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 […]
Finally people are talking about the Obama administration’s lackluster response to the brutal military coup in Thailand which toppled an elected government. This is an issue that deserves far more attention. From the Diplomat: In the days following the coup, the State Department said the right things. However, as little serious attention was being paid […]
The United Kingdom (UK) is considered to be one of the planet’s pre-eminent constitutional monarchies. It’s not without its problems but its longevity & stability are based on the absolute split between the elected persons who make the laws and the head of state, the monarch, who acts as the functionary to sign them onto […]
The following press release from Amsterdam & Partners LLP was distributed to media today. LONDON, Jan. 9, 2015 – Amsterdam & Partners LLP announces a public appeal in Thailand for witnesses to come forward with evidence of human rights violations taking place under the current military coup government. This appeal for evidence relates to a […]
From an interesting article by Daniel McGroarty on RealClearWorld, it appears that India and China are once again at loggerheads over resources – this time the rare earth metals that India desperately needs as inputs in its growing defence industry. Russia, of course, is only too happy to step in. Some summits begin with a […]
The following press release was circulated to media on January 2, 2015. LONDON – Robert Amsterdam of Amsterdam & Partners LLP has announced the formation of a new independent campaign to hold Thai officials accountable in foreign jurisdictions. Among the objectives of the new movement are to bring criminal charges against the coup leadership and […]
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
It’s time for the United States and Europe to undertake targeted sanctions against leaders of Thailand’s military junta. Failure to do so guarantees a repeat of a familiar cycle.
Last time there was a coup in Thailand, Western nations failed to support the democratic will of the Thai people. They shouldn’t make the same mistake twice.
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 […]