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  • Washington Post to Obama: Don’t accept a phony democracy in Thailand

    By Jul 21, 2014

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    President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Friday en route to South Korea. Pic: AP.

    The Washington Post in an editorial: Despite the army’s desperate attempt to win over the public — through a “happiness” campaign of free haircuts, concerts and World Cup telecasts — these autocratic reforms will be rejected by a majority of the country. The rural poor, having lived through two coups and two major protest crackdowns,

  • Thai junta to media: Criticize us and we will shut you down

    By Jul 20, 2014

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    Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha speaks at a press conference. Pic: AP.

    The junta issued a new edict on Friday. Below is summarized translation (full Thai in parenthesis and mostly complete translation, but just too long in parts for 100% complete and full translation): Announcement of the National Council for Peace and Order No. 97/2557 (ประกาศคณะรักษาความสงบแห่งชาติ ฉบับที่ 97/2557) Subject: Cooperating together in the undertaking of work by

  • In Thailand, not all fuel subsidies are equal

    By Jul 17, 2014

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    In Thailand, not all fuel subsidies are equal

    Then former Energy Minister Piyasvasti Amranand  in The Nation in June: “Energy prices reform must be carefully considered. The previous governments have turned energy policies into populist policies. Subsidising diesel and LPG with the Oil Fund finances does not save the country’s expenses, but raise the country’s burden. Diesel subsidies have led to a loss of

  • Thai junta values and moral soundness to be taught in schools

    By Jul 15, 2014

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    Pic: AP.

    Criticism of the junta has already been banned in schools and in the blog post BP also mentioned what Prayuth had stated in one of his weekly address: On cultural issues. We should help to reinforce the values of “Being Thai”, national pride, and upholding the institution of the monarchy. These values should be included

  • Bangkok editor: appointed Senate fits with Thai-style democracy

    By Jul 13, 2014

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    Pic: AP.

    The Bangkok Post’s news coverage and editorial line has been mainly supportive of the coup although some op-ed columns do have some criticism.Pichai Chuensuksawadi, who is Editor-in-Chief of Post Publishing and clearly the most influential person at the Bangkok Post, has an op-ed in today’s paper entitled “Let’s admit this is not democracy”.

  • Thailand: Some speech is divisive; some hate speech is allowed

    By Jul 09, 2014

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    Thailand: Some speech is divisive; some hate speech is allowed

    The junta has warned people over divisive speech although they are largely focusing on reds and those with links to the reds or Puea Thai (like eating a sandwich in public, reading 1984 or holding up signs like “Long Live USA”). Rape and torture fantasies seemingly do not qualify. What is the standard that is being applied?

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