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Don't Say "Coup Destroying Democracy" in Thailand

Tuesday, 17 June 2014, 5:53 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

The coup-installed regime does not like the words "coup," "detention," "arrested," "prisoners" or "destroying democracy". Instead, the junta demands a bizarre Orwellian cleansing of political and legal language about Thailand. More >>

Coup in Thailand: "Don't Panic" After Arrests & Censorship

Wednesday, 28 May 2014, 5:15 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

Army Chief Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha staged a coup on Thursday (May 22), telling the public "not to panic," locking up top political leaders, suspending the constitution, and sparking fears of a backlash by angry Thais demanding a return to elections and ... More >>

Thailand: Shooting Anyone Who Touches a Traffic Cone

Wednesday, 28 May 2014, 1:43 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

This increasingly violent Buddhist country is suffering a political meltdown, ominously expressed in gallows humor about deadly plastic traffic cones, but in hospital emergency rooms no one is laughing. More >>

Thailand Coup

Wednesday, 28 May 2014, 1:40 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

Army Chief Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha staged a coup on Thursday (May 22), "taking over powers" in this Southeast Asian nation and locking up several top political leaders, sparking fears of a violent backlash by thousands of Thais demanding a return to ... More >>

Thailand's General Declares Martial Law

Wednesday, 21 May 2014, 4:48 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

Hours after declaring martial law on Tuesday (May 20), Army Chief Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha asked where Thailand's weak elected government was hiding, joked about further restricting the media, and denied he was plotting his second coup. More >>

Thailand's Guilty Prime Minister is Toppled

Thursday, 8 May 2014, 2:03 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra waved farewell on Wednesday (May 7) after a court ruled she illegally demoted and promoted officials, but her popular party moved to fill the vacuum by nominating her commerce minister to be Thailand's ... More >>

USAID's "Technological Mercenaries" Deceive Cubans

Thursday, 1 May 2014, 1:55 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) used "technological mercenaries" in a dumb, secret, illegal assault against Cuba's government and unsuspecting population, comparable to the strategy of deceptive Nazi propaganda, according to Cuban Ambassador ... More >>

The Act of Killing and Washington's Secret Files

Tuesday, 29 April 2014, 5:05 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

Encouraged by the international success of his nonfiction film, The Act of Killing, Joshua Oppenheimer is now pushing Washington to publicly expose how "the U.S. enthusiastically participated in the genocide" in Indonesia during the 1960s. More >>

Thailand's Military Hunts Northern Lanna Separatists

Wednesday, 26 March 2014, 9:45 am | Richard S. Ehrlich

Thailand's U.S.-trained military has a new enemy and is now hunting northern separatists who want to seize most of this Buddhist-majority country, create a Lanna People's Democratic Republic, and expel Bangkok to a shrunken South Thailand. More >>

Islam's First Fatwa to Protect Endangered Animals

Thursday, 13 March 2014, 5:30 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

Indonesia's senior Muslim clergy have issued the world's first fatwa protecting endangered animals, after Britain's World Wildlife Fund and other groups helped organize field trips on the equatorial island archipelago to highlight the problem. More >>

Killing Each Other at Bangkok's Barricades

Thursday, 20 February 2014, 10:33 am | Richard S. Ehrlich

Gunfire and explosions killed three civilians and one policeman on Tuesday (Feb. 18) and injured more than 60 others when anti-government protesters refused to remove barricades from Bangkok's streets, pushing the death toll to 14 in confrontations ... More >>

China's Military Advances Thanks to the Pentagon

Friday, 14 February 2014, 12:45 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

U.S., Thai and other military forces have begun Cobra Gold, the largest multinational exercise in the Asia-Pacific region, including 17 Chinese troops for the first time, a move perceived in China as proof that Beijing's "regional military impact" cannot ... More >>

America's Boots on the Ground Do Not Want a Thailand Coup

Wednesday, 5 February 2014, 5:44 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- The U.S. military begins its biggest training exercise in the Asia-Pacific region next week in Thailand where Washington does "not want to see a coup" by Bangkok's armed forces amid post-election protests attempting ... More >>

Protesters Block Some Voting to Weaken Thailand's Government

Monday, 3 February 2014, 4:41 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand (Feb. 2) -- Anti-election protesters on Sunday blocked nearly 10 percent of Thailand's 93,000 polling stations to prevent the quick formation of a new government, despite millions of people voting to replace Parliament's House ... More >>

Bangkok's State of Emergency to stop vigilante protesters

Wednesday, 22 January 2014, 4:58 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- The government clamped a "state of emergency" on Bangkok and surrounding provinces starting on Wednesday (Jan. 22), empowering security forces to detain people without charge, ban public gatherings, impose curfews, tighten ... More >>

Bangkok's Political Violence Worsens as Grenades Hit Protest

Monday, 20 January 2014, 3:16 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Bangkok's political violence worsened on Sunday (Jan. 19) when grenades and gunfire injured 29 people at an anti-government protest, two days after a grenade killed one protester and injured 36 others who were marching to force the ... More >>

Thailand to stage elections despite anti-poll protests

Thursday, 16 January 2014, 5:11 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thailand will stage elections on Feb. 2 despite anti-poll protests, but the government retreated to safer buildings and emergency systems to protect U.S. and other international, domestic and military flights after threats to knockout ... More >>

Surviving a "Shutdown Bangkok" by Stockpiling

Wednesday, 15 January 2014, 4:03 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

Tens of thousands of protesters are attempting to "shutdown Bangkok," blockading streets and crippling banks, businesses, and government ministries while authorities do little to stop the campaign to topple the elected government and replace it with ... More >>

Bangkok's Shut Down and Coup Fears Cripple Thailand

Thursday, 9 January 2014, 5:37 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Security forces and six million residents are worriedly preparing to survive a 19-day "shutdown Bangkok" protest beginning on Monday (Jan. 13), designed to topple the elected government amid fears that the military may help ... More >>

Anti-Election Protesters Unable to Stop Thailand's Candidate

Tuesday, 24 December 2013, 5:23 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Police stood by while hundreds of people laid siege to the Election Commission's office, a police station, and Thailand's equivalent of the U.S. FBI, but the protesters failed to stop candidates registering for a nationwide election ... More >>



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