Tag Archives: Yingluck Shinawatra

The rigged election and the coup

Atiya Achakulwisut at the Bangkok Post asks the obvious question: “What is the point of holding a general election when a military coup is lurking just around the corner?” Army chief Gen Apirat Kongsompong making headlines by “saying another coup is possible if political unrest returns” is topic of the week, as the junta expected […]

Promoting loyal dullards and political allies

In a military dictatorship, where The Dictator and sundry minions want to rule for the foreseeable future, it pays to be onside, to posterior polish with vigor, pay for links or to have family connections. Readers may recall that we mentioned Big Joke some days ago. Best known by this nickname, Deputy tourist police chief […]

2006 as royalist coup

It is 12 years since the military, wearing yellow tags, rolled its tanks into Bangkok to oust Thaksin Shinawatra, the Thai Rak Thai Party government and to wind back the Thaksin revolution. Thaksin had a lot of faults and made many mistakes. His War on Drugs was a murderous unleashing of the thugs in the […]

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 XXVII

Khaosod’s Pravit Rojanaphruk has an op-ed and a story that deserve attention. In the stroy, Pravit points out that the “head of a private anti-corruption organization has been silent on its decision to award full marks to junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha in its annual assessment.” He refers to a press conference where Chairman Pramon Sutivong […]

The Dictator’s (s)election campaigning continues

As discussions, denials and promises about the military junta’s “election” have warmed up, so The Dictator extends his (s)”election” campaigning. The latest provincial campaign trip has it that the junta “is expected to try to appease the southern region by approving a 200 billion baht budget during mobile cabinet meetings in Ranong and Chumphon province[s]…”. […]

Remember the “ban” on populism?

Long-term readers may recall our posts from the year following the 2014 military coup, where the junta and its puppet agencies all but declared “evil populism” illegal. As the junta struggled with the sluggish economy, the serial failure economic minister Pridiyathorn Devakula tried a little economic stimulus, but declared it “not populism.” He made the […]