Thai junta’s lawmakers see ‘nothing wrong’ with hiring family members

Originally published at Siam Voices on March 2, 2015 Dozens of Thailand’s lawmakers have employed their family members with state money and see nothing wrong with that, while they claim to eradicate exactly that kind of behavior out of Thai politics. The Thai military junta pledged to do everything better and cleaner than their politician counterparts… More Thai junta’s lawmakers see ‘nothing wrong’ with hiring family members

Thai junta’s constitution drafters propose ‘indirectly elected’ Senate

Originally published at Siam Voices on February 27, 2015 The Constitutional Drafting Committee are continuing to re-write the political rule book for a post-coup Thailand. But, like with all the military junta’s government bodies, the claim to “reform” and bring “true democracy” is questionable, as the most recent proposals for an unelected sorry, “indirectly elected” Senate shows.… More Thai junta’s constitution drafters propose ‘indirectly elected’ Senate

Thailand’s new cyber laws – Part 5: Admin error

Originally published at Siam Voices on February 26, 2015 In the last part of our Siam Voices series examining the new cyber laws, we chronicle the criticism against and the defense for the controversial bills – and what’s behind the military junta’s motivation to push these into law. In the past two weeks we have… More Thailand’s new cyber laws – Part 5: Admin error

Thai court jails theater activists for lese majeste

Originally published at Siam Voices on February 25, 2015 Thailand’s courts are continuing to jail people under the lèse majesté law, as two young students have been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for allegedly insulting the monarchy in a theater play. The conviction shows yet again the draconian law is still thriving… More Thai court jails theater activists for lese majeste

Thai junta lays groundwork for its own guided democracy

Originally published at Siam Voices on February 16, 2015 As the Thai military government pushes ahead with its so-called reform plans, the legal groundwork in form of some sort of reform continuation body is being laid out so that the generals will have enough power to influence Thai politics for the foreseeable future. One line often purported by… More Thai junta lays groundwork for its own guided democracy

Tongue-Thai’ed! – Tough week for Prayuth ends in another tirade

Originally published at Siam Voices on January 30, 2015 This is part XXIX 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. Check out all past entries here. It’s been quite an eventful week in Thailand and a challenging one for the military… More Tongue-Thai’ed! – Tough week for Prayuth ends in another tirade

Thai junta hunts down lèse majesté fugitives abroad

Originally published at Siam Voices on January 15, 2015 The hunt for people suspected of breaking Thailand’s draconian lèse majesté law continues, with the military junta even looking to extradite those who have fled abroad while ultra-royalist vigilantism at home reaches a new absurd low. After months on the run, Ekapop Luara seems have to… More Thai junta hunts down lèse majesté fugitives abroad

What does Thailand really know about the CIA’s ‘black site’ prisons?

Originally published at Siam Voices on December 12, 2014 Thai officials have denied the existence of secret U.S. detention and interrogation facilities in Thailand, following the highly anticipated release of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA’s use of torture in the past decade during the interrogation of terrorist suspects. But there may be some indications that Thailand may knows… More What does Thailand really know about the CIA’s ‘black site’ prisons?

The curious case of Yingluck Shinawatra’s Bangkok Post (non-)interview

Originally published at Siam Voices on November 27, 2014 On Monday, the ‘Bangkok Post’ ran what was touted as the “first interview” given by former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra since the military coup of May 22, 2014, which ousted her government after nearly six months of anti-government protests and thus a manufactured political deadlock. In the story,… More The curious case of Yingluck Shinawatra’s Bangkok Post (non-)interview

28 weeks later: Prayuth, censorship and the media in post-coup Thailand

Originally published at Siam Voices on November 18, 2014 Since his time as army chief, General Prayuth Chan-ocha’s relationship with the media has been strenuous at best. Now as the coup leader and prime minister he constantly in the limelight, and his gaffes are under more scrutiny than ever. On the other hand, the media… More 28 weeks later: Prayuth, censorship and the media in post-coup Thailand