9 years ago: The Destruction of the Phra Prom Statue by a Deranged Man

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9 years ago: The Destruction of the Phra Prom Statue by a Deranged Man

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Roundup of editorial cartoons on Dhammakaya

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Lee Kuan Yew: Death of a Giant

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NYT: Lee Kuan Yew, Founding Father and First Premier of Singapore, Dies at 91

BBC: Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew dies at 91

The Guardian: Lee Kuan Yew obituary
As first prime minister of Singapore, serving for three decades until 1990, and a continuing cabinet presence for the two that followed, Lee Kuan Yew, who has died aged 91, was a man whose story reflected his times. A relentless nation-builder like Tito, an instantly identifiable symbol like Haile Selassie, Lee also had a third dimension, especially in western eyes – statesman, philosopher king, embodiment of the wisdom of the east…

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The Economist: Lee Kuan Yew’s Singapore: An astonishing record

The Atlantic: Lee Kuan Yew’s Giant Legacy
…Singapore’s success, however, has come at significant cost to human rights. Lee tolerated no dissent and jailed regime critics without trial, and despite their wealth, Singaporeans do not enjoy a free press, freedom of speech, or freedom of assembly. Critics have also accused Lee of nepotism. In addition to his son Lee Hsieng Loong, Singapore’s current prime minister, other children and close family members occupy powerful positions within the country. Members of Singapore’s Malay and Indian populations have accused Lee, who was of Chinese descent, of failing to share political and economic spoils with other ethnic groups…

13 Controversies Of Lee Kuan Yew – mustsharenews.com, March 10, 2015

Bangkok Post: Lee Kuan Yew’s views on Thailand

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The Guardian: The surreal rise of his despotic regime

Bangkok’s Big Brother is watching you – theguardian.com, March 22, 2015
…But still, the doublethink pronouncements are relentless. “If people want to do [opinion] polls, they are free to do so,” said Prayuth at Government House last month. “But if the polls oppose the NCPO, that is not allowed,” he added. A few days later an “independent” poll was published giving the regime a public approval rating of more than 80%. Earlier the junta had outlined its position on media censorship in a similar fashion. After summoning editors from Thailand’s mainstream media to a meeting, the appointee in charge of media monitoring, Lt Gen Suchai Pongput, explained: “We do not limit media freedom, but freedom must be within limits…”

Nothing will silence anti-coup Thais in Japan – japantimes.co.jp, March 23, 2015
…Some informed me that the real turning point for them came in the aftermath of the military’s suppression of the red shirts in 2010. The rise of political violence and the military’s relentless interference in politics have compelled Thais in Japan to become politically enthusiastic. This has proven to be a common motive among anti-junta Thais in other parts of the world.
…But with Prayuth visiting Japan twice in less than two months, anti-coup Thais are wondering if anyone in Japan has heard their pleas.

Junta Leader Blames Thai Crisis on ‘Too Much Democracy’ – khaosodenglish.com, March 23, 2015
…”Our country has seen so much trouble because we have had too much democracy, unlike other countries where the government has more power to restrict freedoms,” Gen. Prayuth, who is now chairman of the ruling junta and Prime Minister, told investors and businessmen at a conference in Bangkok today. “Even the media can’t criticize [those leaders], like they do here. I insist that today, we are 99 percent democratic, because I didn’t overthrow democracy at all…”

Stop intimidating the members of Southern Peasants’ Federation of Thailand – spyghana.com, March 22, 2015
…Reportedly, on 12 March 2015, the Sub-Committee on Land Rights and Forestry of the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand initiated an inquiry into the actions of authorities of Surat Thani Province, following the complaint submitted by members of SPFT regarding acts of intimidation, forced evictions and killing of four land rights activists in late February 2015, including Mr Chai Bunthonglek. Previously, Pianrat Boonrit was detained for two days after presenting himself to the military on 3 February 2015. He had received a letter summoning him to appear at the Vibhavadi Rangsit Military Camp in order to attend an “attitude adjustment camp” for three days…

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Real or Fake Buddhists?

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From Thairath, February 25, 2015
Left: There is good and bad news. The good news is no more conflict among people in different religions.
Middle: Man: They live peacefully in the society.
Arab man: Then, what is the bad news?
Right: There is a conflict among Buddhists as to whether they are real or fake Buddhists.
[Refers to the conflict between mainstream Buddhism and Dhammakaya. The sect’s activities have been attacked as not following Buddhist ways and not being in accordance with the monk’s code. The sect has also been deeply involved in supporting Thaksin over the years so they also represent a threat to the establishment.]

