18 Feb 2009
Since the military coup in Thailand of September 2006 the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) warned of a strong resurgence of regressive anti-human rights forces, especially within the military and the network of their allies in ultra-conservative political circles. Unfortunately, events of the last year offer ample evidence that these forces have now firmly re-entrenched themselves in all parts of government in Thailand and are in the process of pulling apart the nascent liberal-democratic state nurtured during the 1990s, replacing it with an internal-security state reminiscent of that found during earlier decades.
18 Feb 2009
Pravit Rojanaphruk - The unexpected flight of Chulalongkorn University political scientist Ji Ungpakorn last week to England to escape lese majeste charge has sent shock wave through Thai society. It also serves as a reminder of the heavy price to be paid by not only those believed to be violating the controversial law but by Thai society as a whole as the high price to be paid by Thailand in keeping the law - is getting steeper in the eyes of other democratic nations where freedom of expression is a fundamental right.
3 Feb 2009
Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya appears to be a lightning rod for the current government, due to his previous active roles both on and off the PAD stage.
12 Jan 2009
Now that the red-shirt pro-Thaksin Shinawatra protesters have succeeded in hurling an egg on the face of Chuan Leekpai, mentor of premier Abhisit Vejjajiva, and a former PM himself, what is next?
21 Dec 2008
Freedom Against Censorship Thailand (FACT) has just received secret blocklists leaked from Thailand’s Ministry of Information and Communication Technology. We know they’re secret because each one is stamped à¸¥à¸±à¸š!
16 Dec 2008
The appointment of "Democrat" Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva as the new Thai Prime Minister is the final stage of the second coup against an elected government.
4 Dec 2008
The ouster of a constitutionally elected government may be only the beginning of trouble. Many analysts believe that the decision Tuesday by Thailand’s Constitutional Court to dissolve the People’s Power Party (PPP), Chart Thai Party, and the Matchima Thipatai Party – the three key coalition parties which constituted the large component of former Prime Minister Somchai Wongswat’s government – will put an end to the political crisis. What they have not considered is the strong possibility that the events leading to and resulting from the dissolution could actually lead to a larger and wider conflict.
4 Dec 2008
Today the Constitutional Courts dissolved the democratically elected governing party in Thailand for the second time, forcing the Government to resign. This follows the refusal of the Armed Forces and the Police to follow government instructions to clear the two international airports blocked by armed PAD Fascists.
28 Nov 2008
I have become one of the thousands who have been held hostage by the self-styled People's Alliance for Democracy indefinitely shutting down Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport. After arriving at Seoul's Incheon Airport to board a flight via Hong Kong to the Thai capital on Wednesday, I was told by the Cathay Pacific staff that it was impossible because the connecting flight from Hong Kong had been cancelled indefinitely, along with all other flights to Bangkok.
26 Nov 2008
Bangkok International Airport has now been closed by Fascist thugs from the anti-government PAD. The PAD are demanding that the elected government resigns. This is despite the fact that the government has the backing of the majority of the Thai population and even the majority of Bangkok citizens. This backing has been proven by repeated elections. The PAD want a dictatorship to replace democracy because they deem that the majority of the Thai electorate are too ignorant to deserve the right to vote.
19 Nov 2008
Today it was revealed that a member of the Democrat Party has proposed an amendment to the lese majeste law. Below is a rough translation of two main section
22 Oct 2008
Thai newspapers seemed to be caught up in the on-going political conflict and the trust that readers and the public have in them may have been jeopardised after months, if not years, of deeply partisan and bias reporting. No incident could better illustrate the failure of most of Thai newspapers to act as a conduit for free flow of news and information than that of their failure to report a news article by the Associated Press (October 9, 2008) quoting Princess Sirindhorn's view about the anti-government People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) protest. (Thailand princess speaks at Connecticut school, AP)