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Can #Thailand save its democracy?

DEMOCRACY’S VITAL signs are fading fast in Thailand, three months after its 12th coup d’etat.

Hundreds of academics, politicians and pro-democracy activists have been arrested and temporarily detained since May, as the junta attempts to silence all opposition. 478 more words


#ThaiCoup Junta Thinks A Comedian Is a Threat to Its Monarchy

Comedian John Oliver has achieved cult status in the United States thanks to the epic “viral rants” he delivers on his late-night show Last Week Tonight — but Thailand’s military junta, the National Council of Peace and Order, is apparently not amused. 1,087 more words



Not sure if this is a complete rendition – see link at end for complete text

Translation of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand (Interim), B.E. 7,480 more words


Witch Hunt': Fired MSNBC Contributor Speaks Out on Suppression of Israel-Palestine Debate

Max Blumenthal

MSNBC contributor Rula Jebreal’s on-air protest of the network’s slanted coverage of Israel’s ongoing assault on the Gaza Strip has brought media suppression of the Israel-Palestine debate into sharp focus. 1,606 more words

Max Blumenthal

Analysis: #ThaiCoup Junta Seize Absolute Control With Interim Charter

Last night, the 2014 interim constitution was gazetted (the original in Thai is available from here).*

The interim constitution comprises 48 clauses that will be in use until the new constitution is drafted. 2,253 more words


#ThaiCoup: New charter gives military junta absolute power

Do so hope it comes pre-perforated, making it easier to tear up…

The military junta will remain in power to give advice to the new government in running the country smoothly and peacefully until an elected government is in place. 446 more words


#ThaiCoup junta chief could remain PM under new government - adviser

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s junta chief could stay in charge of the country as head of a provisional government until elections are held some time next year, a legal adviser said on Wednesday, outlining details of an interim constitution. 500 more words