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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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When the government hangs its citizens out to dry

Journalist Alan Morison faces jail after his Phuket-based news outlet Phuketwan was targeted by the Royal Thai Navy. But Australia’s Foreign Minister doesn’t seem interested in the case.

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Thailand on the brink of military intervention — again

Why is there so much civil unrest in Thailand? And what makes this protest different? Crikey’s international affairs experts explains the background and forecasts more bloodshed.

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Compare and contrast: protests in Ukraine and Thailand

A study in revolutionary comparison: protests in Kiev and Bangkok share some remarkable similarities. But the cause of the uprisings across Thailand and in the Ukraine differ.

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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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Come on Crikey, Thailand is more complex than that

Crikey readers weigh in on the big issues of the day.

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Phuket’s red light women trade where it’s ‘no big deal’

Bangla Road in Phuket is one of the world’s best-known red light districts for tourists. But life for prostitutes isn’t exactly what Liam Engel, an Australian writer, expected.

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Reality TV battle … Murdoch conference … e-book price fix …

In today’s Media Brifs: dose of reality crucial for Nine, Gyngell … How Murdoch hacked: a conference … Front Page of the Day … Apple accused by US of colluding with publishers to fix price of ebooks and more …

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Free speech and a car dealer come to grief in Thailand

Another setback yesterday for free speech, as Colorado car salesman Joe Gordon was sentenced in Bangkok to 2½ years jail for insulting the king of Thailand.

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Seeing the ocean through the trees in Gunns debate

Crikey readers have their say.

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Walkley Awards … breakfast with Piers … Rupert returns to Oz …

A hearty congratulations to those nominated for Walkley awards, journalism’s highest honour, announced at simulcast union-funded drinks last night in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Plus other media news of the day.

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The Bangkok Post | ASIA-PACIFIC|

Thailand’s new PM and her favourite phrase

Yingluck Shinawatra, Thailand’s first female PM, is staying “on message” and embracing the same line delivered again and again: “everything will be done according to an established procedure…”

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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’s shirts fight it out at the ballot box

A new and possibly dangerous chapter in Thailand’s volatile political history begins on Sunday.

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A day of shame for the Australian Reserve Bank.

Australia has its first ever prosecution under foreign bribery legislation.

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The Bangkok Post | ASIA-PACIFIC|

Times are a-Changin’ for Thailand’s ‘institution’

In the lead-up to Thailand’s July 3 national election, which many hope will bring stability to a turbulent period, The Bangkok Post call for calm, defending ‘the institution’ and its role in guarding culture and tradition.

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More Bangkok for your polling buck

I know I have regularly criticised those of my peers who slavishly rely on opinion polls published well before the actual polling day to predict election outcomes but, I’m sorry, I cannot resist this one that appeared at the weekend in the Bangkok Post.

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Crikey Blogs | FOOD & TRAVEL|

Bangkok: land of the ladyboys

Bangkok is known for three things: the steaming heat, incredible shopping and ladyboys. Steffi Chang explains her awe at seeing a ladyboy cabaret with her parents as a child.

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Crikey Blogs | FOOD & TRAVEL|

The lady with the stall below Thong Lo station

Each morning she is there, her stall set up beneath the stairs of the Thong Lo skytrain station in Thailand, long before the sun is up. Damian Doyle guesses her story.

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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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