While it bills itself as the "Land of Smiles" , the current situation of Thailand, is one of gross inequality, authoritarianism and a political system designed by and for elites, leaving the majority of its rural and poor citizens to fend for themselves.
To discuss these matters, I spoke with Professor Giles Ji Ungpakorn. Giles had to flee Thailand due to its lese majeste laws, that are used by the Thai state against dissidents. Now in exile in The U.K, Giles remains a powerful activist for Thailand, hoping it can return to a functional democratic state.
Giles speaks with us in great detail and clarity on Thai Politics, the Royal Family, what the poor majority of the country wants, why Thai Elites and the military want to deny them democracy, and what the future holds for Thailand.
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For more on Giles work in English please head to https://uglytruththailand.wordpress.com
For Thai language analysis from Giles please head to https://turnleftthai.wordpress.com