Despite denials, Thailand’s online surveillance plans are alive and well

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… More Despite denials, Thailand’s online surveillance plans are alive and well

ConstitutionNet: Thailand’s post-coup constitution: Draft punked or ‘Once more with feeling’?

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… More ConstitutionNet: Thailand’s post-coup constitution: Draft punked or ‘Once more with feeling’?

Contradictions mount as Thai authorities hunt Bangkok bombing suspect

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… More Contradictions mount as Thai authorities hunt Bangkok bombing suspect

After deadly Bangkok bomb blast, questions arise about culprits, motives

Originally published at Siam Voices on August 18, 2015 After the deadly bomb attack in central Bangkok claimed at least 22 lives Monday evening, questions remain about who carried out the attack and why? Saksith Saiyasombut puts the questions into context. It was at almost 7pm when a huge blast rocked the busy Ratchaprasong intersection in central Bangkok… More After deadly Bangkok bomb blast, questions arise about culprits, motives

Thai military courts hand down record prison sentences for insulting monarchy

Originally published at Siam Voices on August 7, 2015 Thailand’s military courts have issued record prison sentences – 30 years and 28 years – against suspects for allegedly defaming the country’s monarchy on Facebook. Two separate verdicts have found the accused guilty of posting content on Facebook that is deemed a violation of the country’s infamously draconian lèse majesté… More Thai military courts hand down record prison sentences for insulting monarchy

Tongue-Thai’ed – With ‘love’ from Bangkok to Beijing

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

Infographic: Thai junta leader to cut short ‘boring’ Friday night rants

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… More Infographic: Thai junta leader to cut short ‘boring’ Friday night rants

ConstitutionNet: Thailand’s next post-coup constitution: The dictatorship of the ‘good people’?

Originally published at ConstitutionNet on May 29, 2015 There is a persistent theme in Thailand’s ongoing political crisis often touted by one side of the spectrum: the call for the “good people” or barami in Thai. Barami, a Buddhist term for “charismatic power” or “meritorious prestige,” has historically been linked to the Thai concepts of… More ConstitutionNet: Thailand’s next post-coup constitution: The dictatorship of the ‘good people’?

One year on: Future looks grim under Thailand’s ruling junta

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… More One year on: Future looks grim under Thailand’s ruling junta

Thai junta allows constitution referendum, delays elections even further

Originally published at Siam Voices on May 20, 2015 Thailand’s military government has said it will hold a referendum on its draft constitution. However, it’s not without a catch  – or several for that matter. The issue of whether or not letting the Thai people decide on the draft for the country’s 20th constitution has resulted… More Thai junta allows constitution referendum, delays elections even further