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Pai & Nice / UNME & DaoDin Interview – Part 2

Pai & Nice / UNME & DaoDin Interview – Part 2

We spoke to two senior Isaan activists, both graduates of the Dao Din student group. Pai from UNME of Anarchy and Nice from Dao Din about their beliefs, influences, tactics and the character of Isaan. We previously interviewed another Dao Din activist for some background information on the group. 

Euro-Fascism with Thai Characteristics

Euro-Fascism with Thai Characteristics

In the 1930s, Thailand began a project of mass homogeneity based on western Euro-Fascism. This project was refined by the monarchy in the 1950s, leading to a reactionary consensus lasting a half-century. However, many elements in the recent protest movement, so far, fail to recognise their own deep-seated Euro-fascist tendencies when challenging the contemporary Thai state.

The Uprising & The Rohingya

The Uprising & The Rohingya

An examination of the implications of the mass uprising and Civil Disobedience Movement in Burma/Myanmar on the much maligned Rohingya people (many of whom are joining the campaign against the military government, standing in solidarity with the protesters).

Royalist Realism & Lèse-Majesté

Royalist Realism & Lèse-Majesté

The Lèse-Majesté law, also known as Article 112 in Thailand, forbids any criticism of the monarchy in the kingdom under punishment of imprisonment. Even those far removed from the machinations of Thai politics are vaguely aware of this law. In an era where basic freedom of speech is held as sacrosanct, this law is globally recognised as being bizarre and archaic, and hardly used for anything other than protecting an already seemingly beloved institution”.

รัฐประหารในพม่า (Burma coup)

รัฐประหารในพม่า (Burma coup)

So the million dollar question regarding the coup is: Why now? That’s what’s confusing so many Burma watchers.

คำถามโลกแตกเกี่ยวกับการรัฐประหารครั้งนี้ก็คือ ทำไมเป็นตอนนี้?  คำถามนี้กวนใจผู้ติดตามสถานการณ์ในพม่าตอนนี้อย่างยิ่ง

Haji Sulong – Patani’s Reformer, Martyr and Father

Haji Sulong – Patani’s Reformer, Martyr and Father

The name Haji Sulong is little known in Thailand proper, despite being considered a hero and the founding father of the modern separatist movement in Thailand’s deep south ‘Patani’ region. Little is known outside the region about the conflict that erupted following his death, showing just how localised a civil war can be. This nescience is embodied in Haji Sulong, a man who lived an extraordinary life, was wildly influential and yet almost totally unknown to Thai society at large. 

Please Proletarianise the Protests

Please Proletarianise the Protests

Since the involvement of select labour unions, I have begun to see potential in the protests happening in Thailand today. However, the protests need to rapidly take on a working-class character, they need to be brought to consider economic injustice, and they need to involve the people who live on the edge of Thai society if they are to be successful. 

Democracy, What Does It Mean?

Democracy, What Does It Mean?

With the recent surge of protests in support of the democracy movement, predominantly young Thais have taken to the streets and the tweets calling for democracy. Over and over again they echo one another. “We want democracy”. But what does democracy mean in this context? There are many in the west who would argue that their contemporary Western democracies are nothing to be desired.

The Exit Ramp Off The Highway To Climate Catastrophe

The Exit Ramp Off The Highway To Climate Catastrophe

As our society is speeding towards climate catastrophe, we must radically re-examine our relationship with and conception of the natural and material world, which is currently based on the hierarchies of our inter-human relationships: A blueprint for avoiding ecological collapse and radically improving the lives of humankind. 

Freelance & The Protestant Work Ethic

Freelance & The Protestant Work Ethic

The 2015 film Freelance (English title Heart Attack) directed by Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit is an extremely rare example of Marxist Thai cinema. Knowingly or not the film explores a number of Marxist critiques of capitalism and The Protestant Work Ethnic. 

2020: Remedying Thailand’s Democracy 

2020: Remedying Thailand’s Democracy 

Examining how further action, a more holistic approach and a deeper understanding and appreciation of Thailand’s previous challenges to the state could aide the burgeoning protest movement within the kingdom, written by Samaideng Tungdin.

Luang Pee Jazz 5G, A Critique

Luang Pee Jazz 5G, A Critique

For the purpose of this critique I will be primarily deconstructing the sequel (Luang Pee Jazz 5G), as the first installment is almost too chaotic in it’s narrative to attempt to decode, and in truth I did not fully understand the plot. We must also consider, throughout this analysis, Marx’s view on religion…

Jit Phumisak, a Eulogy

Jit Phumisak, a Eulogy

Jit Phumisak became the first to truly expose Thai history, to lay it bare for what it really was, and inspire a radical attempt to restructure the kingdom, sometimes referred to as the Che Guevara of Thailand, Jit’s legacy as a folk hero of the working class lives on today.

Music For Life

Music For Life

Gabriel Ernst How leftist Thai folk radicalised a generation and continues to inspire today. Deep in the forested mountains in Thailand’s north eastern Phetchabun province on the edge of the Isaan region, on the corner of a bend in the road, sits a small car park with...

The Real Radical Cultural Force In Thai Society

The Real Radical Cultural Force In Thai Society

Gabriel Ernst HAVE YOU EVER seen a YoungBong (YB) or Juu4E music video? If you’re reading this, probably not. These low-budget yet extremely popular videos consist of heavily tattooed members of the Thai underclass messing around to hip hop/trap music shot in $10 a...

The Freedom Thai Liberals Want

The Freedom Thai Liberals Want

Gabriel Ernst How free is Thailand really and what use is freedom of speech? In May of this year, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, the liberal newcomer to Thai politics, hailed by many as the saviour of the Thai democratic movement, wrote on his Facebook page: “I would...