Unfolding and unscrambling the Thai military junta’s policy advertorial

Originally published at Asian Correspondent on February 26, 2016 THAILAND’S military government has gone on the media offensive to promote its “reform roadmap” by planting paid advertisement supplements in Thai newspapers. But the published product is, in its own words, one giant “confusion trap”. It is an uphill struggle the Thai military has faced ever since it took over in the coup … More Unfolding and unscrambling the Thai military junta’s policy advertorial

Exiled Thai academic accuses military junta of threatening his family

Originally published at Asian Correspondent on February 25, 2016 The Thai military has allegedly threatened the family of self-exiled academic Pavin Chachavalpongpun, Associate Professor at the Center for South East Asian Studies at Kyoto University and currently a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge. The scholar wrote on his Facebook profile on Wednesday evening that … More Exiled Thai academic accuses military junta of threatening his family

Thai junta PM embarks on day-long rant after criticism of constitution draft

Originally published at Asian Correspondent on February 3, 2016 The Thai military government’s intolerance towards dissent is nothing new. But its reactions against criticisms of the newest constitution draft – over a single day, no less – is a renewed display of insecurity by the junta. Either you’re damned if you do or damned if you don’t. … More Thai junta PM embarks on day-long rant after criticism of constitution draft

Rajabhakti Park: The corruption case the Thai junta doesn’t want you to talk about

Originally published at Siam Voices on December 17, 2015 The ongoing controversy over alleged corruption at a military-sponsored park and other events to honor Thailand’s monarchy is becoming a big headache for the military government, as it struggles to uphold its own pledge of a ”clean” rule and instead cracks down on criticism. IT was supposed … More Rajabhakti Park: The corruption case the Thai junta doesn’t want you to talk about

Despite denials, Thailand’s online surveillance plans are alive and well

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 … More Despite denials, Thailand’s online surveillance plans are alive and well

ConstitutionNet: Thailand’s post-coup constitution: Draft punked or ‘Once more with feeling’?

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 … More ConstitutionNet: Thailand’s post-coup constitution: Draft punked or ‘Once more with feeling’?

ConstitutionNet: Last minute add-on to Thailand’s post-coup constitution: Crisis Committee or the long arm of the military

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 … More ConstitutionNet: Last minute add-on to Thailand’s post-coup constitution: Crisis Committee or the long arm of the military

After deadly Bangkok bomb blast, questions arise about culprits, motives

Originally published at Siam Voices on August 18, 2015 After the deadly bomb attack in central Bangkok claimed at least 22 lives Monday evening, questions remain about who carried out the attack and why? Saksith Saiyasombut puts the questions into context. It was at almost 7pm when a huge blast rocked the busy Ratchaprasong intersection in central Bangkok … More After deadly Bangkok bomb blast, questions arise about culprits, motives

Thai military courts hand down record prison sentences for insulting monarchy

Originally published at Siam Voices on August 7, 2015 Thailand’s military courts have issued record prison sentences – 30 years and 28 years – against suspects for allegedly defaming the country’s monarchy on Facebook. Two separate verdicts have found the accused guilty of posting content on Facebook that is deemed a violation of the country’s infamously draconian lèse majesté … More Thai military courts hand down record prison sentences for insulting monarchy

Tongue-Thai’ed – With ‘love’ from Bangkok to Beijing

Originally published at Siam Voices on August 6, 2015 “If I were a woman I will fall in love with his excellency” – Thai Foreign Minister Thanasak Patimapakorn _____________________________ This is part XXXI of “Tongue-Thai’ed!”, an ongoing series where we collect the most baffling, ridiculous, confusing, outrageous and appalling quotes from Thai politicians and other public figures. … More Tongue-Thai’ed – With ‘love’ from Bangkok to Beijing