4 years ago: Thaksin to play key role in Pheu Thai govt, will cut taxes & push for amnesty

Wall Street Journal: Ousted Thai Minister Vows to Play Role after Elections
…His immediate goals include slashing corporate-tax rates and pushing for an amnesty for everybody charged with politically linked offenses in the tumultuous four-plus years since a military coup in Bangkok swept him from power.
…Now, Mr. Thaksin says he is reinvigorated by the wave of uprisings sweeping the Middle East and North Africa, and buoyed by the prospect of new elections that could be held as soon as the end of June. His renewed engagement in Thai politics is an indication that the opposition party is preparing to vigorously enter the campaign. It also appears to provide some evidence that Mr. Thaksin plays a hand in directing what happens in the country, just as the country’s political and military establishment accuse him of doing…

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Six Years Ago: The Forgotten Siege of Bangkok


(Source: DTV)

Six Years Ago: The Forgotten Red Shirt Siege of Bangkok

The 2009 Red Shirt siege of Bangkok, which brought the city to a halt, was largely overshadowed by the events of 2010 and Pheu Thai’s subsequent election win. Without any protester deaths, and with the protest site off-limits to the media and foreign bloggers, there was little international awareness of the events after the collapse of the ASEAN summit in Pattaya.

The 2009 protest was designed to be quick and surgical with small numbers of highly organized men committing acts to shake the resolve of the government.

The overall message was revolution. Thaksin openly cheered on protesters in video linkups. Revolutionary decrees were read from the stage such as one assuring the populace that any law could be broken in the effort of the people to take back the country.

Besides overrunning the ASEAN summit and causing foreign leaders to flee, the Prime Minister’s car was attacked in Pattaya and later in Bangkok, and hostages were taken and displayed on the Red Shirt stage. The Red Shirt leaders repeatedly emphasized that the people were so angry that they could take out their frustration on any interlopers so foreigners and reporters were warned to stay away from the protest site. This limited international coverage and sympathy for the protest.

Above: Daily News, April 14, 2009 – The Prime Minister’s secretary taken hostage by Red Shirts

While some of the events took place around Victory Monument and there were other scattered incidents around town, the main protest area settled in the traditional protest spot at Government House far downtown. Scattered burning buses carried out by small bands of highly organized men and the gas trucks rigged to explode near the Huay Kwang flats had little impact in winning the hearts and minds of the public. What the “protest” actually was for was very clear–it was direct force exerted by a disgruntled politician against the government. In the past, such action had been threatened by political figures such as former PM Chavalit Yongchaiyudh and Democrat Suthep Thaugsuban, but Thaksin finally made it a reality.


(Source: NBT)

Above: Buses being burned in 2009

The deaths the protest were supposed to produce–to invoke the Thai convention that a government that kills people must step aside–did not materialize. This did not stop Thaksin from afterwards insisting to perplexed Western reporters there were many deaths at the hands of the military.

The Red Shirt protests the following year in 2010 displayed a bottom-up rethinking of the entire event and ended up being more successful.

First, Thaksin kept his distance. Notwithstanding fiery rhetoric from the stage and some violent threats from Seh Daeng, the 2010 protests were not overtly revolutionary, but emphasized the call for new democratic elections instead.

In 2009 the protesters were made up of cells of organized men–with older women making up most of the protesters at the main protest site at Government House. In contrast, the 2010 protests were massive and diverse to drive home the idea that all the people wanted new elections. Instead of holding the protests far downtown, they ended up being centered in Rajaprasong where they could not be ignored.

Most importantly, in 2010 the Red Shirts welcomed the press and foreigners and attempted to maintain a friendly and non-violent image towards them on the ground. This resulted in an extraordinary amount of foreign press coverage in the midst of smiling and cheering Red Shirts–a compelling image for the international media. Bloggers, this time being welcome, dutifully posted photos and comments and put a human rural face on the event.

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Who attacked you, President Obama?

