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Rising Thai political star hit with sedition charges

Apr 06, 2019 - 6:37 PM

'We believe we are innocent. I did everything in good faith,' says Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, who heads the youth-oriented Future Forward Party

CHARGED. File photo of Thai tycoon, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, leader of the Future Forward Party. Photo by  Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Myanmar holds rare rally to call for constitution reform

Feb 28, 2019 - 11:46 AM

The political activity follows the formation of a committee last week to discuss amending the military-scripted constitution

A man holds a banner with a message "amend the 2008 constitution" during a rally calling for reforms on Myanmar's military-scripted constitution in Yangon on February 27, 2019. Hundreds gathered on February 27 in downtown Yangon in a jovial first-of-its-kind rally underpinned by its attendants' urgent desire for Myanmar's constroversial constitution to be amended. Sai Aung MAIN / AFP

Jailed Myanmar Reuters reporters file appeal

Nov 05, 2018 - 5:31 PM

'We filed an appeal today on behalf of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo because the trial court's ruling was wrong,' says Reuters president and editor-in-chief Stephen J Adler

JAILED. The two Reuters journalists face 7 years in prison after allegedly obtaining classified documents illegally. Wa Lone photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP, Kyaw Soe Oo photo by Aung Kyaw Htet/AFP.

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: May military junta ba sa Pilipinas?

Nov 05, 2018 - 9:30 AM

Mahimbing pa rin ba ang tulog natin kapag nakopo na ng mga sundalo ang pagpapalakad ng gobyerno?

Unfriend: Thai junta leader flooded with negative comments on FB

Oct 15, 2018 - 7:46 PM

Asking for 'suggestions' in his debut on Facebook, Thailand's premier receives over 9,000 comments in less than 24 hours, the majority of them negative

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Meet Headache Stencil, the Thai version of mystery graffiti artist Banksy

Sep 24, 2018 - 1:26 PM

The pioneer of the new wave of street artists in Bangkok is 'Headache Stencil,' whose spray cans satirize the powerful in Thailand where free expression has been muted since a 2014 coup

THAILAND'S BANKSY. This picture taken on September 4, 2018, shows Thai artist who goes by the name of "Headache Stencil" spray-painting a graffiti on a fence in Bangkok. Thailand's junta chief caricatured as 'a lucky cat', a paw raised to rake in money, or his face crossed out by a thick, red line - daring graffiti is appearing across Bangkok as the city's walls become a canvas for political debate. Romeo GACAD / AFP

Junta after Duterte? Democracy should remain, says U.S. defense exec

Aug 16, 2018 - 2:57 PM

'I hope that the future of the Philippines remains at the hands of the people here,' says US Defense Assistant Secretary Randall Schriver

VISITING. US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs Randall Schriver in a roundtable press interview at the US Embassy in Manila. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

EXPLAINER: Duterte's dream resignation, 'junta', successor scenarios

Aug 16, 2018 - 11:10 AM

What's the process for a President to resign? Can President Rodrigo Duterte choose his successor? Here's what the Constitution and a law professor say.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath to newly-appointed government officials at the Heroes Hall of Malacañan Palace on August 13, 2018. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Suu Kyi must stop Rohingya 'genocide' – Malaysia PM

Dec 04, 2016 - 2:41 PM

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak criticizes the Myanmar democracy icon of keeping silent on the plight of Rohingya genocide

Thai junta-picked lawmakers give military $124M budget hike

Sep 08, 2016 - 11:20 PM

In contrast funds for education and infrastructure are cut

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha is greeted by military officers during a visit to Thailand's restive southern province of Narathiwat on July 25, 2016. Thailand's junta chief vowed to galvanise the economy of the kingdom's poor and rebel-hit south, including making it a hub for halal produce, during a visit to the Muslim-majority region. / AFP PHOTO / MADAREE TOHLALA

