Yet another year has passed for Political Prisoners in Thailand. After nine years, it is dispiriting that we must still post on gross authoritarianism, monarchy and political repression in Thailand. PPT should have gone the way of the dinosaurs, being unnecessary as Thailand’s political prisoners would have been released and political repression replaced with a […]

Reuters report that “[h]undreds of police in Thailand on Saturday blocked protestors planning to march from Bangkok to Khon Kaen in the northeast of the country in a rare display of public discontent in the junta-ruled country.” While displays of “discontent” have been anything but “rare,” this event comes when some see as a junta […]

There’s been considerable elation in the mainstream media and attention to a promised “election” in November. We did not join that boostering, believing that the junta will seek ways to extend its absolute power and this means delaying an election until it is forced to hold one or it decides the time is right and […]

It is some time since our last post with this title. There’s a general air in the press and on social media that the political tide may be turning. For example, commentator Thitinan Pongsudhirak says he can see “civil society noises, together with political parties, are now on rise and may build into a crescendo […]

Human Rights Watch has released its World Report 2018. The Thailand report‘s first heading is: “Sweeping, Unchecked, and Unaccountable Military Powers.” That country chapter is only about 7 pages and worth reading. The media release on the Thailand chapter begins (with our bolding): Thailand’s government took no significant steps to restore democratic rule and basic […]

PPT saw the news stories on the police raid on Victoria’s Secret Massage and didn’t think too much about it. Yes, a rip-off name, but that’s not unusual. Yes, associated with Chuwit Kamolvisit back in the day, but that was known. And, yes, cops were on the take, but that’s actually normal. We didn’t take […]

Sulak Sivaraksa is one of the few in Thailand who has been able to defeat lese majeste charges. He’s done this repeatedly. And he’s just done it again. Over the years, since at least 1984, Sulak has faced repeated rounds of lese majeste charges and has spent time in jail. It is reported that one […]