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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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  • I am currently hard at work on my paper on local political culture in northern Thailand. One of the issues I want to consider, briefly, is the role of what […]

    The demographic reach of rural civil society

    I am currently hard at work on my paper on local political culture in northern Thailand. One of the issues I want to consider, briefly, is the role of what […]

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  • Here (Decha 2006) is an interesting article by Decha Tangseefa of the Peace Information Centre at Thammasat University. It discusses the plight of displaced Karen on the border between Burma and […]

    Karen in-between

    Here (Decha 2006) is an interesting article by Decha Tangseefa of the Peace Information Centre at Thammasat University. It discusses the plight of displaced Karen on the border between Burma and […]

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  • From today’s Bangkok Post: On the Thaksin watch in Australia High level talks have been held between Thailand and Australia to prevent any embarrassing diplomatic gaffes during the former Thai […]

    Thaksin down under

    From today’s Bangkok Post: On the Thaksin watch in Australia High level talks have been held between Thailand and Australia to prevent any embarrassing diplomatic gaffes during the former Thai […]

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  •   In Baan Tiam in Chiang Mai province there has been very significant transformation in dry season cultivation. A few years ago garlic was all the rage. But it rapidly […]

    Playing the market in rice

      In Baan Tiam in Chiang Mai province there has been very significant transformation in dry season cultivation. A few years ago garlic was all the rage. But it rapidly […]

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  • How do rural people in Thailand cope with major expenses, such as funerals?

    From the archives: funding funerals

    How do rural people in Thailand cope with major expenses, such as funerals?

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  • “The traitor is slated to be banished to live foever in the jungle because there is no place in society for a deceitful politician…Civil servants should know they are dispensing […]

    Saprang on the three pillars

    “The traitor is slated to be banished to live foever in the jungle because there is no place in society for a deceitful politician…Civil servants should know they are dispensing […]

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