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Politics of rice spring eternal in Thailand

In early September, Thailand’s military government auctioned off the last load of rice stockpiled from the populist paddy-pledging scheme of coup-toppled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, a boondoggle policy that cost the state billions of dollars in losses. The profligate program, under which the government pledged to buy “every grain of rice” from Thai farmers at […]

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