Pracha Wiwat welfare scheme under scrutiny

The nine New Year gifts unveiled by the prime minister this morning will not help boost the economy or make the Democrat Party win fresh general election, Pitch Pongsawat, a lecturer at Chulalongkorn University, said on Sunday.

Australia: a country racked by division and drift

Author: Andrew MacIntyre, ANU Australia continues to enjoy markedly better economic performance than most other wealthy countries. But problems are accumulating. The 2010 federal election yielded a hamstrung, minority government

Thailand in 2010: When the royal rumble turned blood red

Author: Nicholas Farrelly, ANU In Thailand’s traditional style of kick-boxing, the bout begins with ornate and time-consuming preambles.

Thailand’s ruling party braces for key election in 2011

Although Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban has played down speculation about a possible dissolution of the House in the short term, the recent announcement of an important populist schemes might indicate otherwise.

Thailand’s Civil servants allowed to form labour unions

The proposed legislation allows for four types of unions for civil servants in Thailand

The values dimension of Southeast Asian development and the rise of China

Author: Long S. Le, University of Houston The competitive advantage of Southeast Asian countries in the 21 st century will be about the ability of their governments to create a national environment in which skilled human resources are born, but in which social, political, and economic entrepreneurs are permitted to compete fairly

Thailand justifies Viktor Bout’s extradition

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said Thailand will clarify with Russia over…

Ongoing struggles in Thailand

Authors: Andrew Walker and Nicholas Farrelly, ANU Thai politics has been out of the news since May 2010’s bloody crackdown on red-shirt protesters in central Bangkok. But any superficial tranquility hides the ongoing campaign by the government to neutralise their opponents and maximise the vote for Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s Democrat Party at the election due next year. The state of emergency declared in May has been wound back, but is still in force in Bangkok and in three strategic provinces outside the capital