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From Manager, March 15, 2015
Above: U.S. Ambassador Lippert: I was slashed by a Korean man… Your face is also slashed. Who attacked you, Mr. President?
Below: President Obama: The Thai PM slashed my face because he said I’m trying to push a one-size-fits-all shirt for people.
Caption: The U.S. Ambassador to South Korea has a friend who has the same experience as him.
[This refers to PM Prayuth’s comment to the U.S. He said the U.S. should understand different situations in other countries and not try to push a one-size-fits-all democracy on every country. The cartoonist suggests this was a strong rebuke to the U.S. president similar to the slashing of the U.S. Ambassador in South Korea.]

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The world has no lack of wars

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From Arun, March 22, 2015
World never runs out of war, [which implies that] we have to accept [the bitter fact] that War is the oldest invention of mankind, but peace is the new invention [of mankind] instead.
Deputy Professor Dr Surachai Bumrunsuk, Political Science Dept, Chulalongkorn University

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Same cartoon from pro- and anti-Thaksin cartoonists

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From Manager, March 15, 2015
PM Prayuth: I order to both of you… to take off your shirt and wear this one… now!!!
On shirt held by PM Prayuth: Harmony [or “harmonious”]
Shirt on the left: We love Thaksin.
Shirt on the right: We love Thailand.
Caption: I agree with you, Sir… we shouldn’t have a one-size-fits-all shirt.
[This refers to PM Prayuth’s comment to the U.S. He said the U.S. should understand the different situations in other countries and not try to do push a one-size-fits-all democracy on every country. The cartoonist ridicules this by saying Prayuth is doing the same thing by forcing all sides of the political spectrum to accept his solution.]

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From Thairath, March 16, 2015
Title: Don’t push a one-size-fits-all shirt for all people.
On shirt held by Uncle Sam: Democracy, Rights + Freedom
Gen. Pryauth is forcing a boy to put on a shirt that reads: Return happiness
Phi Nooring: Must wear “return-happiness shirt”
Mouse: Can wear only military-style camouflage.
[The cartoon mocks PM Pryauth’s comment saying the U.S. should not force a one-size-fits-all democracy for every country. It compares this to the junta government trying to force its own vision of the country on those who oppose the coup and support Thaksin.]

Another one from October 30, 2014: Expensive government microphones
Another one from July 2, 2014: Thaksin cronies flee state boards after the military takes power

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‘Checkbook Buddhism’ offers Thais a stairway to heaven but brings corruption to temples

‘Checkbook Buddhism’ offers Thais a stairway to heaven but brings corruption to temples – AFP, April 5, 2015
[Thanks to Tom for pointing this out.]
…But last year the National Institute of Development Administration estimated the country’s 38,000-odd temples receive between 100 billion and 120 billion baht ($3.07 billion to $3.62 billion) in donations every year…”

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11 Years Ago: Thaksin’s Lucky Son Wins Subway Deal

11 Years Ago: Thaksin’s Lucky Son Wins Subway Deal
This was probably the height of the wave of “luck” that benefited family members and associates of Thaksin. In this case, the existing subway advertising agreement was hastily reconfigured to allow the PM’s son in on the deal.

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Chakri Memorial Day


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Above: The Royal Pantheon at Wat Phra Kaew

Chakri Memorial Day

April 6 is Chakri Memorial Day, a national holiday. It marks the date of the founding of the Chakri Dynasty on April 6, 1782 after the death of King Taksin. The Royal Pantheon at Wat Pra Keo has life-size wax figures of all the past kings. Traditionally it was only open on this day, but in past years it has been open on other days as well.

From the Government Public Relations Department: King Rama the First ascended the throne on April 6, 1782, after the death of King Taksin of the Thonburi Kingdom. Appointed as King Taksin’s top warlord, he was formerly called Chao Phraya Chakri. Realizing that Thonburi on the West Bank of the Chao Phraya River would always be threatened by enemy attacks, King Rama the First moved Thailand’ s royal capital from Thonburi to Bangkok on the east side. His reign has been called a “reconstruction” of the Thai state and Thai culture, using Ayutthaya, old capital, as a model.

From Rattanakosin Bicentennial – An Illustrated Book on Historical Events – Kurusapha Business Organization, 1982: In 1918 King Rama VI decided to use a building in the center of Wat Phra Kaew to display statues of previous kings. Originally the building was intended to house the Emerald Buddha, but was judged too small and was later damaged by fire during the Rama V era. The building was restored and renamed Prasat Phra Dhep Bidorn or the Royal Pantheon.
In 1919 King Rama VI declared April 6 of each year as Chakri Day. On that day an official ceremony would be performed in the Royal Pantheon to honor the dynasty.
On either side of the Royal Pantheon building are chedis built by King Rama I to honor his father and his mother. The colorful demons around the base of the chedis are one of the most photographed details of Wat Prae Kaew.

