14 Oct 2008
Acharn Thitinan Pongsudhirak’s ‘Thailand Since the Coup’ falls somewhere between journalism and history. For those who have been too far away from events to keep track of the twists and turns, and for those who simply couldn’t keep up, it provides a useful overview.
10 Sep 2008
Two weeks after the anti-government People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) occupied Government House and plunged the Kingdom into political crisis, the views of ordinary people - especially the rural poor - have been conspicuously absent from media reports. They have largely not been heard from in any substantial way.
7 Sep 2008
During Sept 1-2, 2008, there were 17 press releases from groups of various kinds of individuals trying to put forth solutions to the current situation. I received two more drafts circulated via email loops, totalling 19.
6 Sep 2008
Kasian Techapira on the PAD's ‘general uprising' provides some insights into ‘the flaws and dysfunction of the existing electoral parliamentary democracy', and the movement of the so-called People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD). He points out that in his view, ‘the PAD's most worrying trend is its stance towards the ethics of means'.
5 Sep 2008
It should be clear to even a casual follower of the political crisis that neither the resignation of Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej nor the dissolution of Parliament will put an end to the deadlock. And a proposed referendum on whether the premier should stay or resign would likely be rejected by the anti-government protesters.
5 Sep 2008
Like it or not, either you are with it or against it. The People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD)’s latest round of protests since late May is an interesting occurrence, worthy of analysis.
4 Sep 2008
For the past two or more years – and especially since the September 2006 coup – Thai society has been hypnotised into forgetting about its real social and political issues. Instead, the whole of society – and, most tragically, the social movements – have been entranced by a fight between two factions of the Thai ruling class.
28 Aug 2008
The raid on the headquarters of NBT on the morning of Aug 26 by a group of anti-government protesters alleged to have carried guns and long knives, has struck alarm among human rights and media freedom groups.
27 Aug 2008
The raids yesterday by the self-styled People's Alliance for "Democracy" (PAD) on the staterun NBT TV station, Government House and various ministries in Bangkok are pushing the public to decide where they stand.
28 Jul 2008
Almost all Thai rightists I interviewed for my recent research perceived that the threats to Thailand today are capitalism and America. Even lifelong anti-communist ‘Phor’, an alias used for this research, who has tenaciously held the idea of national security being under threat from two strands of communism, sees that Thailand has to be cautious of the CIA interfering and agitating groups of Thai people to the point of being a threat to security. Of course, they were well aware that the threats from capitalism and America are not one and the same as the communist threat.
25 Jul 2008
This week's takeover of a 10pm time slot on state-run NBT channel for a pro-government political talk show on the initiative of Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej was at best a gullible move by the administration.
18 Jul 2008
Are there any moderates left in the anti-Thaksin Shinawatra People's Alliance for Democracy? It may be wishful thinking to expect a few, or even one, given the daily bombardment of one-sided information and news the group prescribes itself. But if there are any left they should wake up, smell the coffee and recognise that the alliance is now doing too much damage to democracy. And they should do something to rectify it, instead of keeping silent and hoping that it's enough to simply be on the supposedly "virtuous" side.