Historical Memory in Thailand and Guatemala

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

Robert Amsterdam on CNBC Squawk Box on Thailand

Last night Robert Amsterdam appeared on CNBC to discuss the recent political crisis in Thailand.

Video: Speech to Red Shirt Rally 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 […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Sept 10, 2013

TODAY: Obama says Russia proposal on Syria could lead to ‘breakthrough’; Medvedev warns Ukraine; Roizman accused of rigging vote; Navalny demands recount, celebrates result at ‘victory rally’; large state companies may be forced to allocate dividends; boost to agricultural support and Thai ties.  U.S. President Barack Obama says that Russia’s latest proposal on Syria is […]

IPU Issues Historic Resolution on Thailand

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.

Former Prime Minister of Thailand Abhisit Vejjajiva Charged with Murder

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.

Obama in Thailand – Time to Look Beyond the Asia Pivot

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.

Answering the Call of History in Thailand

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.

How Western Media Gets Thailand Wrong

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.

Human Rights Watch Condemns Thai Army Chief’s Interference

A statement was released by Human Rights Watch criticizing General Prayuth Chan-ocha, the head of the Royal Thai Army, for interfering in the investigation of the 2010 Bangkok massacres by filing defamation claims against Robert Amsterdam.  The full text can be found below. The Thai government should order the army commander-in-chief to cease interfering in […]