Since the 2014 military coup, we at PPT have regularly used the appropriate terms for designating Thailand’s current government: military junta and military dictatorship. It seems that the junta and its dictators are uncomfortable with such terminology. Khaosod reports that the words “dictatorship, coups and military juntas … are banned…”. The “organizers of a two-day […]

The Reuters report mentioned briefly in a recent post has now been updated with more detail at Prachatai and at Khaosod. There are significant differences between the latter two reports on the alleged burning of a roadside portrait of the dead king. The Reuters report referred to five detainees. Prachatai’s report states that three men […]

We reproduce this in full from ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights: ASEAN lawmakers: Thailand moving in the wrong direction three years on from coup JAKARTA – Parliamentarians from across Southeast Asia warned today that Thailand is moving in the wrong direction three years after the country’s military overthrew the last democratically elected government. On the […]

Reuters has a report on the latest arrests that seem likely to result in another clutch of lese majeste charges, with four men and a boy arrested on 19 May 2017 “for allegedly setting fire to portraits of late King Bhumibol Adulyadej who died last year.” There’s not much to the report, not least because […]

Immediately after writing our last post and wandering off for a bowl of noodles, we saw the Bangkok Post’s front page story of the day. We delayed this new post a couple of hours, and assume that many readers will have already seen this story. That said, it is such a display of political madness […]

Thailand’s military dictatorship is expanding its already frantic efforts to create a political landscape cleansed of anything that shows the real king as other than the “official king.” Like slaves and handmaidens of centuries past, the junta is busy laundering the king’s image and cleaning up his own messes. The laundered image is the often […]

A story reproduced in a Malaysian newspaper begins this way: Thailand enters its fourth year under military rule Monday with the junta firmly entrenched in power and prospects for the return of democracy bleak despite promised elections at the end of next year, rights activists say. Briefly, the article notes that the junta’s puppet National […]