By our reporter, 9 December 2017
Without a shred of evidence, the Thai military has immediately linked the arms cache to its political opponents.
By our reporter, 7 October 2017
In pushing for stronger military and economic ties with Thailand, President Trump made no mention of the military regime’s suppression of opposition and dissent.
By our reporter, 11 September 2017
The court ruling reflects the military junta’s attempt to consolidate its rule in the face of popular opposition.
By John Roberts and Peter Symonds, 29 August 2017
The US has effectively given the green light to the military regime’s repressive methods by inviting the 2014 coup leader and current prime minister to Washington to meet Trump.
By John Braddock, 30 December 2016
Despite claims by Thailand’s military regime that it has increased regulation in the fishing industry, slavery and gross exploitation remain endemic.
By Tom Peters, 20 October 2016
King Bhumibol, who is being glorified by the media and politicians around the world, supported one military dictatorship after another to suppress the working class and the poor.
By Peter Symonds, 17 October 2016
Prem Tinsulanonda, a former head of the army and prime minister, has been appointed regent, with the full powers of the king, for an indeterminate period.
By Peter Symonds, 14 October 2016
Bhumibol’s death was greeted with a wave of nauseating accolades from heads of state and political leaders around the world.
By Tom Peters, 3 October 2016
The Amnesty report documents the brutal methods that will be used more broadly as opposition develops to the regime’s austerity measures and brutal repression.
By Tom Peters, 16 August 2016
Thailand’s military regime has seized on last week’s horrific events to arrest political opponents.
By Tom Peters, 9 August 2016
The junta tightened censorship, banned any “no” campaigning and mobilised army cadets to press people to vote for its anti-democratic constitution.
By Tom Peters, 29 July 2016
The draft constitution empowers the military junta, which seized power in a 2014 coup, to continue its rule even if elections are held.
By Tom Peters, 24 May 2016
The fire in a Chiang Rai school dormitory is the latest tragedy caused by the lack of proper building and safety standards.
By Gabriel Black, 21 December 2015
A recent Associated Press report found that many leading seafood suppliers buy shrimp processed by slaves in Thailand working in horrific conditions.
By Tom Peters, 10 September 2015
The US-backed military dictatorship has no intention of giving up its hold on power.
By Tom Peters, 19 August 2015
While the perpetrator of Monday’s attack has not been identified, the US-backed military regime is using it as a pretext to mobilise the armed forces and intimidate opponents.
By John Roberts, 29 May 2015
The special meeting on Indian Ocean refugees today in Bangkok will do nothing to ease the plight of thousands of Rohingyas and Bangladeshis fleeing persecution.
By John Roberts, 25 May 2015
Large-scale operations transporting refugees could not have occurred without the involvement of state officials in Thailand and Malaysia.
By Thomas Gaist, 16 May 2015
The savage treatment of the Rohingya migrants is an acute manifestation of a growing international refugee crisis comparable in scale and brutality to that produced by World War II.
By Tom Peters, 6 May 2015
The junta’s constitution would ensure that the military and the courts maintain control of the country.
By Tom Peters, 15 April 2015
Almost one year after seizing power in a coup, the US-backed military dictatorship continues to tighten its grip on power.
By Tom Peters, 13 December 2014
Thailand’s military dictatorship, tacitly supported by Washington, is continuing to crack down on opposition and cement its hold on power.
By Patrick Kelly, 11 December 2014
Manasseh Sogavare is returning to office seven years after he was removed from power through a lawless dirty tricks campaign.
By Tom Peters, 23 August 2014
The installation of General Prayuth indicates that the junta is entrenching itself and intends to rule directly, rather than through a quasi-civilian government.
By Tom Peters, 4 August 2014
The assembly’s composition is another indication that the army intends to cling to power for a protracted period.
By Tom Peters, 22 July 2014
Thailand’s military is promoting itself as a US ally amid escalating tensions produced by Washington’s military build-up against China.
By Tom Peters, 18 June 2014
The junta is whipping up anti-immigrant xenophobia to divide the working class as it prepares to implement austerity measures.
By Tom Peters, 13 June 2014
The Thai delegation to Beijing will be closely watched by Washington, which considers Thailand a key ally in its “pivot to Asia” against China.
By Ben McGrath, 7 June 2014
The UDD leaders fear unleashing any mass movement against the junta, as began to develop in 2010.
By Ben McGrath, 3 June 2014
The military has deployed thousands of troops in Bangkok to crackdown on continuing small scale anti-coup protests.
By Tom Peters, 30 May 2014
The junta has mobilised thousands of soldiers against anti-coup protests and continues to arrest opponents.
By Tom Peters, 27 May 2014
King Bhumibol Adulyadej endorsed last week’s coup, declaring that it was necessary to restore “order.”
By Peter Symonds, 26 May 2014
While the US has announced a token suspension of aid, the Pentagon’s close collaboration with the military will continue unabated behind the scenes.
