Totalitarian Dystopia: 3) The Thai Coup and the Threat to Historical Memory

The Thai junta just ordered the Thai education ministry to teach more of Thai history to Thai students. Much have been said about how that Thai history is mostly “Revisionist” and have little to do with truth. Orwellian describes a totalitarian dystopia characterised by government control and subjugation of the people. Orwell’s invented language, Newspeak, satirises hypocrisy…

Totalitarian Dystopia: 2) R. Amsterdam’s “Harvard Must Not Endorse Military Dictatorship in Thailand”

Harvard by some account, has taken about US$6 million from the Thai junta, to starts Thai Study program. Subsequently, Harvard Crimson, a newspaper for the university ran a report critical of the move. Due to safety concern, Harvard Crimson pulled the report and after the journalist who wrote the article left Thailand, the newspaper re-posted the…

Justice: A well reputed constitutional law scholar calls junta’s Interim charter “Moral Absolutism & Oligarchy”

Khemthong Tonsakulrungruang, a Thai constitutional law scholar that is well reputed globally, says of the junta’s Interim Constitution, quote: “Oligarchy is obvious” & “Moral Absolutism.” Wikipedia defines Oligarchy follows: Oligarchy (from Greek ὀλιγαρχία (oligarkhía); from ὀλίγος (olígos), meaning “few”, and ἄρχω (arkho), meaning “to rule or to command”)[1][2][3] is a form ofpower structure in which power effectively rests with a small number of people. These…

Democracy: Human Rights Watch calls junta’s Interim Constitution “Charter for Dictatorship”

The New York-based rights group Human Rights Watch released a public statement today condemning what it’s calling a “charter for dictatorship.” Human Rights Watch and Thailand’s military junta is on a collision course. A top junta official has dismissed criticism from the US-based Human Rights Watch that Thailand’s new provisional constitution grants superfluous power to…

Thai Crisis: One month after Prayuth’s Coup! A leaky ship in calm seas

It has been about a month after the coup and many are asking, where is Thailand today? For the first few weeks of the coup, it was mostly about clamp-down and crack-down. For much of the past week, events relating to Thailand moved at a swift pace, mostly, about Prayuth stamping his dictator ways onto…