Bangkok Post: “Nitirat leader attacked at Thammasat”

The Bangkok Post says that the leader of the group of academics arguing for the reform of Thailand’s royal insult laws was reportdly assaulted at Thammasat Univ. today: Law lecturer Vorajate Pakeerat, leader of the Nitirat (enlightened jurists) group, was punched in the face by an unidentified man at Thammasat University’s Tha Phrachan campus on […]

Sondhi Sentenced to 20 Years for Financial Crime

Speaking of jail sentences (see my previous post), the AP reports: A Thai protest leader whose movement helped topple three prime ministers was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison for falsifying financial documents aimed at securing a $32 million government bank loan for his media empire. Sondhi Limthongkul faces separate charges in connection with […]

Red Shirt Jailed for Lèse-majesté

Bloomberg reports today: A Thai man who helped lead anti- government protests was sentenced to seven and half years in jail for insulting the royal family. Surachai Danwattananusorn, 68, had a 15-year prison term cut in half because he pleaded guilty to the charges, Bangkok’s Criminal Court said today. His legal team will seek a […]

3 More Iranians Questioned over Alleged Bangkok Bomb Plot

The AP reports today: Thai investigators questioned three more Iranian citizens Monday for possible links to an alleged bomb plot that was discovered in Bangkok on Valentine’s Day. National Police spokesman Maj. Gen. Piya Uthayo said that two men and one woman were found Sunday during a search of an apartment in the capital that […]

Red Shirts Rally in Khao Yai

The Bangkok Post reports: The red-shirt movement’s drive to amend the constitution and oppose a future military coup has gained momentum with an estimated 30,000 supporters gathering at Bonanza Khao Yai in Nakhon Ratchasima on Saturday evening. Members of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) and governing Pheu Thai Party loyalists from all […]

AP: “Thai Parliament takes first step toward contentious constitutional change”

The AP reported yesterday: A joint session of Thailand’s Parliament has taken the first contentious steps toward revising the country’s constitution, implemented after a 2006 military coup. After two days of debate, lawmakers on Saturday approved by a 399-199 vote measures that call for establishment of a constitution drafting assembly. Divisions over whether the constitution […]

Self-Promotion: New WSJ Southeast Asia Real Time Story on Thai Cheerleaders Documentary

My newest story for the Wall Street Journal‘s Southeast Asia Real Time blog is called Thai Cheerleaders Documentary Draws Applause. It begins: A new documentary about the surprising international success of a Thai cheerleading squad is attracting attention in the Southeast Asian nation and abroad. Please give it a read and share it online. (Image: […]

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Iranian Bomb Supspects Update: ABC News Has Photos of What Appear to be Explosive Device Hidden in Radio

ABC News has the images and reports: Forensic photographs obtained exclusively by ABC News show an undetonated explosive device that was designed to be a part of a failed bomb plot in Thailand. Three Iranian suspects were arrested last week for their alleged involvement in the plot which fell apart when a similar device apparently […]

Thai Police: ‘SEJEAL’ Stickers May Have Marked Escape Route

To follow up on my previous post about the cryptic “SEJEAL” stickers: The Bangkok Post reports today: The mysterious stickers found posted along a road in Klong Toey district definitely belonged to the group of suspects believed to have been involved in the Feb 14 bombings on Sukhumvit Soi 71, police said. Fifty-two stickers bearing […]