Junta Name Change Earns Instant Global Legitimacy

BANGKOK — Global criticism of the military coup d’etat that seized power in Thailand last Thursday  came to an immediate halt when the Peace and Order Maintaining Council (POMC) changed its name to the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) yesterday. “We were wrong about the coup, and now fully support it,” said US Secretary of State John Kerry. “It turns out... 

Thais Protect King From Deadly Ballots

BANGKOK – A possible overthrow of Thailand’s longstanding and revered monarchy was narrowly averted Sunday when courageous groups of patriotic citizens prevented the use of thousands of voting ballots by persons with ill intentions. “We heard that bad people who didn’t love our king had assembled an arsenal of over a million ballots in locations throughout the city,” said Issara Semchaiyat,... 

Sondhi Gently Suggests Suthep Buy Bulletproof Car

BANGKOK – Former anti-Thaksin leader Sondhi Limthonkul sent an email to People’s Democratic Reform Council secretary general Suthep Limthongkul this morning, strongly recommending that he buy himself a bulletproof vehicle that could “withstand M-16 rounds fired at close range.” The letter, a copy of which was obtained by Not The Nation, expressed general support for Suthep’s work, which Sondhi... 

Anti-Suthep Surpasses Anti-Thaksin As Laziest Expat Opinion

BANGKOK – After two months of sustained and disruptive anti-government protests, hating protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban has become more popular than hating Thaksin Shinawatra among expatriates in Thailand who don’t know anything about Thailand , according to new research data. Surveys of Thaivisa.com forums, politically-minded Facebook pages, and the comment sites of Thailand’s two English language... 

Yingluck Announces Pledged-Rice Ski Mountain

  BANGKOK – Attempting to counter accusations of economic mismanagement, the government unveiled today a bold proposal to turn all of its unsold rice stocks into a “world-class tourist attraction and sports destination” by creating the world’s largest artificial ski mountain. At a joint press conference with the Tourism Authority of Thailand, prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra revealed images...