Author Archives: Political prisoners of thailand

The military on top

A couple of days ago, we commented on yellow shirt commentators who see military dictatorship as “normal” for Thailand. Many yellow shirts believe that the military is the only thing standing between them, an election and the hated Thaksin Shinawatra. Naturally enough, the military junta plays on this relationship, seeing the anti-democrats as its best […]

Reporting official political vandalism

The Nation has a particularly useful report the details surrounding the removal of the 1932 plaque, which most pundits now agree was at the behest of the palace, probably based on faulty astrological advice. Reporters have now tracked down witnesses to the event and constructed a kind of timeline. The report states: Some photos shared and […]

Chaiyapoom’s extrajudicial killing

The Nation reports that Chiang Mai Police deputy commander Pol Colonel Mongkol Samparaphon says his “investigators” are “close to finishing the gathering of evidence” in the case of the extrajudicial killing of Chaiyapoom  Pasae. The policeman claims “almost all witnesses had been questioned and the final results of the autopsy had been delivered.” He adds: […]

Critic in fear for his life

Asia Sentinel carries a report headlined “Thai Critic Faces Death Threat.” We guess that the story is blocked for many readers in Thailand, so while not reproducing the report in full, PPT posts the main points from it. Pavin Chachavalpongpun has become one of the most implacable critics of the country’s ruling king, … Vajiralongkorn, […]

Political vandalism and the control of history

The political theft of the 1932 plaque has had unintended consequences. The thief-in-chief was seeking to remove a perceived threat to the new reign and the junta’s constitutional basis for authoritarianism. One unintended consequence has been to shine a light on 1932. The understanding of that time and the revolution that ended royal absolutism has […]

A curse on their house

Many readers will have seen Teeranai Charuvastra’s excellent piece “The Curse That Haunted Bangkok 150 Years – Until Now?” at Khaosod. As almost everyone knows, magic plays a role in politics and is deployed in various symbolic ways for political advantage. Teeranai’s brave article explains another way in which 1932 is significant in Thailand. We […]

More secret king’s business II

In a post yesterday we mentioned the secret changes made to  royal agencies. The reports that we had seen suggested a “re-organization,” and we wondered what was so nefarious that the changes were made surreptitiously. A report at Reuters now explains the secret business a little more. It seems the reason for the secrecy is […]