Autocratic love

15 05 2015

Prachatai has been regularly reporting the developing relationship between Thailand’s military dictatorship and the vicious regime in North Korea.

In the first instance we recall, in November 2014, Admiral Narong Pipatanasai, the Education Minister under the junta agreed with the North Korean Ambassador to Thailand “that the education systems of both countries are rather similar and plan to develop ties by educational exchanges.” The two apparently agreed that “a few students from North Korea come to Thailand to study.”

Just a few days ago, Prachatai posted on Thailand and North Korea celebrating the “40th anniversary of bilateral ties by issuing special sets of stamps and organizing an exhibition.”

In a third post, Prachatai reports that a Foreign Ministry delegation, led by Deputy Minister Don Pramudwinai, has been “to the North Korea and presented a gift to North Korea Leader Kim Jong Un to celebrate 40 years of bilateral ties.” The gift was officially from Thai Foreign Minister General Tanasak Patimapragorn to Kim.

The delegation reportedly “visited Mangyongdae, the birthplace of Kim Il Sung, former DPRK leader…, [and]  he Tower of the Juche Idea, Chongryu Junior Middle School in Taedonggang District, the Mirim Riding Club, the Munsu Water Park and other places.”

The developing warmth of the relationship is interesting, coming as it does on the heels of the reported brutal execution of the North Korean defense chief.

As we noted once before, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, Thailand’s Dictator, seems to think the appropriate propaganda model of propaganda for Thailand is North Korea ++. Like the ++ on Thailand’s bills at hotels and restaurants, the add-ons to the North Korea model are commercial. Even with a commercial spin, North Korea’s approach to The Leader seems to suit The Dictator. We doubt Prayuth is going to execute his defense chief, but autocrats do seem to have a special bond.


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19 06 2015
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[…] we have mentioned several times previously, worshiping Dear or Great Leaders in Thailand and North Korea have some essential […]

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Education hub? | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] a North Korea-like Ministry of Propaganda. This Ministry of Propaganda is led by an admiral. That military dunce agreed with the North Korean Ambassador to Thailand that “the education systems of both countries are rather […]

4 08 2015
Education hub? | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] a North Korea-like Ministry of Propaganda. This Ministry of Propaganda is led by an admiral. That military dunce agreed with the North Korean Ambassador to Thailand that “the education systems of both countries are rather […]




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