Pravit Rojanaphruk

4 Jul 2011
Jubilant Pheu Thai supporters said they were not counting out the possibility of an attempt by the Army or so-called "invisible hands" to intervene, but added that they were ready to fight to hang on to the election victory they won yesterday.
29 Jun 2011
Thai society appears heavily afflicted by the cult of the "good person". Vote for "good people", Army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha said this month. Many more have expressed similar views as the general election draws near. The problem is, whose "good people" should we vote for and how is a "good person" defined?
27 Jun 2011
As we drive down to the village, about 20 minutes from the provincial capital of Udon Thani, 42-year-old Kamsaen, wife of village headman Korngchai Chaikang, complains about allegations that their village is a training site for anti-monarchist armed militants.
26 Jun 2011
Call on next government to investigate last year's violence A group of relatives of those killed or injured by the military suppression of red-shirt protesters in April and May of last year issued a statement yesterday calling for the next government to set up a truly impartial and accountable fact-finding committee to determine who were behind the deaths of 92 people in Bangkok.
24 Jun 2011
I did not know what to think as I watched about 5,000 Democrat Party supporters cheering as Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban tearfully declared that he "greatly regrets the deaths [of 92 mostly red-shirt protesters] every day" even though it was the fault of the reds and men in black.
20 Jun 2011
Amid increasing criticism, the country needs a rational approach instead of a policy that is causing conflict The debate on the merit of the controversial lese majeste law reached a new height earlier this week when Army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha defended the law in his surprising nationwide address through Army-controlled Channels 5 and 7.
15 Jun 2011
The "invisible hand", "special power", "irresistible force", all these words have been mentioned frequently lately by people, politicians and the mass media when discussing Thai politics, the upcoming general election and what may follow.
13 Jun 2011
With less than four weeks to go before the election, expectations are high and there are deep concerns about post-electoral prospects. The Nation's Pravit Rojanaphruk talks to political scientist Kengkij Kitirianglarp from Kasetsart University's Department of History about his expectations, fears and more. Kengkij is a rising star among young Thai political scientists and a self-professed red shirt. Excerpts.
1 Jun 2011
Victims must be healed, those behind April-May crackdown brought to justice: panel chief National reconciliation will not last if the truth about what happened last April and May is not accompanied by judicial impartiality, democratic political structure, civilian supremacy over the military and freedom of expression, a panel on post-electoral reconciliation concluded yesterday.
28 May 2011
A Thai-born dual Thai-US citizen and passport holder was arrested and detained without bail on Thursday for allegedly putting up a computer link to the content of the banned book "The King Never Smiles" on his blog.
27 May 2011
Leading feminists say that having Yingluck Shinawatra as a candidate for the country's top job is not a milestone in the struggle for greater gender equality, because Yingluck is an unknown quantity and does not necessarily represent women's interests.
26 May 2011
There is more than one prisoner of conscience in Thailand, although the number of those detained under lese majeste law and their names known to Amnesty International (AI) is "not for public consumption", said Benjamin Zawacki, AI's researcher for Thailand and Burma. "We don't declare every time someone is a prisoner of conscience," Zawacki said in a phone interview with The Nation yesterday.

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