The military junta repeatedly shows how some foreign commentators get under its collective skin – make that scales. Some time ago we posted on a junta-initiated raid on the home of the parents of Noppawan Bunluesilp, the wife of former Reuters reporter Andrew MacGregor Marshall, author of a banned book critical of the monarchy and […]

Dead kings, live ones, the princeling judges of the courts of law and now prosecutors are protected from all kinds of “threats,” implied, imagined and real. Thailand’s process of judicialization has gone a long way under various royalist regimes and their constitutions since 2006. Judges and prosecutors are untouchable. To emphasize how far this process […]

Reuters recently had a story about unconstitutional constitutional amendment made “constitutional.” Oddly, the report makes the claim that the amendments demanded by King Vajiralongkorn were “requested.” Even more oddly, the authors of the report mistakenly believe that the draft constitution is “military-backed.” In truth, it is the military’s constitution. While it is true that this […]

Just yesterday PPT posted from a Bangkok Post report that stated a request by Jatuphat Boonpattaraksa (Pai) to leave prison to sit his final exams for Khon Kaen University (KKU) had been rejected on Monday but that “authorities agreed to arrange for him to take the tests behind bars.” That turns out to be horse […]

PPT has several times (see here) posted on “commissions” that flow to state employees and most especially senior military officers from state procurement. Of course, the top officers aren’t usually doing the “deals,” but the “system” works so that funds flow to the top. So embedded is this system that it is normalized among the […]

Reading the Bangkok Post this morning seemed like a trip back in time. One story at the Post has the The Judge Advocate-General’s Department “seeking a further extension to a deadline to challenge a court ruling that revoked the dismissal of former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva from the army reserve.” He allegedly used “fake documents […]

The Bangkok Post reports that a request by Jatuphat Boonpattaraksa (Pai) “to leave prison so he could sit his final exams at Khon Kaen University was rejected on Monday but authorities agreed to arrange for him to take the tests behind bars.” In ultra-royalist Thailand where the junta has essentially decided to frame the anti-junta […]