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Thai political parties say junta has achieved little in three years

ON THE EVE of three years in government, the country’s military junta has been criticised by Thailand’s two major political parties for its failure to achieve any important reform. Having seized power on May 22, 2014, the military appointed a so-called National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) promising to restore order …

Those who don’t understand ‘necessity’ of lèse majesté law lack ‘civilization’, ‘sensitivity’ – Thai Justice Minister – Asian Correspondent

FOLLOWING recent international pressure to amend, or even abolish, Thailand’s lèse majesté law, its Justice Minister has hit back at critics, saying other countries did not understand the law’s necessity as they lacked “civilization, sensitivity, and gentleness.” Gen. Paiboon Koomchaya said that in having a monarchy, Thailand was “unique and civilized”, …

Thailand feeling the economic effects of dictatorship

A recent meeting by top government officials in Thailand reveals a nation currently under economic strain. In the first nine months of 2015 Thailand’s exports have gone down by 5% amounting to a 161.56 billion loss. In the meeting CEOs and government officials cited a need to move to markets …

Will Buddhism become Thailand’s state religion? – CSMonitor.com

As the Thai King’s health appears to worsen, some activists are pushing for the Thai constitution to enshrine another national symbol: Buddhism.  As a junta-appointed committee attempts to craft Thailand’s 20th constitution in less than a century, Buddhist activists are pushing to add something unprecedented: a state religion. Theravada Buddhism …