Tag Archive: Thailand

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

Over 100,000 Cambodians flee from Thailand.

Unregistered Cambodian workers fear crackdown by the Thai military junta. Over 120,000 Cambodians have fled Thailand to return home in the past week, fearing a crackdown on migrant workers after last month’s military takeover. The… 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 Junta’s 10 priority economic policies.

The Thai junta’s “National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO)” revealed that 30 urgent issues have been categorized into 10 economic policies:    Spending will not exceed the initial budget, to maintain financial… 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

Southeast Asia – Democracy in reverse gear.

Southeast Asia’s regression from democracy and its implications. A CFR Working Paper Author: Joshua Kurlantzick, Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia. Download Now >> Publisher: Council on Foreign Relations Press, May 2014,  35 pages. . Overview. Since the… Continue reading