Tag Archives: corrupt bastards

Making stuff up

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 […]

Military in charge of everything

Naturally enough, when there’s a military dictatorship it means the military comes to run everything. Civilians are kept around as minions and a sop to some obscure notion that Thailand isn’t run by a military junta. Thus, a report at The Nation on the new Army Region 4 commander’s plans for running Phuket should be […]

Loot and hierarchy make coups

Khaosod has an unusually long story on the Chinese submarines and Navy propaganda on them. It is a story worth reading on debates over submarines and the quite simplistic statements from a recently retired admiral responsible for submarines. Yes, we know that Thailand hasn’t got subs, but the story begins: “For seven years, Adm. Suriya […]

Sub-optimal

Despite much negative and regime weakening press and calls for its submarine deal to be scrapped, the Navy is really happy and thumbing its nose at the country. The “Royal Thai Navy has said a new government can terminate the approved procurement of a Chinese-made submarine costing 13.5 billion baht, but it has to justify […]

Calling Bangkok’s middle class

Thitinan Pongsudhirak deserves just a little praise for rather suddenly (and almost) taking a stand. His call to Bangkok’s middle class suggests that criticism of the military junta in elite circles is gathering some steam. While we don’t see Thitinan ever being a political rabble-rouser, he does speak the language of the Bangkok middle class: […]

When the military is on top I

The military on top means remarkable arrogance in the use and abuse of power. The Bangkok Post reports the junta “has secretly approved the controversial procurement of a Chinese submarine costing 13.5 billion baht.” Defence Ministry spokesman Major General Kongcheep Tantravanich stated: “… not all issues approved by the cabinet have to be conveyed to […]

Chaiyapoom’s extrajudicial killing

The Nation reports that Chiang Mai Police deputy commander Pol Colonel Mongkol Samparaphon says his “investigators” are “close to finishing the gathering of evidence” in the case of the extrajudicial killing of Chaiyapoom  Pasae. The policeman claims “almost all witnesses had been questioned and the final results of the autopsy had been delivered.” He adds: […]