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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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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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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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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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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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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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