14 Nov 2022
CLICK to read "2022 Military reshuffle: King’s soldiers rise, generals turned politicians fade"
3 Oct 2022
Academic Supalak Ganjanakhundee explains that in the recent 2022 military shake-up, the ‘red rim’ soldiers who are symbolically close to the king have taken over many key positions, reflecting a core problem at the root of the Thai democratic transition that has been plagued by military coups.
17 Sep 2020
The King has promoted Gen Apirat Kongsompong, the Royal Thai Army (RTA) Commander and Pol Col Naras Savestanan, Director-General of the Corrections Department, as Deputy Lord Chamberlains of the Palace after their retirement on 30 September 2020
17 Aug 2020
Years ago, someone suggested a clever linguistic trick. At the time Nelly Mandelly was being locked away in apartheid South Africa, and Martin Luther King was getting assassinated for having a dream. Skin colour, then as now, was a big thing in politics.
21 Jul 2020
A protest at the Royal Thai Army (RTA) Headquarters at Phan Fa Bridge criticized military procurement and a personal comment by Col Nusra Vorapatratorn, a former RTA spokesperson, who called the large protest at the Democracy Monument on 18 July a ‘cute little mob’.
19 May 2020
This month marks the tenth anniversary of the killings of the red shirt protesters. Thai Political Slang Explained explores a word which justified the 2010 crackdown and, in a forthcoming second part, how it changed meaning in an unexpected twist to become a pejorative nickname of the Commander in Chief of the Royal Thai Army.
24 Apr 2020
Parents of two victims of the 2010 red-shirt crackdown have submitted a petition to the Army Commander to halt military procurement for 3 years, prohibit officers from benefitting from excessive welfare and income, and contribute more to the state’s efforts to control Covid-19 and meet the public’s needs.
22 Apr 2020
Media reports say that Gen Apirat Kongsompong has postponed a 4,500m baht deal to buy Stryker armoured vehicles from the US amidst public scrutiny of budget spending during the COVID-19 outbreak. Besides the Stryker deal, the Army still has other 5,850m baht of procurements planned. Gen Apirat Kongsompong
17 Feb 2020
Harrison George on Gen Apirat Kongsompong's statement that the Nakhon Ratchasima mass shooter is "not a soldier anymore".
14 Feb 2020
Around a hundred people gathered in front of the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) yesterday (13 February) for a candlelight vigil to mourn the victims of the Nakhon Ratchasima mass shooting, which took place on Saturday night and Sunday morning (8-9February), and to demand that Gen Apirat Kongsompong take responsibility by resigning from his position as army chief.