There’s been a lot of discussion about 1932/2475 and what went wrong and what went right. One of the big questions asked is whether 85 years is a long time to wait for electoral democracy. Academics can debate all kinds of things about 2475. How was it that a military faction gained the ascendancy?What was […]

We are pleased to pass on the news that Jatupat Boonpattaraksa, or Pai Dao Din, is said to have “passed the last subject of his undergraduate course last Friday…”. He’ll be celebrating in his jail cell where the military thugs have had him locked up for six months on a trumped up lese majeste charge. […]

This military dictatorship has established a pattern of threat to repress. In its early days, the military regime arrested hundreds and directly threatened thousands more, the latter mainly in the countryside. That level of mass repression is costly in political terms and a strategy emerged of arresting or high-profile threatening one activist as a way […]

Shawn Crispin at the Asia Times has a view that everything that happens in Thailand is a conspiracy. When he reports on Thailand’s politics, it is almost never from an on-the-record source. But he always cobbles together an interesting story of conspiratorial maneuvers. We don’t reject conspiracies as an explanation. Indeed, our limited experience of […]

The military dictatorship seems to have convinced YouTube that four minutes of Charlie Chaplin’s Great Dictator with Thai subtitles, denouncing dictatorship and praising the people, unity and dem0cracy, is against the law in Thailand. The video of the movie’s closing speech  was reported as geo-blocked for Thailand. The Dictator wanted it blocked because it showed […]

A recent story at The Nation is useful for displaying how palace propaganda works. Princess Sirindhorn has is reported as “graciously” granting (they mean she’s given) “30 tonnes of rice to the government for use during the Royal Cremation ceremonies of late King Rama IX.” That means she’s handing over quite a pile of rice […]

Late on Friday, the junta’s police declared that there were no “unusual signs of political movements to stir public disturbances on the anniversary of the 1932 Siamese Revolution…”. What they mean is that there ban on gathering at the site of the stolen 1932 plaque was holding, so far. No one in the royalist elite […]