Researchers rely on the internet for topical information these days. But many websites are dynamic or short lived. Recognising this the Thai Collection actively archives various websites relating to important events via the Archive It service.
Archive-it is part of the Internet Archive, the American non-profit ‘internet library’. They consist of websites archived around a theme, and are fully publicly accessible. Click on the related links to see the front page of each collection on the Internet Archive. There you can find a complete list of featured sites and select individual sites for viewing. A site may have been archived more than once depending on its value as an information source and the nature of the collection. New collections are being developed and links will be added here.
This collection documents the Thailand General Election of 3 July 2011, at one of the most interesting times in modern Thai history. During a period of two and a half years, elections were repeatedly promised by the incumbent Abhisit government. During this time hundreds were killed and injured in political protests. Not all Thai citizens support the election, for example the People’s Alliance for Democracy has urged people to vote ‘No’. Vandalism of election campaign posters is seen throughout towns and provinces. The Thai army state that they won’t interfere with the democratic process as long as the elected government safeguards the royal institution. The two biggest and most powerful parties, Democrats and Phua Thai are delivering their best campaigns yet with their most charming candidates. The collection consists of selected political party websites, the Election Commission of Thailand, political blogs, Redshirt supporters
The Abhisit government cracked down on Red Shirts demonstrations in Ratchaprsasong in May 2010 and a state of emergency is still maintained in several provinces including, Bangkok. A popular Red Shirts General , Se Daeng, was assassinated and still nobody has been charged. Many Red Shirts Leaders were arrested and face many charges, including terrorism. Although things have calmed down, nobody can really say what will come next. This collection consists of selected websites and blogs of civil society organizations, individuals, political parties and the government.
PM Aphisit got the top job and set up a coalition government in 2008 and has foreshadowed the general election for 2010. New political parties are forming and reforming and the civil society uprising continues. Thailand political crisis has never stopped since the 2006 Coup. This collection consists of selected popular and influential civil society blogs and sites, political sites, various government and institutional sites.
Thailand in recently years has been facing a big challenge regarding human rights. For example: the Lese Majeste law, and websites blocked by the governments so that they disappear or are redirected to new URLs or changed names. This collection consists of selected human rights related sites, including Government, NGOs within and outside Thailand and civil society blogs and sites.
Since September 2006 Coup Thailand has experienced political uncertainty and instability. Although the general election in December of 2007 brought People Power Party (successor to Thaksin) to power , that government remains caught up in a crisis of legitimacy. It faces challenges from the oppositions in the parliament and outside from the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD). This collection consists of selected political blog sites, PAD website and other relevant websites.
This collection features selected governmental and media websites and political blogsites related to the 2007 Thailand general election. It includes the full website of the Election Commission of Thailand, and The Nation Multimedia’s special site “Our country votes election 2007” with background and daily reports of the parties, candidates, interviews, and a political chat column.