We have to admit some surprise that the Red Bull-affiliated Khon Kaen land grab has been wound back so quickly. (While locals have opposed the land grant since 2012, it was only last week that the deal became big news.) The Bangkok Post reports that “KTD Property Development Co had terminated the contract to use […]

Some recent stories on lese majeste and the monarchy deserve to be highlighted even if they have been widely read. First, the brave Akechai Hongkangwarn has come up with a proposal for abolishing Article 112 of the criminal code. The idea of abolishing the lese majeste is a proposal we heartily support, although the mechanism […]

It’s a while since we had a “When the military is on top” post. This post is prompted by a couple of recent stories reveal more about the military dictatorship and its aims. First, as we have noted previously, the dictatorship’s core task is uprooting the “Thaksin regime.” That task is deepening and widening. Following […]

It is now an old story of military corruption, irresponsibility, saving face, commissions and so on, but worth bringing to its conclusion, at least at this blog. Sky Dragon has been officially and secretly deflated and will presumably go to landfill or some vacant hangar (unless some military entrepreneur can work out a way to […]

The Bangkok Post reports that the “National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) [the military junta] has warned [the official] red shirts against holding a press briefing planned for Thursday on ways they will pursue justice for red-shirt demonstrators affected by the deadly military crackdown in 2010.” Junta spokesman Colonel Piyapong Klinpan said that “questions […]

The Bangkok Post has an account of the speedy conviction of Watana Pumret, 62, who reportedly confessed to the May bombing at Phramongkutklao Hospital that injured more than 20 people. Watana was only arrested, by soldiers, on 15 June but the “Criminal Court on Wednesday sentenced [him] to four years in prison and fined him […]

Academic Pavin Chachavalpongpun has recently published an op-ed at The Japan Times. “A very wealthy monarch grows wealthier” examines the July “reorganization of the Crown Property Bureau, to pave the way for his [King Vajiralongkorn’s] control of this financial wing of the monarchy.” Pavin observes that: The new legislation was approved by the military government […]