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Statue of Liberty ashamed

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From Komchaldeuk, March 17, 2015
Statue of Liberty: Obama, my dear, stop pushing all countries to wear my dress. I feel so ashamed.
[Refers to PM Prayuth’s comment on the U.S. attempt to force all countries to wear a “one-size-fits-all” democracy.]

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Shadows behind PM Prayuth

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From Thairath, March 18, 2015
Title: Don’t stay amid fear.
Paper help by PM Prayuth: Need time for returning happiness
On the shadows: Martial law; Violating human rights
On signs held by people: Social and political problems; tax problems; safety in everyday life; economic problems
[Refers to dissatisfaction with pressure the junta has put on people in its supposed quest for reconciliation.]

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Thai govt taking no action against female genital mutilation in the south?

In Thailand’s Muslim south, authorities turn a blind eye to female genital mutilation – The Guardian, April 1, 2015
…Sudarat says FGM isn’t on the health ministry’s agenda – though according to her, almost every Muslim baby girl in the south is cut.
“There are no laws about it because there are not many health consequences, and it’s a cultural practice,” she says.
Thai health authorities have taken a pragmatic approach, apparently turning a blind eye…

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Three Years Ago: Selling Shin Corp via Ample Rich – The Politics of Tax

Three Years Ago: Selling Shin Corp via Ample Rich – The Politics of Tax
…the shares in Shin Corp were firstly transferred from Ample Rich to individuals in Thailand and then from the individuals in Thailand to Temasek Holdings on the Thai Stock Exchange, as follows:
Ample Rich sold 329.2 million shares in Shin Corp to individuals in Thailand at a price of Bt 1 per share.
On the following business day, the individuals in Thailand sold the 329.2 million shares in Shin Corp to Temasek Holdings on the Thailand Stock Exchange at a price of Bt 49.25 per share.
From these transactions, the individuals in Thailand earned capital gains income in the order of Bt 15.8 billion, but did not file any tax returns or pay any tax on the capital gains income…

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Guns in the temple

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From Thairath, March 20, 2015
Title: The temple today…
Left: Do you want an amulet? You made a good choice to come here.
Middle: Monk: I have many kinds of amulets for you to use to protect you from your enemy.
Man: What kind of amulets do you have?
Right: There are many kind of guns you can choose from.
[Refers to a news about the arrest of an abbot connected with Red Shirts who was hiding a cache of weapons in his temple.]

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Holding elections hostage

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From Thairath, March 13, 2015
Title: Stop! Or it [elections] will die.
On the ballot box: Election
On sign held by man: Creating disorder
On a man with cap: Riot
On a man with sunglasses: Creating violence
Phi Nooring: Using the ballot box as a hostage
A mouse: Can you control this?
[The junta has implied that signs of violence or political disruption could impact the scheduling of new elections. The cartoonist seems to criticize this and say that violence and rioting are beyond anyone’s control and should not be linked to eventual elections.
Update: Kaewmala notes via Twitter that the message is actually that the violence is manufactured (with the intent to stall elections) since the signs read “creating disorder” and “instigating situations.”]

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Prayuth and the Property Tax

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From Thairath, March 12, 2015
Title: Father with many kids
PM Prayuth: I know… Let daddy make money for you.
On the piggy bank: Property tax
On paper held by the sleeping man: Economic problems
Babies: Jak… Nge [sounds of baby crying]
On kids’ and woman shirts: Increase civil officers’ salaries, development budget, budget, military, finance, 3 trillion, education, pay debts
Phi Nooring: Governing the country is not difficult.
A mouse: Don’t hurt people anymore.
[Refers to the controversial property tax. Prayuth has been criticized by many for planning a property tax. This is thought to be another part of the absolute control desired by the military to halt Thaksin.
The tax would have several implications related to politics. First, it will give the bureaucracy more oversight over politicians who hold a staggering amount of buildings and property in Thailand.
Secondly, it would provide the junta with money to increase funds for government workers and others as well as initiate big budget projects. Both of these activities remove potential sources of influence and graft for future governments.]

