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EDITORIALThais must call halt to fighting
07 Dec 2013 : After a break on Wednesday to celebrate His Majesty the King's 86th birthday, anti-government demonstrators on Friday resumed their protests against the Yingluck Shinawatra government. It is difficult to predict how and when the protests will end, and the conflict settled.
07 Dec 2013 : While Suthep Thaugsuban's moral compass might be pointing true, I feel he has lost his way in a sea of rhetoric.
06 Dec 2013 : Thursday night’s candlelight ceremony at Sanam Luang to celebrate His Majesty the King’s 86th birthday led by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was shown live by all free-to-air TV stations and attracted a big crowd, mostly government officials - but it was less than half the story.
06 Dec 2013 : The Thai saying "nee sua pa jorokeh" which literally means escaping the tiger only to be faced with a crocodile, aptly describes the political dilemma Thailand is facing at the moment.
06 Dec 2013 : This week, ministers and delegates gather in Bali to try to thrash out a new multilateral trade deal. It seems likely that a deal, if it materialises, has been reduced to addressing trade and customs procedures, rather than the core issues of reducing tariffs and trade barriers. Given this minimalism, it is high time to think about the benefits of free trade in a new and broader light.
06 Dec 2013 : One thing I find interesting about Thai politics is how everyone claims they are all for democracy.
06 Dec 2013 : When anti-government protesters stormed television stations to demand they broadcast news and pronouncements coming out of their gathering, their actions were roundly denounced as media intimidation.
06 Dec 2013 : With reports that anti-government protests under the leadership of Suthep Thaugsuban and the People's Democratic Reform Committee are poised to intensify, the role of the Thai military comes into question.
06 Dec 2013 : The claim that the current government has no legitimacy because its success at the polls was due to vote-buying has been shouted from the protest stages time and again. It has also been repeated in recent opinion pieces on these pages and is a regular claim of contributors to this paper's letters page.
06 Dec 2013 : Sundays have always been my time of repose. My perfect Sunday is comprised of staying home and watching television mindlessly _ game shows, variety shows, slapstick gigs and low-budget soaps. Anything. But my bubble of carefree Thailand was pierced and blown away last Sunday, after protesters from the People's Democratic Reform Committee attempted to take control of free TV stations. PDRC protesters demanded that channels 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 and Thai PBS run only news of political protests and link up their signal to Bluesky, the mouthpiece of the Democrat party and de facto backer of the protests.
05 Dec 2013 : As usual, when Thailand is in a crisis, there are those baffled by the undemocratic displays in our struggle.
05 Dec 2013 : Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's brief statement during the censure debate in parliament on Nov 27 that her government is serious about the corruption problem and that a unit has been set up in every ministry to monitor irregularities is nothing but a joke.