Tag Archives: king

Burning arches lese majeste “guilty” pleas

About a week ago we posted on the sentencing of two men, held in jail until they pleaded guilty, for allegedly torching dead king arches in Khon Kaen province. They were said to be two among eight suspects and a 14-year-old who are accused of being involved in the burning. Prachatai reports that “[f]ive teenagers […]

Military orders, bizarre futures

Anyone who has watched American movies will be familiar with the “high and tight,” which is a military version of the crew cut and short back and sides. As Wikipedia explains, it “is a very short hairstyle most commonly worn by men in the armed forces of the United States. It is also popular with […]

Updated: Making monarchy

Sport360.com is not usually the subject of a post at PPT. Yet we felt there’s one point in an article about a middle-ranked Thai golfer that reflects something being seen more broadly in Thailand. Readers will recall the widespread criticism of now King Vajiralongkorn as his father declined and his succession became a reality. There […]

No internet freedom

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, […]

Burning arches lese majeste sentences

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 […]

Economic wrangling and mangling

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 […]

Time to stand up

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 […]