Thai Gov’t agreed to extend ISA from 1 May till 30 June

  The caretaker cabinet held its weekly meeting today at the National Science Museum in Pathumthani province to consider a proposal of the National Security Council to extend the enforcement of internal security law (ISA) in Bangkok for 61 more days when it expires end of April. The caretaker government still cannot return to the […]

Thailand celebrates 127th defence anniversary

Today is the 127th anniversary of the Ministry of Defence. Ms. Yingluck and her caretaker cabinet and officials attended the event in Bangkok to witness the celebrations and prayers. More pictures, recommended read: iReport CNN  

Tens of thousands pro-Gov’t supporters show faith in democracy

The “Red Shirt” chief, Mr. Jatuporn Prompan promised on Sunday that the red shirts will come back for another big rally on the day the charter court rules on the case involving the transfer order of Thawil Pliensri. The United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) leader told government supporters gathered on Aksa road that […]

An official visit to Thailand’s first crude oil source

Almost two weeks ago, Prime Minister Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra travelled to Chiang Mai, on an official trip visiting Boh Ton Kham, Thailand’s first crude oil source at NPDC, of the Defence Energy Department. Ms. Yingluck also visited the oil refinery in the Fang district. The refinery is now conducting research, and developing oil rigging, and the […]

Opposition to continue boycotting the ballot box

Thailand’s general election held in February was declared invalid Friday after disruption by opposition mob, setting the scene for possible talks between warring political parties about new polls to end the deadlock. While the ruling from the Constitutional Court further delays the formation of a new Government, it also offers a possible exit from the political […]

Meeting the officials, people about water

Caretaker Prime Minister Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra participated in a session with the people from the Chaiyaphum province. She also attended and chaired a meeting with provincial leaders, district officials and community leaders.   Recommended Read: Strengthening water access in Chaiyaphum

Defense Ministry, Army against any Separatism

‎Thai PM Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra told the military on Tuesday to help guard against drives toward separatism, and told Cabinet ministers to avoid creating conditions that might add fuel to the fire. As the Minister of Defense, Ms. Yingluck asked the armed forces commanders to help provide internal security oversight in every province. She told […]

Thai PM Yingluck Rejects Fascists Demand to Resign

Thai Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra vowed on Monday not to resign despite the continuing pressure from anti-democracy street mob protests. The army chief reiterated that the military has no plan to intervene to end the political stalemate. Ms. Yingluck calls upon dialogue and peace, and appeals on all sides to stop the violence. “I […]

Thailand Political Crisis Hurting the People, Economy

The worsening conflict is beginning to take a toll on the country’s economy, with Thailand’s currency falling to a fresh three-year low of 32.82 baht to the dollar in early trading Thursday. The Finance Ministry’s Fiscal Policy Office on Thursday lowered its economic growth forecast for 2014 to 4.0% from 5.1%, but warned that growth […]

The City Pillar Shrine in Udon Thani

Mueang Udon Thani is a city within the province of Udon Thani province. Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra visits the city, meeting with the people of the north and the popular City Pillar Shrine. Located in middle of the city, this place is where the city’s guardian deity is believed to reside. The compound also […]

Pre-Election Thailand: Responsibility of Governance

Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra reaffirmed that she would not quit her post until the general election (which is set for February 2, 2014) is over and a new government is formed. Yingluck clarified her reasons for staying in power in her online media message, saying that the cabinet acts as a single unit, and […]

Thailand: 1 percent rebelling against the 99 percent

Democracy is defined as “Government by the people, exercised directly or through elected representatives.” and “a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.” In the most laid back definition, democracy is about “majority rule” […]

Thailand: Giving the power of choice to the people

Prime Minister and Defense Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has announced the dissolution of parliament on Monday morning. For the two weeks, the capital city of Thailand has seen violence from the anti-democracy demonstrators and fascist rioters who want to see their leader, Suthep Thaugsuban. Suthep has promised last week to tear apart Bangkok if his demands […]

Suthep wants all trace of the Shinawatra machine gone

I read Lennox Samuels article “Anti-Thaksin Protesters Are Thailand’s Tea Partiers” with interest. He said: But Thailand is supposed to be a democracy. Didn’t Yingluck and her Pheu Thai Party win 265 seats in the 500-seat Parliament in the 2011 election? Didn’t they almost sweep Thaksin’s strongholds in the North and Northeast? Didn’t they win […]

European Union hopes for democracy, peace in Thailand

The European Union has come out to express the block’s concerns over the current political turmoil in Thailand. The EU delegation in Thailand issued a statement on December 2nd stating the EU was strongly committed to the principles of democratic governance, the rule of law and freedom of expression. The statement also said that it […]

Thai Prime Minister: Suthep wants to dissolve the Parliament

Yingluck Shinawatra, the Prime Minister of Thailand, gave her statement and answered questions from members of the local and foreign press in Bangkok. If you want to listen to Yingluck responding in English to questions from journalists, speed up to 9:17 minutes in the video.  

Lucrative business deals for New Zealand, Thailand

Yingluck Shinawatra welcomed New Zealand Prime Minister John Key to Bangkok. The New Zealand leader was on a 2-day visit, accompanied by a team of corporate captains. Recommended Read: Thailand is New Zealand’s 10th largest trading partner