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From Komchadluek, March 13, 2015
Above bag: Corruption
Below bag: people
[Another reference to the property tax. The cartoonist implies that it will only allow more government intrusion into people’s lives and provide corrupt politicians more money to line their pockets.]

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65 years ago: The Return of the King

65 years ago: The Return of the King

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Was Gen. Prayuth really unable to answer a “gutsy” foreign reporter?


Above: Related to Prayuth’s shirt-button example

What happens when a foreign journalist challenges the Thai PM over his dictatorship? – abc.net.au, April 1, 2015

[At first this seemed to be an awkward April Fool’s Day prank, but it turns out to be another example of the intersection of parachute journalism (little context or perspective) and the insular Thai ruling class incapable of making themselves understood outside their own culture.

The context to the Thai situation is that Chaturon and Weng are agitating for their only goal–return Thaksin to political power. Meanwhile, the military purposefully takes a hard line to indicate to the Thai political world that Thaksin is finished and must be abandoned.

Of course, Prayuth is falling into the Thai “big man” trap that Thai military men are so susceptible to and his arrogance seems to grow by the day. Every military coup clique in the past has succumbed to the lure of unquestioned power and this is what Thaksin and the opposition are counting on as time passes. Add in a precipitous economic downturn and the tables are set for another big Thaksin-directed government to come to power. However, if it appears this eventuality is likely, the military will simply not return power. They have committed to wait out Thaksin this time around.

Despite the lack of context, it is not unfair that Prayuth is in the hot seat now. The military took control and is making the rules so the focus is on Prayuth. Prayuth always puts himself front and center with the press instead of relying on a more congenial and nimble spokesperson. Prayuth’s desire to speak as the one and only font of power contrasts with the multiple voices the pro-Thaksin side can turn out to innocently bemoan the lack of “true democracy.”

Prayuth’s odd interactions with the press can only lead to unflattering portrayals in the foreign press. The ABC report stresses how heroic their “gutsy” reporter was as she “challenges” a dictator. The article also gives the pro-Thaksin camp a chance to comment with one voice on what is becoming an emerging theme–conflict is bound to return because there is not true democracy.

It is interesting that ABC omits Prayuth’s shirt button reply to Hawley’s question entirely and their video is edited to make it seem as though Prayuth was only able to mumble to the foreign reporter’s questions before curtly dismissing her.

The Nation’s article on the incident adds Prayuth’s attempt at an answer to the reporter’s question–an explanation concerning shirt buttons. This refers to a Thai saying about getting the order of buttons correct.

Using such a Thai-centric example is a bizarre response to give to a foreign reporter. It only serves to highlight the Thai inability to see any situation outside the context of their cultural understanding. Thaksin must be astonished that his rival is foolish enough to confront the foreign press with such a reply. In any event, ABC simply ignored the reply and edited their video to make it seem as though Prayuth was not able to answer the question at all. The Sydney Morning Herald did report Prayuth’s answer to the ABC reporter.

It is also worth noting that former PM Yingluck was continually condemned in the harshest terms for her English speaking ability–but her English-speaking ability is obviously well above Prayuth’s.]

Transcript: What happens when a foreign journalist challenges the Thai PM over his dictatorship? – abc.net.au, April 1, 2015
Video: What happens when a foreign journalist challenges the Thai PM over his dictatorship?

Hawley’s report: Thailand’s former army chief, Prayuth Chan-ocha, calls for understanding of his democracy style

Thai democracy: ‘wrong buttons in wrong holes’ – The Nation, April 1, 2015
…The reporter asked if he knew that the foreign community feared Thailand would not achieve a true democracy under the new charter, which is being drafted.
Prayut asked what democracy was in her view. If it was about having freedom, then today people can go around freely, he said, adding Thailand must reform its charter.
As an analogy, he undid some buttons of his shirt to explain to the reporter in English that Thai democracy was a case of wrong buttons in the wrong holes. He said the result was not only the shirt looks wrinkled but even the trouser looks untidy…

I’m not a ‘ruthless person': Thai PM Prayuth Chan-ocha rejects dictatorship innuendo – smh.com.au, April 2, 2015
…He undid some buttons of his shirt to explain to ABC reporter Samantha Hawley that Thai democracy was a case of wrong buttons in the wrong holes…

Earlier: Is Gen. Prayuth really growing “eccentric” or “superstitious” as Time Magazine claims?