Thai junta suspends Bangkok governor over graft probe

Aug 25, 2016 - 6:55 PM

Sukhumbhand Paribatra is under investigation over an expensive light display outside city hall in December 2015

epa03527609 Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra answer questions from media about his resignation from Bangkok governor, at the Thai Democrat Party headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, 08 January 2013. Paribatra, who is the Democrat party candidate and one of the chief contenders in the Bangkok Governorship race, will formally tender his resignation as Bangkok governor which will take effect on 9 January, one day before his term expires on 10 January 2013 to allow fair compeition in the upcoming next Bangkok governor elections which will be held by 03 March 2013. EPA/NARONG SANGNAK

Victory for generals as Thais vote for junta charter

Aug 07, 2016 - 8:38 AM

4th UPDATE Prime Minister Prayut Chan o cha hails the win as a step towards a bona fide democracy free from graft

epa05460826 Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha casts his ballot during a referendum for the new constitution at a polling station in Bangkok, Thailand, 07 August 2016. Some 50.6 million Thai voters are eligible to cast their votes in a referendum for the controversial military's backed draft constitution, the first polling in the country after the May 2014 military coup. EPA/NARONG SANGNAK

Thai journalist charged under draconian charter law

Jul 11, 2016 - 8:10 PM

Prachatai reporter Taweesak Kerdpoka faces charges along with 4 members of the New Democracy Movement

epa05343844 Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha ooks delivers the keynote address of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) 15th Asia Security Summit in Singapore, 03 June 2016. The IISS Asia Security Summit is an annual gathering of defence officials in the Asia-Pacific region and is dubbed the Shangri-La Dialogue in honor of the hotel where the event is held. The summit will go on from 03 to 05 June 2016. EPA/WALLACE WOON

Pressure mounts on Thai junta over fake bomb detectors

Jun 27, 2016 - 5:55 PM

Thailand s pro democracy Red Shirt movement is demanding details of the contracts for the GT200 device

(FILES) This file picture taken on March 2, 2010 shows a Thai soldier using a GT200 detector as he patrols the streets of Yala, in Thailand's restive south.  Activists on June 27, 2016 urged Britain to hand over details of the multi-million-dollar sale to Thailand of fake bomb detectors that led to the detention of scores of innocent people. British fraudster Gary Bolton was jailed in 2013 for making millions selling the GT200 -- which he billed as a "magic wand" able to detect tiny particles of explosives or drugs from hundreds of metres away. / AFP PHOTO / STR

Thousands gather at Thai temple as police fail to arrest abbot

Jun 16, 2016 - 4:55 PM

Devotees prevent authorities from arresting Phra Dhammachayo the temple s 72 year old abbot who faces allegations that he accepted embezzled funds

epa05368540 Thai devotees meditate at the Dhammakaya Temple in Pathum Thani province, Thailand, 16 June 2016. The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) entered into the temple on 16 June, with a search warrant to arrest and start negotiations with Dhammakaya Temple abbot Phra Dhammachayo after a court approval on 15 June. Phra Dhammachayo is ordered to meet with the DSI to acknowledge criminal charges allegedly involved with receiving and laundering stolen money after the monk's lawyer postponed meetings reportedly due to the abbot's health condition. EPA/NARONG SANGNAK

Two years after coup ousted Thai PM says country 'suffering'

May 22, 2016 - 1:01 PM

Deposed Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra questions wether the military junta made good on their vow to heal the country s political divide

File photo of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra arrives for taken at the Constitutional Court in Bangkok,Thailand in May 2014 by Narong Sangnak/EPA

Thai police defend arresting anti-junta activist's mother

May 07, 2016 - 11:20 PM

Patnaree Chankij s lawyers say she was charged for writing the Thai equivalent of yeah in response to Facebook messages that allegedly insulted the royal family

Thailand files first charge under draconian anti-campaigning law

Apr 27, 2016 - 7:15 PM

UPDATED I want this case to serve as an example that from now on criticizing [the charter] must be done in a polite manner says an election official

epa05265004 A military police officer stands in front of a military base in Bangkok, Thailand, 18 April 2016. Pheu Thai party's core member, Watana Muangsook, a former minister during the government of ousted Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, turned himself in for an 'attitude adjustment' session at the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) on 18 April, as he was called from the military junta after publishing political messages on his Facebook account. EPA/NARONG SANGNAK

