Justice: Is the USA Agreement to Service Thai Fighter Jets, F-16, legal by USA Law?

A local press, Bangkok Post, reports US Ambassador Kristie Kenney met Thai air force chief ACM Prajin Juntong in Bangkok on Thursday evening and confirmed Washington would go ahead with a service update for some of Thailand’s F-16 fighter jets. . Air force spokesman AM Monthol Satchukorn said Mrs Kenney paid a courtesy call on…

ASEAN Diplomacy: Prayuth’s Boast & Malaysia’s Snub

Prayuth’s Boast & Malaysia’s Snub! On this past Sunday, Thai junta head, Prayuth, went on TV and “Boasted” that foreign countries were more understanding of Thailand. However, just a day earlier, Bangkok Post national security journalist twittered, that Malaysia, similar to Thailand in having an elite ruling class governs the country in a very monopolistic…

Geo Polit/Econ: Thailand’s junta sever Yunnan-Singapore High Speed Rail project

Thailand’s junta regime postponed Yunnan-Singapore high speed rail project! The Thai junta has approved a US$100 billion deal for infrastructure development, however cutting out High Speed Rail (HSR) that the Yingluck Shinawatra government approved. The result is the cancellation of China’s dream of a “Yunnan Singapore High Speed Network”. AP, the wire service, reports:  “The…

National Security: How involved is Thai Army chief, Prayuth, in arming Fascist Suthep’s movement ?

Thailand’s most popular and respected weekly magazine, Matichon Weekly, cover for this week, is a picture of Thai army chief Prayuth, imposed on a back-ground of split in the middle Red Color and Yellow Color, where of course, in Thailand, Red means democracy, liberty and justice and Yellow means traditional elite. On the cover of…

ASEAN Defense: How Optimistic? Thailand & Rebel Movement plan talk! (With BBC, CNN, AFP, VOA & DW)

By Ranger, Thai Intel’s political journalist A few months back, Philippines, with the help of Malaysia, brokered a deal with one of its Rebel movement. And there was a great deal of excitement in ASEAN. The excitement spread to Thailand, where Thailand is also being hit by a rebel movement. At that time, that most were optimistic about chances for…

ASEAN Defense: 2) Abhisit lit Thai Cambodia Powder Keg; Hurt Phra Vihear “World Heritage” status

By Stingray, Thai Intel’s national security journalist Local press reports Thailand‘s opposition leader, Abhisit, wants Thailand to terminate its membership to the World Heritage Convention, as a way to protect Thailand’s claim on the Phra Vihear Relics, that the World Court, some 50 years earlier, said belonged to Cambodia. Potentially, the fuse line to a…

ASEAN Defense: 1) Thai army chief learning curve up on Cambodia; His organization remains too ancient

By Stingray, Thai Intel’s national security journalist Local press reports a group of about 50 soldiers, have went to protest Yellow Shirts media “Manager” for criticizing the Thai army chief, Prayuth, as being on a women’s period, after Prayuth blasted Manager, for news reports, Prayuth says will drive Thailand into a war with Cambodia. “It…

ASEAN Defense: Red Shirts crack-down bonus corruption leaves Thai soldiers with low morale as bonus canceled

By Stingray, Thai Intel’s national security journalist Just very briefly, however, a Thai soldier, commander of an artillery unit in Bangkok, tells Thai Intel that morale of soldiers in the Thai military have tanked, with no year-end bonus. “Since I joined the Thai military, there have been a bonus for soldiers around October. But for the past…

Competitiveness: Thailand gears-up to produce arms locally where Thaksin left off

By Stingray, Thai Intel’s national security journalist Just briefly, however Thailand is gearing up to produce arms, taking up the slack where Thaksin left off. Thaksin was disposed by the 2006 coup where Thailand’s military budget ballooned, to include massive spending on imported arms, mostly abandoning the local arms industry. Part of that was a…

Diplomacy: Obama “Into the Heart” of mainland Southeast Asia where China influence is strong (Up-Dated)

By Ranger, Thai Intel’s political analyst Latest, is that Obama is planning a visit to the heart of mainland Southeast Asia. USA President, Obama, fresh after his election win, is planning to visit Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar-all important countries that have a long tradition of leaning towards China. In fact is, for Thailand, as an…