Earlier: Four years for Pryauth?

2Bangkok Editor Ron Morris’ book, The Thai Book: A Field Guide to Thai Political Motivations, is available in the Kindle Store.

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Destroy only Shinawatra

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From Thairath, March 11, 2015
Title: They haven’t died yet. We have to continue killing them.
On the hanging people: MPs and PTP [Pheu Thai Party]
Paper held by man: Extending dates for killing
On man’s coat: NACC
On baton: Article 44
On table: NCPO
Phi Nooring: Destroy only Shinawatra
A mouse: injustice
[Refers to the junta government that is continuing on their one and only mission–destroy Thaksin’s network. Article 44 gives power to the head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) led by PM Prayuth to order, suspend or take any action he sees necessary for the benefits of reform or the country. Thaksin supporters know this means taking any and all actions to prove to the Thai political world that Thaksin is finished.]

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Not an April Fool’s Joke: Play Pac-Man in Google Maps

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Above: Pac-Man at Siam Paragon in Bangkok.

This is real: You can play Pac-Man in Google Maps.

Open Google Maps (not Google Earth), and click on the Pac-Man graphic in the lower left corner of the screen.

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A suggestion to get Dhammachayo to go to the DSI

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From Manager, March 11, 2015
A woman: Follow this way, sir!
Caption: A suggestion to get Dhammachayo to go to the DSI.
[Refers to Phra Dhammachayo, abbot of the Dhammakaya temple, who faces allegations of financial misconduct. DSI is the Department of Special Investigation tasked with investigating high-profile cases. Recently Dhammakaya temple conducted a pilgrimage through Bangkok over a flower-strewn path that paralyzed traffic. This was suspected as a show of their strength and their ability to impact the city.]

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You can bomb and kill in the Human Right Watch offices

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From Manager, March 19, 2015
Army spokesman Col. Vintai Svari: You can do whatever you want here, bombing or killing. Mr. Brad understands you well.
Caption: Mr. Vintai, please do them a favor.
[Refers to the Human Right Watch’s comments on the Thai political situation such as calling on the junta to end martial law. However, the government has insisted it needs controls to maintain a peaceful situation in the country because of threats of violence. Brad Adams is a executive director of Human Right Watch often credited as the author or main quoted person in HRW press releases.]

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The first time the Royal Thai Police solved a political bombing!

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From Manager, March 10, 2015
Police: This is a first and the only one time that we, the Thai police, can catch the bombing suspects related to politics!!
A sign on a cage: Bombing suspects
Caption: The whole country has to celebrate.
[This refers to the bombing attack at the Criminal Court. In a surprise move, the police quickly apprehended some suspects.
Normally, the way one can tell if a bombing is related to politics is if the Royal Thai Police are unable to find suspects or if low-level country men with no motive eventually admit to the act. This is both because the police are first loyal to Thaksin and have no desire to become involved with political bombing activity and that they are generally amenable to bribes and pressure from influential persons.
However, since the coup, the military have had control of the police and have pushed them to finally enforce the law. Whether you believe the entire story behind the “100 bombs for Thaksin” plot, the quick work by the police in apprehending suspects and unraveling a plot in the bombing is startling. Normally the police would declare they have no leads and let such a bombing case go cold.]

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More than 100 flights cancelled over Thai airlines safety concerns

More than 100 flights cancelled over Thai airlines safety concerns – themalaymailonline.com, March 31, 2015
…The halt is disrupting the peak travel season around the Thai new year in April. About 100 charter flights to Japan alone have been cancelled and some 30,000 tickets either refunded or modified, the director general of Thailand’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) Somchai Piputwat told reporters yesterday.
Budget carriers have been worst hit though national carrier Thai Airways International, which is in the midst of a major restructuring, has also been prevented from expanding because of the halt, Thai officials said…

Passengers Fear for their Lives after Orient Thai Airlines Flight Falls from Sky – chiangmaicitylife.com, March 31, 2015

