Longer-term readers might remember my round-ups from last year’s Red Shirt protests in Bangkok. While certainly not an expert in Thai politics, being in Bangkok during the tumult meant that it was a big part of my life, and thus it was something I wanted to include on my blog. During the last week, a long-simmering conflict at the Thai-Cambodia border flared up again, and in reading the background and news articles about the disputed land I also wanted to do a round-up. Monday marked the 4th consecutive day of clashes near Preah Vihear temple, with the actual number of injured or casualties uncertain; neither country has released an official count. In addition, thousands of villagers have been evacuated. Of course, each country has accused the other of firing the first shot. Earlier today, Cambodia’s prime minister asked the UN Security Council to call an emergency meeting over the fighting but Thailand maintains that no outside help is needed to resolve the issue.
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