The Bangkok Post reports that Ying Kai or Montra Yokrattanakan appeared in court on 29  September 2016 on a lese majeste charge. She entered a not guilty plea in the Criminal Court, which set 21 November “for a preliminary hearing to examine evidence and witness lists after the 56-year-old affirmed her innocence and said she […]

The Bangkok Post reports that the military junta has prevented “an Amnesty International seminar today on torture and other abusive practices in Thailand, arguing that the foreign speakers do not have work permits.” The event was to launch a report on torture in Thailand covering the last two years. The Amnesty International team said: “The […]

The military junta already has pretty extensive control of the media. With planning for an “election” victory by the junta, however, it seems to feel the need to have even more control. The Bangkok Post reports that junta spokesman Maj-Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd “has been appointed acting director-general of the Public Relations Department (PRD).” So desperate […]

As we and others have posted over the past couple of years, as the health of the king has gone from bad to worse, Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn has been re-arranging palace affairs. He has changed the command relationships associated with troops assigned to the palace. He got rid of an unwanted consort and her family. […]

In our last post, PPT indicated how observers think the future of “big” parties is limited. Indeed, we happen to think that the future of all political parties – except, perhaps, a military party – is limited. This is because the military junta has “arranged” a political and electoral systems in a manner that diminishes […]

A series of reports at the Bangkok Post show that the military junta’s plans – implemented from before the 2014 coup – to destroy the Puea Thai Party are proceeding apace. One Bangkok Post story states that a “government committee has concluded that Yingluck Shinawatra must pay 35.7 billion baht in compensation for losses from […]

Prachatai reports that on 22 September 2016, Naritsarawan Keawnopparat was indicted under the Computer Crimes Act “for disseminating information deemed defamatory to the Royal Thai Army…”. Her alleged crime is making information available on her uncle, Wichian Puaksom, then aged 26, who was a conscript “tortured to death by other soldiers in 2011.” Naritsarawan “is […]