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Former Thai prime minister charged with murder

By John Roberts, Peter Symonds, December 22, 2012

The decision to prosecute Abhisit is another indication that the bitter political feuding in the Thai ruling elites has not abated.

Thai anti-government protesters clash with security forces

By John Roberts, December 1, 2012

The rally confirms that none of the bitter divisions within the Thai ruling elite have been resolved.

Political turmoil continues in Thailand

By John Roberts, July 3, 2012

A court ruling barring the parliament from debating mechanisms for constitutional change has sparked large protests by government supporters.

Burmese opposition leader visits Thailand

By John Roberts, June 8, 2012

The trip by Aung San Suu Kyi to Thailand last week has exposed ongoing tensions with the Burmese military.

Prosecutions continue under Thailand’s anti-democratic lese majeste laws

By John Roberts, May 5, 2012

The lese majeste laws are a politically sensitive issue because the monarchy has played such a pivotal role in protecting the Thai state apparatus.

Southern conflict revives tensions in Thailand’s ruling elite

By John Roberts, April 2, 2012

The government’s plans for autonomy for Thailand’s southern provinces have provoked opposition within the military.

A strange “Iranian” explosion in Bangkok

By John Roberts, March 2, 2012

The Thai events were very convenient for the Israeli government, which, according media reports, is actively discussing an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Thai floods compound government’s political problems

By John Roberts, November 12, 2011

The ongoing flooding has impacted heavily on the Thai economy and is also taking its toll on the newly installed government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Political tensions rise as Thai flood disaster continues

By John Roberts, November 2, 2011

Amid rising anger and resentment among flood victims, the Thai government’s chief concern has been to reassure big business and foreign investors.

Business leaders oppose Thai government’s rice price scheme

By John Roberts, October 27, 2011

Amid the country’s worsening flood crisis, industry chiefs and economists have urged the government to abandon its election promises.

Thousands flee flooding in Thailand

By John Roberts, October 27, 2011

Public holidays have been declared to enable some of Bangkok’s 12 million residents to evacuate and allow others to prepare last-ditch sandbag defences.

Millions impacted as floods engulf Bangkok

By John Roberts, October 24, 2011

Infighting has erupted in ruling circles as the effects of the record monsoon rains are exacerbated by deforestation, development projects and inadequate flood mitigation measures.