22 Jan 2016
All year round, Thai TV channels air military-themed soap operas, where cute actors dressed in military uniforms play silly pranks on their crushes. This neutralizing formula of cuddly fictional soldiers tries to overwrite actual military men, who look—and act—much uglier. The latest farce, coming soon to you is a three-part military action-drama, “Master of the Skies,” which will focus on heavily armed, sexy commanding officers in order to more seriously popularize—and sexualize—the military.
11 Nov 2015
As Thailand’s time under a military regime drags on for a year and a half without any prospect of an election in the near future, an independent writer and democracy activist says that political reform is just an empty promise if the Thai military does not reform itself.
29 Jul 2015
Since the 70s, Thais have been encountering periodic remakes of a military-themed romantic comedy. Its nine—that’s right, nine—manifestations, released after military coups, show themes of legitimizing and romanticizing the military.
25 May 2014
The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) issued a 37th announcement, granting authority to the Army Court to prosecute all crimes in violation of Article 107-112 of the Criminal Code, or the crimes against the monarchy including Thailand's lese majeste law. Crimes regarding national security and sedition as stipulated in Article 113-118 of the Criminal Code will also be prosecuted by the Military Court.