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Editorial: Junta’s Charter Paints Grim Future for Thai Democracy
The junta’s 2014 Interim Constitution is robbing Thai people of their political voices.
Two months after staging a coup d’etat, Thailand’s military junta unveiled a temporary constitution outlining the formation of an interim government that is expected to administer the country until the end of the next year. 500 more words
BANGKOK (DPA) — Thailand’s junta chief, Prayuth Chan-Ocha, defended an interim constitution put in place earlier this week in his weekly address on Friday.
Critics have been quick to raise concerns about specific articles that increase the regime’s unchecked authority, including giving it veto powers and the ability to enact laws and decrees outside the constitutional framework. 118 more words
The independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, founded by Russian reformer Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, has given Russian leader Vladimir Putin a slap in the face by dedicating its front page yesterday to a full-page apology to Dutch victims of the MH17 air crash in Ukraine. 203 more words
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
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