New Asia Foundation survey on Thai political attitudes

Yesterday the Asia Foundation released a new survey on political attitudes in Thailand. The full title is “2010 National Survey of the Thai Electorate: Exploring National Consensus and Color Polarization.” Here’s the full survey (large PDF file). From the press release: [The survey] is one of the most rigorous and comprehensive public perception surveys conducted […]

Notes from Thai PM Abhisit’s FCCT speech

As promised, here are some quotes from Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s annual Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand speech last night. But first, a few general observations. This has been been noted many times before, but I just want to reiterate: Abhisit is quite a skillful politician. He is a highly articulate English speaker, making […]

Bangkok Post : “Snap election ‘just weeks away'”

Today’s Bangkok Post: Snap election ‘just weeks away’ Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has indicated an early House dissolution is likely to be called later this month or early next month to clear the way for the general election, a highly-placed coalition source said. The premier’s move came as pressure continued to mount against the government, […]

7 Red Shirt leaders out on bail

AP: Thailand Court Grants Bail for Red Shirt Leaders A Thai court has granted bail for seven leaders of the antigovernment “Red Shirt” movement detained after mass protests and riots ended in May. BBC: Thailand’s red-shirt leaders freed on bail Seven leaders of Thailand’s “red-shirt” protest movement have been freed on bail after nine months […]

One year ago today

— AFP today: “Thai government, army deny coup claims.” — Bangkok Post today: “Suthep brushes aside coup claim.” — The Nation today: “Isoc denies coup plot” One year ago today — Jan. 27, 2010 — this was the Bangkok Post‘s front page: No larger point to mention at the moment — political uncertainties obviously remain […]

Bangkok bomb kills 1; Dems win parliamentary by-election

A bomb exploded yesterday at a bus stop near central Bangkok’s Rajaprasong intersection, killing 1 and wounded 10. BBC has more info here. Here’s an image I snapped about an hour and a half after the explosion. The bus stop is located directly opposite the CentralWorld shopping mall, which was torched on May 19 following […]

A visit to Pheu Thai’s red shirt exhibition (guest post at BP)

Below is a guest post that appeared yesterday on the Bangkok Pundit blog, which is part of the Asian Correspondent site. Here is a link to the original post. By Newley Purnell The red shirt protests, as we know, came to a dramatic and bloody conclusion on May 19, when security forces dispersed anti-government demonstrators […]

NYT on parliamentary by-election and ongoing divisions in Thailand

Today’s New York Times has a story that looks at Sunday’s parliamentary by-election and ongoing tensions here in Thailand: BANGKOK — In a parliamentary race this weekend that is being seen as a referendum on Bangkok’s recent upheavals, only one of the two leading candidates is campaigning. The other is in prison, accused of terrorism […]