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In Thailand old traditions die hard

Is it possible to have a just coup? The Thais might find the cure worse than the disease, reports our anonymous stringer in Bangkok

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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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Nothing to see here: Thai army cracks down on international media

Just a handful of hacks are holding up the bar at Bangkok’s foreign press club as the junta cracks down on international broadcast media and calls in local journalists for questioning

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Don’t confuse protest marches with PR stunts

Crikey readers have their say on Thailand, Manus Island and the effectiveness of protest marches

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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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Media briefs: News loves News … wordless columns … counting up to 86%

Rupert Murdoch is a visionary, says his employee. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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Thailand’s poor lose their voice, but they have changed the game

Thailand’s army has declared martial law and has taken over control of the government. But although the “red shirts” are likely to lose some of their power, they will not lose their political literacy.

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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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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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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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