2 Apr 2019
Suppose you are running an elitist authoritarian political system with one of the highest levels of economic inequality in the world. You’ve managed to spin out your democracy-free administration for almost five years – longer than any democratically-elected government has ever lasted. But the pressure is mounting to acquire at least the appearance of democratic rule. Besides, you are getting a bit irritated at being called ‘the last military dictatorship in the world’. So what can you do?
9 Jan 2017
Since the Thai political crisis that eventually led to a coup in 2006 overthrowing the government of Thaksin Shinawatra, it became evident that the Thai middle class and an army of civil society organisations were not performing as agents of change. Instead they became defenders of the old power to protect their political interests. In 2005, the Bangkok-based People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) launched protests Thaksin. Clad in yellow shirts, the protesters accused Thaksin of commtting corruption and disrespecting the much-revered monarchy—a sacred institution in Thailand.
2 Feb 2014
This article deals primarily with the sacrosanct relationship between the electoral process and democracy, and how the PDRC’s attempt to seize power without the electoral mandate that is required by democracy will lead the country into civil war. When the PDRC claimed they were staging a “shutdown” in Bangkok, few anticipated this would also include a shutdown on any meaningful dialogue or conversation, but there you have it (and you can’t say they didn’t warn you in advance).
11 Dec 2013
Did you take part in the fierce argument over whether five million of you folks or a mere 150,000 showed up at the anti-government rally on Monday? I thought it showed insecurity over whether you represent the real majority voice in Thailand.