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Thai court disbands governing party

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Thai court disbands governing party
International Herald Tribune –
By Seth Mydans and Thomas Fuller BANGKOK: A Thai court disbanded the governing party on Tuesday and barred the prime minister and other party executives from politics, but the party said it was set to reconstitute itself under another name and hold on

Thai Court Orders Ruling Party Disbanded Washington Post
Thai government falls after court bans premier The Associated Press
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December 2, 2008 at 2:29 pm

Thailand shuts down second airport in capital

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Thailand shuts down second airport in capital
The Associated Press –
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) – Thai authorities have closed a second airport in the capital after anti-government protesters stormed the terminal.
Thai PM snubs call to quit to end airport siege
Canada urges ‘peaceful resolution’ to Thai protest AFP
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Japan Air, Singapore Air Cancel Flights to Bangkok (Update1)
Bloomberg –
By Chris Cooper Nov. 27 (Bloomberg) — Japan Airlines Corp., Singapore Airlines Ltd. and other Asian carriers canceled flights to Bangkok for a second day today after the city’s two main airports were shut down due to anti-government protesters.
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November 27, 2008 at 3:04 am

Thai protest turns violent

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Thai protesters fire on govt supporters
Reuters –
By Nopporn Wong-Anan BANGKOK (Reuters) – Protesters blocked a highway to Thailand’s biggest airport on Tuesday and elsewhere opened fire on government supporters, the latest twists in their increasingly desperate bid to oust the elected administration.
Guns fired at rivals by Thai protesters in clash The Associated Press
Anti-Government Protesters Besiege Thailand Prime Minister’s Voice of America
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Guns fired at rivals by Thai protesters in clash The Associated Press –

Anti-Government Protesters Besiege Thailand Prime Minister’s Voice of America –

Thai protesters wounded in clashes, Qatar –

Thai Protesters Occupy Premier’s Temporary Office (Update4) Bloomberg –

Thai protesters ‘fire’ on rivals BBC News, UK –

Thai PM insists premiership despite protest Xinhua, China –

Thai protests turn violent, 10 hurt ABS CBN News, Philippines –

Shots fired as Thai factions clash at airport International Herald Tribune, France –

Thaksin vows to return to Thai politics PRESS TV, Iran –

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November 25, 2008 at 2:41 pm

Day 30 – Thai’s PAD rejects new government but King approves

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September 24, 2008 at 3:22 am

Day 29 – Taking long time to name Somchai’s cabinet lineup for royal approval

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New Thai prime minister submits cabinet lineup for royal approval Monsters and –

Sompong, New Thai Foreign Minister Bernama, Malaysia –

Thai caretaker justice minister to become foreign minister Xinhua, China –

PM: First meeting of new cabinet later this week Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

PM says cabinet is good-looking Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Somchai Needs To Prove His Worth – Fast Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –

Historical background of Thai Govermnent House Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

New Thai First Lady no simple houseiwfe AsiaOne, Singapore –

Cabinet constructed Bangkok Post, Thailand –

PM confirms cabinet finalised Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Biggest test since 1997 awaits Bangkok Post, Thailand –

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September 23, 2008 at 2:41 am

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Day 28 – “The Philippines has Marcos, Indonesia has Suharto, Thailand has Thaksin and Samak.

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Is Chavalit fostering false hope in the deep South Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

Somchai completes his team Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

Friends of Newin deny lobbying cabinet seats Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

ROUNDUP: Thailand’s new prime minister yet to announce cabinet Earthtimes (press release), UK –

Thailand’s new prime minister still deciding on cabinet Monsters and –

Thailand: Calming the Political Turmoil International Crisis Group, Belgium –

THAILAND: Fighting domestic violence Reuters AlertNet, UK –

Meet my brother-in-law PeaceReporter, Italy –

Cabinet constructed Bangkok Post, Thailand –

PAD presents ‘New Politics’ Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Thai PM completes new cabinet line-up Xinhua, China –

‘Democracy protesters’ present unique election method as ‘New … Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

New cabinet line-up remains unsettled Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Poonpirom to leave Energy Ministry Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

