Thailand remained a black hole for internet freedom in 2016. Freedom House reports that the key developments have been: In August, voters approved a referendum on a draft constitution that would weaken political parties, strengthen unelected bodies, and entrench the military’s presence in politics. Authorities placed severe restrictions on free expression ahead of the vote, […]

Prachatai reports that on 15 November 2017 the Provincial Court of Phon District in Khon Kaen “sentenced Noopin, 64, and Chatchai, 25, (surname withheld due to privacy concerns) to five years imprisonment,” on lese majeste charges. The two were also charged with “criminal association, and destruction of public property for attempted to burn an arch […]

Children will often taunt, “liar, liar, pants on fire” when they are sure someone is lying. As we read the Bangkok Post reporting The Dictator’s spokesman we could hear this chant. In a story about The Dictator’s recent “six questions,” one the junta’s most seasoned liars, “spokesman” Lt. Gen. Sansern Kaewkamnerd said General Prayuth Chan-ocha […]

Ryan Hartley is an Assistant Professor at the International Graduate School of Accounting Policy at Tohoku University in Japan. He has a piece at East Asia Forum that has an assessment of the military dictatorship’s economic policies. It is an assessment worth reading in full. Here are some bits from it: The Thai junta is […]

For those who haven’t yet seen it, ISEAS has published a paper by Puangthong R. Pawakapan that is well worth reading and digesting. It can be freely downloaded. The Central Role of Thailand’s Internal Security Operations Command in the Post-Counter-insurgency Period is an important account of ISOC. Its executive summary is as follows: The Thai […]

It has been said that it is better to die on your feet than live on your knees. We wonder if this wouldn’t be better for Thailand’s media, which is traditionally on its knees before military regimes (and palace propaganda). We notice that the Bangkok Post has demanded that the lese majeste accusations against Sulak […]

According to the Democrat Party, local leaders have been ordered to answer The Dictator’s question/s. As this happens, it becomes crystal clear that no “election” that the military dictatorship decides to arrange can ever be free and fair. Deputy Dictator General Prawit Wongsuwan “warned candidates who intend to run in local elections to avoid campaigns […]