General Prayuth Chan-ocha seems to think he knows the mind of King Vajiralongkorn. We say this because The Nation reports that The Dictator has again postponed discussion of an “election” by reference to the king. Prayuth declared that the timing for the next general “election” was for him to contemplate. He said the timing needed […]

Readers know our answer to tht question. Yet we think that others are getting the message that the military dictatorship has done little that might be called “reform.” Rather, it has been as one might expect: royalist, reactionary and repressive. An increasingly widespread view is that the regime is a failure. In fact, it has […]

Academic Nicholas Farrelly, who runs New Mandala, has produced a report for Australia’s Lowy Institute, sometimes described as a “think tank.” Quite a lot of the Thailand commentary at Lowy has been bland and not particularly analytical, but Thailand’s Triple Threat (only three?) deserves a reading. The abstract is: King Vajiralongkorn’s elevation to the Chakri throne […]

The tycoons who have backed the anti-democrats, the coup and the military junta always get repaid. The Nation reports that some have criticized the military dictatorship for going “too far with measures that benefit big corporations…”. They make this criticism because the lawless military junta used Article 44 “o allow corporations with activities on ALRO […]

It is not often that PPT agrees with the anti-democrats of the puppet National Reform Steering Assembly. But on their criticism of the hopeless and historically challenged King Prajadhipok’s Institute (KPI), we (almost) agree. A report at the Nation says that the KPI “has been accused of promoting networking among participants of its many courses […]

The Dictator, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, the man who appointed himself prime minister after running a military coup in 2014, has spent the last three years arranging puppet assemblies, puppet agencies, purging the bureaucracy and drafting and re-drafting a constitution, changed after a referendum that allowed no opposition. More, he’s allowed no opposition to anything much […]

After more than three years, the military dictatorship is not about to allow critics much space. This doubling down on repression is likely to continue until the junta decides it can hold its “election” and be assured of an outcome that suits it. In a recent piece at Prachatai, readers get a clear idea of […]