Prime Ministers of Thailand

Talking points

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Investigators to report on Air France disaster

Thursday, 5 July, 2012, 12:00am

Thais on collision course over lese-majeste law

Known in Thailand as 'Uncle SMS', Amphon 'Akong' Tangnoppakul died last week in detention, less than six months after being sentenced to 20 years in jail for violating the lese-majeste law. Akong was accused of sending four text messages to a secretary of former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, messages that were deemed to be extremely insulting to the queen.

15 May 2012 - 12:00am

Thaksin return won't bring reconciliation

Former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, a fugitive from Thai law, continues to raise the political temperature at home. Recently, while visiting South Korea, he said he would return to Thailand at the end of the year.

21 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Thaksin too much of a distraction

Thailand's urban and rural poor would welcome a pardon and return from exile of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. That becomes a less remote possibility now that the government led by his sister has quietly reissued him with a Thai passport.

23 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Archaic law serves only to weaken the monarchy

The increasing number of lese-majeste cases in Thailand in recent years has dangerously worsened the human rights situation in the country. The case of Amphon 'Akong' Thangnoppakul, 61, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison, highlighted the misuse of the law to undermine political opponents. Amphon was found guilty on four counts under the lese-majeste law and computer crime laws.

19 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Catastrophic failures of inept governments

Like the Japanese tsunami, flooding in Thailand is causing widespread death, displacement and disruptions of global supply chains for cameras, computers and cars.

26 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

The vice man cometh

Super Pimp casts a long shadow over Bangkok. Wherever you turn, there he is; on television, the front page of newspapers and billboards, beetroot face contorted into its trademark twisted rictus, moustache aquiver with indignation and finger jabbing at some imagined outrage, ready to launch his next blow against corruption and injustice.

16 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Five years are enough to do lasting damage

Five years ago today, the Thai military staged a coup which overthrew the elected government of Thaksin Shinawatra. Some Thais blamed Thaksin for triggering the crisis. But little did they know that the coup that was supposed to kill the 'Thaksin disease' was itself a disease that undermined Thai democracy.

19 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Homing in on the Thai capital

Amid soaring property prices, cashed-up Hongkongers are flocking to Bangkok to snap up luxury condominiums for a third or even less of what they would pay for a similar flat at home.

18 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Talking points

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Athletes begin moving into Universiade Village

5 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Talking points

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Legco examines post-service rules for public servants

1 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

One hurdle down but more are to come for Yingluck

The electoral win of Yingluck Shinawatra, leader of the Puea Thai party, was finally endorsed by the Election Commission on Tuesday. After a week of political manoeuvring and widespread rumours of a 'judicial coup', Yingluck is now on her way to become Thailand's first female prime minister.

21 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

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Casey Anthony

10 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Yingluck can't ignore power of 'red shirts'

If you think the enemies of Thai election winner Yingluck Shinawatra appear difficult- coup-prone generals, litigious old-money elites and royalist 'yellow shirt' protesters- then just consider her 'friends'.

10 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Thailand's only chance of success

After five years of political turmoil, Thailand has held a peaceful election, ushering in a new government in an uncharacteristically mature fashion. Instead of the usual violence, ill-will and bloody-mindedness, there have been congratulations, smiles and pledges of co-operation. But polls are the easy part of democracy; the immensely difficult part now lies ahead.

6 Jul 2011 - 12:00am