The sentencing this week of a 23-year-old student actor and a 26-year-old theatre producer to serve two and a half years in prison marks yet another low point in the slow motion car crash that is Thai politics under the military junta. Patiwat (“Bank”) Saraiyaem and Porntip (“Golf”) Mankong could hardly be considered any sort […]
Guatemala and Thailand share a fascinating common history of repeated, violent military coups and heavy U.S. involvement as a result of the Cold War, creating a lingering distortion in each nation’s political culture
Last night Robert Amsterdam appeared on CNBC to discuss the recent political crisis in Thailand.
This weekend I spoke via Skype to a rally of hundreds of thousands of Red Shirt activists in Bangkok, who had come out to show support for the elected government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra against the pending threat of her removal by a judicial coup. The video of the speech is below, with my […]
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Nearly three years after more than 90 pro-democracy protesters were killed by government forces on the streets of Bangkok, Thai Member of Parliament Jatuporn Prompran scored a major victory before a multilateral institution, shedding light on pervasive injustices in the country’s political system.
Thai authorities charged former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Thursday with giving orders to use live ammunition that led to civilian deaths during a military crackdown on an anti-government protest in May 2010. A successful conviction would mean the first time in Thailand’s history that someone was held accountable for a massacre.
President Obama needs to look at relations with ASEAN countries on their own merit, not just in relation to Washington’s China strategy. Thailand, in particularly, offers important opportunities.
Unlike the massacres of 1973, 1976, and 1992, there is now a real possibility that the deadly government crackdowns of April and May 2010 will be properly investigated, and that those responsible for committing crimes will be held to account.
In this interview with Forbes magazine, the former Prime Minister of Thailand Thaksin Shinawatra comments on how the international media has been influenced by a skewed, one-sided presentation of current events by the country’s main two English-language newspapers, The Bangkok Post and The Nation.