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Yingluck’s Anti-Corruption Campaign

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On July 3rd 2013, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has launched a new anti-corruption campaign after the cabinet had approved her government’s plan the day before. The Prime Minister pledged for transparency under her administration while promising legal action against anyone involved in any irregularities under her management. The government also assured an equal treatment to all bidders involved and the anti-corruption plan will provide training to representatives from other sectors to inspect government procurements.
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BKK Post : Cabinet approves B15,000 rice price reverse

Taken from an article called “Cabinet approves B15,000 rice price reverse” by Online Reporters from bangkokpost.com on July 2nd 2013.

The cabinet on Tuesday approved the National Rice Policy Committee’s (NRPC) proposal to maintain the pledging ceiling price for ordinary rice at 15,000 baht per tonne until Sept 15, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said. The NRPC on Monday decided at a meeting chaired by Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong to reverse its June 18 decision to slash the rice pledging price from 15,000 baht to 12,000 baht per tonne for the current crop beginning on July 1. The NRPC’s decision to revert to the B15,000 baht per tonne rate followed protests by farmers.

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Robert Amsterdam : Yellow Shirts in White Masks – reactionary and anti-democratic

Yellow Guy FawkesTaken from an article called “Yellow Shirts in White Masks – reactionary and anti-democratic” by robertamsterdam.com/thailand on June 30th 2013.

Over the last few weeks a small but effectively managed and carefully strategised “protest” group has emerged on the streets of Bangkok and other Thai cities. Dubbed the “White Mask” group – because they have adopted the white V for Vendetta Guy Fawkes mask long associated with the progressive Occupy and Anonymous movements – the Thai incarnation is about as far from the notion of democratic accountability, spontaneity and progressive politics as anyone could imagine.
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BKK Post : Rice policy reversed to please farmers

Taken from an article called “Rice policy reversed to please farmers” by Phusadee Arunmas, Chatrudee Theparat and online reporters which was published on July 1st 2013 at bangkokpost.com

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While the National Rice Policy Committee (NRPC) on Monday reversed its decision to cut the pledging price for ordinary paddy and maintain it at 15,000 baht per tonne until Sept 15, the Commerce Ministry will try to speed up rice sales and try to sell up to five million tonnes in three months. In the South, the 15,000 baht pledging price will remain in place until Nov 30.
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Prachatai : 20 minutes between the iron bars

Somyot Pruksakasemsuk

Somyot Pruksakasemsuk

Taken from an article called “20 minutes between the iron bars” by Sukanya Pruksakasemsuk (Somyot’s wife), and published by prachatai.com on Sunday June 30th 2013.

Prison visit to Somyot on 27 June 2013

Thursday mornings at 08.30 am are when Somyot and I have a regular weekly visit. Iron bars and secure windows keep us apart but can’t separate our souls. I was given Room No. 1, which is the last interview room in the row in Bangkok Remand Prison. Without hesitation, Somyot walked fast and looked straight at me and smiled; his smile made the world so bright and full of hope and peace. I was so relieved to meet him that morning.
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