Thailand: Caretaker deputy FM Suchart elected leader of Puea Thai … Mathaba.Net, UK –

Complete cabinet line-up expected Monday evening Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Suchart to lead Puea Thai party Bangkok Post, Thailand –

PAD drops 70:30 split for House under revised plan Bangkok Post, Thailand –


Somchai has a golden chance Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Do not hold your breath over cabinet Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Politics still casts shadow despite entry of new premier Bangkok Post, Thailand –

White knights in Bangkok Indian Express, India –

PAD brainstorms over “New Politics” Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

Ten great ways to punish Thai democracy Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

This week in Focus Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

suchart throws hat in ring Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

Political situation to improve under PM Somchai : NIDA rector Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

Most Bangkokians think PM can settle political conflicts : survey Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

New Thai prime minister to name cabinet amid suspicious opposition Earthtimes (press release), UK –

Democracy – ready or not Manila Times, Philippines –

Opposition urges ‘clean’ cabinet ministers Bangkok Post, Thailand –

New Thai PM vows to heal social rifts ABC Online, Australia –

War without limits among the privileged International Viewpoint, UK –

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September 22, 2008 at 3:08 am

Day 26 – Thai Protesters Wary of new PM’s Call for Talks

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PPP meeting on new cabinet Bangkok Post, Thailand –

New Thai cabinet to be named in coming days — PM, Philippines –

PPP’s list completed by 90 per cent: Somchai Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

Talks possible soon Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Negotiations between PAD, government to start after cabinet forms Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

Jongrak insists police will not use force to disperse protesters Nation Multimedia, Thailand –


Thailand: New PM inspects new temporary offices at Don Mueang airport Mathaba.Net, UK –

Security tight at Thai rally Straits Times, Singapore –

Ruangroj ready for defence, Thanong snubs PPP Bangkok Post, Thailand –

A big hand for PAD supporters Bangkok Post, Thailand –

New politics, new conflicts Bangkok Post, Thailand – 3

Thai Protesters Wary of Prime Minister Somchai’s Call for Talks Bloomberg –

Mahathir sees West’s hypocrisy in bail-outs GulfNews, United Arab Emirates –

Thaksin gives nod for key positions Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Hopes for breakthrough Bangkok Post, Thailand –

PAD restricts vote-seekers Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Politics as a family affair Bangkok Post, Thailand –

PAD supporters should dump leaders Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

Somchai upbeat after ‘good’ phone talk with pad leader sondhi Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

Somchai blazing a trail Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

New cabinet line-up to finish in a few days : PM Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

Somchai must lead road to reconciliation Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

Thai PM Takes Actions against Crisis Prensa Latina, Cuba –

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

September 20, 2008 at 6:29 am

Day 25 – Thai protesters to fight on despite new premier

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In pictures: Thai protest goes on BBC News, UK –

New PM concedes he met with protest leaders Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

PM optimistic on talks with PAD Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

Slow Motion Violence Strategy Page –

Reuters Southeast Asia News Highlights 0900 GMT Sept 19 Yahoo, Thailand –

Thai PM visits his new office, in abandoned airport terminal AFP –

Thai King Signs Royal Command Appointing Somchai New PM Yahoo, Thailand –

Thai police to tighten security to prevent rally clash Mathaba.Net, UK –

Pro-government rally marks Thai coup anniversary International Herald Tribune, France –

Chavalit: PM suitable to take double post Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Yes, it’s weird times in Thailand and Malaysia – but democracy is … Globe and Mail, Canada –

Thai PM opens dialogue with protest leaders Reuters South Africa, South Africa –

Thailand: MP Wants Southern MP In Cabinet Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –

Where Is The Tolerance For Democracy? Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –

Thailand: New Team Seeks Talks With Anti-govt PAD Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –

New Thai prime minister installed amid continuing political turmoil World Socialist Web Site, MI –

Water management Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Slowly does it … Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Thai Police on Alert as Thaksin Supporters Plan Bangkok Rally Bloomberg –

Weird times in Thailand, Malaysia – but democracy is working Globe and Mail, Canada –

