Sonthi the candidate, Thailand’s military, and the upcoming election

A video report from Al Jazeera English notes that “Sonthi Boonyaratglin, the Thai military man who overthrew former Prime minister Thaksin Shinawat, is one of the candidates running in the country’s general election on Sunday.” The report is embedded below and on YouTube here.

Thitinan Pongsudhirak on what comes after the election

As ever, thoughtful analysis from political expert Thitinan Pongsudhirak, who says in Saturday’s Bangkok Post that post-election, a “flexible roadmap acceptable to the principal protagonists is imperative.” Read the whole thing.

BBC interviews with Abhisit and Thaksin

The BBC on Sunday posted a text story about the upcoming election. Of particular interest are the embedded video interviews with Abhisit and Thaksin. Worth a watch. As I noted following Abhisit’s address to the Foreign Correspondents’ Club here in Bangkok in March, he is a skillful politician. Some analysts say he cannot connect with […]

TIME on upcoming Thailand elections

A recent TIME story on the upcoming elections begins with a memorable lede: Sonthi Boonyaratglin must have armor-plated gonads. How else to explain it? Five years ago, as an army general, he led a military coup that overthrew Thailand’s then Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra. Now retired and running in the country’s July 3 parliamentary election, […]

Aljazeera English on Yingluck in Khon Kaen

Al Jazeera English ran a story on Sunday featuring Yingluck in northeastern Thailand’s Khon Kaen province. The video is embedded below and on YouTube here.

Thailand quits U.N. World Heritage Convention over Preah Vihear

The AP reported yesterday that: Thailand’s prime minister on Sunday defended his country’s decision to quit the U.N.’s World Heritage Convention, saying its committee’s consideration of a Cambodian plan to manage a protected temple on Thailand’s border would increase tensions. The UNESCO Web site has this statement yesterday from the Director General, who says: Contrary […]

WSJ on Newin

Saturday’s Wall Street Journal profiles Thailand’s Newin Chidchob, the Bhumjai Thai party, and his Buriram PEA soccer team: Thai politician Newin Chidchob, banned from contesting the country’s July 3 election because of a past conviction for vote-buying, has found a field in which he might be more powerful: soccer. Long known as an important provincial […]

Thailand election animation from Taiwan’s NMA.TV

I can think of nothing better to share, as the week comes to a close, than this wacky GGI “news” video summarizing the upcoming Thailand election. The item, created by Taiwan’s NMA.TV, is embedded below and on YouTube here. No time, at the moment, to detail all the excellent bits. Just give it a watch. […]

Economist on Thailand elections

An Economist story that ran yesterday says things are looking good for Puea Thai, but that it’s still unclear who will actually form the next government: With little more than a week to go before polling day on July 3rd, it is clear that the opposition Pheu Thai (PT) party will win more seats than […]

Photos from Democrats’ rally at Rajaprasong last night

As promised, here are a few cell phone images I snapped at last night’s Democrat rally in front of CentralWorld mall, in the Rajaprasong area. None of these pics are photographic masterpieces, but they should convey a sense of what the scene looked like. The crowd, roughly mid-way back from the stage. The crowd listening […]