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…

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…

Competitiveness: Thailand push for entrepreneurs in Space Technology with target of ASEAN center

By Pooky, Thai Intel’s economics journalist Just very briefly, however, local press reports that Thailand‘s Science Ministry, has just set up a “Space Technology Development Center” at Thailand’s Geo-Informatics Department with the goals of spurring entrepreneurs in the field and to also push ASEAN to establish a Geo-Informatics Center. “We are looking for entrepreneurs and…

Competitiveness: Thai Cambodia trade up 60% since “Peace” but disputed oil & gas “For Next Generation”

By Pooky, Thai Intel’s economics journalist After Thailand former premier, Abhisit, took Thailand on a confrontational route with Cambodia, destroying just about all trade between the two countries, with last year election that saw Yingluck became Thailand’s premier, trade between Thailand and Cambodia shot up 60%, says the Thai embassy in Cambodia. The Thai Embassy…