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Thailand's Military Junta Rigs Constitutional Referendum, Cements Dictatorship

Doug Bandow | Posted 08.15.2016 | Home
Doug Bandow

Thailand long was characterized as the land of smiles: a friendly people, warm climate, and informal atmosphere all beckoned backpackers and businessmen alike. But politics has become less hospitable in recent years.

Ousted Political Party Denies Role In Thai Blasts As Police Hunt Suspects

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 08.13.2016 | Home

BANGKOK/HUA HIN, Thailand Aug 13 (Reuters) - The Thai political party whose governments have been overthrown by the country’s ruling generals denied...

Military Junta Turns Thailand Into Land Of Frowns

Doug Bandow | Posted 09.11.2016 | Home
Doug Bandow

A cartoonish dictator out of a Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera runs a not-so funny junta which jails opponents and suppresses free speech. The recent bombing of a popular Hindu shrine in Bangkok should act as the famed fire bell in the night.

An End to Improvisation in Thailand

Stanley Weiss | Posted 05.14.2016 | Home
Stanley Weiss

As Thailand endures the second year of yet another coup, King Bhumibol Adulyadej is approaching the 70th year of his reign -- and his health is reputedly poor. In this Southeast Asian kingdom of 67 million, the question on everyone's mind is: When the music stops and the world's longest-serving monarch is gone, what -- or who -- will fill the void?

Thailand Military Monopolizes Power, Crushes Liberty: Sadness, Not Happiness, Rules

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.19.2015 | Home
Doug Bandow

Thailand's best hope is genuine constitutional reform. Government power should be limited, especially to award economic favors. Federalism should rule, giving provinces more authority to serve communities at odds with the national government.

Thailand's Military Dictators Extend Hold on Power

Doug Bandow | Posted 03.14.2015 | Home
Doug Bandow

Thailand's capital has lost none of its frenetic motion or relaxed informality. But it is a bit quieter of late, with last year's demonstrators dispersed by the military. However, the junta, which took power in May, is not leaving.

What the World Cup Can Teach Progressives About Corruption

Walden Bello | Posted 09.15.2014 | Home
Walden Bello

Apart from passionate support for their national sports teams, hatred of government corruption and "crony capitalism" is one of the few issues that unite all social groups in developing countries.

Thai Coup: Lessons for Myanmar

Erin Murphy | Posted 07.30.2014 | Home
Erin Murphy

Thailand is, or perhaps was, a leading member of ASEAN, but has become a poor example to follow.

Class War: Thailand's Military Coup

Walden Bello | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Walden Bello

Elite-middle class alliance is deceiving itself if it thinks the adoption of a constitution institutionalizing minority rule will be possible. For Thailand is no longer the Thailand of 20 years ago, where political conflicts were still largely conflicts among elites.

Only the Tourists Can Save Thailand

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

One thing that could make a difference would be if the tourists stopped coming, prompting the exchange rate, foreign exchange reserves, and stock market to fall substantially. Perhaps, if there was enough collective pain, the red and yellow shirts would determine that it is in everyone's interest to find common ground.

Thailand: Treadmill or Tipping Point

Michael Berkowitz | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics
Michael Berkowitz

Thailand's year of living dangerously may be grinding to a conclusion. But is it moving to another stage -- or just another venue?

What Thailand Needs Most Is a Bill of Rights

Stanley Weiss | Posted 04.30.2014 | Home
Stanley Weiss

Over the past century, Thailand has endured colonial aggression, two world wars and neighboring civil wars on every one of its borders.

Violence Erupts As Police Try To Remove Bangkok Protesters

Reuters | Athit Perawongmetha and Damir Sagolj | Posted 04.19.2014 | Home

BANGKOK, Feb 18 (Reuters) - A Thai police officer was killed and dozens of police and anti-government protesters were wounded in gun battles and cla...

Thailand's Andrew Jackson Moment

Stanley Weiss | Posted 04.16.2014 | Home
Stanley Weiss

I can't help but think about Jackson here in Bangkok, where pro-government "red shirts" and anti-government "yellow shirts" are clashing, reenacting their own version of "King Mob."

The Color Wars

John Feffer | Posted 04.08.2014 | Home
John Feffer

The use of colors to identify the sides in a conflict is certainly nothing new. The U.S. Civil War was a contest between the Union blues and the Confederate grays. The Russian civil war following the Bolshevik revolution of 1917 pitted the Reds against the Whites.

Thailand's Invisible Revolution

Michael Hughes | Posted 03.05.2014 | Home
Michael Hughes

The Western media's neglect of the ongoing political unrest in Thailand seems quite conspicuous considering it's a sordid gem of a story ready-made fo...

A Retrospective

Murray Fromson | Posted 02.14.2014 | Home
Murray Fromson

Following a month-long return to the memories of my Cold War years of reporting in Southeast Asia, life in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Hong Kong exposed me to an economic revival of these countries that have put the animosities of the past to rest.

The Fire Next Time in Bangkok

Stanley Weiss | Posted 05.08.2012 | Home
Stanley Weiss

Already a fragmented nation, when it comes to bridging its social and economic gulf, Thailand is a country with few ties.

Will This Woman Be Thailand's First Female Premier?

GlobalPost | Patrick Winn | Posted 08.27.2011 | Home

BANGKOK, Thailand -- In a country known for mad dog political rhetoric, Yingluck Shinawatra stands apart. The 44-year-old potential prime minister doe...

Thailand Arrests U.S. Citizen For Insulting King

Posted 07.27.2011 | Home

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai authorities have arrested and charged a U.S. citizen with insulting the country's revered monarchy, the latest of a growing n...

Why the "Merchant of Death" Won't Ever See Trial

Robert Amsterdam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert Amsterdam

The recent decision by a Thai appeals court to extradite the alleged arms dealer Viktor Bout, touted as the "Merchant of Death" in popular books and m...

Thailand Sets a Poor Example to Burma

Robert Amsterdam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert Amsterdam

Long a staunch US ally and once a reliable partner in the region, under the nose of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton Thailand has morphed into a threat to regional peace and serial human rights abuser.

Emergency Powers and Thailand's Internal Colonization

Robert Amsterdam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert Amsterdam

The emergency decree is still in force in 10 regions in Thailand, and allows authorities shut down media, freeze bank accounts and arrest citizens with no charges.

Thailand's Legitimacy Deficit

Robert Amsterdam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert Amsterdam

The U.S. policy toward Thailand is an exercise in pragmatic preservation and avoidance of open disagreement. A true ally should make reasonable requests to bolster long-term relations with the Thai people.

Bangkok Protest 'Apology' Commercial Banned In Thailand (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A new TV commercial which attempts to apologize for recent civil unrest in Bangkok has been banned from the airwaves by a Thai government censorship c...