Blogs

Junta denies taking down political cartoonist Facebook page

January 19, 2018

The junta and the Digital Ministry have denied their involvement in the disappearance of a parody cartoonist page mocking the military government. ? On 19 January 2018, a day after the disappearance of the Facebook page Khai Maew, Colonel Winthai Suwari, a spokesperson of the National Council for Peace and Orders (NCPO), told...
Read more »

Tags: , ,
Posted in Prachatai | No Comments »

Can A Regional Body Like ASEAN Eliminate Violence against Women?

January 19, 2018

Amanda Siddharta JAKARTA, Dec 16 – One late afternoon here in the Indonesian capital, Marcella, sitting calmly in a café, asked if she was allowed to smoke. As she lit up a cigarette, the 31-year-old started recounting a harrowing experience she went through one year ago, in December 2016. ? She had just...
Read more »

Tags: , ,
Posted in Prachatai | No Comments »

New environmental bill overtly facilitates business: experts

January 19, 2018

A draft environmental law being considered by the NLA is being pushed for approval on 19 January 2018. Community members, scholars, and activists have criticized the bill for failing to resolve environmental problems and for an EIA process that cannot be trusted. They add that the environmental protection law is an investment promotion...
Read more »

Tags: , ,
Posted in Prachatai | No Comments »

Trump Towers buyers in India offered chance to meet Donald Trump Jr., raising ethics concerns

January 18, 2018
Trump Towers buyers in India offered chance to meet Donald Trump Jr., raising ethics concerns

The offer comes amid rising concerns that Trump’s children are using their names to profit from their father’s presidency.
Read more »

Posted in Blogs, Coconuts Bangkok | No Comments »

New minimum wage announced: Deep South gets lowest rate

January 18, 2018

The three provinces in the restive Deep South has the lowest rate of minimum wage in the country, according to a new announcement by the Labour Ministry. The new highest rate is 330 baht per day, which is still lower than the proposal from a labour activist group. ? On 18 January 2018,...
Read more »

Tags: , , , ,
Posted in Prachatai | No Comments »

Court drops sedition charge in ‘Lanna’ separatist banner case

January 18, 2018

Citing weak evidence, a provincial court has dismissed the sedition charge against three redshirts who were accused of hanging a separatist banner in Phayao. ? On 18 January 2018, Phayao Provincial Court acquitted three redshirts of sedition under Article 116 of the Penal Code. They were accused of hanging a banner with a...
Read more »

Tags: ,
Posted in Prachatai | No Comments »

Sulak’s dropped lèse majesté charges: not good news to Thailand’s free speech

January 18, 2018

Sarayut Tangprasert If you asked me if the decision by a military prosecutor to drop the lèse majesté charge against renowned historian and social critic Sulak Sivaraksa is good news, I’d say, ‘yes it’s good that the old man does not have to spend time in jail’. But if you asked me if...
Read more »

Tags: , ,
Posted in Prachatai | No Comments »

Anti-junta historian faces cybercrime charge for sharing fake news

January 18, 2018

Former Thammasat University rector says he will fight the case if the police accuse him of sharing fake news about the purse of Prayut’s wife. ? On 17 January 2018, Pol Col Olarn Sukkasem from the Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) revealed that he had received an order to prosecute those who publicly...
Read more »

Tags: ,
Posted in Prachatai | No Comments »

Vice President Pence urges peaceful resolution of Afghan power struggle

January 17, 2018
Vice President Pence urges peaceful resolution of Afghan power struggle

Pence’s call to the Afghan president may forestall military action against a renegade northern warlord.
Read more »

Posted in Blogs, Coconuts Bangkok | No Comments »

Koreas plan Olympic first with joint women’s hockey team. But many in the South are not happy.

January 17, 2018
Koreas plan Olympic first with joint women’s hockey team. But many in the South are not happy.

