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

Exclusive: Pheu Thai should talk policies first – Suranand Vejjajiva

In this two-part interview, Saksith Saiyasombut talks to Suranand Vejjajiva, a former Cabinet Minister under the Thaksin Shinawatra administration who served as the Minister of the PM’s Office and spokesman of the Thai Rak Thai Party, until the ban of this party and 111 politicians in 2007. The cousin of the now outgoing prime minister Abhisit … More Exclusive: Pheu Thai should talk policies first – Suranand Vejjajiva

Round-up of day one after Thailand’s elections

Originally published at Siam Voices on July 4, 2011 Just in case you haven’t been following our live-blog yesterday, the opposition Pheu Thai Party (PT) have won the majority of the votes paving the way for Yingluck Shinawatra to become Thailand’s first female prime minister. Bangkok Pundit has his take about the morning after, which … More Round-up of day one after Thailand’s elections

Pheu Thai Party rallies in Nakhon Ratchasima – a photo essay

Originally published at Siam Voices on July 1, 2011 On June 29, 2011 – the last week before the election – the leader and prime minister candidate of the opposition Pheu Thai Party, Yingluck Shinawatra was on a campaign tour through the north-eastern part of the country, also known as Isaan. Stations include Ubon Ratchathani … More Pheu Thai Party rallies in Nakhon Ratchasima – a photo essay

Thailand’s Democrat Party rally: Reclaiming (the truth about) Rajaprasong

Originally published at Siam Voices on June 24, 2011 The big screens flanking the stage on the left and the right are bearing a gruesome view. Footage of at times badly injured people from last year’s rally are being shown when suddenly at the sight of blood people started cheering – as it turns out, … More Thailand’s Democrat Party rally: Reclaiming (the truth about) Rajaprasong

Thailand’s army chief dive-bombs into election campaign, urges to vote for ‘good people’

Originally published at Siam Voices on June 16, 2011 In a column for The Nation back in April, Pravit Rojanaphruk has labeled General Prayuth Chan-ocha as “An army chief who dons too many hats,” pointing out the many roles the commander-in-chief was playing rather than his actual occupation: top diplomat (vetoing the government’s decision about the Preah … More Thailand’s army chief dive-bombs into election campaign, urges to vote for ‘good people’

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

Tongue-Thai’ed! Part VI: Wifebeating campaign poster edition?!

Originally published at Siam Voices on June 1, 2011 “Tongue-Thai’ed!” encapsulates the most baffling, amusing, confusing, outrageous and appalling quotes from Thai politicians and other public figures – in short: everything we hear that makes us go “Huh?!”. Check out all past entries here. The campaign season offers many curious incidents and sightings that only appear … More Tongue-Thai’ed! Part VI: Wifebeating campaign poster edition?!