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 November 2, 2010 After the commander-in-chief of the Thai army Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha insisted over and over again that his top priority task is to protect the monarchy, national police chief Wichean Potephosree didn’t want to be outdone and has announced this: The police chief warned that those trying to … More Thai Police Chief Also Vows to ‘Personally’ Crack Down on Anti-Monarchy, Rotten ‘Tomatoes’
Note: This article was originally published on July 31, 2010 in a series of guest blogger posts for Bangkok Pundit at AsianCorrespondent. On May 16, when the street battles between the soldiers and the anti-government protestors were bringing large parts of Bangkok to a grinding halt for days already, elsewhere life went on as nothing has happened … More Pongpat’s Acceptance Speech – A Lèse Majesté Case?
Col. Sansern Kaewkamnerd at work (Screenshot from CRES announcement, May 16) Let’s make this short: there are many things that I cannot simply understand! This is one of them. For some incomprehensible reason Col. Sansern Kaewkamnerd, military spokesperson and as seen on dozens of CRES TV announcements during the red shirt riots in earlier this year, has … More The Unbelievable Rise of Col. Sansern’s Popularity
An open letter against CNN’s coverage of the deadly clashes as posted on Facebook. Excerpt: As a first-rate global news agency, CNN has an inherent professional duty to deliver all sides of the truth to the global public (…) not merely one-sided, shallow and sensational half-truths. (…) CNN should not negligently discard its duty of care to … More In Case Against The Open Letter Against CNN
After a day of relative political silence due to coronation day and thus a public holiday on Wednesday, the battle of words broke out again on Thursday as the red shirts as well as the PAD (the yellow shirts) have voiced their doubts or rejection of Abhisit’s ‘roadmap to reconciliation’ offer. Whilethe prime minister was … More Nothing Clear On The ‘Roadmap to Reconciliation’ Yet, Reds Still To Stay
The Nation has put up an article that can only be described as simply astonishing. The international community is showing varying degrees of understanding concerning the political situation in Thailand. There are two groups – those who reside outside the Kingdom and are looking in through a somewhat distorted lens, and the Bangkok-based foreign community, … More “Stupid Foreigners…!”
Sometimes, real life is stranger than fiction… Just yesterday I wrote about the Thai government’s reaction on Aung San Suu Kyi’s comments about the current political situation. I was thinking about to end with a joke if she was paid by anybody (preferably by Thaksin, of course) for these comments but I didn’t (Bangkok Pundit … More Aung San Suu Kyi vs Thai Government, Round 2
“The level of hate in Thailand” (picture courtesy of Mark MacKinnon) The Economist has yet another article about Thailand that might caused the magazine not to appear on the newsstands there. While there was one topic that certainly was the main reason for the non-distrubuting, the other one is worth discussing in my opinion. Key … More A Thai History of Violence About to Repeat Itself?
Thailand’s political crisis shows that a constitution drawn up by the military can never deliver stability, Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Saturday, according to her party. (…) ‘A new government coming to power under a constitution drawn up by the military will never be stable,’ he cited her as saying. ‘We do … More Thai Gov Responds to Aung San Suu Kyi’s Comments, Hilarity Ensues