Some good news. As several sites and sources, including the Bangkok Post, it has been reported that Daranee Charnchoensilpakul (Da Torpedo), Pornthip Munkong (Golf) and Thitinant Kaewchantranont have been released from prison. Each was imprisoned for lese majeste. Darunee was initially convicted and jailed for 18 years on lese majeste. Her appeal was upheld, but […]

Prachatai reports that สุทิดา วชิราลงกรณ์ ณ อยุธยา or Suthida Vajiralongkorn na Ayudhya has been promoted by her spouse, Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, to Lieutenant General in the royal guards. Essentially, this is the second highest rank in the military. Royals all get such ranks as kinds of honorifics and to wed the military and monarchy. The […]

If you are a royalist, after the near-dead king, your favorite figure must be General Prem Tinsulanonda. The aged general and president of the Privy Council has turned 96 and, according to a remarkably syrupy article in the Bangkok Post, remains remarkably important for the current military junta. Some commentators argue that the grand old […]

There was some social media attention to what was seen by some as a backward step by the junta on having The Dictator become premier after an “election.” There had been reporting that the “extra question” in the “referendum” was being interpreted as a way of having a military-appointed senate nominate the prime minister. According […]

PPT pays only limited attention to US domestic politics. However, when there are links to Thailand’s politics we get interested. Over the past couple of weeks, US presidential candidate Donald Trump has been getting some attention for his links to Alex Jones. As one of the many Jones-linked websites has it, the “mainstream media is […]

Fifteen, mostly elderly, allegedly “communist”/”secret society” members and allegedly “conspirators” against the military dictatorship have been released on bail. Their lawyer stated that “the Bangkok Military Curt had granted bail for his clients with a surety of 100,000 baht each.” It seems that these “dangerous” conspirators, originally accused by the regime of having been responsible […]

As has been clear for a couple of years, the military junta wants to retain political control well after any “election” that it decides to hold under its rules and when it decides an “election” can deliver a pro-royal and pro-military government. In part, the charter and the “referendum” were about getting the right “rules” […]


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