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…

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…

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,…

Business: Behind Prayuth’s glory free World Cup success, a damaged operator

Thailand’s entertainment giant, RS, not happy with junta’s free World Cup happiness campaign. Thailand’s entertainment giant, RS, where its Investor relations says the firm would like to inspire everyone to share and forward happiness, is not happy with Prayuth’s junta “Free World Cup” campaign to bring happiness to Thailand. RS, the firms that has the…

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…