Debates rages over Thailand’s lèse majesté law

Originally published at Siam Voices on February 4, 2013 After the verdict against veteran labor activist Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, discussions about lèse majesté have been reignited on many levels and also in many forms. Somyot was recently sentenced to 11 years in prison, 10 of them for publishing articles (which he didn’t write himself) in a magazine that were … More Debates rages over Thailand’s lèse majesté law

As opposition against Thailand’s lese majeste law continues, it claims another victim

Originally published at Siam Voices on August 16, 2011 Earlier this month, a 23-year old graduate from the Kasetsart University has been arrested for allegedly posting content on his blog that is deemed insulting to the monarchy – also known as lèse majesté. Prachatai and The Nation’s Pravit Rojanaphruk (and unsurprisingly no one else) with … More As opposition against Thailand’s lese majeste law continues, it claims another victim

Exclusive: ‘This is not the last straw for Thai democracy’ – Suranand Vejjajiva

Originally published at Siam Voices on July 15, 2011 This is part two of Siam Voices’ exclusive interview with Suranand Vejjajiva, former Cabinet Minister under Thaksin Shinawatra, now a politicial columnist for the Bangkok Post and host of “The Commentator” on VoiceTV. In this second installment, Suranand talks to Saksith Saiyasombut about a wide range of … More Exclusive: ‘This is not the last straw for Thai democracy’ – Suranand Vejjajiva

Bangkok youth still pessimistic about current state of poltics

Originally published at Siam Voices on June 6, 2011 Last year, we blogged about a survey that found out that 60 per cent of the Bangkok youth did care little to nothing for politics, most of them irked and weary because of conflicts, untrustworthy politicians and generally headache-inducing complex issues. So much so that 90 … More Bangkok youth still pessimistic about current state of poltics

Thai Corruption Survey Results Make Grim Reading

Originally published at Siam Voices on November 8, 2010 Matichon Online had a story on Sunday on the most recent ABAC poll on people’s view on corruption in the government. This survey has been conducted among 1,349 households in 17 provinces nationwide and the results are compared to a similar poll done in February 2005. And the … More Thai Corruption Survey Results Make Grim Reading

Thai Statistic of the Day: Young People Don’t Care About Politics!

Originally published on Siam Voices on September 18, 2010 Note: The following post contains satire! Here are some numbers for you as seen in the Bangkok Post… An opinion survey by Bangkok Poll at Bangkok University found that more than 60 per cent of young people pay little or no attention to politics. The pollsters … More Thai Statistic of the Day: Young People Don’t Care About Politics!

Student Leaders Summoned to CRES

Students in front of 11th Infantry Regiment after being summoned (picture from UDD on Facebook) On Saturday I was alerted to a tweet by a former colleague of mine and at the same time to an article by New Manadala, saying that… (…) นายอนุธีร์ เดชเทวพร เลขาธิการสหพันธ์นิสิตนักศึกษาแห่งประเทศไทย (สนนท.) และเพื่อนนักศึกษา ได้รับหมายเรียกจากศูนย์อำนวยการแก้ไขสถานการณ์ฉุกเฉิน (ศอฉ.) ให้ไปรายงานตัวที่กรมทหารราบที่ 11 รักษาพระองค์ (ราบ 11) ในวันอาิทิตย์ที่ … More Student Leaders Summoned to CRES