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 […]

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 […]

Yingluck: We need to protect democracy

Thai Prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has ruled out an early election, following six days of protests aimed at removing her from office. She told the BBC the situation in Thailand was not calm enough for polls. She also said she would not authorise the use of force against protesters occupying government ministries. She was speaking after demonstrators […]

Rule of Law: Safeguarding the public from a violent mob

Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra Monday announced the expansion of the country’s Internal Security Act to the whole of Bangkok, Nontaburi province and Bangpli district in Samutprakarn province which borders Bangkok. Suvarnabhumi International Airport is located in the Bangpli district and the move to impose the ISA is seen as to prevent protestors from occupying […]

PM tells police to exercise restraint in dealing with demonstrators

PM tells police to exercise restraint in dealing with demonstrators Prime Minister and Defense Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has reiterated to the police to exercise restraint when handling demonstrators and approach them through negotiations rather than forces. The policy was given while Ms. Yingluck was chairing a meeting of the Police Commission and related security units […]

People’s Army: Fist Fight Prevented by Elderly Woman

At 7:00 pm on Sunday August 4, 2013, there was an argument among the members of the People’s Army. The incident took place outside of Lumpini Park, where people came close to exchanging blows. An elderly woman scolded the men and that prevented the situation from growing worse.

People’s Army Sunday Rally

On Sunday, August 4, the anti-Thaksin People’s Army, gathered outside of Lumpini Park to protest against the Government. The crowd started late in the morning and ended with about 1,100 people at the popular park in Bangkok. Many sought the abolishment of the Government and demanded the army to intervene as similar to the 2006 […]

Obsession with ‘Nazis’ just won’t go away – now fried Hitler chicken

Obsession with ‘Nazis chic’ just won’t go away – now fried Hitler chicken Schoolchildren dressing up as Nazis and a billboard advert showing Hitler were just the start. Thailand’s obsession with so-called ‘Nazis chic’ just won’t go away – and now a fried chicken takeaway called Hitler – complete with a logo showing the Nazi […]

The Face Behind “V for Thailand”

The ‘V for Thailand’ or infamously called the “White Mask” group has announced their decision to temporarily halt their planned rallies. The group has proven to be ineffective in garnering a united stand on their issues. Weekend protests have led many to think that the group is championed by ultra-nationalists, neo-fascists (Pitak Siam) and communists. […]

Guy Fawkes in the Democrat Party

A member of the Democrat Party offering support to the small demonstrators called the “white mask” or infamously known as “Thai Guy Fawkes” – the movement, which includes fascist groups like Pitak Siam, Communists and PAD, has been calling for the abolishment of democratic systems.

Democrat Party Seeking One Rulership

The Democrat Party asked the Constitutional Court to dissolve six political parties on charges that their MPs were trying to overthrow the country’s constitutional government by trying to amend Article 68.  The six political parties are Pheu Thai, Chart Thai Pattana, Chart Pattana, Palang Chon, Mahachon and New Democracy.  This is evident that the Democrat Party wants to hold the […]

Courts and Judges are Not Above the Law

Rangsit University on Sunday arranged a forum on the current political situation with participation from academics and representatives of the civil society. One of the participants, Charas Suwanmala, the rector of the Faculty of Political Science, said threatening and pressuring the court was not democratic and urged the government to protect the court. The court […]

Thailand: A Change Needed in Thought

The worthwhile problems are the ones you can really solve or help solve, the ones you can really contribute something to. … No problem is too small or too trivial if we can really do something about it. Richard Feynman was an American physicist. He also once said: Science is the belief in the ignorance […]

US Fact Sheets: 2013 Community Of Democracies Ministerial, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

The Seventh Ministerial meeting of the Community of Democracies (CD) took place April 27-29, 2013 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The biennial meeting is the world’s premier global gathering devoted to strengthening democracy and civil society. The U.S. delegation, headed by Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns, joined representatives from approximately 110 countries including heads of […]

Abhisit Vejjajiva: Falsehood of Democracy

“She (Yingluck Shinawatra) should clearly distinguish her roles as a sister and the prime minister. She may feel sorry for her brother being overthrown from power, but that’s a personal matter. It is also not right to defend her brother, who is a fugitive wanted by the Thai authorities,” said Democrat Party chief Abhisit. Former Prime […]

Thailand PM Yingluck Shinawatra’s Speech in Mongolia

  Statement of Her Excellency Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand at the 7th Ministerial Conference of the Community of Democracies Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 29 April 2013 ——————————–   Mr. Chairman, Excellencies, Delegates to the Conference, Ladies and Gentlemen, I wish to begin by expressing my appreciation to His Excellency the President […]