Thailand protests: anti-amnesty push morphs into an effort to topple Yingluck

Outside the Terminal 21 shopping mall Marching down Sukhumvit road Heading toward Phloenchit Above are a few photos I snapped yesterday as protesters marched near the Asoke intersection here in Bangkok. A few thoughts: The protests began last week and targeted a proposed amnesty bill that could have led to the return of former prime […]

Following up: A few Stories on Saturday’s Protest in Bangkok

As a follow-up to my previous post, I wanted to point out some stories on Saturday’s anti-government protest in Bangkok: Embedded above and on Youtube here is a BBC report. Bloomberg summed up: Thai anti-government forces called off a rally yesterday aimed at toppling Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra because of a poor turnout after clashes […]

Anti-Government Protesters to Rally in Bangkok Saturday

Map via The Nation. The AP reports: Thailand will deploy thousands of police officers and has invoked a special security law for an anti-government rally Saturday that is expected to be the largest since Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra took office in 2011 and that officials fear could turn violent. Authorities expect tens of thousands of […]

Thai Politics Update: Constitution Court Case and Assessing Yingluck’s First Year

Here are a few recent Thailand-related stories I wanted to point out: Embedded above and online here is a recent Al Jazeera story on the anniversary of Yingluck’s election — and what the future might hold in store for her. Elsewhere, Reuters reported earlier this week: With the help of her photogenic looks, disarming personality […]

Notes from Thai PM Yingluck’s FCCT Speech

Somewhat belatedly — but as promised! — here are my notes from the remarks Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra made to journalists and others at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT) dinner here in Bangkok on Fri., March 23. This isn’t an exhaustive list of what she said — see the links to news […]

Thai PM Yingluck’s FCCT Speech Tonight: Stay Tuned

A quick heads up that just as I did last year and in 2010 and 2009, I’ll be posting some notes from the annual prime minister’s speech to the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT). PM Yingluck will address journalists and others at Bangkok’s InterContinental hotel this evening. More details on the event are on […]

Thaksin Tells Bloomberg He Thinks He’ll Return to Thailand This Year

The video is here. UPDATE: There’s also a Bloomberg text story to go along with the interview. It says: Thaksin Shinawatra, deposed as Thai premier in a 2006 coup, said his sister’s seven-month-old government will avoid the same fate due to her good ties with the army and expressed hope he’d return from exile this […]

Bloomberg on Pheu Thai’s Proposal to Rewrite Constitution

Bloomberg reports today: Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s party will propose overhauling a constitution written after a 2006 coup that ousted her brother, a move that threatens to reignite political discord. The Pheu Thai party will present a plan to parliament tomorrow to create a Constitution Drafting Assembly comprising 99 people that has 180 days […]

Fashion Commentary from Yingluck’s India Visit

And now for something completely different… Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, as you may know, is visiting India. While the trip has geopolitical implications — especially for India — a couple of stories in the Indian media on an altogether different topic have caught my eye. India’s Mail Online has run two dispatches — so […]