Originally published at Siam Voices on October 30, 2015 Thailand’s military government is becoming increasingly blatant about its intentions to stay in power THAILAND’S Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has never been shy about letting everybody know his opinions. The junta leader also expects everybody to listen. Nobody knows that better than the local journalists who have endured the daily … Continue reading Thailand’s indefinite roadmap: Prayuth threatens to ‘stay on’ in power
Originally published at Siam Voices on October 22, 2015 “We will not talk about this any more. If we say we won’t do it, we won’t do it,” said Thai Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak at an economic forum in Bangkok last week. His decisive words were in response to the ongoing controversy over the Thai … Continue reading Despite denials, Thailand’s online surveillance plans are alive and well
Originally published at ConstitutionNet on October 15, 2015 Thailand has to wait for a new constitution as the drafting process is being sent back to the drawing board with an entirely new Committee taking office last week. Writing constitutions can be a very costly venture. How costly? In the past 10 months, Thailand’s Constitution Drafting … Continue reading ConstitutionNet: Thailand’s post-coup constitution: Draft punked or ‘Once more with feeling’?
Originally published at Siam Voices on October 2, 2015 Junta backtracks on plans to bottleneck Thailand’s internet traffic through a single gateway after online backlash Imagine this: you are being awarded for something you haven’t done but you go to the reception gala anyway because it’s too tempting to miss the limelight. That’s what happened last Tuesday in New … Continue reading Thailand’s ‘single gateway’ internet plan backfires spectacularly
Originally published at Siam Voices on September 30, 2015 Thai police are confident that they have arrested the main suspect in the deadly Erawan Shrine bombing – just in time for a certain official… IT’S an equation with many unknown variables that the Thai police have been dealing with since August 17, when the deadly bomb attack … Continue reading Squaring the circles: Thai police close case on Bangkok bomber hunt
Originally published at Siam Voices on September 25, 2015 Plans by the Thai military government to restrict the country’s internet traffic through a single gateway has raised concerns not only in the IT community, but among a public who fear authorities will easily be able to control what they can see and what they can not. It seems that … Continue reading Thailand to tighten grip on Internet with its own ‘Great Firewall’
Originally published at Siam Voices on September 15, 2015 UPDATE [Sep 15, 2015 – 17:35h local Bangkok time]: Thai journalist Pravit Rojanaphruk as well as former Pheu Thai Party MPs Pichai Naripthaphan and Karun Hosakul have been released from military detention. ORIGINAL ARTICLE Two opposition politicians and a journalist are among a new wave of detainments by Thailand’s military government. … Continue reading Attitude re-adjustments: A new crackdown by Thailand’s military junta?
Originally published at Siam Voices on September 10, 2015 As investigations around the Bangkok deadly bomb attacks continue, the Thai police paraded a main suspect around the scene of the blast in a public reenactment. But why is this odd practice still being carried out? You wouldn’t notice that not too long ago something happened … Continue reading Bangkok bombing: Why are Thai police still holding crime reenactments?
Originally published at Siam Voices on the morning of September 6, 2015 UPDATE (11.00 AM, Sunday, September 6, 2015): The National Reform Council has REJECTED the constitutional draft with 134 to 105 votes and 7 abstentions. A new constitution has to be drafted and thus a whole new process with an all new committee is set in motion, … Continue reading Opinion: Low stakes for Thai military junta in constitution draft vote
Originally published at ConstitutionNet on August 31, 2015 “If I were a woman I would fall in love with his excellency.” Those flattering words were spoken by General Thanasak, until recently Foreign Minister of the Thai military government, who expressed his adoration for the Chinese Premier at an ASEAN security forum in early August. His counterpart, Chinese … Continue reading ConstitutionNet: Last minute add-on to Thailand’s post-coup constitution: Crisis Committee or the long arm of the military