The monarchy has long had scribblers working in its interest. As the author of a Bangkok Post op-ed says, truthfully, “There is a lot of hagiography and officially enforced views about Thailand’s traditional institutions…”. This is Thitinan Pongsudhirak, who has, in recent years, become a hagiographer himself. And, this latest outing is gross in its […]

PPT has had several posts in recent days that compare The Dictator’s campaigning and his accusations that Puea Thai Party’s Sudarat Keyuraphan was “political campaigning” in the name of remembering the dead king. Khaosod has a report that deserves some attention. Anti-corruption activist Srisuwan Janya points to “two purchasing scandals” he says have surfaced in […]

Back on 16 October, the Bangkok Post reported that “Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will meet Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha in Thailand on Oct 30 to discuss international crime.” Some other reports mentioned digital commerce. The Post stated that it was The Dictator who declared that”the visit was normal and the talk would focus on transnational […]

“Politicians” can’t campaign. Especially not when the dead king’s funeral is coming up. But nothing stops the military dictatorship. Khaosod reports that “the Finance Ministry said it might increase their shopping credit [on poverty cards] to 800 baht.” Permanent Secretary Somchai Sujjapongse claimed that “the cash limit for welfare cardholders to purchase necessary goods might […]

In an earlier post, we mentioned the case of a military court having accepted a case against several people who participated in seminar last year discussing the junta-backed charter. The point we didn’t make, and should have was that three of those charged are human rights lawyers who, it is reported, “merely observe the event” […]

While calling for “social sanctions” against Puea Thai Party’s Sudarat Keyuraphan for “political campaigning” in the name of remembering the dead king, The Dictator continues his own political campaigns. Forget the floods. They are unimportant as the military regime prepares to reap political benefit from its ownership of the funeral. The recent claim of a […]

PPT hasn’t been following all of the comings and goings associated with the very expensive funeral for the dead king. We have noticed remarkable propaganda for the dead king, giving him credit for almost everything other than the sun rising. Some of it is deliberately historically distorting. in order to rewrite that history in ways […]