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Rulers' fear as world becomes less stable

13 April 2010
WORLD RULERS are in crisis. A revolution erupts in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia, in Russia’s "backyard". An open Nazi party takes nearly one in five votes in the first round of the Hungarian elections. In Thailand, a mass movement shakes the regime. In Greece, the fear of meltdown forces the EU to offer emergency funds—at a price.

Thailand's Red Shirts shake the regime

13 April 2010
Hundreds of thousands of Red Shirt demonstrators have taken to the streets of Thailand over the last few weeks, demanding democracy.

Thailand: hundreds of thousands take to the streets

09 April 2010
Hundreds of thousands of Thai Redshirt pro-democracy demonstrators took to the streets of Bangkok and other cities over the last few weeks. This was a show of force to prove the strength of the movement and to dispel any lies by the royalist government and the media that the Redshirts are not representative of the majority of the population.

Camberwell fire: Tragedy reveals state of housing for poor

07 July 2009
Helen Udoaka and her three week old daughter, Michelle; Catherine Hickman; Dayana Francisquini and her three year old son Filipe and six year old daughter Thais are all dead. They died because they were poor.

Thailand: Army crackdown aims to silence ‘Red Shirts’

14 April 2009
Smoke from burnt out buses and fire bombs filled the streets of Bangkok on Monday of this week as the Thai army launched a crackdown on the Red Shirt protesters who are challenging the government.

Who are the key players in Thailand?

14 April 2009
Thaksin Shinawatra Mobile phone and media tycoon who founded the Thai Rak Thai party after the economic crisis of 1997.

Giles Ji Ungpakorn: Thai socialist writer escapes to Britain

10 February 2009
The dissident Thai socialist Giles Ji Ungpakorn has fled to Britain to avoid censorship and imprisonment in Thailand.

Giles Ji Ungpakorn’s Red Siam manifesto

10 February 2009
The enemies of the Thai people and Democracy may have their army, courts and prisons. They may have seized and rigged parliament and established the government through crimes like the blockading of the airports and other undemocratic actions by the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD).

Giles Ji Ungpakorn: Defend this key Thai socialist

03 February 2009
Sometimes the really important social conflicts between exploiter and exploited find expression by distorted means, via conflicts among the exploiters themselves.

Thai socialist academic charged with offending royal dignity

12 January 2009
Associate Professor Giles Ji Ungpakorn is fighting charges of lèse majesté (offending the dignity of a sovereign) over his book A Coup for the Rich, an academic work on the 2006 military coup.

Strange alliances in Thailand’s ruling class

09 December 2008
The Thai ruling class is seriously split. The royalist People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) is set against supporters of the government and populist leader Thaksin Shinawatra.

Democracy crisis shakes Thailand

02 December 2008
As Socialist Worker went to press the two airports in Thailand’s capital Bangkok were still closed – occupied by thugs from the misnamed People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD).

A second “coup for the rich” in Thailand

02 December 2008
Today Thailand’s constitutional courts dissolved a democratically elected governing party for the second time, forcing the government to resign.

A briefing on the continuing crisis in Thailand

03 September 2008
For the past two or more years – and especially since the September 2006 coup – Thai society has been hypnotised into forgetting about its real social and political issues. Instead, the whole of society – and, most tragically, the social movements – have been entranced by a fight between two factions of the Thai ruling class.

Thai university attempts to victimise anti-coup professor

02 July 2007
Authorities at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand are attempting to victimise anti-military junta academic Giles Ji Ungpakorn, Associate Professor of Political Science.

Resisting the Thai military’s assault on democracy

30 September 2006
A military junta in Thailand staged a coup and overthrew the democratically elected prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on the evening of Tuesday 19 September.

Thailand: background to the coup

23 September 2006
On the evening of 19 September a military junta calling itself "The reform committee in the democratic system with a monarchy as head of state" staged a coup and overthrew the democratically elected, but controversial, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

After coup dictatorship rules Thailand

23 September 2006
Last night the military staged a coup against the elected, but controversial, government of Thaksin Shinawatra. In the tradition of all Thai military coups for the last 60 years, the dictatorship claimed to have staged the coup in order to "reform politics" and "protect democracy". They said they had "no interest in taking personal power" and would be "returning power to the people as soon as possible". And in the tradition of many previous coups they later sought and received support from the monarchy.

Statement against the coup in Thailand

23 September 2006
A group of people under the name of the "Administrative Reform Council (ARC) under the Democratic System" have staged a coup d'etat and removed power from a government elected under the constitution that was drafted by the people. Abolishing the constitution, harassing the media, and putting an end to the independent agencies are acts regarded as abolishing the system of parliamentary democracy. This act will lead to the same outcome as previous coups that had happened in Thai society.

Sakchai Makao victory

15 July 2006
Campaigners were celebrating last week when Sakchai Makao (left) won the right to stay in the Shetland Islands. Sakchai, pictured with his former head teacher Joe Irvine, was threatened with deportation to Thailand. Over 9,000 people signed a petition to support Sakchai.

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