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…

Diplomacy: Thailand’s junta spokesman? An Intelligence Officer who Directs Foreign Liaison (Embassies) Division

It is a stark contrast between German’s news unit, DW, on Human Rights Watch saying, quote: “Thai junta has ‘severely harmed’ faith in democracy” and Scoop News, headline on the Thai junta spokesman, Werachon, saying “Don’t Say “Coup Destroying Democracy” in Thailand. Meet Werachon, the Thai junta spokesman, that is a character, right out of…

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…

Journalism: 2) With Thai Cambodia relations boiling, Thai press needs “Fact Check Service”

by Tammy, Thai Intel’s humanity journalist During the height of the Thai Cambodia relationship difficulties a few years back, I opened up the newspaper one morning, and found that every Thai newspaper had reported that Cambodia artillery opened fired on Thai territory, the night before, damaging schools and houses. The report said Thailand’s army fired its artillery…

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…

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…

Diplomacy: UK’s Thai ambassador touts “Neutrality” after a Vietnam posting filled with political activisism

By Ranger, Thai Intel’s political journalist The UK, over the centuries, have lost most of its hard power, and now it is mostly, a small irrelevant island country. But through that long global leadership role, through the centuries, it has become a global “Moral and Cultural” leader, possessing cutting edge intelligence. But is that “Moral…