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Here’s the Story Behind the Snoozing MPs That Pissed Off Prayuth

BANGKOK — After images of lawmakers snoozing during debate of next year’s proposed multi-trillion baht budget incensed taxpayers, two of the nappers gave flaccid explanations as the junta leader berated their behavior.
Lese majeste convict Jatupat 'Pai' Boonpattararaksa poses for a photo with his parents on March 22 after attending a court hearing on violating the junta's ban on protests.

Letters Reveal UN Exchange Over Thai Royal Defamation

BANGKOK — The Thai government defended the controversial lese majeste and cybercrime laws as consistent with "Thai traditional and cultural values” in response to concerns expressed by the United Nations.

Prayuth Heads to UK, France to Talk Trade

BANGKOK — The head of the ruling junta said Tuesday he will visit Europe later this month to discuss trade deals.
Marketing visualization of a satellite network by commercial space firm SpaceX. It is similar to one Thailand has committed upward of 64 billion baht to invest in by a virtually unheard of company. Image: SpaceX

Thailand to Spend Billions on Satellites From Unknown Company

BANGKOK — In a presentation that would put a glimmer in the eye of any James Bond villain, officials spell out the capabilities of a future satellite system to blanket the entire planet in unceasing surveillance.
Police officers inspect signs at the first meeting of the Future Forward Party on May 27 at Thammasat University's Rangsit campus. Photo: Future Forward Party / Facebook

Future Forward Party Reports Members ‘Harassed’ by Cops

BANGKOK — The Future Forward Party called on the military government Monday to end alleged threats against its members, particularly in the north and northeastern regions.
Suthep Thaugsuban waves to supporters on Jan. 17, 2014, while leading a street protest in Bangkok.

Suthep Aides Register Party, Deny It’s For Him

BANGKOK — A party founded by a lawyer and a younger brother of Suthep Thaugsuban would like to assure the public they are no way controlled by the conservative hard-liner.
Police move in to arrest activist leader Nuttaa Mahattana and other protesters at Tuesday's rally.

How Protesters Outfoxed Police at Tuesday’s Rally

BANGKOK — Some observers were surprised when a splinter group of pro-democracy protesters succeeded in marching on the Government House – and nearly reaching it – Tuesday, the fourth anniversary of military rule.
Somyot Prueksakasemsuk at his northern Bangkok home last week. Photo: Thai PBS / Courtesy

Somyot ‘No Longer Human’ After 7 Years of Prison For Lese Majeste

BANGKOK — In a suburb in northern Bangkok, a man lives alone. It’s a large house, and he has suddenly found himself in it after seven years in a prison teeming with criminals.

Tense 22 Hours of Tuesday’s Thammasat Rally in 22 Photos

BANGKOK — Twenty-two hours and 30 minutes passed from the moment pro-election activists converged on Thammasat University and its leaders surrendered to police.
Protest leaders Monday force Thammasat University’s gate open to supporters.

Thammasat Won’t Charge Protesters Over ‘Minor’ Damage

BANGKOK — Thammasat University said Wednesday it would reject a police request to press charges against protesters for “minor” property damage.

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