Journalism: 1) Symbolic protest for freedom of expression at Thailand’s National Book Week

By Pooky, Thai Intel’s humanity journalist At Thailand’s National Book Week, a group of protesters, protested for freedom of expression in Thailand, where days earlier, a Thai princess opened the convention. The protesters, about 10 to 15 of them, were wearing Somyot mask. Somyot is a magazine editor, in jail for offending the Thai Monarchy, or…

Human Rights: Lese Majeste prisoner, Somyot, suffers from Thai court 2+2=5 propaganda

By Tammy, Thai Intel’s humanity journalist Thai E-News, reports today of the situation at the Thai court, on the case involving lese majeste prisoner, Somyot. Thai E-News said about 10 to 15 foreign journalist were inside the court. Thai E-News, further reported, that the Thai court said, quote: “Thailand is special….Lese majeste does not hurt…

ASEAN Defense: Red Shirts crack-down bonus corruption leaves Thai soldiers with low morale as bonus canceled

By Stingray, Thai Intel’s national security journalist Just very briefly, however, a Thai soldier, commander of an artillery unit in Bangkok, tells Thai Intel that morale of soldiers in the Thai military have tanked, with no year-end bonus. “Since I joined the Thai military, there have been a bonus for soldiers around October. But for the past…

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: Thailand gears-up to produce arms locally where Thaksin left off

By Stingray, Thai Intel’s national security journalist Just briefly, however Thailand is gearing up to produce arms, taking up the slack where Thaksin left off. Thaksin was disposed by the 2006 coup where Thailand’s military budget ballooned, to include massive spending on imported arms, mostly abandoning the local arms industry. Part of that was a…

Competitiveness: Ford to add 140 dealerships in Thailand at a time Japan is coming on strong

By Pooky, Thai Intel’s economics journalist Americans are proud of their cars and car makers, and in Thailand, Ford just announced a major expansion drive to up dealership by about 140. That drive, co-incidentally, comes as Toyota is celebrating its 50th year in Thailand. Toyoya has been very successful in Thailand over the years, and…

Thai Culture: Stressed out by sexual problems, E-Sarn region Thais get laughing & smiling contest

By Tammy, Thai Intel’s humanity journalist Matichon, a Thai newspaper for the progressive intellect, reports today a mental hospital in Thailand’s E-Sarn region, have staged a “Smiling and Laughing Contest” to promote good mental health as the regions people’s stress level have increased, due mainly to sexual problems. The region, Thailand’s least develop, is fast…

Competitiveness: “Go Global before Go Local” An indigenous Thai concept sparks success & followers

By Pooky, Thai Intel’s economics journalist My great apology, for not getting the names. However, a few weeks ago, a Twitterer mentioned four “Very Successful” Thai firms that are similar, in that they have gone global, before going local. “These firms would go global to build brand recognition and reputation, and with the global recognition…

Democracy: A proud Thai historical record? Fascist General goes on “National” TV calling for coup

By Ranger, Thai Intel’s political journalist In one way, those who observe the development of Thailand may feel fulfilling emotionally and intellecturally, along with the spirit-to see history in the making in Thailand, as Democracy and the Establishment trash out their differences. Yet in another way, those who observe the development of Thailand may be…

Diplomacy: UK’s Thai ambassador touts “Neutrality” after a Vietnam posting filled with political activisism

By Ranger, Thai Intel’s political journalist The UK, over the centuries, have lost most of its hard power, and now it is mostly, a small irrelevant island country. But through that long global leadership role, through the centuries, it has become a global “Moral and Cultural” leader, possessing cutting edge intelligence. But is that “Moral…