Junta leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha urged the public on Friday to be critical while consuming news and information from social media.

Speaking during his nation-wide address, he said the public must be critical when consuming news and information from social media and when talking to others. He said the public should think after listening or reading and ask questions before restating or concluding what they heard.

“I would like to plead everyone to maintain the best environment and the best foreign views toward Thailand as we move toward elections. We can see that today, [foreign governments] pay attention to national development, politics and democracy which is moving ahead. I give moral support to businesses, look after the people and human rights,” Prayuth said.

With the majority of mainstream media in the country exercising a level of self-censorship since the May 2014 military coup, social media has become the most used space to publish content critical of the junta.

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Politicians of all shades have united in a rare move to slam the National Legislative Assembly after its chief whip suggested all sides agree to a three-month election delay if they want to be sure the related organic bills won’t face legal challenges in the future.

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The secret American “black site” for interrogating suspected terrorists in Thailand was known to the CIA as “Detention Site Green” but for its first detainee, it was decidedly white.

Four halogen lights blasted the white walls 24 hours a day, according to Steve Coll in his book Directorate S, about the Pakistani spy service and those it arrested.

At other times, alleged terrorist Abu Zubaydah was kept in a coffin-sized box for hundreds of hours and waterboarded until he passed out, according to the Washington Post.

“Interrogation techniques such as slaps and “wallings” (slamming detainees against a wall) were used in combination, frequently concurrent with sleep deprivation and nudity,” stated a US Senate report in 2014.

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A challenging month, a hectic schedule. However I’m glad to have this opportunity to unwind and travel to rejuvenate. It is always good to leave the urban madness, even for a while.

Pattaya is not a tropical paradise but it does offer somewhat a change of scenery. It’s no longer a bustling spot like about five years ago. Communities are still struggling from poor income and low livelihood opportunities. Hopefully things improve. Maybe after the election next year. Maybe they will be able to enjoy a prosperous year then.


This Street Artist Is Trying to Loosen the Junta’s Iron Grip on Thailand With Humor.

It was a scandal too good to ignore. Prawit Wongsuwan, the deputy prime minister and close ally of Thai junta leader Prayuth Chan-o-cha, was photographed with a flashy Richard Mille wrist watch worth nearly $100,000 USD peeking out from beneath his white military uniform sleeve.

That photograph, and others like it showcasing a watch collection worth in excess of $1 million USD, snowballed into a scandal that, for many Thais, encapsulated their frustration with a military government that seized control in a 2014 coup and then refused to let go of power. And it was just too perfect a metaphor for political street artist Headache Stencil to pass up.

The artist, who asked us to keep his real name a secret, sketched up an image of Prawit’s face inside an alarm clock. The clock’s hands subtly formed an X across his face. But Headache Stencil wasn’t finished. He added a Rolex logo to the general’s forehead and then stenciled the image on a busy pedestrian overpass right in the middle of Bangkok. He wanted the piece to show the junta that the watch scandal was a wake up call for the people. He wanted the military government, and Prawit who had stubbornly ignored calls for his resignation, to know that time was running out.

“[The junta] will be lucky to last another two-to-three months,” the artist told me. “Pro-democracy protestors are getting bolder since the watch scandal. There was nothing special about that piece. It only became popular because a lot of people agreed with the message.”

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The deputy prime minister has sought another extension of the deadline to submit written explanation of his pricey watches to the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) when it dues today.

NACC deputy secretary-general Worawit Sukboon said Gen Prawit has sought to postpone giving a written explanation despite the deadline expires today.

But he said he couldn’t say whether the NACC would give him more time to clarify on the issue.

He said the NACC is gathering evidence and giving him a chance to clear himself off all allegations

Meanwhile the fact-finding committee assigned by the NACC board to probe the pricey wristwatches owned by the deputy prime minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan remained undecided whether to invite him for oral explanation after the fourth extended deadline for him to submit written explanation expires on Thursday.

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Two Thai fascists united, once again. 

An activist monk who helped lead street protests that paved way for the 2014 military coup was indicted on a charge of insurrection along with other activists Wednesday.

Buddha Issara and 13 others were accused of inciting unlawful rebellion against the government at the time with their protest campaign, which saw several state agencies occupied by protesters. The monk, whose real name is Suwit Thongprasert, denied the charges.

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