Back in May 2016, we posted on a call by Professor Thongchai Winichakul, made at New Mandala, for academics and conference organizers to think carefully about the consequences of holding academic conferences in Thailand under the military dictatorship. There was a pathetic response from the International Convention of Asian Scholars (ICAS), seemingly misunderstanding the situation in […]

In case you missed it, the junta had the puppet National Legislative Assembly (NLA) meet in secret on 20 April to enact a “new bill … to reorganise the six agencies serving the Crown…”. The puppet lawmakers naturally “approved in-camera the royal administration bill which the Cabinet had added to the meeting agenda.” We can […]

Yellow shirt commentators do not worry much about military dictatorship. They see military dictatorship as “normal” for Thailand. While most yellow shirts still believe that the military is the only thing standing between them, an election and the hated Thaksin Shinawatra, it is also clear that not all yellow shirts expected an enforced royal dictatorship […]

As the regime continues to feign a lack of knowledge of political and historical vandalism that saw the removal of the 1932 plaque, while it protects the new royalist plaque, the humble CCTV provides evidence of the links between the political past and present. But not how one might immediately think of it. The political […]

In the reports of the military junta considering pay rises for officials that work directly to it, there were also statements made about how large the junta’s staff is. The Nation reports that the junta has a huge staff. It states that the “NCPO secretary’s office … reported that around 22, 771 military officers were […]

Sarawut (surname withheld), 32, is an optometrist in Chiang Rai was charged with lese majeste before a military court, accused of defaming Prince Vajiralongkorn, now king. He was detained 0n 11 October 2016 for lese majeste and computer crimes. Initially denied bail, he later received it some three months later when his lawyer told the […]

Most of the breaking stories on the fate of the 1932 plaque are on social media, including the Facebook accounts of Andrew MacGregor Marshall and Somsak Jeamteerasakul. Another Facebook account worth following is that by Pravit Rojanaphruk, one of the bravest of local journalists. The mainstream media is publishing material but because it is now […]