Category Archive: ASEAN

Thailand has an Interim Constitution.

The new interim or provisional constitution grants sweeping powers to the Thai military junta that took over on May 22, 2014 by a coup. Thailand’s military leader, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha secured the king’s endorsement… Continue reading

After Thai military coup, most Thais are happier – Surprise! Surprise?

Most Thais are happy after the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) took over the administration of Thailand.   The latest survey, conducted by Suan Dusit Poll on 2,091 people from July 1-5,… Continue reading

Thailand, Myanmar & Cambodia – Birds of a feather flock together.

Just a few days after the “friendly approach” of the Cambodian PM Hun Sen to Thailand’s ruling military junta, Myanmar’s Commander-in-Chief General Min Aung Hlaing praised Thailand’s military leaders, saying it was right to… Continue reading

THAI-CAMBODIAN RELATIONS – Hun Sen’s approach to Thai military junta..

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen plays the Thai military junta’s card by freeing Thai national activist Veera Somkwamkid from a Cambodian prison. The release of the activist Veera Somkwamkid marks an important attempt… Continue reading

Shades of George Orwell’s “1984”.

What price the truth? In Thailand, eating a sandwich or reading a book can get you arrested. As George Orwell once said, in Southeast Asia, it’s all about the connotation. By Ezra Kyrill Erker … Continue reading

Curfew lifted in Samui, Pattaya and Phuket.

The junta yesterday lifted curfew in the key tourist destinations of Pattaya, Koh Samui and Phuket. This step will cut the fallout on the local economy.   The curfew will stay in place… Continue reading

Thai Crisis Timeline 2013 / 2014.

THAILAND CRISIS TIMELINE SINCE 2013 Oct 31,2013: Protests break out against an amnesty bill, which critics said was aimed at allowing Thaksin – whose sister Yingluck Shinawatra is now in power – to return home… Continue reading

Tensions between Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Troops from both countries clashed at the Burma-Bangladesh border as tensions boiled over while Burmese soldiers were returning the body of a Bangladeshi killed in a skirmish two days before. The gunfire broke out… Continue reading

Thai coup – More than 15 months before new elections.

Thailand’s military chief has ruled out elections for at least a year. Thailand needs time for reforms and reconciliation. In a TV address, Thai army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha defended the coup: The… Continue reading

Unlawful restrictions on Burmese citizens wishing to change their religion.

BURMA: DROP DRAFT RELIGION LAW, SAYS HRW. MAY 30, 2014   –   By Eurasia Review Burma’s parliament should scrap a proposed religion law that would encourage further repression and violence against Muslims and other religious… Continue reading