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Five Years Ago: Red Shirt Protests


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Above: As usual, CNN had nothing constructive to add – March 19, 2010

Five Years Ago: Red Shirt Protests – March 1-31, 2010

It was five years ago this month that the second Red Shirt siege of Bangkok was revving up. The first indication, as always, was that Shinawatra family members were fleeing the country to wait out the protests while shopping in London.
Meanwhile, Red Shirt leaders claimed a people’s force was rebelling against the military and dared the state to act against them. However, instead of the pure revolution for Thaksin’s sake that the 2009 protests called for, in 2010 they called for democracy and new elections.

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Laundering

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From Thairath, March 6, 2015
Left: I think you don’t need to investigate the donation. I confirm that…
Middle: Dhammachayo: Every baht of donation is clean money.
A police: What can make us believe that?
Right: This money has already been laundered. Therefore, it can be clean naja.
[Refers to the rumours that Wat Dhammakaya is a place for massive money-laundering.]

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Eight Years Ago: CNS not internet savvy


Above: September 24 – Header from the original junta website


Above: September 28 – Next header from a new website


Above: October 8 – Last header from their website

The military was caught off guard by foreign interpretations of what “Constitutional Monarchy” implied in the junta’s title and ended up changing their name several times.

Eight Years Ago: CNS not internet savvy

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Uncle Sam’s Hunger

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From Komchadluek, February 22, 2015
On the plate cover: Petroleum concession

[This refers to bidding for petroleum concessions and Thai perceptions of U.S. motives over its calling for an immediate return to elections in Thailand.

First is the offshore petroleum bidding controversy. The “sale” of Thai national assets to foreigners has been a hot-button issue for those who oppose Thaksin since the earliest protests during his premiership. These groups had hoped that the junta would halt such bidding, but initially PM Prayuth resisted these calls. However, in one of the junta’s few retreats from policy, Prayuth temporarily cancelled the bidding days before it was to commence.

The other issue relates to conspiracy theories about why the U.S. would desire quick elections. Thais (both pro and against Thaksin) see the situation in a pragmatic way unlike Westerners who might see democracy as an ideal to be espoused on principle alone.

The quick elections that the U.S. calls for would inevitably return another Thaksin-directed government to power. These governments have continually attempted to change the nature of the Thai state to a party-dominated system similar to Malaysia where a single party dominates all parts of the government, armed forces, and the media.

So U.S. calls for elections are interpreted as a desire for a Malaysian-style state in Thailand. Thus, the local discussion is why the U.S. desires this change. For instance, one prominent theory is that since Thaksin opened up state industries to privatization and allowed foreign companies to bid on state resources concessions, it is thought the U.S. would benefit from another Thaksin-directed government coming to power as it would help U.S. business interests.

More on these ideas: U.S. Criticism, the Junta’s Reply, and the Fate of Pheu Thai Party]

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12 Years Ago: Thaksin and Bush – Thailand one of 15 “silent partners” in the US-led coalition?

12 Years Ago: Thaksin and Bush – Thailand one of 15 “silent partners” in the US-led coalition?

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12 Years Ago: Is there SARS in Thailand?

12 Years Ago: Is there SARS in Thailand?

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62 Years Ago: Bangkok in 1953


(Source: Bangkok by Week, Vol. 7, No. 8, March 20, 1953)

62 Years Ago: Bangkok in 1953

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Thailand in decline

Thailand’s outdated tech sector casts cloud over economy – Reuters, March 18, 2015
…In 2009, Vietnam’s electronics exports were worth $2.8 billion, a tenth of the size of Thailand’s. Last year they had reached $37.3 billion, compared with Thailand’s $33 billion.
Vietnam’s lower wage costs – the minimum wage there is around $6.35 a day compared with $9.14 in Thailand, according to the Kasikorn Research Center – and the government incentives to lure producers are behind its appeal. Microsoft Corp, Canon Inc and Intel Corp have all set up facilities there in recent years…

