General Political Background

The listing of these papers and publications here in no way implies a connection between the authors and this blog. Nor does it imply that Political Prisoners in Thailand endorses everything stated in each publication.

Historical background:

  • Cover, contents and introduction  to the Supplement by Jayne Werner (bcas_9-3-1977_cover_intro)
  • Puey Ungphakorn, “Violence and the Military Coup in Thailand” with an Introduction by David Millikin (bcas_9-3-1977_puey)
  • Ben Anderson, “Withdrawal Symptoms: Social and Cultural Aspects of the October 6 Coup” (bcas_9-3-1977_anderson)
  • E. Thadeus Flood, “The Vietnamese refugees in Thailand: Minority Manipulation in Counterinsurgency” (bcas_9-3-1977_flood)
  • Carl A. Trocki, “Boonsanong Punyodyana: Thai Scoialist and Scholar, 1936-1976” including an interview with Boonsanong from the Far Eastern Economic Review (bcas_9-3-1977_trocki)

With respect to Dr. Puey’s article, PPT also has a copy of a “letter” he wrote following the 1976 military coup and published as a pamphlet by The Union of Democratic Thais in the U.S.

  • Over thirty years ago, a group of academics outside Thailand wrote a letter to then-PM Thanin Kraivichien and printed it in the New York Review of Books. Read it here.
  • ECCSTP (1978) Political Repression in Thailand
  • We came across USG declassified documents about the King and Queen’s  visit to the U.S. in 1967. Of primary concern to the King and Queen was the prevention of Communism.  In contrast, the spending patterns of the royal family were seen as slightly contentious by their U.S. hosts. We will leave it to our readers to make the connections:  “Couture and Communists”

The Military:

Chang Noi, The Nation, 2 February 2009: “Military biggest winner in political conflict”

19 September 2006 coup and its aftermath:

The Journal of Contemporary Asia had a special issue in 2008 that can be downloaded as a zipped file: “Thailand’s ‘Good Coup’, the Fall of Thaksin, the Military and Democracy”. The journal special issue is reviewed in Asia Sentinel.

Michael Nelson has a paper on the 2006 coup in the journal eastasia: “Thaksin overthrown: the ‘well-intentioned’ coup of September 19, 2006”

The Asian Human Legal Resources Centre has a set of useful articles in as special issue of article 2, 2007: “Thailand’s struggle for constitutional survival”

Duncan McCargo, “Thai Politics as Reality TV,” Journal of Asian Studies, 68, 1, 2009 (the Asian Studies Association has made this a free  download).

Jim Glassman, “Thailand in the Era of the Cold War and Rama IX,” Human Geography,  2, 1, 2009 (with the permission of the journal): glassman_human-geog

The South:

Human Rights Watch, 27 August 2007: No One Is Safe: Insurgent Attacks on Civilians in Thailand’s Southern Border Province.  This report details human rights abuses and violence in the predominantly Malay Muslim provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla from 2004 to July 2007.

The “War on Drugs”:

Human Rights Watch, 8 July 2004: Not Enough Graves: The War on Drugs, HIV/AIDS, and Violations of Human Rights

NGOs, social movements and Thai politics:

Giles Ji Ungpakorn, 2009: “Why have most Thai NGOs chosen to side with the conservative royalists, against democracy and the poor?Interface: a journal for and about social movements, 1, 2, pp. 233-7.

Kengkij Kitirianglarp and Kevin Hewison, 2009: “Social movements and political opposition in contemporary Thailand,The Pacific Review, 22, 4, pp. 451-77. This paper is available in updated and revised form, in ฟ้าเดียวกัน: เก่งกิจ กิติเรียงลาภ & เควิน ฮิววิสัน, “การเมืองภาคประชาชน” ในประเทศไทย: ข้อจำกัดของแนววิเคราะห์และยุทธศาสตร์การเมืองแบบ “ขบวนการเคลื่อนไหวทางสังคมรูปแบบใหม่”, 7, 2 2009, pp. 120-55.

Interface: a journal for and about social movements Action Note
Volume 1 (2): 233 – 237 (November 2009) Ungpakorn, Thai NGOs
Why have most Thai NGOs chosen to side with the
conservative royalists, against democracy and the
Giles Ji UngpakornInterface: a journal for and about social movements Action NoteVolume 1 (2): 233 – 237 (November 2009) Ungpakorn, Thai NGOs233Why have most Thai NGOs chosen to side with theconservative royalists, against democracy and thepoor?Giles Ji Ungpakorn

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