By Tom Peters, 24 May 2014
The army has arrested more than 100 government members and supporters, while cracking down on protests against this week’s military coup.
By Tom Peters, 23 May 2014
Army Chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha formally seized power yesterday, suspended the constitution and detained members of the elected government.
By Tom Peters, 22 May 2014
The purpose of the talks is to provide a veneer of legitimacy for the anti-democratic push to oust the remnants of the government.
By Peter Symonds, 21 May 2014
The main target of the martial law decree is not so much the caretaker government, but the working class and the rural masses.
By Tom Peters, 20 May 2014
The military has intervened as part of a protracted campaign to oust the elected government.
By Tom Peters, 13 May 2014
The right-wing, anti-government movement is inching closer to the imposition of an un-elected, military-backed regime in Thailand.
By Peter Symonds, 10 May 2014
What is taking place in Thailand is the sharpest expression of the turn to anti-democratic forms of rule throughout the region.
By Tom Peters, 9 May 2014
The National Anti-Corruption Commission ruling is another blow in the opposition campaign to oust the elected Pheu Thai government.
By Tom Peters, 8 May 2014
In an anti-democratic ruling, the Constitutional Court yesterday removed Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on trumped-up charges.
By Tom Peters, 7 May 2014
The Constitutional Court could rule as early as today to convict Yingluck Shinawatra and bring down her government.
By Tom Peters, 25 April 2014
The opposition Democrat Party refused to attend talks to schedule a fresh election, amid ongoing efforts to overthrow the government.
By Tom Peters, 10 April 2014
Russel indicated that the US does not oppose the opposition’s anti-democratic campaign to oust the Yingluck government.
By Tom Peters, 5 April 2014
After annulling the February election, the Constitutional Court is considering a petition to dismiss the prime minister.
By Tom Peters, 29 March 2014
The Constitutional Court’s decision to annul last month’s election is a warning that the ruling classes throughout the region are dispensing with their democratic façade.
By Tom Peters, 24 March 2014
The Constitutional Court’s blatantly anti-democratic ruling heightens the danger of a judicial coup.
By Tom Peters, 15 March 2014
The Constitution Court vetoed a government spending bill and announced it will consider a petition to annul the February 2 election.
By Tom Peters, 6 March 2014
While protest numbers have dwindled, the courts and other official agencies are continuing their efforts to oust the Yingluck government.
By Tom Peters, 28 February 2014
The arrests indicate that sections of the military are actively participating in the anti-democratic campaign to overthrow the Yingluck government.
By Tom Peters, 26 February 2014
The opposition blamed the government for the deaths, but it has more to gain from violence that could provide the pretext for a military coup.
By Tom Peters, 21 February 2014
The civil court this week banned police from making any attempt to break up anti-government protests.
By Peter Symonds, 19 February 2014
What is underway—anti-government protests, legal challenges and a looming constitutional crisis—parallels the lead-up to the 2006 military coup.
By Tom Peters, 15 February 2014
The subsidy scheme, which supports millions of farmers, will expire at the end of the month, further destabilising the Yingluck government.
By Tom Peters, 10 February 2014
The opposition is seeking to nullify the election, while anti-government protests continued in Bangkok last week.
By Tom Peters, 3 February 2014
Yesterday’s blockades of voting stations demonstrated the government’s tenuous hold on power.
By Tom Peters, 31 January 2014
The ruling Puea Thai party will almost certainly win a majority of seats, but the election will not end the country’s political turmoil.
By Peter Symonds, 22 January 2014
Yingluck Shinawatra’s government has declared an emergency, but it is unclear whether it will be able to enforce its measures.
By Tom Peters, 18 January 2014
The explosion, which injured more than 30 people, is the latest in a series of attacks on ongoing anti-government protests.
By Tom Peters, 14 January 2014
Protest leaders say the blockade of major intersections will continue will continue until the government cancels planned elections and an unelected “people’s council” is installed.
By Tom Peters, 11 January 2014
Opposition leaders had vowed to "shut down" Bangkok in the latest effort to distrupt next month's elections and create the conditions for a military coup.
By Tom Peters, 28 December 2013
Amid a deepening political crisis, the Thai army chief yesterday refused to rule out a military seizure of power.
By John Roberts, 23 December 2013
The last Democrat election boycott in 2006 set the stage for a military coup against the present prime minister’s brother, Thaksin Shinawatra.
By John Roberts, 17 December 2013
The armed forces are far from united, with powerful military figures backing anti-government protesters.
By John Roberts, 13 December 2013
There is undoubted sympathy for the anti-government protesters in the upper echelons of the state bureaucracy, the police and military.
By Tom Peters, 10 December 2013
Protest leaders have rejected the election and are continuing their anti-democratic demand for a royally-appointed “people’s council”.
By John Roberts, 9 December 2013
Yingluck’s decision is designed to pre-empt further Democrat-backed protests.
By John Roberts, 4 December 2013
While the protests were suspended for the king’s birthday tomorrow, none of the issues behind the factional infighting in ruling circles has been resolved.
