Thailand: 17 killed in 3 army helicopter crashes

The AP notes that: A third Thai military helicopter has crashed near the country’s forested border with Myanmar in just over a week, killing three soldiers Sunday and bringing the toll from all three accidents to 17 AFP also has a story. The Bangkok Post says the Bell 212 fleet has been grounded. A third […]

Yingluck, the army, and a “grand bargain”?

The Wall Street Journal points out that: With Ms. Yingluck leading opinion polls, analysts said the key question is whether Thailand’s conservative armed forces will accept an outcome that places the youngest sister of exiled populist billionaire Thaksin Shinawatra—a former prime minister whom the army ousted in a coup five years ago—in Thailand’s top job. […]

Thai army chief on upcoming election

Yesterday I tweeted about his comments, which appeared in a Bangkok Post story: Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha has called on the electorate to turn out in force for the July 3 general election and vote “good people” into parliament to protect the monarchy and change the country for the better. The WSJ says: The gloves […]

Al Jazeera: “Thai-Cambodia clashes continue despite truce”

Al Jazeera English today: Thai-Cambodia clashes continue despite truce A brief cease-fire between Thailand and Cambodia has broken down, shattering hopes for a quick end to the border conflict as the two sides exchanged fire for an eighth day and the death toll rose to 16.

WSJ editorial: “Thailand Going Rogue”

Just briefly, following the story I pointed out yesterday, here’s more from the Wall Street Journal. This is an editorial today on the ongoing Thailand-Cambodia clashes and Thai domestic politics: Thailand Going Rogue Fighting over the disputed territory surrounding the Preah Vihear Temple along the Thai-Cambodia border resumed last Friday, with both sides trading artillery […]

WSJ on Thailand-Cambodia clashes and Thai elections

Today’s WSJ: Thai-Cambodia Border Dispute Adds to Election Worries A simmering border conflict between Thailand and Cambodia has killed at least 10 soldiers over the past three days and also threatens to complicate a heated political environment in Bangkok, where rumors are swirling about military coups or other ways to block planned elections. And: The […]

Thailand’s military continues to make headlines

I’ve mentioned, in previous posts, Thai media coverage of coup rumors — and denials that coups are imminent. So I wanted to point out that the army is once again in the news today. That’s because the military conducted exercises here in Bangkok yesterday, the Nation and Bangkok Post are reporting. First, an image from […]

Once again, coup rumors — and denials

Here’s the front page of today’s Nation, via @LeroyNewsDesign on Twitpic: Here’s the accompanying story: In an unprecedented move, top commanders came out yesterday to declare there would definitely be no military overthrow of the government. “We ask you not to believe the rumours that soldiers will stage a coup. The Thai Armed Forces strictly […]

Reuters: “Are cracks appearing in Thailand’s military?”

Given my recent posts on the subject, I wanted to point out a story that Reuters ran yesterday. It’s called “Are cracks appearing in Thailand’s military?” Here are the first few graphs. A grenade attack on the office of Thailand’s army chief this month is stoking fears of a worst-case scenario in Thailand’s political crisis […]