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 […]

Bt20 Billion Approved for Rice Payment

‎Thailand’s caretaker Cabinet on Tuesday approved Bt20 billion from the central fund for overdue payments to farmers from the rice pledging scheme. The National Rice Policy Committee (NRPC) reportedly informed the Cabinet that Bt20 billion would be borrowed from the central fund pending Finance Ministry bond sales which would take at least two months to […]

Is Phra Buddha Issara the new PDRC peacemaker?

‎Election Commissioner Mr. Somchai Srisuthiyakorn Tuesday welcomed the talk between Phra Buddha Issara and former prime minister Mr. Somchai Wongsawat, saying it was good sign of possible peaceful solution. I question the intention of ‘monk’ Phra Buddha Issara who now has an unhealthy image of being anti-democracy. His attitude in extortion and involvement in politics […]