Tag Archives: Prayuth Chan-ocha

Prolonging military dictatorship

In amongst all the breathless speculation and musings on the Yingluck Shinawatra’s “escape,” PPT thinks the most boring news of the past few days comes from The Dictator. General Prayuth Chan-ocha has “has reiterated that the country’s reform roadmap doesn’t prolong military control at the expense of political parties.” The General “has given an assurance […]

Coup learning

PPT wishes to draw attention to two retrospective articles published by Prachatai. Both can be considered the 2014 military coup and the period of military dictatorship in a context of the “failures” of the 2006 coup to demolish the “Thaksin regime.” The first, by Kornkritch Somjittranukit, claims that “[f]orming political alliances, securing military influence, creating […]

Ousting Yingluck and Prayuth’s campaigning

At the Asia Times Online, Shawn Crispin says that Yingluck Shinawatra’s flight – yes, we know, it still isn’t confirmed – has been good for The Dictator and his regime. Crispin says: [General] Prayuth [Chan-ocha]’s proponents view Yingluck’s impromptu departure as a third big recent win for the authoritarian leader, following last August’s resounding passage […]

Sky Dragon “investigation” 8 years late

The Bangkok Post reports that “Auditor-General Pisit Leelavachiropas has vowed to scrutinise the army’s controversial 340-million-baht aerial patrol project, which included the purchase of a rarely-used airship.” The Office of the Attorney-General (OAG) will “step in to conduct a review of the project…”. This “review” is to “assess” Sky Dragon’s “past performance … to find […]

Sorting out corruption, deaths, theft

PPT was pleased to note a Bangkok Post editorial on the case of the young Lahu activist Chaiyapoom Pasae who was killed by soldiers about six months ago. The Post refers to this as an “extra-judicial killing in broad daylight…”. The events of the killing have been muddied by the authorities, with “some cabinet ministers […]

Monarchy and lese majeste

Some recent stories on lese majeste and the monarchy deserve to be highlighted even if they have been widely read. First, the brave Akechai Hongkangwarn has come up with a proposal for abolishing Article 112 of the criminal code. The idea of abolishing the lese majeste is a proposal we heartily support, although the mechanism […]

Sky Dragon dies, corruption ignored

It is now an old story of military corruption, irresponsibility, saving face, commissions and so on, but worth bringing to its conclusion, at least at this blog. Sky Dragon has been officially and secretly deflated and will presumably go to landfill or some vacant hangar (unless some military entrepreneur can work out a way to […]