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…

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…

Democracy: Thailand’s “neutral” coup looks more like a conservative counter-revolution

Just briefly, Financial Times had been a great critic of the Shinawatra Family and had also been a staunch supporter of Thailand’s Democrat Party, particularly, the party’s rising star, Korn Chartikavanich. Just to note, the UN head has praised Thaksin universal health care scheme as a potential model for the globe to follow. And his…

Orwell’s 1984: 4) UK academics urge Thai junta to stop harassing academics, students

Right after the coup, Ptayuth’s junta began summoning and rounding up academics and other leading Thai thinkers, and homes have been raided. Many have fled Thailand, refusing to surrender. What is left in Thailand today, as can be seen in Thailand’s press, is very little independent  thought. One report of such raid, on a family,…