Thai King endorses Somchai`s premiership Mathaba.Net, UK –

Thaksin to vet cabinet Bangkok Post, Thailand –

UDD warned to avoid violence Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Somchai’s fate rests on his balancing act Bangkok Post, Thailand –

On the brink of becoming a failed state Bangkok Post, Thailand –

‘New Politics’ is no panacea Bangkok Post, Thailand –

PAD still misleading public on a ‘non-issue’ Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Thai protesters to fight on despite new premier Financial Times, UK –

Less tourists head to Thailand Straits Times, Singapore –

Thailand Supreme Court delays corruption ruling on ex-PM and wife JURIST –

New Team seeks talks with PAD Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

Two years on, legacy of coup yet to be written Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

No Honeymoon period for new PM Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

New First Lady Yaowapa Wongsawat Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

September 19, 2008 at 3:35 am

World focus on Burma (18 September 2008)



Cyber attacks cripple opposition Myanmar media
International Herald Tribune, France –
“We think it has something to do with the Saffron Revolution,” the anti-government protests by thousands of Buddhist monks in Myanmar on Sept. …

Websites of three Burmese news agencies in exile under attack

Burmese activists protest on 20th anniversary of coup, India –
… and Japan held demonstrations condemning the junta for its military coup 20 years ago and call for the immediate political reformation in Burma.


A sea change in the balance of power in favor of China, India, Russia and other emerging states is wrecking European and US efforts to entrench human rights …

Haul Generals before the ICC: rights groups, India –
Villagers are too weak Burma is one of the poorest countries in the world,” continues the organization’s onslaught against the junta. …

Interview: Pinheiro calls for new strategy on Burma
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
I think the creation by the secretary-general of a group of friends of Myanmar to support the activities of Mr. Gambari was a good initiative. …

NLD chairman sentenced to two years’ hard labour
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 18, 2008 (DVB)–San Chaung township National League for Democracy chairman U Thet Wei has been sentenced to two years’ imprisonment with hard labour. …

NLD youth members to quit over committee reform
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“One of the people chosen by the chairman, named Ko Aye Tun, said in the meeting that there is no Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in the NLD,” she said. …

Tibet: One diaspora, two paths
ISN, Switzerland –

… among others, wondered if the protests were linked to two other issues that had made the headlines in the preceding months: Kosovo and Burma (Myanmar). …

A civil past and a political future?
Prague Post, Czech Republic –

By Markéta Hulpachová   Days after returning from a covert visit to a cyclone-stricken delta in south Burma, Šimon Pánek sits in his Prague office, …
Bulgaria Parliament Officially Endorses Prague Declaration
Sofia News Agency, Bulgaria –
The conference also focused on the necessity of EU’s support for those who fight for freedom in countries like Cuba, Belarus and Burma irrespective of any …

Christians launch campaign for lasting change in Burma

ChristianToday, UK –

Change for Burma! aims to raise public awareness of the brutality of the military regime, which it says is “guilty of every possible human rights violation” …

On eve of Saffron Revolution anniversary, Burma’s exiled news …

Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –

Burmese journalists—both inside and outside the country—have been worried about how Burma’s junta might deal with the anniversary of what has come to be …

A sense of foreboding

National Post, Canada –

We hadn’t forgotten Ahmadinejad and his nuclear ayatollahs, the jihadists, AIDS in Africa, Russia in Georgia, the junta in Burma, infant mortality, …

Freedom in US also brings challenges

Indianapolis Star, United States –

Burma has been renamed Myanmar by the country’s military dictatorship — though many people opposed to that regime continue to call the country by its older …

Singapore: Singapore Asks Burmese Activists To Leave The Country
Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –
“Some of these Myanmar (Burmese) individuals have enjoyed education subsidies and other benefits but have chosen to repay this with disrespect for our laws …

What’s changed in Burma in the past 20 years?
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
They are also beginning to lose confidence in the 20-year-long push for dialogue led by Aung San Suu Kyi. “Metta [negotiation] is not enough, armed struggle …

Uncle Sam, Sugar Daddy
Forbes, NY –
Since the overthrow of Saddam, America has increasingly sidelined the push for democracy, abandoned such terms as “regime change” and stooped to haggling …

