Politics Rears It’s Ugly Head Again in Thailand

I woke up today to this piece in the Bangkok Post: Anti-government forces yesterday promised to begin a mass rally that would continue until Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva calls a general election. Leaders of the red-clad pro-Thaksin Shinawatra group, the United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), said they would start their demonstration on Sunday, […]

More Hypocrisy in Thailand

Sometimes I pick up the newspaper in Thailand and I can’t believe my eyes. Keep in mind, these eyes grew up in the West, but even so, I’ve been here long enough where I shouldn’t be surprised. I have to say I am. Here’s an item in today’s Bangkok Post. I guess this new law […]

It’s over for Thaksin in Thailand. Or is it?

Today Democratic leader Abhisit Vejjajiva was named the new Prime Minister of Thailand in a vote of Parliament. The vote was 235 to 198. I suspect that is was only that close because of all the last ditch efforts of Thaksin and his people to buy off Abhisit’s supporters. It didn’t work and finally Thailand […]

Thaksin is at it again in Thailand

I never intended this blog to be so political, but when commenting on Thai society and the differences between here and the west, it’s just too irresistible not to talk about it. I opened up today’s Bangkok Post and was greeted with the headline: Puea Thai Plots to Turn the Tide Plots is a great […]

It’s very quiet in Bangkok

So the protesters have left Government House and the 2 airports. The airlines and airport people have moved at warp speed to get the flights back in the air. And the town is eerily quiet. Last night was boy’s night out with Mr. Bill and special guest Mr. Jim. We started out at my favorite […]

The Aftermath in Thailand

A piece in today’s Bangkok Post made more sense then just about anything I’ve read or heard about the political situation here in a long time: Business leaders have called on all political parties to put their own narrow interests aside and nominate a credible, qualified leader as the next prime minister to help address […]

The Court Has Spoken in Thailand

This just came across the news wires from the newspaper The Nation: PARTY DISSOLUTION People Power, Chart Thai and Matchima Thipataya parties disbanded BANGKOK: — The Constitution Court on Tuesday ruled to disband three coalition parties, People Power, Chart Thai and Matchima Thipataya, and banned the three’s party executives from electoral process for five years. […]

The more things change, the more they stay the same in Thailand

A commentary in today’s Bangkok Post is probably the best written assesment of the current political situation I’ve seen: Calling On Both Sides To Compromise Thailand is now hopelessly trapped in a political stalemate in which none of the conflicting parties want to compromise at all. The ongoing political conflict is not an ordinary one […]