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WikiThai: Behind the Palace Doors

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The latest batch of WikiLeaks embassy cables has a delicious dispatch from the U.S. Ambassador to Thailand. (Via the Guardian).

Two thoughts: first, it's fun to know that the behind-closed-doors dish from the King's privy councillors about the Royal family and its foibles pretty much matches all the "unattributed" speculation that appears in the Thai and overseas press. Read below the fold...

Wealth of Thailand's 40 richest people increased 46% in 2010

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That might explain some of that red shirt/yellow shirt stuff, though, as usual, the politics in Thailand are infinitely complex, compared to the childish variety we practive here.

Hopefully, MsExPat will weigh in with some analysis that's actually informed. Read below the fold...

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Behind the barricades with Seh Daeng's "Black Angels"

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Two Asia Times Online correspondents infiltrated the Red Shirts' Black army, and lived to tell the tale. Read below the fold...

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Thailand: More Palace Intrigue

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Very dishy analysis of King Bhumibol's behavior during the coup, and recently, from the Canadian journalist who was his advisor and wrote his biography, William Stevenson:

(via the Toronto Star:) Read below the fold...

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Thaksin Charged With Terrorism

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I guess I was wrong about the Red Shirts cutting a deal for Thaksin's immunity. Or maybe they did, and the government decided to renege. In any case, the arrest warrant's gone out and Thaksin Shinawatra, exiled former PM of Thailand, is now wanted in Thailand on terrorism charges.

Blogger Bangkok Pundit breaks down the indictment, translating the relevant sections of the Thai Criminal Code that Thaksin allegedly violated. Read below the fold...

Thailand roundup

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[Newcomers to Corrente, check out MsExpat's commentary and reporting on Thailand. --lambert]

1. The Thai media must truly be a disaster area, since during the crisis the Thais relied on our media.

Anyhow, Bangkok Pundit was down for three days, and is now up again. With no explanation. Odd that. Or not. Read below the fold...

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Bangkok: The Big Cleanup

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Today, Sunday, thousands of ordinary Bangkok citizen-volunteers have come out to clean up the city. "Bring your own broom" the ads read. It's a non-partisan, local effort, and pretty wonderful. Local journalist Richard Barrow is tweeting it live, with pix. Read below the fold...

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Thai writers deconstruct the Red Shirts' rebellion

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A digest of after-the-flames-have-died-down essays from an assortment of Thais who write in English. I'll update periodically as I run across more goodies and feel free to add anything you find in the comments.

Wassana Nanuam, military affairs columnist, Bangkok Post, on the Generals, the Army and the politics of "Operation Rajaprasong":

The role _ and eventual departure from the scene by assassination _ of Seh Daeng in the victory of the government and army over the red shirt movement cannot be overlooked. Hawkish soldiers are in one voice on how the outcome of the army's Ratchaprasong operation could have been so different had Seh Daeng had not been murdered.

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Thailand: One Small Rebellion at a Time

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So far, this is my favorite piece among the "post-Battle of Bangkok" essays. It's from Southeast Asia scholar Duncan McCargo. The reason I think the essay is worth reading is because McCargo is not emotionally trying to defend one side or another. He actually understands Thai culture and history, and is looking at what happened in the context of both.

Some excerpts: Read below the fold...

Thailand: 19 May and after

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Excellent on-the-ground description of "19 May" in Bangkok, via Bangkok Pundit. Note especially, in the complete post, the role played by young men with nothing to lose. The writer concludes: Read below the fold...

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Thailand: Did the government and the Red Shirts cut a deal?

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And was this the condition of the UDD leadership's surrender?

Bangkok Post:

Thaksin's arrest warrant delayed

The Criminal Court has taken back the arrest warrant for convicted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on terrorism charges on Wednesday night, Department of Special Investigation (DSI) director-general Tharit Pengdit said.

Mr Tharit said the court had issued arrest warrants for Thaksin and nine other anti-government core members on terrorism charges earlier today but it had decided to recall Thaksin's arrest warrant.

"Further investigation will take place on May 24 at 9.30am," the DSI chief said.

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Burning down the house

[What I really want to know: What happened to the elders, women, and children who were moved into the Buddhist temple (Wat Patum Wanaran) inside the encampment? Are they OK? Via MsExPat in comments, check out Globe and Mail correspondent Mark MacKinnon.]

[UPDATE Photos from Mark MacKinnon from inside Wat Patum Wanaran.] Read below the fold...

End game in Thailand

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The Army moves in. Live blog from Bangkok Pundit.

Reuters live blog.

Sad, sad, sad. No Ghandis here.

NOTE I should say that I'm also for NV because I think, politically, it would have been a massive win. That makes this even sadder. Read below the fold...

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