Bo Kyi to receive human rights award
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Bo Kyi welcomed the award as an acknowledgement of the work of many activists working for human rights in Burma and said it could bring more international …

Burmese monk, exiled after making stand, adjusts to American life
Oakland Tribune, CA –
Clerics in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, depend on community alms for their survival. And they don’t ride bikes. “This is the United States,” Kovida …

AI seeks global pledge to curb small arms sale
Pakistan Dawn, Pakistan –
Whether used by the military in Myanmar to disperse protesters in September 2007, or by Somali armed factions terrorising the streets of Mogadishu, …

Thursday, September 25
International Herald Tribune, France –
1988 – Security forces kill 12 people and injure five others in Rangoon, Burma, as political unrest continues. 1992 – The first contingent of a 600-member …

Rangoon rent-a-witness
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
Among the items seized from Win Maw were some legally-published books, some pictures of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, which are also legal, and a computer hard …

Campaign calls for lasting change for Burma
Inspire Magazine, UK –
The campaign also came one day before the 20th anniversary of the seizure of power by Burma’s current military junta, the latest in a succession of military …

Monk attemps suicide at most sacred temple, UK –
Associated Press, Johannesburg A Buddhist monk slashed his throat in a suicide attempt at Burma’s most sacred temple, the scene of several pro-democracy …

Global Women founds endowment, sets priorities at board meeting
Associated Baptist Press, FL –
… on “creating global friendships among women for shared learning and service while meeting needs of women in Afghanistan, Burma (Myanmar), Central Asia, …

Thailand’s Crippled Government Appoints New Prime Minister, New Zealand –
… on Tuesday (September 16) after he failed to appear at a corruption trial for allegedly arranging a government loan to Burma’s military regime in 2004. …

It’s our collective duty to stand up against abortion
Daily Nation, Kenya –
That’s why the world condemned the despotic Burmese military junta for refusing to allow full-scale international humanitarian intervention to help victims …

Day 24 – Can Thai new PM reconcile with Anti-government protesters?



Thai Opposition against New PM Prensa Latina, Cuba –

New Thai PM appeals for unity, protesters stay put The Associated Press –

New Thai leader focuses on financial concerns The Associated Press –

Thailand’s homesick Thaksin bitter in exile International Herald Tribune, France –

Thai king endorses new premier Monsters and –

No problems in Thai Market Straits Times, Singapore –

Govt organising roadshows to restore confidence Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Chai to present to HM the King name of new PM this afternoon Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

Thai police to tighten security to prevent rally clash Xinhua, China –

Thai new cabinet to be ready before Monday Xinhua, China –

Surapong to take political break Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Somchai to Be Endorsed as Thai Premier Amid Protests (Update1) Bloomberg –

Six Coalition Parties to Support Somchai as New Thai PM Yahoo, Thailand –

Protesters brand new Thai prime minister unfit San Francisco Chronicle,  USA –

Thai finance minister Surapong quits Reuters India, India –

Army will not intervene in selecting defence minister Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Thailand: Opposition Group Says No To New PM Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –

Thai Political Uncertainty Increases `Risk’ to Growth (Update2) Bloomberg –

Govt urged to issue new economic stimulus measures Bangkok Post, Thailand –

THAILAND: Irked journos refuse to go on PAD’s stage Asia Pacific Media Network, CA –

Thailand’s new PM cannot fix political rift FinanceAsia, Hong Kong –

Thai protests will continue despite election of new PM Irish Times, Ireland –

Somchai Election Does Little To Close Thai Political Rift Forbes, NY –

Can he last? Bangkok Post, Thailand –

New Thai PM urges peace The Canberra Times, Australia –

New Thai PM calls for unity Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia –

Asia’s pickle with people power MorungExpress, India –

No need to inflame border dispute Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

Background – What is the PAD? Radio France Internationale, France –
The People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) is a protest coalition of conservative, urban, monarchist and military elements of Thai society formed to force …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

September 18, 2008 at 3:32 am