Amnesty Showdown – June 1, 2012

Bills debate postponed indefinitely – Bangkok Post, June 1, 2012

House meeting adjourned after protesters surround Parliament – The Nation, June 1, 2012
The House meeting scheduled for deliberation of national reconciliation bills was adjourned form 9:30 am after protesters surrounded Parliament…

Bangkok Blues – Foreign Policy, May 22, 2012
…How could this have happened? How did one of the world’s most promising democracies melt down so quickly? And what does Thailand’s regression tell us about the strength — or lack thereof — of democracy in many developing countries? Indeed, Thailand suffers from several of the problems that have plagued other emerging democracies, such as Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, and Venezuela, and have led to their regression over the past five years — a period that monitoring groups like Freedom House have marked as a global rollback of democracy.
…Like other elected autocrats including Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez, and Thaksin’s friend, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Thaksin viewed democracy as merely a series of regular votes, after which the victor could use his electoral victories to crush all other challengers…

Emerging World’s Middle Class: Crying, ‘Stop!’ – Forbes, May 31, 2012

Prospect of Thaksin Return Heats Up Thailand – AP, May 31, 2012

Thaksin return talk excites Thai politics – bigpondnews.com, May 31, 2012

Yingluck Bets on Army Calm as Thai Strains Rise: Southeast Asia – Bloomberg News, May 31, 2012

Earlier
Amnesty Showdown – May 31, 2012
May 31: Video: Police ring House Speaker as reconciliation/amnesty bills expedited
May 30: Video: Rushing the House Speaker

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