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  • Why was Thai red shirt activist Kritsuda detained for so long?

    By Aug 06, 2014

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    Thai red shirt activist Kritsuda Khunasem during on YouTube interview, in which she accuses the Thai military junta of torture during her detainment in June 2014. (Screenshot: YouTube)

    As Saksith has already blogged (see that post for the background) red shirt activist Kritsuda Khunasen has accused the Thai military of torturing her, but this post will focus on the Thai military explanations for her detention. HRW on June 10: On the evening of May 28, 2014, soldiers from the 14th Military Circle arrested Kritsuda Khunasen,

  • Thai Rath: It cannot be denied that this is a military parliament

    By Aug 05, 2014

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    Thai Rath: It cannot be denied that this is a military parliament

    Sunday’s political analysis in Thai Rath carries a warning for the junta as summarized below: The image of a military* parliament/legislature cannot be denied (ปฏิเสธไม่ได้กับภาพ “สภาท็อปบูต”). There was a quota for the various branches of the military. In the end, at least 100 of the NLA members are from the military and this doesn’t include

  • Apparently, we are all safe now that the military is in control….

    By Aug 04, 2014

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    Saritdet Marukatat in an op-ed in the Bangkok Post entitled “Safe in the embrace of the military”. Key excerpt: Yet a party held exactly one week after the coup indicated an otherwise benevolent feeling toward the military. The party at a Bangkok restaurant was held to celebrate the birthday of Nataphol Teepsuwan, a PDRC key

  • More than half of the junta-appointed NLA are military officers

    By Aug 01, 2014

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    btw, Saksith has a nice infographic here. AP: The dominance of active and retired military officers in the legislative body reinforces the army’s hold on power in the run-up to the 2015 polls. The junta, officially called the National Council for Peace and Order, has already granted itself what amounts to supreme power over political

  • How much power will Prayuth have in Thailand’s new government?

    By Jul 31, 2014

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    How much power will Prayuth have in Thailand’s new government?

    On July 10, Suthichai Yoon had an op-ed in The Nation entitled “General Prayuth’s dilemma: A single, dual or triple role?”. Key excerpts: In one way, he doesn’t want to be seen as the “Supreme Leader”. But then, since he has decided to take the plunge, he will have to see the mission through – and

  • Democrat deputy leader: Puea Thai will win the next election

    By Jul 29, 2014

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    Democrat deputy leader: Puea Thai will win the next election

    Yesterday in the Bangkok Post: BP is unsure of the exact source of the above quote, but it is likely based on the Facebook post made by Nipit on July 26 entitled “Ideals and reality” (อุดมคติ กับ ความจริง) where he stated that: -Today, I attended a religious event [in my local area] and after that I

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