Jun 28, 2014

Thai military junta sets 2015 poll date

Thailand’s military junta will install an interim constitution next month, and elections will be held around October 2015, its leader announced Friday. Army commander Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, who seized power in a coup last month, said the temporary constitution will allow an interim legislature ...

'Hunger Games' salute banned by Thai military

Jun 4, 2014

'Hunger Games' salute banned by Thai military

The three-finger salute of resistance from Hollywood movie “The Hunger Games” is being used as a real symbol of defiance in Thailand. Protesters against the military coup are flashing the gesture as a silent act of rebellion — and they are being threatened with ...

Thai junta drafts emergency economic measures

Jun 2, 2014

Thai junta drafts emergency economic measures

The military junta running Thailand has drawn up a list of emergency measures such as price caps on fuel and loan guarantees for small firms to kick-start an economy threatened by recession after months of political turmoil. The plans, outlined by Air Chief Marshal ...

Fugitive ex-Thai leader Thaksin visiting Japan: sources

May 30, 2014

Fugitive ex-Thai leader Thaksin visiting Japan: sources

Fugitive former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is currently in Japan, it was learned Thursday from informed sources. Thaksin entered Japan at the beginning of the week on a private visit for shopping and other personal reasons, and was planning to remain in the ...

Thai soldiers deployed to block protest

May 29, 2014

Thai soldiers deployed to block protest

Hundreds of Thai troops and police sealed off one of Bangkok’s busiest intersections Thursday in an attempt to block a planned protest one week after a military coup. Truckloads of soldiers blocked all incoming roads to the capital’s Victory Monument, prompting shops in the ...

Thai junta muting critics with bond of silence

May 29, 2014

Thai junta muting critics with bond of silence

Thailand’s ruling junta has found a new way of controlling its opponents and forcing them into silence: releasing them from custody only on condition they promise not to do anything “provocative.” Those who do face two years in jail. The restrictions were confirmed Wednesday ...