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  • In recent times there has been a lot of discussion of the “populist” nature of the Thaksin’s government’s policies. Yesterday I came across this description of the main elements of “populism.” It […]

    Populism

    In recent times there has been a lot of discussion of the “populist” nature of the Thaksin’s government’s policies. Yesterday I came across this description of the main elements of “populism.” It […]

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  •   From The Nation: Newly-appointed economic envoy Somkid Jatusripitak vowed Thursday to explain sufficiency economy principle to foreign countries. Somkid, a former finance minister and deputy prime minister for the […]

    Nothing to do with politics

      From The Nation: Newly-appointed economic envoy Somkid Jatusripitak vowed Thursday to explain sufficiency economy principle to foreign countries. Somkid, a former finance minister and deputy prime minister for the […]

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  • Visiting northern Thailand last month I was interested to catch up on a local project that had been implemented under the Thaksin government’s poverty alleviation program. The project involved paying […]

    Sufficiency makeover: ผักชีโรยหน้า

    Visiting northern Thailand last month I was interested to catch up on a local project that had been implemented under the Thaksin government’s poverty alleviation program. The project involved paying […]

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  • From today’s Bangkok Post: Rose growers in Tak’s Phop Phra district complain the Internal Trade Department’s price controls on roses have dashed their once-a-year chance of turning a big profit. […]

    Sufficiency valentine

    From today’s Bangkok Post: Rose growers in Tak’s Phop Phra district complain the Internal Trade Department’s price controls on roses have dashed their once-a-year chance of turning a big profit. […]

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  • The ABC Foreign Correspondent interview with Thaksin was a dud. Too much nice chit-chat about the travails of a travelling ex-PM and Thaksin’s desire to do the best thing by […]

    Thaksin’s Aussie interview a dud!

    The ABC Foreign Correspondent interview with Thaksin was a dud. Too much nice chit-chat about the travails of a travelling ex-PM and Thaksin’s desire to do the best thing by […]

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  • New Mandala readers who have yet to check it out may be interested in the wiki-style innovation launched by The Nation.  They have invited readers to edit two competing  essays on Thailand’s political situation.  One, titled […]

    The Nation’s innovative Thaksin debate

    New Mandala readers who have yet to check it out may be interested in the wiki-style innovation launched by The Nation.  They have invited readers to edit two competing  essays on Thailand’s political situation.  One, titled […]

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  • The Irrawaddy is carrying a short report on opium cultivation in Thailand.  Apparently, some 320 acres of the crop have been destroyed by Thai officials since late 2006.  The Thai […]

    Opium takes to Thai soil?

    The Irrawaddy is carrying a short report on opium cultivation in Thailand.  Apparently, some 320 acres of the crop have been destroyed by Thai officials since late 2006.  The Thai […]

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  • From today’s Nation: A shrimp farmer holds a banner in front of Australian Embassy on Sathorn Road to protest Australia’s newly-issued measures which they claimed block Thai shrimp to Australian […]

    Shrimp versus milk

    From today’s Nation: A shrimp farmer holds a banner in front of Australian Embassy on Sathorn Road to protest Australia’s newly-issued measures which they claimed block Thai shrimp to Australian […]

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  •   เส้นทางเหล็ก พล.อ. สุรยุทธ์ จุลานนท์ นายกรัฐมนตรีคนที่ 24 (The iron road: General Surayud Chulanont, the 24th Prime Minister of Thailand) by Wasana Nanuam (5th edition, 2006) provides a useful coverage of […]

    Iron rule?

      เส้นทางเหล็ก พล.อ. สุรยุทธ์ จุลานนท์ นายกรัฐมนตรีคนที่ 24 (The iron road: General Surayud Chulanont, the 24th Prime Minister of Thailand) by Wasana Nanuam (5th edition, 2006) provides a useful coverage of […]

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  • Here (mccargo.pdf) is Duncan McCargo’s review of The King Never Smiles (from the New Left Review). UPDATE: And here is another review (buruma.pdf), from the New York Review of Books, by […]

    “A hollow crown”

    Here (mccargo.pdf) is Duncan McCargo’s review of The King Never Smiles (from the New Left Review). UPDATE: And here is another review (buruma.pdf), from the New York Review of Books, by […]

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