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Friday, 29 June, 2007, 12:00am

System's failure

There was more cause for embarrassment than celebration on Sunday when Thailand marked its 75th anniversary as a democracy.

28 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

The game heats up in post-coup Thailand

The last few days in Thailand have been some of the most important since the military coup that ousted populist prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra in September.

Signs suggest the military-installed government is taking the initiative after months of social and economic missteps, even as the Thaksin machine keeps up the public relations pressure.

23 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Courting disaster

After months of dithering, leaders of Thailand's ruling junta have decided they finally have enough evidence against Thaksin Shinawatra, ousted as prime minister last September, and have stepped up efforts to convict him.

22 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Restoring civilian charter should be junta's first step

Thailand's rocky path back to democracy has become increasingly perilous. Serial abuses of the rule of law by the country's military junta have emboldened supporters of exiled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, as evidenced by Friday night's rally in Bangkok, and another held last night.

17 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Thai verdict a new blow to democracy

Democracy is not merely about elections; it is about allowing people the right to freely and fairly govern themselves. This is clearly not the Thai military junta's intention given the manner in which ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra's formerly ruling Thai Rak Thai party has been dealt with by a constitutional tribunal.

1 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Power behind a premier

As the tanks rolled into the streets of Bangkok last year, calling a halt to 14 years of civilian rule in Thailand, then-prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra was thousands of miles away in New York at the United Nations General Assembly.

Far from the action, Thaksin could do little to stop the military takeover. He has since been barred from returning to Thailand.

19 May 2007 - 12:00am

No stability in Thailand without the rule of law

The wave of bombings across southern Thailand's predominantly Muslim provinces shows that the military government's peace efforts are as flawed as those of ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

21 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

When purge comes to shove

Thailand's police chief, under fire for months, has finally received his marching orders. Others may follow as time starts to run short for the military junta's efforts to break Thaksin Shinawatra's influence over the police before the promised election this year.

16 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

A diplomatic stumble?

When Thaksin Shinawatra arrived in Singapore recently, he got a rather shabby, pale-pink-carpet kind of reception. That was not what he had become used to. There was no 21-gun salute, guard of honour, presidential banquet, address to parliament or meeting with the prime minister.

1 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Thaksin plays with fire as he looks for a way home

What exactly is ousted Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra up to? That is a question being asked with increasing regularity across Bangkok and around the region as the billionaire tycoon-turned-politician plots a return to his country.

27 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Vote-winning machine goes into meltdown

In its heyday, the party headquarters of Thai Rak Thai (Thais Love Thais), the electoral machine built by Thaksin Shinawatra, was at the beating heart of Thai politics. Behind its sliding glass doors, party executives plotted their next move. Luxury sedans purred in the car park below the downtown tower block.

20 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Democracy derailed

When Thailand's military seized power last September, its promise to bring unity and stability to a nation polarised by winner-takes-all politics received a warm welcome in Bangkok. Families lined up to take snapshots in front of the army tanks that had rolled into town to crush any hopes of a constitutional solution to the political stalemate.

20 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Thailand sees dark side of rule by force

The horrifying bomb blasts that hit the streets of Bangkok on Sunday as people were preparing to celebrate New Year suggest that the situation in Thailand is getting worse.

2 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Expect the unexpected in an era of regional uncertainty

The modern history of East Asia is littered with worthless New Year predictions and bloated forecasts.

30 Dec 2006 - 12:00am