Human Rights: Junta prosecution puts elderly mother of man escaping junta in the hospital

A man on the run from Prayuth’s junta prosecution,  Thantawut Taweewarodomkul, says, quote: “I decided that I will go to a third country after this in order to begin a new life. I have left my son, who I love with all my heart, with my parents. They have been threatened every day. Police and…

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…

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…

Investments: Stock & Coup? Despite Mark Mobius & Morgan Stanley “Bullishness” many not convinced

When the emerging market guru, Mark Mobius speak, people usually listen. When Morgan Stanley, with the globe biggest investment fund under management speaks, people usually listen. And when it comes to the Thai stock market, both, Mark Mobius and Morgan Stanley are bullish, making statements that basically, says, the Thai coup gives hope for a…

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…