Old Man Thailand Feels Pain of Economic Arthritis – Bloomberg, March 18, 2015
[After encouraging large families in the 1950s and 1960s, discouraging them from the 1970s to the 1990s, the government now has to again reverse track and encourage Thais to have more children…]
…Thailand’s working-age population is forecast to peak in 2017, a year after South Korea, according to estimates by Bank of America Merrill Lynch based on UN data. Indonesia won’t get there till 2058 and the Philippines not until 2085. In China, which adopted a one-child policy in the 1980s, the decline began in 2012.
Thailand’s pool of workers is shrinking as it tries to regain its position as a regional powerhouse for manufacturing and exports after floods inundated its industrial heartland in 2011 and years of political impasse ended in a military coup last year…

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Fake rice deal with China comes home to roost for Boonsong

ScreenShot001 Left, from Thairath, October 14, 2012: Really, the government’s rice trading deals are classified. We really cannot tell you!

Thailand files charges against former commerce minister – Reuters, March 17, 2015
…Boonsong Teriyapirom, a former commerce minister in the government of ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, and 20 others are accused of falsifying government-to-government rice deals between Thailand and China in 2013.
The Thai government said at the time it had sold 1.2 million tonnes of rice from its stockpiles to China to reduce stocks…

[This action against Boonsong is yet another warning to the ambitious not to take action for Thaksin–no matter the assurances that they will be protected. This is what is also behind some of the lese majeste prosecutions. They are meant to create a chilling effect for those without vast financial resources. They send the message that political activity or agitation on behalf of Thaksin’s political goals will be met with legal entanglements.
Those who posit that the junta’s heavy-handed legal moves belie fear or insanity are not understanding the anti-Thaksin establishment’s goals. The goal is to show resolve to the Thai political world that Thaksin is finished this time around and that he must be abandoned. Thus, from the military perspective, the more bold and outrageous the actions taken against Thaksin supporters the better.
While foreign observers advise reconciliation, the local impulse will be towards proud authoritarianism. The military is intent on displaying resolve this time around–and the more extreme the better for the political message they wish to send.
Below are some past mentions of Boonsong and his “top-secret” rice deal with China.]

Who really benefited from the rice scheme? – Bangkok Post, June 18, 2013
…Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom, who chaired the NRPC meeting on Monday, said the adjustment of the rice pledging price was intended to maintain fiscal discipline so that the rice scheme would not place too great a burden on the state’s coffers.
One might wonder why the minister had not felt a similar need for fiscal discipline several months ago, but instead had persistently shrugged off all criticism of the scheme and refused to come clean on almost everything about it — be it the amount of rice sold and still in stockpiles, the price of rice sold, the buyers, and the estimated losses so far…


Above: Boonsong is a Shinawatra loyalist who was thought to owe his cabinet position directly to Thaksin’s sister Yaowapha.


From Manager, October 25, 2012
Sign on building: National Broadcasting and Telecommunications
Yelling from left: They must have colluded!, Are they colluding?, Certainly colluding…
Caption: While everybody pays attention to 3G… 2G is getting off the hook.
[The woman is Yaowapa Wongsawad, Thaksin’s sister, and a major force in the government. The man carrying rice bags is Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom. The 3G auction was criticized for allowing several major companies to collude on bidding.
In the cartoon, “2G” refers to the “government-to-government” rice trading deals Boonsong claimed he has made. He refused to provide any details of the deals claiming that it would compromise the deals. Many are suspicious as to whether the deals really exist.]

China dashes Thai hopes of cutting huge rice stockpile – gulfnews.com, October 11, 2013
…Chinese premier Li Keqiang said purchases over the next five years will be from private firms, making no mention of 1.2 million tonnes that had been flagged by the Thai government last month as sold in a government-to-government deal…

Thailand Has No Easy Options to Pay for Rice Subsidy – WSJ, October 7, 2013
…Since the Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra launched the rice subsidy program in 2011 – a populist campaign to help local farmers by buying rice at as much as 50% above market price – the Cabinet has approved a total budget of $16 billion, taken from a state-run bank, to fund the program.
But the government has already spent about $21.4 billion in total since then, Commerce Minister Niwatthamrong Boonsongpaisal told reporters last month…


