United Nations closely monitoring Thai political crisis

‎‎United Nations (UN) secretary-general Mr. Ban Ki-moon did have a telephone conversation with caretaker Foreign Affairs Minister Mr. Surapong Tovichakchaikul to discuss Thailand’s political situation, UN spokesman Mr. Martin Nesirky said at a daily press briefing on Thursday. Mr. Ban ‎is closely monitoring the political situation of Thailand. The UN believes in the right to […]

Entreprenurship: Supporting, buying local OTOP products

One Tambon One Product (OTOP) entrepreneurship program is very popular among lower income and Thais in the rural areas. In the Thai language, “tambon” is the local district-level government entity. The grassroot-based program aimed to support the locally made products of each tambon. The OTOP program encourages village communities to improve the local products’ quality and […]

More military patrols in Bangkok, says Thai Army Chief

‎Thai Army Chief Prayuth Chan-ocha has ordered frequent military patrols in Bangkok, especially on elevated roads and high-rise buildings, following a series of grenade attacks in the capital. Soon if the threat from the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) has not been neutralised, Bangkok will be just like any other heavily militarised towns in ‎the […]

Unchallenged, PDRC guards assaulting public

It was reported on Thursday that the “guards” from People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) had assaulted and illegally detained a man who works in an agency of the Government. The assailants’ reasons are unknown but this is not the first time random assault on the public has been made. Despite the growing violence committed by […]

Inviting Abhisit to resign from Thai politics

Former premier Abhisit Vejjajiva on Thursday said the ongoing political conflict has reached a stalemate and it can only be eased if caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra makes a retreat. I for one don’t believe that to be true. It is easier for Mr. Abhisit to say that because he is one of the problems […]

Bangkok Governor’s Safety City Policy is a Sham

Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra assigned city law enforcement officials to tighten security measures and provide greater support to police to ensure the safety of residents of the capital and those in and near protest areas. According to MCOT, the Governor presided over a ceremony to provide moral support to municipal workers on duty at City […]

UN chief condemns political violence in Thailand

‎The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged the political parties in Thailand to respect human rights and the rule of law, and to work together towards resolving the politically-motivated confrontations which are becoming more confrontational and deadly. In a statement from his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said that he was “increasingly concerned” about the […]

Overstretched prediction: 28.1m tourists in Thailand?

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is still confident of achieving its target of 28.1 million visitors this year despite the continuous drop of international arrivals due to the current political unrest. Thailand’s economic infrastructure is interlinked with tourism, as a vital source of revenue. The country saw an jump in interest among people from […]

Well trained, armed patriots for hire?

‎Thai Navy secretary Rear Adm Kan Dee-ubon confirmed PO1 Sompong and PO1 Preecha were members of the Naval Special Warfare Command, Royal Thai Fleet, but were currently assigned to assist with work at the Royal Thai Marine Task Force in the southern province of Narathiwat. They were arrested by the Thai Royal Police while returning […]

The New Bangkok looks like a War Zone

‎The new Bangkok is taking shape. Someone remarked in the wake of escalating protest-related violence, that Thailand’s capital city looks like a scene from the “Deep South” where insurrection caused by militants have placed the three provinces on high alert. Maj Gen Wara Boonyasit, commander of the 1st Division, King’s Guard, announced that 117 military […]

2 Defence Volunteers Injured by Ambush in Deep South

Two female territorial defence volunteers were critically wounded in a drive-by shooting in Narathiwat on Wednesday. Police reported that Mrs Saisuda Kongchon, 31, and Mrs Patcharee Ubonphakdee, 38, were travelling on a motorcycle along the road when a gunman riding pillion on another motorbike shot at them with a hand gun. The assailants then fled. […]

How neutral can you be when you support a coup?

60% support proposal for “neutral” prime minister. Former two-time prime minister Anand Panyarachun received the most support for the job of prime minister if a neutral person is needed to bring the country out of political crisis, in an opinion survey conducted by the National Institute of Development Administration, or NIDA Poll. Now what the […]

Thailand’s Economic Fallout

Thailand announced a slump in trade figures on Tuesday with the biggest drop in imports in more than four years in January, as months of anti-government protests extended their economic toll beyond falling tourism numbers. The protesters, whose disruption of a general election this month left Thailand in political limbo, aim to topple caretaker Prime […]