The military junta tried to prevent all commemorations of deaths and injuries resulting from its murderous 2010 crackdown. The photos below are of Rajaprasong, where the military and police closed off public areas, fearful of commemorations. Despite this, there were small events, as shown here: Another commemoration was disrupted by official thugs. Update: Khaosod also […]

Remembering May 1992 is useful in the current political circumstances. Then, people rose up against a military regime seeking to “civilianize” its repression and control. The military response was to shoot them. Yet it is April and May 2010 that should be remembered for the utter brutality of a military that views electoral democracy and […]

The Bangkok Post has had a series of stories on Anant Asavabhokhin, one of Thailand’s richest, and his daughter Alisa, and allegations and charges related to alleged money laundering involving Wat Dhammakaya. Read this  first. Then these: Amlo freezes Alisa’s land assets, Anant faces money laundering charge and LH founder surprised by summons. Then  read […]

Not so long ago we posted on the military junta’s continuing efforts to censor and repress, several times going into royalist overload, and to seek to “control” history. We mentioned the political vandalism of the 1932 plaque, several other events the dictators think best forgotten and swept under a military tarpaulin. The protesters killed in […]

Two reports in Khaosod and one at The Nation should serve as reminders that Thailand under the military boot is a kingdom of lies. The first Khaosod report is about infamous police chief Lt. Gen. Sanit Mahathavorn. He’s the one who produced an assets declaration that stated he received a hefty monthly payment from beer […]

Britain’s Tabloid The Sun is now writing about Thailand’s “wacky” king. Tabloid attention is not just to his bizarreness, but to his history and a pattern of strange actions. Sadly for Thais, wackiness and bizarre and strange actions extend to violence and a political preference for feudalism. The junta has unleashed the monster and it […]

A tabloid is often sensationalist and there is some emphasis on “celebrities.” Britain’s Daily Mail is often described as this kind of tabloid. Yet the Daily Mail has shown an interest in Thailand over the past few years, mainly focused on odd stories and accounts of celebrity holidays and problems faced by tourists. It has […]