From Manager, June 17, 2013
Caption: 2 murderers… 1 mastermind
Left cuffed man: Boonsong, who ordered you to kill? [Boonsong refers to Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom.]
Right cuffed man: The same person who gave you the order, Ai Ball.
On jute sack: Rice mortgage
[“Ball” is nickname of the driver of Akeyuth Anchanbutr. He confessed that he and his three friends abducted and murdered Akeyuth for money. Many suspect that the case is more complicated as Akeyuth has long been one of Thaksin’s fiercest critics who became a clearinghouse for damaging information on Thaksin and his activities. With the Pheu Thai in power, it is believed to have been relatively easy to have Akeyuth liquidated and his anti-Thaksin websites shut down as the police have shown that they owe their allegiance to Thaksin and not the state.
In the cartoon Ball says that Commerce Minister Boonsong killed Thai rice because the very high priced rice made the crop lose its competitive advantage in the world market. This rabidly anti-Thaksin Manager cartoon implies that the “one mastermind” behind both “murders” is Thaksin.]

Here is another cartoon comparing the murder of Ekkayuth with Boonsong’s management of the rice payments


From Thairath, November 25, 2012
Cartoon title: Thailand, the land of smiles
Lower left: Smile at the G to G rice trading deal, the government’s top secret. [Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom claimed that the government made a deal with the Chinese government on a government to government basis to export rice to China. When asked for more details, Boonsong declined claiming that it is a government secret. The opposition doubts the truth of the deal since, to comply with international trade agreements, the price of the rice would have be commensurate with the inflated prices the government is paying to farmers for the rice.]
Full cartoon is here

Even a pro-Thaksin cartoonist seems to suspect the Boonsong and the rice pledging scheme would expose the government to trouble.


From Manager, October 11, 2012
Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom: G to G in my sense is Giai to Giai [“Giai” is a Chinese word meaning sister].
The caption reads: Who said Boonsong lied about G to G?
[The woman on the left is Yaowapha Shinawatra and on the right is Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. This refers to Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom’s news conference saying that he is selling rice from the government’s mortgage policy to some countries under “G to G” contracts. He refused to give any further details claiming that the contracts are secret and revealing the details may compromise the deals. The suspicion is that there are really no deals and Boonsong is defending the Shinawatra family-dominated government that is under pressure over mounting rice stockpiles.]

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First Lady Michelle Obama to travel to Cambodia on March 20

First Lady Michelle Obama to Travel to Japan and Cambodia March 18-22 – whitehouse.gov, March 17, 2015

Cambodian Activists Urge U.S. First Lady to Seek Release of Jailed Land Defenders -rfa.org, March 17, 2015
More than 50 activists gathered in front of the U.S embassy in Phnom Penh on Tuesday to request the intervention of First Lady Michelle Obama to press Cambodian authorities to release 11 jailed land rights defenders…

First lady won’t avoid Cambodia human rights concerns – AP, March 16, 2015
…In Siem Reap, Cambodia, where Mrs. Obama is to arrive on Friday, she and her counterpart, Bun Rany, will meet with high school students participating in community-led education programs. Mrs. Obama will also meet with Peace Corps volunteers, and hold a round-table discussion with those volunteers, plus community and civic leaders who are working on projects to support girls’ education in Cambodia.
Before departing for Washington, Mrs. Obama plans to visit Angkor Wat, the ancient temple complex on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites.

After thirty years of Hun Sen, where is Cambodia now? – eastasiaforum.org, March 18, 2015
…It is essential to understand the national context to conduct a well-balanced assessment of Hun Sen’s achievements and shortcomings. Cambodia is a fragile country after nearly three decades of war and conflict. Social and political distrust, a potential source of political instability, remain deeply embedded in Cambodian political culture and society.
For Hun Sen, peace and security and socio-economic development occupy centre stage in Cambodia’s domestic politics, with democracy and human rights coming in second…

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Calls for Thailand to end trials of civilians in military courts

Four Thai activists to face military court in ‘landmark case’ – businessinsider.com, March 16, 2015
…The four are Arnon Numpa, 30, a rights lawyer, Sirawith Seritiwat, 24, a student, Punsak Srithep, 48, an activist whose son was killed in a 2010 army crackdown on anti-government protesters and Wannakiet Choosuwan, 36, a taxi driver.
They held a pro-election demonstration in February and set up mock voting tables.
Arnon also faces additional charges under a tough computer crime laws for Facebook messages he posted…

Malaysia, Thailand, and now Indonesia: Twisting rule of law mars the region – March 17, 2015
…There are some larger regional consequences in all of this. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) has tenaciously fought for its place as the geopolitical hinge between East and South Asia, and an important player in Asia-Pacific economic and security diplomacy. In doing so, it has had to repeatedly finesse issues like Cambodia’s authoritarian leadership, Myanmar’s struggle with democratic transition, Vietnam’s stubbornly anachronistic one-party state, and even impeccably incorruptible Singapore’s regular misuse of defamation laws to neutralise political opponents…

