Siam Voices 2013 Review – Part 1: Blowing the final whistle on Thailand’s political calm

Originally published at Siam Voices on December 27, 2013 Welcome to the Siam Voices 2013 year in review series, where we look back at the most important and interesting headlines, issues and stories that happened in Thailand this past year. Today we start with the political 2013, which looked very different when it started compared… More Siam Voices 2013 Review – Part 1: Blowing the final whistle on Thailand’s political calm

Ex-yellow shirt leader Sondhi found guilty of insulting Thai monarchy

Originally published at Siam Voices on October 2, 2013 Thai court sentences former leader of the ultra-royalist and reactionary yellow shirts movement Sondhi Limthongkul to two years in jail for lèse majesté, but for entirely the wrong reasons. Things went from bad to worse for Sondhi Limthongkul, the media mogul turned leader of the so-called ‘People’s… More Ex-yellow shirt leader Sondhi found guilty of insulting Thai monarchy

Is this the end for Thailand’s ultra-nationalist yellow shirts?

Originally published at Siam Voices on August 26, 2013 As leaders of the ultra-nationalist People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) announce they have quit their roles in the movement, is this the end for Thailand’s yellow shirts? It was a Friday and the end of a rather tumultuous political week with long parliament debates on constitutional… More Is this the end for Thailand’s ultra-nationalist yellow shirts?

Thailand: Reconciliation games continue as amnesty bill goes to parliament

Originally published at Siam Voices on July 26, 2013 When Thailand’s parliament reconvenes next week to continue the political season one of the most discussed and possibly the most controversial issue will be the passing of the so-called amnesty or reconciliation bill. Advertised as a means to overcome the ongoing political division by giving far-reaching… More Thailand: Reconciliation games continue as amnesty bill goes to parliament

Thailand: Ultra-conservatives hijack “Thai Spring” moniker

Originally published at Siam Voices on May 17, 2013 Thailand’s political climate could be heating up again after the Prime Minister’s Mongolia speech has caused strong reactions, especially from anti-government groups. A new online group now has now claimed the ‘Thai Spring’ moniker to denounce the government, but it has very little to do with… More Thailand: Ultra-conservatives hijack “Thai Spring” moniker

Thai army ordered to stand down after bullying yellow shirt paper

Originally published at Siam Voices on January 14, 2013 This past weekend, around 40-50 military officers suddenly showed up in front of the building of ASTV-Manager protesting the paper’s harsh criticism of the army and the ‘slandering’ of their armed forces chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha. The soldiers from the 1st army region assembled on Friday… More Thai army ordered to stand down after bullying yellow shirt paper

Thailand’s yellow shirts change focus, abandon street protests… for now

Originally published at Siam Voices on March 12, 2012 The ultra-nationalist “People’s Alliance for Democracy” (PAD), also commonly known as the yellow shirts, have assembled for the first time since Yingluck Shinawatra became prime minister. Yingluck is the sister of their arch-nemesis and former Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra. With the change of government came also the… More Thailand’s yellow shirts change focus, abandon street protests… for now

The Cambodian view on border clashes with Thailand

Originally published at Siam Voices on February 18, 2011 In a comment in the English language The Phnom Penh Post, co-founder and former editor-in-chief Michael Hayes expressed his view on the most recent Thai-Cambodian border clashes and reflects on the national feeling about this issue. He writes: At the very least I’ve never been called… More The Cambodian view on border clashes with Thailand

Thai-Cambodian border clashes: Nationalist fever boils over

Originally published at Siam Voices on February 10, 2011 It has been nearly a week since the tense situation at the Thai-Cambodian border at the disputed ancient Hindu temple Preah Vihear escalated yet again, when troops on both sides exchanged gunfire and according to independent observers, killed 11 people on both sides. Even though no shooting has… More Thai-Cambodian border clashes: Nationalist fever boils over