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…

Democracy: Prayuth’s 1,000 Movie Screens vs Human Rights Watch! Who Wins?

Several local press reported today, that the Thai junta, excited by the success of screening a “Guts and Glory” war movie with “Kings and Massive Patriotism” for Thais to see, for free in modern movie theater across Thailand, is planning to show the movie, at some 1,000 mobile movie screen, across Thailand. The screening of…

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…

Economics: Junta shake-up Thai state enterprises! Improve Management or Rich Picking?

Prayuth is shaking-up state enterprises, with the stated goal of improving performance and will likely be appointing a host of new CEO and board members to the state enterprises. Of course, Thailand is infested with corruption and bad management, and the Thai military is “No Exception” to the rule. On corruption, after the 2006 coup,…

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…

Thai Crisis: Global press alliance says “Free media a necessity for reconciliation in Thailand”

Thailand moved deeper into Orwell’s 1984 today. Thailand’s government public relations TV, NBT, news director was removed for airing anti-coup news today (source). The news director of the state-run NBT television station was abruptly removed today for broadcasting a news item which was deemed opposing the National Council for Peace and Order. The station director,…