality
Security experts said this week that Thailand would not lose its neutrality after the decision to sign a new defence agreement with the United States during the upcoming visit of President Barack Obama, but the country must be careful not to be seen as moving too close to the American orbit.
14 NOVEMBER 2012
Expanding Military to Military Engagement: China and Thailand
As U.S. Defense Secretary Panetta turns north from Australia on his way to Thailand and Cambodia today, he should carefully consider the trends in China’s military to military relationship with Thailand. http://cogitasia.com/expanding-military-to-military-engagement-china-and-thailand/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29
12 OCTOBER 2012
Thai military resists political pressure
Thailand recently released its autumn list of senior military officer promotions and reassignments, an annual exercise that determines the balance of power among competitive factions inside the armed forces. While many analysts expected self-exiled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra to push for his known military allies to take key positions, Royal Thai Army (RTA) Commander-in-Chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha appears at first blush to have maintained the upper hand.
12 SEPTEMBER 2012
Suspected insurgents surrender in Thailand’s south
Officials say about 100 suspected insurgents have surrendered to authorities in Thailand’s restive south, including the alleged leader of a 2004 attack that reignited longstanding violence in the region. http://asiancorrespondent.com/89109/suspected-insurgents-surrender-in-thailands-south/
18 JULY 2012
Cambodia, Thailand pull troops from temple flashpoint
Cambodia and Thailand pulled hundreds of soldiers out of a disputed border area on Wednesday, a year after a ruling by the UN’s highest court, replacing them with police and security guards.The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on July 18 last year ordered the neighbours to demilitarise a strip of land adjacent to the Preah Vihear temple which was the scene of deadly clashes in 2011 http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1214288/1/.html http://www.rfa.org/english/video?param=value&storyId=Cambodia-Preah-Vihear http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/07/201271845840265105.html
8 JULY 2012
Thai growth to be solid:UBS
The political situations in China and Europe will contribute to volatility in global financial markets, but the Thai economy is expected to grow at a reasonable pace this year and next, said Paul Donovan, managing director and global economist at UBS Investment Research.
25 JUNE 2012
Thai Red Shirts stage mass protests
Tens of thousands of supporters of Thailand’s « Red Shirt » protest movement have staged a mass rally in Bangkok, police said, amid renewed political tensions in the troubled country.
1 JUNE 2012
Thai ‘yellow shirts’ halt parliament debate
Thai « yellow shirt » protesters have brought parliament to a halt, forcing the speaker to postpone debate on a reconciliation bill that critics say is aimed at allowing a former prime minister to return home
31 MAY 2012
Thai parliament chaos over reconciliation debate
The Thai parliament was thrown into chaos for a second day Thursday, as lawmakers clashed over plans to push through a reconciliation debate that threatens to widen the country’s bitter divides
25 MAY 2012
Return of the king
Dressed in a military uniform, His Majesty the King yesterday May 25 left Siriraj Hospital for his first personal short trip out of Bangkok in recent years, bringing much delight to the whole nation
17 APRIL 2012
China, Thailand enhance strategic relationship
China and Thailand signed a series of deals on Tuesday 17, covering, among other sectors, agriculture and transport and elevated relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership.
15 APRIL 2012
Hun Sen attacked for ‘excess generosity’
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has been criticised for being overly generous to red-shirt supporters of former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who is in Cambodia this weekend.
31 MARCH 2012
Bombs kill 10, injure more than 100 in southern Thailand
Pattani, Thailand – At least 10 people were killed and more than 100 wounded as three bombs detonated in Thailand’s strife-torn far south Saturday, the authorities said
25 FEBRUARY 2012
Thai parliament votes to amend military-backed constitution
Thailand’s parliament voted Saturday to pave the way for a rewrite of the military-backed 2007 constitution. After a two-day debate, both houses voted to permit a redrafting of the charter written after the September 2006 coup toppled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra http://news.monstersandcritics.com/asiapacific/news/article_1692783.php/Thai-parliament-votes-to-amend-military-backed-constitution
17 FEBRUARY 2012
Thailand’s Thaksin prepares for war
Newly appointed Thai Minister of Defense Air Chief Marshal Sukampon Suwannathat is quietly planning to activate a new « war room », or secretive unofficial command center, to direct mass pro-government « red-shirt » demonstrations planned for the coming months, according to senior Thai military sources familiar with the situation
14 FEBRUARY 2012
Bangkok bomb attack fuels Israel-Iran tension
An Iranian man blew off his own leg and wounded four people when he lobbed a grenade in the Thai capital Tuesday, with Israel blaming the blasts on Iran. The attack comes just one day after attempted bomb attacks against Israeli diplomats
27 January 2012
New battlelines in Thailand
A major reshuffle of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s cabinet this month threatens to put her government on a new collision course with the powerful and emboldened military
12 JANUARY 2012
Better-armed, better-trained Thai insurgents
Long seen as locked in a low-intensity stalemate, the Malay Muslim separatist conflict in southern Thailand appears to be escalating towards a new and more violent phase
3 JANUARY 2012
Amnesty to Thaksin would spark conflict, Abhisit warns
Opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva yesterday January 3 warned the Yingluck Shinawatra government against amending the controversial lese-majeste law or granting amnesty to fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, saying such moves would spark conflicts in society http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Amnesty-to-Thaksin-would-spark-conflict-Abhisit-wa-30173082.html
28 DECEMBER 2011
Thailand ‘Red Shirt’ leader re-arrested after bail
A top « Red Shirt » leader accused of terrorism over his role in last year’s opposition rallies was on Wednesday freed on bail, only to be immediately re-arrested on defamation charges, his lawyer said. Arisman Pongruangrong, who narrowly avoided capture by police commandos in April 2010 by climbing out of the third-floor window of a Bangkok hotel, surrendered to authorities in early December after nearly 20 months on the run
22 DECEMBER 2011
Human rights group blasts Thailand’s forced return of Lao refugee
Human Rights Watch blasted Thailand Thursday for forcibly repatriating a Hmong refugee to Laos last week in violation of international law
9 DECEMBER 2011
Thai ex-PM questioned over rally crackdown
Abhisit Vejjajiva summoned as witness to military action against Red Shirt protesters last year that claimed
8 DECEMBER 2011
US blogger jailed for insulting Thai king
A US citizen has been jailed for two and a half years by Thai authorities for translating excerpts of a locally banned biography of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and posting them online
23 NOVEMBER 2011
Thailand lese majeste man jailed for 20 years
The court found Ampon Tangnoppakul, nicknamed ‘grandpa’ and ‘Uncle SMS’ by the local press, guilty of sending messages insulting the monarchy to the mobile phone of the secretary of former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva last year during anti-government protests
21 NOVEMBER 2011
Thai Justice minister rules out Thaksin pardon
Justice Minister Pracha Promnok insisted yesterday that former prime minister Thaksin Shina-watra would not benefit from the draft Royal Decree seeking pardons for inmates on the occasion of His Majesty the King’s birthday.
