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 … Continue reading Despite denials, Thailand’s online surveillance plans are alive and well
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 … Continue reading ConstitutionNet: Thailand’s post-coup constitution: Draft punked or ‘Once more with feeling’?
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 … Continue reading ConstitutionNet: Last minute add-on to Thailand’s post-coup constitution: Crisis Committee or the long arm of the military
Originally published at Siam Voices on August 21, 2015 As the hunt for the main suspect in the Bangkok bomb attacks continues, Thai authorities are increasingly contradicting each other about the possible perpetrators. That’s par for the course, says Saksith Saiyasombut. “He doesn’t really look Thai,” a woman was heard saying Tuesday, looking at the grainy … Continue reading Contradictions mount as Thai authorities hunt Bangkok bombing suspect
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. … Continue reading Tongue-Thai’ed – With ‘love’ from Bangkok to Beijing
Originally published at Siam Voices on June 1, 2015 As Thai military junta leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha considers shortening his weekly TV addresses, we look how much air time he has already racked up. Every Friday evening, the dulcet tones of synthesized strings of a pop ballad ring in the program that has been a mainstay … Continue reading Infographic: Thai junta leader to cut short ‘boring’ Friday night rants
Originally published at Siam Voices on May 22, 2015 When Pink Floyd’s vocalist and bassist Roger Waters wrote the 1979 rock classic ‘Another Brick in The Wall’, he was thinking about the authoritarian teaching and rote learning he encountered in his school days that would produce, in his opinion, more proverbial bricks in the wall … Continue reading One year on: Future looks grim under Thailand’s ruling junta
Originally published at Siam Voices on May 12, 2015 Thailand’s draft for the next constitution is still subject to heated debate. But the hottest issue at the moment is whether the Thai people will actually have a say in the next charter via a referendum. It’s been almost a month now since the Constitutional Drafting … Continue reading Thailand’s post-coup constitution: Will the people have a say?
Originally published at Siam Voices on May 4, 2015 In the past decade, Thailand has seen fair share of political protests. As color-coded groups staged prolonged, large-scale street rallies, politics frequently more often took place outside than inside its usual institutions. Many of these protests went on for several weeks with varying degrees of impact on … Continue reading Thailand: Public assembly law creates new hurdles for political protests
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 … Continue reading Analysis: US nominates former NKorea envoy as new ambassador to Thailand