Thailand: Drop Charges Against Peaceful Critics – End Trials of Civilians in Military Courts – hrw.org, March 17, 2015
…As a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), Thailand is obligated to uphold and take measures to ensure basic fair trial rights. Governments are prohibited from using military courts to try civilians when civilian courts can still function. The Human Rights Committee, the international expert body that monitors state compliance with the ICCPR, has stated in its General Comment on the right to a fair trial that “the trial of civilians in military or special courts may raise serious problems as far as the equitable, impartial and independent administration of justice is concerned.” This is particularly problematic in Thailand where every element of military courts functions within the Defense Ministry’s chain of command, which has been controlled by the NCPO since the coup…

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Thailand warns women who post ‘underboob’ photos face five years in jail

Thailand warns women who post ‘underboob’ photos face five years in jail – The Guradian, March 16, 2015
…Thailand’s computer crimes act 2007 bans material that causes “damage to the country’s security or causes public panic” or “any obscene computer data which is accessible to the public”.
The culture ministry said offenders faced up to five years in jail, but did not say how they would identify the culprits.
“When people take these ‘underboob selfies’ no one can see their faces,” ministry spokesman Anandha Chouchoti said. “So it’s like, we don’t know who these belong to, and it encourages others to do the same.
“We can only warn people to not take it up. They are inappropriate actions…”

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Junta denies taking medic from home

Red Shirt lawyer claims he witnessed military taking medic from home – Bangkok Post, March 17, 2015
…Despite this, Winyat Chartmontree, a red-shirt lawyer, called on the military to release Ms Nattatida immediately.
He claimed two soldiers in uniform and three plainclothes officers showed up at Ms Nattatida’s house on Saturday and took her away.
These officers did not have a warrant and claimed to be acting under martial law, which allows the military to detain a person without charge for up to seven days…

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Nine Years Ago: Pro-Thaksin demonstrators at Chatuchak Park

Nine Years Ago: Pro-Thaksin demonstrators at Chatuchak Park
[Long before the Red Shirts were formed, this was one of the first organized demonstrations that showed a politician could bring country people to Bangkok en masse to support a government under fire from the “urban elites.”]
Parts OneTwoThree

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Anti-Dhammachayo posts

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From a graphic circulate on social media:
A Criminal, A bad monk
You violate the 2nd commandment.
Steal money and shall be defrocked.
People shall condemn him.
Collect money
And being bitten by a venomous snake
Embezzle hundred millions from the temple
Sinfulness, need to be defrocked.
[This criticizes Phra Dhammachayo, the abbot the Dhammakaya Temple, who some asscue of being corrupt. In Thai, the venomous snake implies a thing. The poster curses Phra Dhammachayo and says he has to face punishment.]

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From a graphic circulate on social media:
To fight against those who destroy
Country, religion and King
{At left is Phra Dhammachayo, abbot of the Dhammachayo sect, a Buddhist offshoot that supports Thaksin. At right is Thaksin.]
At the corner on the left: If we can’t suppress those two… see more

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Remembering Thaksin as PM: Thaksin Clamps Down on the Media

It was 13 years ago that Thaksin’s “one-man democracy” really started to pressure the media.

The Bangkok Post editor was fired, webboards were flooded with pro-government posters and pressured to shut down, TV shows featuring political analysis were removed from the airways, polling organizations were raided, iTV’s investigative reporting was silenced, and critical reporters found themselves on lists to be investigated for money laundering.

There was both paranoia and alarm at how fast Thai Rak Thai was consolidating media power in an attempt to create a one party juggernaut–probably in the mold of Malaysian or Singapore-style democracy.

Thaksin and Absolute Power

The dark age of cowardly dumbed-down TV

The Nation’s free press banner

Pantip.com boards down

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To help or destroy tourism?

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From Thairath, February 19, 2015
Title: Tsunami… at Patong beach
On the wave: Return happiness
Phi Nooring: To help or destroy tourism?
A mouse: Heaven beach of Phuket
[Refers to the unpopular clearance of chairs and umbrellas from Phuket beaches ordered by the army. While businesses encroaching beaches has long been a complaint, the bid to prevent tourists from sitting on lounge chairs on the beach seems to be a strange over application of the law.]

