Tag Archives: military dictatorship

Marking its political territory

A Bangkok Post editorial declares that the “Prayut Chan-o-cha government” or, more accurately, the military dictatorship, “has this week made itself look increasingly like the highly authoritarian administration of Chinese President Xi Jinping — intolerant to dissent and obsessive about repression.” Really? Only this week? And, despite the authoritarianism of the regime in China and […]

Political loosening now a political tightening

All of that talk about local elections and loosening the restrictions on political activism turns out, as we had suggested, to be a steaming pile of buffalo manure. Prachatai: reports that the military dictatorship “has ordered the police to tighten surveillance on anti-government groups and report about their activities every 15 days.” All police have […]

Prayuth’s pants on fire

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 […]

No free “elections”

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 […]

Every day will be Dictator Day

The Nation reports on The Dictator’s “weekly televised monologue on Friday,” and his claims about his six questions, described in the Bangkok Post as one question fro General Prayuth Chan-ocha: “Is everybody all right with my staying around as leader indefinitely to keep politicians in their proper place, by which I mean under our boots?” […]

Assessing the king after the funeral

In an article we should have commented on earlier, authors at Foreign Policy look at the monarchy’s future. Like many of the accounts following the dead king’s funeral, there’s a ridiculous glorification of the deceased king in order to show the new king in a poor light. This devise is unnecessary and devoid of any […]

Waking up to military dictatorship

Thailand has been a military dictatorship since May 2014. If The Dictator has his way, the military and the current junta will be in power, directly or through proxies and clones, for another 16 years. It needs to be recalled that this has happened before. Following the massacre of students at Thammasat University on 6 […]