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…

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…

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…

Human Rights: Forbes says TIP (Slave Labor) report another “Black Eye” for Thailand

Thailand just got “Slammed for Human Trafficking” in U.S. State Dept. Report, says Forbes. And Forbes says Thailand is bracing for the repercussion. On repercussion, the Thai junta is counting on Thailand not having to face sanctions. The junta spokesman, before the report came out, said the junta does not expect, if Thailand was downgraded,…

Liberty: The three fractions of Thailand’s dissident movement

Within Thailand’s dissident movement, there are three prevailing thoughts. First it is those that follow dissident Pavin, exiled to escape the junta in Japan, who says in Thailand there is a climate of fear. Then there is dissident Sombat, nabbed, jailed and under intense psychological warfare attack, who says the coup is a done deal…

Coup Culture: A US$ Billionaire, self-conflicting analysis, makes pro coup narrative looks low IQ & EQ

The Bangkok Pundit, over at Asian Correspondent, on Jun 11, 2014 (source) has an interesting post on an American in Thailand, William Heinecke. William basically came out to support the coup. And since William had lived in Thailand for some 50 years now and Forbes says William is a US$ billionaire from doing business in…