WSJ on Thai Reconciliation Talks

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday: Thailand’s government has been pushing for a top-level dialog for months to find a way out of its deep-seated conflicts, and grandees such as former British premier Tony Blair and Finland’s former leader Martti Ahtisaari converged in Bangkok Monday for an independently run talk-fest on how the country can […]

Thai Amnesty Bill Clears Lower House

A quick follow up on the protests in Thailand I mentioned a few days back: The AP reports: Thai lawmakers gave initial approval Thursday to a controversial bill to grant amnesty to people charged with political offenses during turmoil that began with a 2006 military coup. The lower house of parliament voted 300 to 124 […]

Thailand’s Somyot Sentenced to 10 Years for Royal Defamation

The AP reports: A prominent Thai activist and magazine editor was sentenced to a decade in prison Wednesday for defaming Thailand’s monarchy, a verdict rights groups condemned as the latest affront to freedom of expression in the Southeast Asian country. Somyot Pruksakasemsuk was convicted of publishing two articles in an anti-establishment magazine that made negative […]

Following up: A few Stories on Saturday’s Protest in Bangkok

As a follow-up to my previous post, I wanted to point out some stories on Saturday’s anti-government protest in Bangkok: Embedded above and on Youtube here is a BBC report. Bloomberg summed up: Thai anti-government forces called off a rally yesterday aimed at toppling Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra because of a poor turnout after clashes […]

Anti-Government Protesters to Rally in Bangkok Saturday

Map via The Nation. The AP reports: Thailand will deploy thousands of police officers and has invoked a special security law for an anti-government rally Saturday that is expected to be the largest since Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra took office in 2011 and that officials fear could turn violent. Authorities expect tens of thousands of […]

Red Shirts and Yellow Shirts Scuffle in Bangkok

Events in Bangkok yesterday provided a reminder of ongoing political tensions in Thailand, with rival red shirt and yellow shirt supporters involved in street clashes. The Bangkok Post reports: Confrontations between the red- and yellow-shirt groups are likely to intensify after yesterday’s clash outside the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) left scores of people from both […]