Rights groups condemn junta police powers for Thai soldiers

Apr 05, 2016 - 10:30 PM

Soldiers are allowed to detain suspects without arrest warrants and they are not covered by laws monitoring police abuses

epa04956785 Thailand's new Army chief General Thirachai Nakwanich (R) stands next outgoing General Udomdej Sitabutr (2-R) during a handover ceremony at the Thai army headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, 30 September 2015. Thirachai has been appointed as the new army chief in a military reshuffle endorsed by the Thai King. EPA/NARONG SANGNAK

Thai authorities seize thousands of 'political' red bowls

Apr 03, 2016 - 4:59 PM

UPDATED Ousted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra says giving out bowls never posed a problem to national security

Thailand unveils latest charter perpetuating army's power

Mar 29, 2016 - 8:25 PM

The military junta warns it will not tolerate criticism of the draft constitution in the run up to a referendum on August 7

epa05079072 Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha speak as he delivers the one-year performance presentation of his government at Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, 23 December 2015. EPA/NARONG SANGNAK

Myanmar's Suu Kyi invokes father's sacrifice ahead of elections

Jul 19, 2015 - 7:15 PM

The November 8 poll will be the first general election in a quarter of a century to be contested by her National League for Democracy NLD which is expected to make huge gains at the ballot box if the vote is free and fair

OPPOSITION LEADER. Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi talks to media representatives as she leaves after Myanmar's Union Parliament regular assembly in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, March 26, 2015. Photo by Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

Myanmar parliament rejects charter change in blow to Suu Kyi

Jun 26, 2015 - 4:19 AM

The result virtually extinguishes Suu Kyi s chances of the presidency at this stage because of a provision excluding those with foreign children from the top office

Myanmar's landless: Playthings of the powerful

Dec 10, 2014 - 9:00 PM

Land is among the most contentious issues in Myanmar as reforms and the end of most Western sanctions fuel a scramble for territory in the resource rich nation

Landless Myanmar residents pray during a protest against land grabs in Yangon on September 23, 2013. Some 200 people who are seeking the return of their lands took part in the protest in the city. AFP PHOTO / Soe Than WIN

Thai junta chief tipped to become PM

Aug 20, 2014 - 3:02 PM

Army Chief Prayut Chan O Cha is likely to be the sole candidate for the premiership when the 197 strong appointed assembly convenes on Thursday August 21 to select a new leader for the Southeast Asian country

NEXT PREMIER? Head of the National Council for Peace and Order and army chief, General Prayut Chan-O-Cha (C), arrives prior the opening of the National Legislative Assembly in Bangkok on August 7, 2014. Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP

Myanmar's Suu Kyi seeks global support for charter change‎

Jun 14, 2014 - 11:57 PM

The former political prisoner turned politician has been campaigning to amend the charter since she became a lawmaker two years ago

CHARTER CHANGE. Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi (C)  intensifies her campaign to amend the constitution, with her National League for Democracy (NLD) party launching a petition last month seeking changes to the charter despite warnings from electoral officials. File photo by AFP PHOTO/Fred Dufour

Interim Thai government by September: junta chief

Jun 13, 2014 - 3:10 PM

Thai army chief General Prayut Chan O Cha who has not ruled out becoming prime minister himself will not reveal the members of the interim government

Thai coup leader disbands Senate, assumes law-making power

May 24, 2014 - 8:33 PM

UPDATED Analysts call the latest development an ominous sign that the junta may be digging in for a long term pervasive takeover

Vatican rejects Argentinian junta claims against pope

Mar 15, 2013 - 9:56 PM

UPDATED The Vatican rejects Argentinian junta claims against the newly elected Pope Francis

CONTROVERSIAL POPE. Photo from Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio's fan site on Facebook