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,…

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…

Geo Polit/Econ: Thailand’s junta sever Yunnan-Singapore High Speed Rail project

Thailand’s junta regime postponed Yunnan-Singapore high speed rail project! The Thai junta has approved a US$100 billion deal for infrastructure development, however cutting out High Speed Rail (HSR) that the Yingluck Shinawatra government approved. The result is the cancellation of China’s dream of a “Yunnan Singapore High Speed Network”. AP, the wire service, reports:  “The…

Yingluck Focus: 4) Rice subsidy? Yingluck hit by Economic Imperialism!

By Investigative Journalism into Controversial Thailand Introduction How well off are Thai farmers? How well off are farmers in the Eurozone and USA? The fact is, Thai farmers are dirt-poor in comparison. How much is Thailand’s farm subsidy? And how much is the Eurozone and USA farm subsidy? The fact is, Thailand’s farm subsidy is…

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…

Human Rights: 1) Somyot’s Lese Majeste Case: Freedom House condemns; EU criticize; Silence from Hillary

  By Ranger, Thai Intel’s political journalist As America’s Freedom House condemns the Somyot case as quote: “Undermines Thailand‘s self-professed commitment to democracy,” and European Union also criticize the Somyot case, as, quote: “Seriously undermines the right to freedom of expression….Affects Thailand’s image as a free and democratic society,” there is nothing but silence from…

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: 2) Workers productivity up with Yingluck’s higher wage; But more focus on productivity?

By Pooky, Thai Intel’s economics journalist Yingluck just increased Thailand’s minimum wage by about 30% to 300 baht a day. Academic research have found that higher wage results in higher workers productivity. However, most economist and business people in Thailand, believe the higher minimum wage will greatly hurt the millions of Thailand’s Small to Medium…