Originally published at Siam Voices on January 13, 2015 Thailand’s military has denied killing two Cambodians citizens by “burning them alive” after they allegedly crossed the border into Thailand illegally last week, following accusations by Cambodian authorities quoted by The Phnom Penh Post: Cambodian officers said their Thai counterparts informed them that on the night … More Thai soldiers accused of ‘burning alive’ 2 Cambodians amid border tensions
Originally published at Siam Voices on July 5, 2014 For the Thai military, launching a coup in Thailand is one thing, but maintaining it is a whole other task. Probably one of the hardest jobs for the junta is to seek universal legitimacy from the international community – especially since “the transition of power” was very … More Burma, Cambodia ‘hail’ Thai junta: With neighbors like these…
Originally published at Siam Voices on April 26, 2013 Earlier this week, the Thai independent documentary “Boundary” or “ฟ้าต่ำแผ่นดินสูง” (literally “Low heaven, high ground”) on the Thai-Cambodia border dispute around the ancient Hindu temple Preah Vihear was banned from commercial release by a sub-committee of the Thai national Film and Video Board (see previous coverage) … More Thailand lifts ban on Preah Vihear border conflict documentary
Originally published at Siam Voices on April 24, 2013 A Thai independent documentary about the disputed border region with Cambodia and the ancient Hindu temple Preah Vihear has been banned from screening in Thailand for “national security” reasons, according to the filmmaker. The movie “Boundary” or “ฟ้าต่ำแผ่นดินสูง” (literally “Low heaven, high ground”) by Nontawat Numbenchapol revolves … More Thai documentary on Preah Vihear border conflict banned
Originally published at Siam Voices on October 24, 2012 Last week, the former King of Cambodia Norodom Sihanouk, died in exile at the age of 89 years. The monarch played a major role in the country’s turbulent past, having been credited with leading Cambodia to independence from French rule but also assisting the rise of the … More Cambodian royalist rage: A lesson for Thailand
Originally published at Siam Voices on December 31, 2011 2011 is history and looking back on Thailand this past year, it has been yet another eventful year that brought some answers, but many more questions to the wide-spread problems that continues to plague the country in many aspects. However, 2011 brought many chances and changes, shed light … More 2011 – Some Personal Thoughts
Originally published at Siam Voices on March 2, 2011 The Thai military is getting a new cavalry unit near the north-eastern town of Khon Kaen. The cabinet has recently approved the formation of the 3rd Cavalry Unit (essentially a division of tanks) that will cost 70bn Baht ($2.3bn). This is also a treat for privy council president Prem … More A new cavalry unit in Thailand’s north-east: Old wish, new threat?
Originally published at Siam Voices on February 20, 2011 During the most recent clashes at the Thai-Cambodian border the Thai military have beefed up their presence in the area with more troops, more military hardware and apparently also more amulets…?! The chief of the 2nd Army distributed talismans to his troops to help protect them … More “Black Khmer magic” a threat to the Thai army?!
Originally published at Siam Voices on February 18, 2011 In a comment in the English language The Phnom Penh Post, co-founder and former editor-in-chief Michael Hayes expressed his view on the most recent Thai-Cambodian border clashes and reflects on the national feeling about this issue. He writes: At the very least I’ve never been called … More The Cambodian view on border clashes with Thailand
Originally published at Siam Voices on February 2, 2011 The Nation writes in today’s title story: Veera Somkwamkid and Ratree Pipatanapaiboon were yesterday given lengthy prison sentences in Phnom Penh over charges of illegal entry and espionage in a case that could worsen ties between Thailand and Cambodia. In the one-day trial, the Phnom Penh … More Two Thais sentenced to prison for illegally crossing into Cambodia, what now?