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11 years ago: The Enforced Disappearance of Somchai Neelapaijit

On Wikipedia: Somchai Neelapaijit

2013: Angkhana Neelapaijit urges Prime Minister to not allow the culture of impunity in Thailand regarding Disappearance lawyer Somchai 9 years anniversary

Disappeared in Thailand: Somchai Neelapaijit

From 2004: Lawyer’s Disappearance Darkens Rights Climate

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Opposing the concession

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From Manager, February 19, 2015
Title: Energy war
Left: First round… the government’s weapon
Right: Second round… the people’s weapon
[Refers to the controversial petroleum concession. Phra Buddha Isara supports the military government’s stance on allowing foreigners to bid on gas concessions. Former PM Abhisit joined former senator Rossana Tositrakul to agitate against the concession.
Opposing foreign control of state resources has been a major issue for anti-Thaksin groups and protests. After the coup, these groups assumed the military would halt foreign bidding on Thai gas concessions. However PM Prayuth insisted they go ahead. Later, under pressure, PM Prayuth backed down and decided to delay the bidding.]

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Ten Years Ago Today: Reporting on the new cabinet
วันนี้เมื่อ 10 ปีก่อน : การรายงานคณะรัฐมนตรีใหม่

A tale of two newspapers from the Thaksin era: Reporting on the new cabinet

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We can find our own happiness

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From Thairath, February 18, 2015
Title: You guys don’t understand… we’re now returning happiness to Thai people.
A sign held by Obama: Return democracy to Thais
A sign held by EU representative: End martial law and have elections soon
On the wall: There is no dictator here.
Above the prison: Injustice, inequality, violate rights, no freedom
Phi Nooring: Return freedom.
A mouse: We can find our own happiness.
[This criticizes the junta’s pretense that it actually desires democracy and instead contends it is repressive and going against the wishes of the international community.]

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7 Years Ago: Threats to Resume Thaksin’s War on Drugs

7 Years Ago: Threats to Resume Thaksin’s War on Drugs
On 20 February, Interior Minister Chalerm Yubamrung, told parliament that “For drug dealers if they do not want to die, they had better quit staying on that road… drugs suppression in my time as Interior Minister will follow the approach of [former Prime Minister] Thaksin. If that will lead to 3,000-4,000 deaths of those who break the law, then so be it. That has to be done … For those of you from the opposition party, I will say you care more about human rights than drug problems in Thailand.”

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Prayuth has been warned

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From Manager, February 16, 2015
Left, Pryauth says: I used to warn Yingluck about the rice-pledging scheme, but she didn’t listen.
On the newspaper: NACC impeaches Yingluck over the rice-pledging scheme.
Caption: Today he says like this…
Right, former senator Rosana Tositrakul says: We used to warn PM Prayuth about the petroleum concession, but he didn’t listen.
On the newspaper: NACC impeaches Prayuth over allowing foreigners to take over oil concessions.
Caption: Be careful. They may say this in the future.
[Refers to the controversial petroleum concessions. Opposing foreign control of state resources has been a major issue for anti-Thaksin groups and protests. After the coup, these groups assumed the military would halt foreign bidding on Thai gas concessions. However PM Prayuth insisted they go ahead. Later, under pressure, PM Prayuth backed down and decided to delay the bidding.
The cartoonist compares this to former PM Yingluck who went ahead with financial damaging rice payment scheme despite warnings not to.]

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Second tunnel under the Chao Phraya river begins today

Second under river tunnel boring starts today – ThaiPBS, March 9, 2015
…the prime minister will preside over the launching ceremony of the tunnel boring machine of the second tunnel under the Chao Phraya river as part of the phase 2 expansion of the MRT Blue Line from Sanam Chai to Tha Phra…

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We wish Yingluck to be punished

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From Manager, February 17, 2015
Red Shirt leaders: Please… we wish Yingluck to be punished… We’ve run out of funds to support our demonstrations for so long.
Sign in the background: Latest victim of the elite.
Caption: Which group wants Yingluck to be punished the most?
[Refers to Yingluck’s impeachment and criminal charges stemming from the rice-pledging scheme. The cartoonist alleges that the Red Shirt leaders want Yingluck to be charged so they can use it to seek donations from outraged supporters to support their activities.]

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