Tag Archives: political repression

Rapping the military junta

The mammoth number of views received by the ประเทศกูมี video – more than 28 million – has caused more international attention to the nature of the military dictatorship and its rigged election. IHS Jane’s Country Risk Daily Report states that there is an “increased likelihood of NCPO [junta] intervention in Thailand’s political parties…”. Perhaps Jane’s […]

Updated: Rap against the military dictatorship

There is a series of three articles at The Nation that report the military dictatorship’s predictable response to a group of 10 rappers and their popular video that raps the junta. The video, at YouTube in two versions, has had close to 6 million views. There have been millions more on Facebook. In the first […]

On the junta’s “election” I

As one academic wag put it recently, if the junta’s party/parties lose the upcoming “election,” then it may turn out to be a “good” election. Like Human Right Watch’s unsolicited advice  for the junta on its “election,” such commentary is missing the point or at least doesn’t make much of the real issues with this […]

Republicanism and those shirts III

More details are becoming available about the alleged republican movement that the junta says is not a threat to the monarchical state but claims it has been watching it for years. The Bangkok Post reported that police charged Wannapa, a woman taxi motorcyclist, “with illegal assembly and sedition for possession of T-shirts the government has […]

Re-education for attitude adjustment

Being abducted, called in or brought in to a military facility or being “visited” at a workplace or at home has been rather common under the military dictatorship as it represses and suppresses. These “sessions” are considered “re-education” meant to result in “attitude adjustment” or at least to pressure the “trainee” to be silent. Usually, […]

When the military is on top XXVI: No truth allowed

Thanathorn Jungroongruangkit and a couple of his Future Forward Party recently observed a fact, indeed, a truth. In a 29 June Facebook live video, they commented on the poaching of former MPs by the junta’s political buddies and on the junta’s lack of attention to this. In recent days, the junta has mumbled unconvincingly that […]

New king, old king, same story

On Saturday evening, The Dictator and his junta buddies got their best uniforms on to hail the king on his birthday. As far as anyone can tell, the junta, the military it represents and the monarchy continue their anti-democratic partnership that has crippled Thailand’s political development for about six decades. More than this, though, the […]