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Thailand’s ‘roadmap to democracy’ filled with detours and potholes

Thailand has promised that it will return to some semblance of democracy — in 15 months’ time. Is the “roadmap to democracy” just a ploy?

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The unspoken but crucial role of the royal family in Thailand’s current crisis

The current crisis in Thailand has a good deal to do with those who support Thailand’s crown prince and those who want the princess to ascend to the throne. But you won’t read about that in Thailand.

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Life under martial law in Thailand: the hot and bothered rally

Red shirts and yellow shirts sweat it out in Thailand’s tropical heat on opposite sides of Bangkok as ordinary Thais try to go about their business, ignoring the uneasy peace and presence of soldiers.

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Broken politics, martial law and another coup in Thailand?

Protesters want Thailand’s interim government to step down and an increased role for the monarchy. The interim government says it will do no such thing and is calling for new elections. And things are coming to a head.

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Thailand’s new political showdown: Yingluck ousted after ‘abuse of power’

Yingluck Shinawatra has been kicked out after hasty court proceedings against her. Her supporters are calling it a constitutional coup by forces who want the royal family to have more power in politics — and those who are sick of the Shinawatras.

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‘Dereliction of duty’: Thailand’s PM facing the corruption music

As violence rages in Thailand, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is facing charges of dereliction of duty. Crikey’s Asian correspondent reports from Bangkok on the political downfall and the Australian connection.

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Thailand’s political struggle is complex, intractable and infinite

Thailand’s protests show no sign of abating, and the government can no longer sit back and do nothing. The atmosphere on the streets is turning ugly, and it won’t be long before this conflict becomes much worse than just protests.

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Thailand votes and dances down the road to possible civil war

Yesterday’s election in Thailand did nothing to help heal the rift between government and anti-government forces. The Democrats held a music festival instead of getting out the vote.

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A city facing shutdown, the nation of Thailand in political stalemate

Thailand is holding its breath with a planned shutdown of Bangkok only days away. Everyone is wondering: how bad will it get? What will the outcome be? And when will this cycle of violence and retribution finally end?

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Media briefs: New York mag biweekly … chaos in Thailand …

New York scales back … Press Council ruling … Correction of the day … Front page of the day …

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An uncertain Thailand hopes for reconciliation

Despite coups, bloodshed and political upheaval, Thai voting behavior has been shown to be remarkably consistent.

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New Thai PM begins a turbulent chapter

Crikey media wrap: The difficult political history in Thailand just got even more interesting, with national elections over the weekend ensuring that opposition leader Yingluck Shinawatra will be the country’s next prime minister.

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Thailand prepares for economic rebuild after the violence

Now that Thailand is slowly getting back to something approaching civility, it’s time for an accounting. A lot of unquantifiable damage done to the country’s reputation by the disorder, but we won’t find out until much later in the year if the economic fabric of the economy has been affected.

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Foreign Policy | ASIA-PACIFIC|

From the land of smiles to the land of riots

The chaos in Thailand continues, with enormous shopping mall CentralWorld burnt out by protesters overnight. But the violence isn’t entirely surprising to Thais. Foreign Policy examine’s Thailand’s decade of political discontent.

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Where’s the King? The monarchy asleep as Thailand burns

With the dust settling on the rubble of the former Red Shirt strongholds in Bangkok, Crikey intern Nicole Eckersley speaks to Professor Damien Kingsbury about the future of Thailand’s democratic process and the role of the monarchy.

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Exit the King

King Berenger the First — the protagonist of Eugene Ionesco’s celebrated farce Exit The King — is solipsistic and belligerent and near death. Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej is also dying.

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Wall Street Journal | ASIA-PACIFIC|

Battle in Bangkok: this is a class war

Beyond yellow and red, the bloody battle being fought on the streets of Thailand is fundamentally about rich vs. poor, urban vs. rural, explains Andrew Walker.

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Global Post | ASIA-PACIFIC|

Thailand needs its king

As Thailand’s streets grow bloodier by the day, the only person who can bring some stability to the country is its beloved monarch, King Bhumibol Ajulyadej, says HDS Greenway. Will he speak up before it’s too late?

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Thailand: where soldiers sing karaoke, joke, and shoot people

The Thai riots are at a critical stage. Yet nobody offers a clear way forward, or a reason why tensions that had been bubbling in the background for years had come to a head now, writes Brett Debritz from Bangkok.

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Postcard from a ‘yuppie refugee camp’ in Bangkok

Craig Knowles lives in Bangkok and is sheltering friends in his living room which has become a defacto yuppie refugee camp. He writes to Crikey as the violence in Thailand is becoming dangerously unpredictable.

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The Atlantic | ASIA-PACIFIC|

Thailand on the brink of civil war

The moderate voices in Thailand have disappeared, leaving just the militant forces of the Red Shirts and the government remaining. If the killings continue, will it descend into civil war?

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Live from Thailand: polarised political drama is a bloody tragedy

As Bangkok’s streets grow more violent by the day, something dramatic and decisive is needed to avert more bloodshed, writes Simon Roughneen from Bangkok.

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Boston Globe | ASIA-PACIFIC|

PHOTO GALLERY: Bangkok’s deadly protests

Red Shirt leader Seh Daeng has died after being shot during protests last week and turmoil continues in the streets of Bangkok with burning tires, homemade fireworks and sniper attacks.

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Fear of democracy extracts its price in Bangkok

How did a modern, prosperous, thoroughly Westernised country descend into a spiral of violence and chaos? Because a system in which only “the right people” are allowed to get elected is not democracy.

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Thailand wrap: 33 dead, a nation on the brink of outright war

As violence in Bangkok continues into its fifth day, 33 have died and another 239 have been wounded. Crikey intern Matt de Neef wraps the global coverage.

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