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  • Ideology, intolerance and outright ignorance often lead commentators to attribute electoral behaviour to vote buying. Having little experience of grass-roots political behaviour, elite commentators often like to paint simplified pictures of an electorate […]

    The power of vote-buying!

    Ideology, intolerance and outright ignorance often lead commentators to attribute electoral behaviour to vote buying. Having little experience of grass-roots political behaviour, elite commentators often like to paint simplified pictures of an electorate […]

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  • This post updates my previous effort to bring together some of the statements that have been made by academics on the uprising in Burma.  Over the past week, there have been some […]

    More academic commentary on Burma

    This post updates my previous effort to bring together some of the statements that have been made by academics on the uprising in Burma.  Over the past week, there have been some […]

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  • Chris Baker has prepared a translation of the revised Internal Security Act and has provided the following comments. Thanks very much Chris! (His comments on the previous version are here.)   [UPDATE 23 […]

    Thailand’s revised Internal Security Act

    Chris Baker has prepared a translation of the revised Internal Security Act and has provided the following comments. Thanks very much Chris! (His comments on the previous version are here.)   [UPDATE 23 […]

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  • This post is part of New Mandala‘s series of interviews with academics, activists and writers who contribute to major debates in mainland Southeast Asian Studies.  These interviews are designed to probe the experiences, […]

    Interview with Thak Chaloemtiarana

    This post is part of New Mandala‘s series of interviews with academics, activists and writers who contribute to major debates in mainland Southeast Asian Studies.  These interviews are designed to probe the experiences, […]

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  • Long-time New Mandala contributor Michael H. Nelson has sent me this picture from Sukhumvit Road.  Hoping to bolster his climate change credentials, Bangkok Governor Apirak Kosayothin has recently introduced bicycle lanes in […]

    Riding away from common sense in Bangkok

    Long-time New Mandala contributor Michael H. Nelson has sent me this picture from Sukhumvit Road.  Hoping to bolster his climate change credentials, Bangkok Governor Apirak Kosayothin has recently introduced bicycle lanes in […]

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  • New Mandala’s favourite junta bureaucrat, Ladda Tangsupachai (scourge of coyotes) has made it big time! ((One of our previous posts on Ladda, concerning Thai national dress, continues to attract an inordinate number […]

    Laughing with Ladda

    New Mandala’s favourite junta bureaucrat, Ladda Tangsupachai (scourge of coyotes) has made it big time! ((One of our previous posts on Ladda, concerning Thai national dress, continues to attract an inordinate number […]

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  • Over the past week I have been flat out writing a long overdue paper on the emergence of contract farming in Baan Tiam, the northern Thai village where I have […]

    Contract farming

    Over the past week I have been flat out writing a long overdue paper on the emergence of contract farming in Baan Tiam, the northern Thai village where I have […]

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  • In early September this year the National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT) wrote to international universities advising them that new regulations on foreign research in Thailand had been adopted. The […]

    “Stabilizing the social and economic security of Thailand”

    In early September this year the National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT) wrote to international universities advising them that new regulations on foreign research in Thailand had been adopted. The […]

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  • Rather than betting on the generals’ survival for much longer, it is time for India to take a long-term view, draw lessons from its isolation on Myanmar, and rethink its […]

    The Indian trump card?

    Rather than betting on the generals’ survival for much longer, it is time for India to take a long-term view, draw lessons from its isolation on Myanmar, and rethink its […]

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  • Thailand’s sufficiency democracy election campaign rolls on. Having spent years slamming Thaksin’s populism the Democrats-except-when-you-can’t-win-an-election-and-then-a-coup-is-OK  are out trying to woo the voters of the northeast with a swag of electoral goodies […]

    Border nonsence

    Thailand’s sufficiency democracy election campaign rolls on. Having spent years slamming Thaksin’s populism the Democrats-except-when-you-can’t-win-an-election-and-then-a-coup-is-OK  are out trying to woo the voters of the northeast with a swag of electoral goodies […]

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