By John Roberts and Peter Symonds, 2 December 2013
Behind the present political turmoil are bitter divisions within the country’s ruling elites over economic policy and patronage.
By John Roberts, 29 November 2013
The protests are the latest stage in the feud between the country’s traditional elites and layers loyal to the billionaire Thaksin Shinawatra.
By John Roberts, 26 November 2013
Just two years after national elections, an amnesty bill has reignited bitter infighting among the country’s ruling elites.
By John Roberts, 30 August 2013
The Thai government has unveiled the country’s first economic contraction since the initial 2008–09 global financial crisis.
By John Roberts, 20 August 2013
The amnesty legislation covers the period of political upheaval from the 2006 military coup to the dissolution of parliament before the July 2011 election.
By John Roberts, 22 March 2013
The negotiations follow escalating armed conflict in Thailand’s southern provinces.
By John Roberts and Peter Symonds, 22 December 2012
The decision to prosecute Abhisit is another indication that the bitter political feuding in the Thai ruling elites has not abated.
By John Roberts, 1 December 2012
The rally confirms that none of the bitter divisions within the Thai ruling elite have been resolved.
By John Roberts, 3 July 2012
A court ruling barring the parliament from debating mechanisms for constitutional change has sparked large protests by government supporters.
By John Roberts, 8 June 2012
The trip by Aung San Suu Kyi to Thailand last week has exposed ongoing tensions with the Burmese military.
By John Roberts, 5 May 2012
The lese majeste laws are a politically sensitive issue because the monarchy has played such a pivotal role in protecting the Thai state apparatus.
By John Roberts, 2 April 2012
The government’s plans for autonomy for Thailand’s southern provinces have provoked opposition within the military.
By John Roberts, 2 March 2012
The Thai events were very convenient for the Israeli government, which, according media reports, is actively discussing an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.
By John Roberts, 12 November 2011
The ongoing flooding has impacted heavily on the Thai economy and is also taking its toll on the newly installed government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
By John Roberts, 2 November 2011
Amid rising anger and resentment among flood victims, the Thai government’s chief concern has been to reassure big business and foreign investors.
By John Roberts, 27 October 2011
Public holidays have been declared to enable some of Bangkok’s 12 million residents to evacuate and allow others to prepare last-ditch sandbag defences.
By John Roberts, 27 October 2011
Amid the country’s worsening flood crisis, industry chiefs and economists have urged the government to abandon its election promises.
By John Roberts, 24 October 2011
Infighting has erupted in ruling circles as the effects of the record monsoon rains are exacerbated by deforestation, development projects and inadequate flood mitigation measures.
By Oliver Campbell, 10 October 2011
Over the weekend, there were chaotic scenes and frantic evacuations in the ancient city of Ayutthaya, 80 kilometres upriver from Bangkok.
By Peter Symonds, 15 August 2011
Efforts to patch up the deep rifts in Thai ruling circles reflect fears that last year’s anti-government protests began to express class hostility toward the wealthy elite and threatened to spiral out of control.
By Peter Symonds, 8 August 2011
Yingluck takes power after five years of intense political upheaval in Thailand following an army coup against her elder brother, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, in 2006.
By John Roberts, 29 July 2011
Prime Minister-elect Yingluck Shinawatra has not yet named her cabinet, with the entire process fraught with the intense tensions that have marked Thai politics over the past five years.
By Peter Symonds, 14 July 2011
Having raised expectations during the election campaign, any move by the new government to abandon its promises to working people would heighten social and political tensions.
By Peter Symonds, 8 July 2011
No one should be under any illusion that Puea Thai’s win has brought to power a government that will act in the interests of the millions of urban and rural poor who voted for it.
By John Roberts and Peter Symonds, 5 July 2011
The election outcome expressed the bitter resentment among the urban and rural poor involved last year in months of anti-government protests that were violently crushed by army.
By Peter Symonds, 2 July 2011
The renewed American focus on Thailand stems from a sense that the US has allowed China to strengthen its influence in Bangkok at the expense of longstanding strategic ties with Washington.
By John Roberts, 28 June 2011
Regardless of the outcome of Sunday’s election, further political unrest is possible amid infighting in Thai ruling circles.
By John Roberts and Peter Symonds, 16 June 2011
The campaign for the July 3 election is revealing the rifts in ruling circles, as well as the social tensions behind the military’s suppression of “Red Shirt” protests last year.
By John Roberts, 12 May 2011
At present, the border conflict appears to be driven primarily by internal political considerations but both Washington and Beijing are no doubt calculating how best to exploit the Thai-Cambodian tensions to their own advantage.
By John Roberts, 27 April 2011
Clashes erupted last Friday near two ancient temples, about 160 kilometres west of the Preah Vihear temple where fighting took place in early February.
By John Roberts, 23 April 2011
None of the divisions within the ruling elites that led to last year’s military crackdown has been resolved.