6 months of siege, now Thai PM Yingluck is removed

The first female Prime Minister of Thailand has been forced out of her position as caretaker premier by the Constitutional Court today. Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra came to power in 2011 after sweeping victories in the election, defeating the Democrat Party. Her removal by the court has sent outraged among the rural population outside of Bangkok. […]

Journalists were not allowed in Abhisit meeting with army chief

Opposition party leader Mr. Abhisit Vejjajiva called on Supreme Commander Gen Tanasak Patimaprakorn today to exchange views on how to end the current political impasse. The closed door meeting was held at the The Armed Forces Headquarters. Journalists were not allowed to the meeting. The irony is that Abhisit has been demanding for live broadcast as […]

Thai PM says give opposition head the chance to try out political initiative

Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra today (Monday) pleaded with all parties concerned not to pre-judge the sincerity of Democrat party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva but to give him the chance to try out his initiative to resolve the political stalemate in a peaceful manner. The prime minister also suggested Mr Abhisit to discuss with People’s Democratic Reform […]

Judicial Coup pushed by “independent” organizations

Mr Prompong Nopparit, a spokesman of the Pheu Thai Party, said there has not been not much progress in the seven cases against the Democrat Party when compared to the case against Caretaker Prime Minister Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra, who has been accused of dereliction of duty over her role in the rice-pledging scheme. It has […]

When spirituality used in Thai politics

Monks play an important role in spiritual and social aspects of Thailand. Remembering the incidents of a monk, a co-leader of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) has left many confused about the role of religious “neutral” people of the cloth. Extracts from Reuters’ 1st March article: A young Thai man and woman are on […]

CMPO investigates PDRC involvement in assault case

Statement of CMPO, as of March 6, 2014 At 13:00 hrs. Mr.Tharit Pengdit, Director General, Department of Special Investigation, briefed the press on the outcome of the meeting of the Center For Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) earlier in the day, gist as follows: The CMPO wished to inform that the board of immigration has […]

The Democrat Strikes Back

The Thai political crisis is being exacerbated by a corrupted opposition party. The Democrat Party’s failure to comply with ethical standards and corruption scandals have forced their former Members of Parliament and senators to distract the public. Distractions resulted in their official support to boycott the Feb 2 poll. The Democrat’s civil disobedience is in […]

We don’t support separatism, says Thai PM Yingluck

The deep political differences in Thailand which caused a crisis that has been going on for months now has inspired some pro-government groups in the north and northeast to call for the country to be split into two. However, Thailand’s caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra stated that she did not support the call by these […]

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 […]

Thai armed forces seeking solutions

Thailand’s Supreme Commander said he will meet with the commanders of the three armed forces after the celebration of the king’s birthday on December 5 to find a solution as the death toll from political unrest has risen to four with more than two hundred persons injured. Air Force commander-in-chief Air Chief Marshal Prachin Chanthong […]

Thai Airways: airline passenger privacy breach

Almost a year ago, an air stewardess revealed her intention of embarrassing the daughter of an ex-Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, on en route from Bangkok to Hong Kong. Hate speech along with the revealing of private airline information to the public had caused much distress to Cathay Pacific airline and the passenger but the matter […]

Thailand: anti-amnesty violence

Prime Minister and Defense Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has urged protesters to maintain law and order during their demonstrations – emphasizing that the government will, indeed, accept the Senate’s final verdict on the amnesty bill. Yingluck responded to the Democrat Party’s contentious remarks over the amnesty bill by stating that the government has made its stance […]

Myanmar, Thailand building stronger anti-drug trafficking alliance

Myanmar’s Commander-in-Chief of Defense Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing has paid tribute to Prime Minister and Defense Minister Yingluck Shinawatra during his visit to Thailand, while calling for more cooperation on drug crackdown. Supreme Commander Gen Min Aung Hlaing yesterday met with the Thai Premier at the Government House, where both parties agreed that […]

Thailand trying to overcome the Abhisit factor

The National News Bureau of Thailand reports: Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has assured the United Nations of the government’s intention to promote and protect human rights and democracy.  During her official visit to Switzerland, PM Yingluck met with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay. The Thai Premier told the UN High Commissioner that […]

Rubber woes hide a deeper problem in the south of Thailand

Political stability can not be achieved without national reconciliation. Politicians from all parties know this fact. Reconciliation is a rolling plan. It is a democratic right. But some do not want to see the existence of democracy and peace in Thailand. In the wake of the recent protests in the south province of Thailand, we […]

Ex-PM Blair’s speech at Uniting for the Future

Address by Tony Blair, 2 September 2013 [as transcribed from recording] Thank you very much Dr., that was an interesting introduction. You covered a lot there. Just for the record, no, I am not being paid; I am here because you invited me. I am here also because I believe in the process of reconciliation. […]

Tony Blair Supports Gov’t Reconciliation Process In Thailand

Visiting former British prime minister Tony Blair says that he is ready to fully support attempts to bring about national reconciliation in Thailand through shared experiences. Government Spokesman Thirat Rattanasewi told journalists that Blair expressed his intention during his private discussions with Thai Prime Minister and Defense Minister Yingluck Shinawatra here on Monday morning, before […]

Nobel Peace laureate Ahtisaari in Bangkok for democracy

Prime Minister and Defense Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has made a renewed bid for national reconciliation and peace after minority Opposition leaders were involved in a series of street protests calling for a removal of democratic process and Government. Martti Ahtisaari, the 10th president of Finland and 2008’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate, founded the Crisis Management Initiative, […]

Glaring Political Elitism in Thailand

The political Elitism in Thailand has always been a source of discontentment. Despite the equality that is defined in the Constitution, we see the condition of being unequal among politicians. Past incidents of shoes being polished by their cohorts and the people of lower station to pushing the ex-Prime Minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva, so that his […]