“A Coup for the Rich” revisited

Giles Ji Ungpakorn Generalissimo Prayut’s junta has announced that it will scrap the 300 baht national minimum wage which was introduced by the previous Yingluk government. Instead they want to use the “floating” minimum wage system favoured by free-market fanatics like Pridiyatorn Devakul. This so-called “floating” minimum wage system allows businessmen and government officials in … Continue reading “A Coup for the Rich” revisited

13 years since the 19th September 2006 coup

Giles Ji Ungpakorn The 19th September 2006 coup has caused immense damage to Thai society, resulting in 13 lost years when real progress towards a modern, free and just society could have been achieved. Instead, the conservatives and the military have managed to turn the clock back to the days of military dictatorships and entrenched … Continue reading 13 years since the 19th September 2006 coup

12 years since the 19th September 2006 coup

Giles Ji Ungpakorn The major forces behind the 19th September coup were anti-democratic groups in the military and civilian elite, disgruntled business leaders and neo-liberal intellectuals and politicians. The coup was also supported by the Monarchy, although the King did not order it to take place. Most NGOs also supported the coup. What all these … Continue reading 12 years since the 19th September 2006 coup

Q & A about the coup

Giles Ji Ungpakorn Did the army “have no choice” but to intervene to stop the warring factions? This is one hell of a stupid question, since the military staged the 2006 coup and appointed the unelected officials who helped with the various judicial coups in the first place. When Sutep’s mob started to cause havoc … Continue reading Q & A about the coup

Military rule has increased inequality

Giles Ji Ungpakorn The shocking levels of increasing inequality in Thailand have been recently revealed by the Credit Suisse Global Wealth Databook 2018 [See https://bit.ly/2RxcMFM , https://bit.ly/2QKpW63 ]. The report shows that inThailand, the richest 1% own and control 66.9% of all wealth. This compares to 51.5, 57.1, 46.6, 32.6, 24.6 and 35.3% for India, … Continue reading Military rule has increased inequality

How to access my publications

Giles Ji Ungpakorn The Failure of Stalinist Ideology and the Communist Parties of Southeast Asia (1998). https://bit.ly/1OEfsJo  Thailand: Class Struggle in an Era of Economic Crisis (1999).   http://bit.ly/2kPNX9E  Book about the Thai labour movement. From the city, via the jungle, to defeat: the 6th Oct 1976 bloodbath and the C.P.T. http://bit.ly/1TKgv02   or   http://bit.ly/2d1iZbj A Coup … Continue reading How to access my publications

A rotten and unfree society

Giles Ji Ungpakorn The rotten stench of dictatorship in Thailand grows by the day. Last week the junta announced the key members of the National Strategy Committee, which has been designed to oversee any future elected governments for the foreseeable future. Naturally, top dog is Generalissimo Prayut, followed by his favourite henchmen General “Pig-face” Prawit … Continue reading A rotten and unfree society

Shameful behaviour of Chulalongkorn University Staff reflects state of Thai society

Giles Ji Ungpakorn Last week a disgraceful incident occurred at my old university where I used to teach. Assistant Professor Ruangwit Banjongrut, who was in charge of student affairs, head locked a student representative and dragged him off, pulling his hair. At the same time he was heard to shout obscenities at another student. Ruangwit … Continue reading Shameful behaviour of Chulalongkorn University Staff reflects state of Thai society

Twenty years of military dominated politics in store

Giles Ji Ungpakorn As the year 2016 draws to a close we can look forward to years of military dominated politics. The “20 year National Strategy”, set down by the junta and its hireling law-makers, is designed to position the military jack-boot firmly on the back of any “elected” government in the future. Government policies … Continue reading Twenty years of military dominated politics in store

Sufficiency Economy and Sufficiency Democracy

Giles Ji Ungpakorn Since the blood-stained Generalissimo Prayut, head of the Thai junta, has been spouting the usual rubbish about the King’s “Sufficiency Economy” at the United Nations, it might be a good idea to talk about this nasty royalist ideology. Back in 2006, Paul Handley wrote in his book “The King Never Smiles”, that … Continue reading Sufficiency Economy and Sufficiency Democracy