‘Crooks vs Crooks’ Under Thai Military

As Thailand’s current coup interregnum drones on, with the country in the clutches of a rapacious and restrictive military dictatorship, tensions are rising between Prawit Wongsuwan, the 70-year-old deputy prim... Read More...
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New Constitution Will End Thai Democracy

The portions of Thailand’s new written constitution that are emerging on the Internet in English present a charter designed to make sure that any election, should there be one anytime soon, will be strictly controlled by the military and the royalty in Bangk... Read More...
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Opinion: Time for Thai Royals to Face Reality

I have often asked myself why Thai royalists are so blindsided, so irrational and so acrimonious whenever anyone with a free-spirit questions the high-flying status of the royals or the vast sums of taxpayer mo... Read More...
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Thai ‘Reform,’ 1984 Style

Just as the dictatorship in George Orwell’s book “1984” claimed that "war is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength," the Thai junta is claiming that a military dictatorship that destroyed democracy is “kicking off a process of political reform.” ... Read More...
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Thai Academic Protests Attempts to Isolate him

Pavin Chachavalpongpun, a former Thai diplomat, author and academic now teaching at Kyoto University in Japan, has become a particular target of the junta which staged a May 22 coup in Thailand. Pavin’s passpor... Read More...
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Thailand to UN: We’ll do it Our Way

Thailand’s junta, in a 14-page note verbale, or unsigned diplomatic transmission, has told the United Nations and other diplomatic missions and UN agencies it will proceed towards democracy at its own pace and ... Read More...
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Thailand is Not Argentina

One of the various justifications put forward by the Bangkok elite and its military spearhead for ousting elected, Thaksin-aligned governments is that they are saving Thailand from a fate similar to Argentina, as quoted on June 30 in an Asia Sentinel story. ... Read More...
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The Bangkok Coup: Shock and Awe

With the dust now settling from Thailand’s 13th coup, unless outraged citizens take to the streets again to oust the military, as they have in the past, it is quite likely that Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha and the ar... Read More...