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
Originally published on Siam Voices on April 15, 2015 After half a year of vacancy, the position of US Ambassador to Thailand looks like it will be filled soon. With the nomination of experienced career diplomat Glyn Davies, it offers a glimpse into the future United States’ diplomatic relations with Thailand. In an episode of the American TV drama … More Analysis: US nominates former NKorea envoy as new ambassador to Thailand
Originally published at Siam Voices on April 10, 2015 Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to Thailand this week was a rare and convenient foreign policy opportunity for the junta, writes Saksith Saiyasombut It’s been a while since the red carpet has been rolled out at Bangkok Government House for a foreign leader who isn’t from … More Russian premier visits Thailand: More rubles rolling into Prayuth’s regime?
Originally published at Siam Voices on April 2, 2015 The removal of martial law in Thailand has not been met with relief, but with more anxiety and criticism – not only from abroad – amid fears of a descent into a fully-fledged dictatorship under Article 44, which gives the junta near-absolute power. Television viewers in … More After martial law in Thailand, there is Article 44 – and a backlash against the junta
Originally published at Siam Voices on January 21, 2015 The Thai junta’s foreign minister claims that his military government is getting more and more approval from the international community. But is there any truth to it? One of the most difficult challenges for Thailand’s military government in its attempts to legitimize last year’s coup and the … More Did foreign diplomats really praise Thai junta reforms?
Originally published at Siam Voices on October 27, 2014 A crucial part in the military junta’s desire to win approval from the international community are its current ties to the United States. But the signs between Washington and Bangkok are somewhat ambiguous right now, writes Saksith Saiyasombut. It was a calm morning on the empty Hat Yao beach near … More The US scales down “Cobra Gold” military exercises in Thailand
Originally published at Siam Voices on October 16, 2014 Thai junta Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha will meet leaders of the European Union for the first time since the military coup this week in a self-proclaimed mission to help Western leaders “understand” the political situation in Thailand. But there is no guarantee that it is going to … More Thai junta leader in Europe ‘to collect stamps of approval’
Originally published at Siam Voices on September 18, 2014 Following widespread outrage and condemnation after his flippant remark in the aftermath of the murder of two British tourists on the southern Thai island of Koh Tao, Thai military junta leader and Prime Minister Gerneral Prayuth Chan-ocha has apologized for suggesting that the behavior of the … More Thai PM apologizes for ‘bikini’ remark after Koh Tao murders
Originally published at Siam Voices on September 17, 2014 The murder of two British tourists on the southern Thai island of Koh Tao has raised questions about tourist safety in Thailand. Hannah Witheridge (23) and David Miller (24) were found dead on Monday morning half-naked and with severe wounds to their heads. Local police initially (without any substantial … More Thai PM after Koh Tao murders: ‘Can tourists be safe in bikinis?’
Originally published at Siam Voices on July 10, 2014 We recently mentioned the foreign reactions (and sanctions) of the international community in the aftermath of the military coup in Thailand, and the reaction of the Thai military junta. The junta’s response was somewhere between indifference towards the Western condemnation and longing for approval, even by … More How (not) to protest at the US Embassy, according to the Thai junta