16 NOVEMBER 2011
Thai cabinet ‘endorses Thaksin amnesty plan’
A controversial amnesty decree has been endorsed by Thailand’s cabinet that could pave the way for the return of Thaksin Shinawatra, the country’s fugitive former prime minister, according to local media reports.
4 NOVEMBER 2011
Floods threaten to shut down Bangkok metro
Flood waters encroached on Bangkok’s business and tourist districts Friday, threatening the capital city’s underground train system. Floods have
killed 442 people, damaged homes and affected the livelihoods of millions in Thailand since late July
29 OCTOBER 2011
City’s west may face metre-deep flood
The west of Bangkok faces the risk of being under a metre of water in the next few days, a senior official from the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration(BMA) said.
16 SEPTEMBER 2011
Clashes in southern Thailand claim 4,846 dead in last eight years
There have been 11,704 violent incidents documented in Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala provinces since January 2004, claiming 4,846 dead
and 7,995 injured, according to Deep South Watch, a network of academics and civil society groups that monitors the southern unrest.
10 AUGUST 2011
Thailand’s New Yingluck Cabinet
The cabinet that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra unveiled appears to be a mixture of outsiders, people with intimate ties to her
brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, and old hands in Thai politics – and no members of the Red Shirt faction that played a key role in bringing her Pheu Thai Party to power
5 JULY 2011 ]Official balloting outcome[
The Election Commission on Tuesday announced the official count of votes cast on Sunday. The voter turnout was 75 per cent and Pheu Thai Party was declared victory grabbing 265 of 500 House seats, comprising 61 party-list seats via proportionate vote and 204 constituency
seats via direct vote.
4 JULY 2011
Yingluck unveils Thai coalition
A day after she led Pheu Thai party to a landslid victory in parliamentary elections in Thailand, Yingluck Shinawatra has announced a new five-party coalition government.
3 JULY 2011
Thai opposition party wins election by landslide
Thailand's prime minister has conceded defeat in the country's elections, paving the way for Yingluck Shinawatra, the leader of the
opposition and the sister of the ousted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, to form the next government. With almost all the votes counted, Puea Thai had won a clear majority with 263 seats out of 500, well ahead of the ruling Democrats with 161, according to the Election Commission, which estimated turnout at 74 per cent
29 JUNE 2011
The deal behind Thailand's polls
High-level secret talks between Thailand's royal palace, military and self-exiled former premier Thaksin Shinawatra point towards a stable outcome to this Sunday's highly anticipated election. Contrary to widespread speculation of a post-poll coup and new rounds of street
violence, the military is more likely to stay in the barracks if Thaksin's Puea Thai party wins and forms a new government
26 JUNE 2911
Thailand leaves World Heritage Convention
Thailand has withdrawn from the World Heritage Convention to protest against the World Heritage Committee's decision to
consider Cambodia's management plan of Preah Vihear Temple.
1 NOVEMBER 2010
As Press Freedoms Narrow in Thailand, an 'Easy Target' Fights Back
19 May 2010: The end of the Reds Shirts movement that started on April 3
The facts :
Thai troops were hunting down militants who went on a rampage of arson and looting in Bangkok, after the leader of the opposition
« Red Shirts » called on supporters halt the mayhem that has left many buildings in central Bangkok in ruins.
May 16, 2010
Thailand’s King Sees His Influence Fading
A battle over Thailand’s future is raging, but the one man who has been able to resolve such intractable conflicts in the past has been notably silent: King Bhumibol Adulyadej, long a unifying father figure for his nation.
11 NOVEMBER 2009
Thailand-Cambodia dispute: Key points
A diplomatic row has broken out between Thailand and Cambodia over former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s new job as an adviser to the government in Phnom Penh. This dispute is only the latest of a series of spats between the two countries. The BBC looks at the main ssues dividing them
28 MARCH 2009
Gen Prem is « influential person » behind the 2006 coup
Fugitive ex-PM Thaksin Shinawatra revealed for the first time on Friday that « influential person » he mentioned when he was the PM was Privy Councillor Gen Prem Tinsulanonda. He criticised Prem during his video broadcast from unknown location that Gen Prem had intervened into the politics and did anything to bring him down.
19 JANUARY 2009
Pheu Thai battling for survival
Here is a point of view by the Nation on the capacity of the pro-Thaksin to survive