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Lee Kuan Yew’s passing generates huge media interest in Thailand

Lee Kuan Yew’s passing generates huge media interest in Thailand – Channel NewsAsia, march 28, 2015
…”He was the statesman, the legend and my true friend”: Thai Privy Council President and former Prime Minister Prem Tinsulanonda…

Analysis: The Lee Kuan Yew-Thaksin Connection

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Remembering the Thaksin years: Thaksin Is Taking Over

From Thairath, December 26, 2003
Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra: Banharn brother, you’ve been in this political world so long so you’d better understand this situation.
The vacuum cleaner has the a logo of Thai Rak Thai Party on it.
The sign post reads: Thai Nation Party and the man holding the sign the party’s leader Banhanrn Silpa-arch.

[It is often noted that Thaksin or his party consistently win absolute majorities in elections. However, the blocks of elected MPs that support him are not the result of Thaksin’s organic popularity.
Thaksin simply absorbed existing political blocks and, through his complete mastery of the all parts of government, forced their leaders into retirement or silence as it became clear that his growing majority would mean that no electoral force could dislodge Thaksin from power in his lifetime.
While this represented a fundamental change in the formerly coalition-based Thai system, many cheered it as it was sweeping away old political hands like Banharn.
Of course the irony is that Banharn, after all these years, has still managed to hold his independence and keep his coalition as part of a sitting government time and again. This quality is the ultimate goal of the Thai MP and is what causes MPs to stick with Banharn.]

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Thailand ponders digging Kra Isthmus – again!

Thailand ponders digging Kra Isthmus – again! – The Nation, March 30, 2015
…Since then it has become one of the most dominant topics but it has been discreetly discussed and heavily lobbied by influential people in and outside the government. One of the 18 NRC committees which oversee the strategies related to agriculture, industry, service, tourism and connectivity is likely to give the green light for the proposed study, which is expected to be completed in just 10 months…

Earlier: Kra Isthmus Canal News 2001-2003

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Mercurial Thai junta ruler becoming well-known for his poorly-chosen words

Mercurial Thai junta ruler becoming well-known for his poorly-chosen words – AP, March 29, 2014
Ear tugs. A flying banana peel. Sarcastic remarks about getting smacked, or punched – or even executed. Such is life for members of the press covering Thailand’s notoriously testy military ruler.
Since leading a coup that ousted Thailand’s elected government last May, general-turned-prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has been thrust from the relative privacy of army life into the public arena of politics. He has pounded on the podium during news conferences, lambasted his questioners, and simply stamped away. In one case, he summoned two journalists for asking “inappropriate” questions about when and whether elections would be held. His government, meanwhile, has engaged in censorship and put pressure on media outlets to censor themselves…

Understanding the Thai syndrome that causes this behavior: Download a free chapter from The Thai Book, A Field Guide to Thai Political Motivations: “Big Men Always Go Too Far” (pdf)

Earlier: Thai deputy PM: Threat to execute journalists ‘not serious’

Earlier: Thai PM Prayuth lashes out at media, implies govt has power to execute reporters

Earlier: PM Prayuth continues to mimic PM Thaksin

Khaosod: Thai Junta Leader Unleashes Fury on Reporters [Transcript]

Earlier: Thai Junta Warns Media Against Reporting on Human Trafficking

Earlier: The surreal rise of his despotic regime

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Seven Years Ago: Thaksin – The New Pragmatist

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Seven Years Ago: Thaksin – The New Pragmatist

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Airlines in Thailand face bans over “significant concerns about the country’s aviation safety”

Airlines in Thailand Face Bans Over Safety Concerns – NYT, March 27, 2015
Thailand’s airlines are facing bans on new international flights and more inspections after the International Civil Aviation Organization flagged significant concerns about the country’s aviation safety, officials said on Friday.
The designation of Thailand as a “significant safety concern” has not been announced publicly by the aviation group, a United Nations agency, but governments were informed last week.
Japan has blocked new flights from Thailand since the decision, and South Korea is considering similar measures, officials said. Existing flights are not affected…

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Two Years Ago: Controversy over TV show discussing the Thai monarchy

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Two Years Ago: Controversy over TV show discussing the Thai monarchy

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