The announcement — part of North-South outreach for next month’s Games — brought quick backlash in South Korea as too much of a concession toward thawing relations.
Read more »

Posted in Blogs, Coconuts Bangkok | No Comments »

Newley’s Notes 118: Hot CES Gadgets; Facebook’s Big Change; HQ Trivia is Killing It

January 17, 2018
Newley’s Notes 118: Hot CES Gadgets; Facebook’s Big Change; HQ Trivia is Killing It

Edition 118 of my email newsletter went out on Sunday. To join the list, simply enter your email address here . It’s free, it’s fun, it’s brief, and few people unsubscribe. Hi, friends.
Read more »

Tags: ,
Posted in Blogs, Newley Purnell | No Comments »

Anti-corruption bill allows junta to infiltrate checks and balances

January 17, 2018

Kornkritch Somjittranukit A new organic bill appears to breach the constitution, by allowing the current National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) chairman, who has a close connection with the junta, to continue sitting in office despite being constitutionally ineligible.? ? Over the past week, the Thai public has questioned the NACC over its ability to...
Read more »

Tags: , ,
Posted in Prachatai | No Comments »

People to march from Bangkok to Khon Kaen to demand back civil rights

January 17, 2018

Thaweeporn Kummetha A network of civil societies will march from Bangkok to Khon Kaen next week to demand back civil rights and public participation after their rights have been taken away over three years of junta regime. The march will also gather 10,000 signatures to propose the people’s version of the environmental law.?...
Read more »

Tags: ,
Posted in Prachatai | No Comments »

Lèse majesté charges dropped against Sulak over ancient king’s elephant battle

January 17, 2018

All charges were dropped Wednesday morning against Sulak Sivaraksa, renowned social critic and historian, who questioned whether an ancient story of a Thai king’s elephant battle was apocryphal. ? Sulak?walked out of a military courtroom just before 10am after charges of royal defamation and computer crimes were dropped three years after he publicly...
Read more »

Tags: , ,
Posted in Prachatai | No Comments »

A new U.S. air blitz in Afghanistan isn’t stopping for winter. But will it stop the Taliban?

January 16, 2018
A new U.S. air blitz in Afghanistan isn’t stopping for winter. But will it stop the Taliban?

U.S. and Afghan forces have conducted 2,000 airstrikes since a new strategy was announced.
Read more »

Posted in Blogs, Coconuts Bangkok | No Comments »

First Hawaii, now Japan sends a false alarm about incoming North Korean missile

January 16, 2018
First Hawaii, now Japan sends a false alarm about incoming North Korean missile

Public broadcaster NHK sent the erroneous message but corrected it within minutes.
Read more »

Posted in Blogs, Coconuts Bangkok | No Comments »

Police accuses Ekkachai of computer crime

January 16, 2018

The police have summoned Ekkachai Hongkangwan, anti-junta activist and former lese majeste prisoner, for posting pornographic content online. The charge came after the activist vocally scrutinised Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, Junta’s No.2. ? Ekkachai Hongkangwan (courtesy of? Banrasdr Photo ) ? On 16 January 2018, four police officers gave Ekkachai Hongkangwan a summon at...
Read more »

Tags: ,
Posted in Prachatai | No Comments »

If it doesn’t look like a duck and doesn’t walk like a duck, then it must be a Prime Minister

January 15, 2018

Harrison George Pandemonium reigned in parliament yesterday after the vote to choose a new Prime Minister descended into farce. After the House had failed to choose a Prime Minister from among the candidates declared before the election, the appointed Senate was constitutionally required to join the House in voting for any candidate, including...
Read more »

Tags:
Posted in Prachatai | No Comments »

Civil society network call for abolition of junta’s orders

January 15, 2018

22 civil society organisations have launched a project to collect signatures of Thai citizen in a bid to repeal the junta’s orders that violate human rights and democratic values. ? On 15 January 2018, iLaw, a human rights advocacy group and its network organisations launched a campaign to abolish over 500 orders of...
Read more »

Tags: , , ,
Posted in Prachatai | No Comments »

2000 acres prepared for medical marijuana plantation

January 15, 2018

Thai government agencies are going to sponsor a large-scale?project to plant marijuana on over 2000 acres of land for the medical purpose. This project follows the movements of some high-level government officials who want to decriminalise cannabis in Thailand.? ? ? The National Farmers Council (NFC), after consultation with anti-drug agencies, has revealed...
Read more »

Tags: , ,
Posted in Prachatai | No Comments »

A conversation with activist summoned 18 times for “attitude adjustment”.

