TOP

BKK Post : Section 2 of charter change passed

Taken from an article called “Section 2 of charter change passed” that was published via bangkokpost online on 28 September 2013.

The joint sitting of parliament on Saturday approved Section 2 of the constitutional amendment bill on the makeup of the Senate after the opposition Democrat Party boycotted the final third-reading vote. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra now faces the difficult decision of whether to submit the bill for royal endorsement or wait until the Constitution Court rules on an opposition challenge.

The coalition MPs and senators remaining in the House after the Democrats’ walkout approved the amendment by a vote of 358-2 with 30 abstentions. The opposition says the bill, which authorises the election of all 200 senators, makes major changes to the state’s structure and is likely to affect the balance of power among the legislative, executive and judicial branches and independent organisations.
(more…)

Read More
TOP

Prachatai : Plus royaliste que les autres royalistes

Taken from an article called “Plus royaliste que les autres royalistes” by Harrison George that was published via prachatai.com on September 22nd 2013.

The recent spike in lèse majesté cases seems likely to continue, the majority being brought by private individuals with a variety of motives. An accusation brought by TV talk show host Pontipa Supatnukul has, for example, triggered a chain reaction of similar accusations.

Khun Pontipa arrived at a Nonthaburi police station, with cameras in tow, to file charges against Aum Neko, a Thammasat University student who has courted notoriety, most recently for a set of suggestive posters. The posters show Aum Neko and some male students simulating sexual acts while wearing student uniforms. The goal, they claim, was to campaign against rules on the compulsory wearing of uniforms. At least while having sex.
(more…)

Read More
TOP

Khaosod : Abhisit Postpones 2010 Crackdown Deaths Trial

13801058881380105915lTaken from an article called “Abhisit Postpones 2010 Crackdown Deaths Trial” by Khaosod online that was published on September 25th 2013

(25 September) Former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has postponed a court appearance for the murder charges he received for his role in authorising the military crackdown on the Redshirts protesters in 2010.

More than 90 people lost their lives in the political violence that engulfed Bangkok from April to May 2010.
(more…)

Read More
TOP

Robert Amsterdam Thailand : Abhisit: “Salutes” and “continues ideas” of violent, extremist PAD

abhisitPADTaken from an article called “Abhisit: “Salutes” and “continues ideas” of violent, extremist PAD” that was published via Robert Amsterdam Thailand website on August 26th 2013.

On the surface it seems as though the misnamed Thai anti-democracy and pro-military coup movement, the People’s Alliance for Democracy, has dissolved itself. On the surface, therefore, those committed to democracy should be rejoicing – the violent extremists in the PAD were certainly a block to a peaceful, stable Thailand. Yet we shouldn’t be fooled by the mass resignation of the PAD leadership last week. The extremists opposed to democracy once epitomised by the PAD are still looking for the ways and means to prevent the Thai people choosing their own popularly-elected leaders.
(more…)

Read More
TOP

Asia Sentinel : Southeast Asia’s Stark Democracy Lessons

asean-leadersTaken from an article called “Southeast Asia’s Stark Democracy Lessons” by Michael Vatikiotis that was published via asiasentinel.com on 10 September 2013.

(Michael Vatikiotis is Asia regional director of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue. This is from a speech delivered at the Uniting for the Future Conference, Bangkok Sept. 2, 2013.)

Southeast Asia is no stranger to the challenges of unity and reconciliation. The early phases of nation-building were characterized by struggle and upheaval stemming from the reluctance of established conservative elites to share power. Democratic forms of government were deemed unsuited to societies that were organized along hierarchical lines and dominated by narrow interest groups.
(more…)

Read More
TOP

The Diplomat : Thailand Opposition Behaving Badly

Taken form an article called “Thailand Opposition Behaving Badly” by Mong Palatino that was published by The Diplomat blogs on September 19, 2013.

Flickr-World-Economic-Forum-400x266It seems Thailand’s opposition politicians are getting desperate.

Last month, 57 members of parliament belonging to the opposition Democrat Party were evicted from the session hall after they repeatedly protested the ruling of the presiding officer. When parliamentary police officers were called in to escort the MPs out, they forcibly resisted, with one seen grabbing the throat of a police officer.
(more…)

Read More
TOP

Khaosod : Witnesses Recall Military Actions In May 2010

13789990331378999288lTaken from an article called “Witnesses Recall Military Actions In May 2010” by Khaosod Online that was published on 12th September 2013.

(12 September) A fish vendor and a rescue worker told the Criminal Court yesterday about how military personnelshot at them during clashes between the military and the Redshirts around Lumpini Park in May 2010.

The testimonies were given as part of the inquests into the deaths of 3 individuals killed at the park on 14 May 2010: Mr. Piyapong Kittiwong, Mr. Prachuab Silapan, and Mr. Somsak Silarat. The court is trying to establish whether the security forces had been responsible for the 3 deaths.
(more…)

Read More
TOP

The Courier Mail article on Mrs. Tida

courier_mail_logoA version of this article called “Roles are reversed for rebels”, by Sian Powell, appears in print on September 7, 2013, on The Courier-Mail, daily newspaper published in Brisbane, Australia.

Weary and feeling her age after the bloody 2010 uprising in Thailand, Tida Thavonseth was a sudden and unexpected rebel leader. Yet she could hardly refuse to to take the chair of the insurgent red-shirt movement; the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship, or UDD.
Crushed by Thailand’s military, with most leaders jailed, the movement was at a standstill.

Now, after nearly three years at the helm of the red-shirt movement, and with a sympathetic government in power, it seems Tida’s work is not yet finished. Followers of the opposition Democrat party last month took to the streets to demand change, and they have warned of violence to come.
(more…)

Read More