Tag Archives: Sarit Thanarat

2014 military coup: assessing and forgetting

There’s currently a plethora of stories and op-eds that assess the results of the 2014 military coup. Despite limited resources, Khaosod is usually a news outlet that is better than others at reporting the events of the day and in trying to be critical of military rule. However, one of its assessment stories is rather […]

Weird and freaky II

As part of its Cannes Review, the Film Stage blog refers to the Ten Years International Project which seeks to give articstic and political voice to Asian filmmakers. The first is Ten Years Thailand featuring Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Wisit Sasanatieng, Aditya Assarat, and Chulayarnnon Siriphol. Aditya’s opening salvo “could easily take place in the present. Shot […]

Updated: An old lese majeste case

As we read stuff about Thailand’s political past we sometimes come across little stories that throw some light on more recent events. In reading about the period around the time of the two coups engineered by Field Marshal Sarit Thanarat, we came upon this translation of a story from Khao Phap, on a lese majeste […]

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 […]

Good rich king, bad rich king

Are we the only ones who have detected a change in the way that critics of the monarchy are writing about it? While we recently posted on the ninth reign as a bloody era where thousands of citizens were disappeared, jailed, tortured and killed by the state, usually operating in the name of the monarchy […]

Buddhism, military regimes and new reigns

There have been a couple of recent stories that deserve some attention. Both relate to the nature of Buddhism. A first story at the Bangkok Post is classic dictatorship double-speak. High-ranking government mouthpiece Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd, who is usually wheeled out to babble about the things the dictatorship thinks is important stuff, denied that […]

The “necessity” of military dictatorship

In the Bangkok Post, commentator Thitinan Pongsudhirak comes up with his repeated excuse for military domination. He claims the succession explains it: The consequent royal transition is likely to be viewed in posterity as the principal reason why the Thai people have had to put up with Gen Prayut. Later he states, as he has […]