January 15, 2018

Yiamyut Sutthichaya An activist with the Assembly of the Poor on the issue of the Pak Mun Dam, Krissakorn Silarak has been summoned to military bases 18 times. Kritsakorn spoke of the experience of his mother and coworker throwing their telephones in frustration with military pressure.? ? Summonses to a military base for...
Read more »

Tags: , , , ,
Posted in Prachatai | No Comments »

Statement from Nobel Prize laureates to Chulalongkorn University

January 15, 2018

Dear Professor Bundhit Eua-arporn, Ph.D. President of Chulalongkorn University; Professor Thongtong Jansrangsu, President of the appeal committee of Chulalongkorn University and the board of the appeal committee. ? We, Nobel laureates, educators, scientists, academics and human rights activists, have been informed about the event in which 8 Chulalongkorn University students walked out of...
Read more »

Tags: ,
Posted in Prachatai | No Comments »

India is on the hunt for 24 ‘untraceable’ historical treasures

January 13, 2018
India is on the hunt for 24 ‘untraceable’ historical treasures

Officials are looking for ancient temples, tombs and other historical artifacts lost to natural disasters or development.
Read more »

Posted in Blogs, Coconuts Bangkok | No Comments »

Beijing wins battle for blue skies — but the poor are paying a price

January 13, 2018
Beijing wins battle for blue skies — but the poor are paying a price

The Chinese capital’s success upends the assumption that the Communist Party will always put the economy ahead of the environment.
Read more »

Posted in Blogs, Coconuts Bangkok | No Comments »

Public prosecutor indicts 16 anti-coal protesters in Deep South

January 12, 2018

An attorney-general has indicted villagers who joined an anti-coal rally in Thepa district, Songkhla Province.?? ? On 12 January 2018, the Songkhla public prosecutor indicted 16 villagers for joining the rally against plans to build a coal-fired power plant in Thepa. They were accused of resisting arrest, injuring state authorities, obstructing traffic, carrying...
Read more »

Tags: ,
Posted in Prachatai | No Comments »

Comrade, meet Cupid — young communists play matchmaker for China’s millennials

January 11, 2018
Comrade, meet Cupid — young communists play matchmaker for China’s millennials

Mao promised to “Serve the people.” His successors want to set them up. 
Read more »

Posted in Blogs, Coconuts Bangkok | No Comments »

Ethnic Karen in Ratchaburi vulnerable to forced eviction

January 11, 2018

Cross Cultural Foundation (CrCF) Ethnic Karen of Ban Wang Kho, Tambon Tanao Sri, Suan Phueng vulnerable to forced eviction ? Government urged to heed to cabinet resolution to provide restoration of the livelihood of the EthnicKaren ? A filed trip was made on 9 January 2018 by representatives from the Cross-Cultural Foundation (CrCF)...
Read more »

Tags: , , ,
Posted in Prachatai | No Comments »

South Korean president credits Trump with bringing North Korea to the table

January 10, 2018
South Korean president credits Trump with bringing North Korea to the table

Moon has to strike a balance to avoid antagonizing both Trump and Kim.
Read more »

Posted in Blogs, Coconuts Bangkok | No Comments »

Actress to be charged with cyber crimes over pornographic image

January 10, 2018

A famous actress has to report the police after accidentally posting an image of her boyfriend’s genitals on her Instagram.? ? On 9 January 2018, the Technology Crimes Suppression Division asked actress Apinya Sakuljaroensuk, 27, to report on 12 January to hear accusations against herself. The authorities accused her of importing pornographic images...
Read more »

Tags: ,
Posted in Prachatai | No Comments »

Ultra-royalist monk faces harassment over lèse majesté lawsuit

January 10, 2018

The anti-election monk has urged the police to stop harassing his disciples after the authorities visited his temple to investigate the lèse majesté allegation against him. ? On 9 January 2018, Suvit Theerathammo, abbot of Wat Or Noi temple, and his lawyer visited the police’s Crimes Suppression Division to ask information about the...
Read more »

Tags: , , ,
Posted in Prachatai | No Comments »