Thailand

Thailand’s Notorious ‘Da Torpedo’ Goes Free

The freeing of political prisoner Daranee Charnchoengsilpakul, better known as Da Torpedo, and two other lese majeste prisoners in Thailand over the weekend from prolonged sentences to Thai prisons masks the fa...

Junta Wins Thailand’s Farcical Election

Although Thailand’s junta won the Aug. 7 referendum on a draft constitution with 62 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results, any idea that this was a democratic election that validates the army’s h...

Thailand Awaits a Rigged Referendum

On Aug. 7, Thailand’s 40 million-odd voters are scheduled to go to the polls to vote on a draft constitution that the junta has attempted to rig so thoroughly that it thinks it can’t lose, although it might any...

Thai Junta’s Charter Referendum in Doubt

Despite the Thai junta’s extraordinary efforts to quell opposition to its Aug. 7 referendum on a new constitution – more likely to be a referendum on the junta itself – it may not pass or the military might be ...

Thai Junta to Crack Down Harder on Internet Users

The Thai junta, which already administers one of the world’s toughest measures against supposed misuse of computers, appears on the verge going to frantic lengths to stiffen the law even more with, among other ...

Thailand: Making Merit While Escaping the Law

In October of 1973, amid a storm of nationwide protest, Thanom Kittachikorn, the Thai field marshal who appointed himself the commander in chief of the army and ran a deeply repressive government from 1963, was...

Thai Facebook Users Under Threat

Facebook has successfully monopolized the social media space in Thailand for more than a decade. Among Thailand’s 67 million people, 28 million are on Facebook. In 2012, reportedly, Bangkok topped the “Global F...

Thai Junta to Prosecute Corruption Protesters

In November of last year, the junta that took power in Thailand in May of 2014 was faced with an embarrassing scandal, not only because of the corruption involved but because it involves the inflated price of c...

Latest Thai Constitution Draft a Non-Starter

It is a measure of the Thai junta’s distrust of the country’s wider populace that the National Council for Peace and Order, with the aid of the country’s election commission, has banned public criticism or ...