11 Mar 2016
When it comes to crackdowns on “influential people,” there are several reasons to worry. The first is that the people doing the crackdowns are usually acting in the service of “villains” at the top of the military and police.
10 Mar 2016
Today marks the 107th anniversary of the Anglo-Siamese Treaty. It will be remembered by those aware of the Treaty as the day Thailand colonized Patani. This isn't exactly true. Thailand or the Siamese Kingdom as it was at that time had already forcibly moved in to occupy the most northerly Malay State on the eastern coast of the Malay Peninsula much earlier.
9 Mar 2016
I was relieved to read Ajan Nidhi Eoseewong’s article in Prachatai English this past Tuesday, March 1st, about the rise of Islamophobia amongst Buddhist groups in northern Thailand. Ajan Nidhi’s article addresses the recent opposition to the construction of a halal industrial park in Chiang Mai on the part of a consortium of influential Buddhist groups. Sadly, this is only the most recent example of Buddhist objection to Muslim religious expression in the north.
8 Mar 2016
Hara Shintaro analyses weakness of the Deep South peace process and suggest ways to move forward productively.
2 Mar 2016
This essay does not advocate support of coups. It does support more study of coups and the various international conditions that exist when coups are effected. Society needs to gain a more objective overview to understand the coup phenomenon more accurately and not automatically dismiss the sociopolitical realities that exist at the time coups are planned or effected. "The fault is not within the stars but within ourselves..." ****************
1 Mar 2016
I was surprised and disappointed at a recent statement opposing plans to site a Halal industrial park anywhere in Chiang Mai. The statement was issued to the Governor in late January by a group of Buddhist monks and laity including the head of the Chiang Mai Sangha and members of the Association of Village Heads of Chiang Mai.
19 Feb 2016
To question “What’s the point of having a military?” will certainly cause a problem. The problem, however, does not belong to those who are high-ranking soldiers. They might have a problem but it is minor. Even if we consider bribes from weapons transactions, it’s still a minor problem.
15 Feb 2016
Note: Aef Thanakorn S. was arrested on 8 December 2015. He was detained in a military camp for seven days, the maximum currently permitted, before being taken to the Bangkok Military Court and formally accused of violating Article 112, Article 116, and the Computer Crimes Act.
13 Feb 2016
The presidential candidacy campaigns are heating up in the United States. While the world hears so much about different campaigns to tackle domestic issues, little has been said about the US position in the promotion of democracy on the international stage. In the context of Southeast Asia, the role of the United States in supporting democratization process is crucial; yet it continues to be obscured.
18 Jan 2016
The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) explains that summoning people for attitude adjustment and detention is carried out in accordance with the law. I say the NCPO because this explanation has been repeated by the head, deputy head, and on down to the spokesperson.
21 Dec 2015
This article was first published at New Mandala, a specialist website on Southeast Asia based at the Australian National University’s Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs.
2 Dec 2015
Note: Prachatai journalist Mutita Chuachang on Tuesday, 1 December 2015, was awarded the 2015 AFP Kate Webb prize for Asian journalists for her “powerful and persistent” reporting of cases under the lèse majesté law. Mutita, 33, received a certificate and 3,000 euros in a ceremony held at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCCT). Mutita joined Prachatai when the news agency was founded almost 11 years ago.