Reuters: Thaksin Skype Cabinet Meeting

Reuters quote SIU’s opinion on Thaksin’s Skype session for Pheu Thai members.

23 Sep 2011 – Reuters quote SIU’s opinion on Thaksin’s Skype session.

Thaksin tried to organize regular Pheu Thai execs meeting via Skype every Monday to follow the cabinet tasks. The public see this as the ‘real cabinet meeting’ beside the Yingluck’s cabinet meeting every Tuesday.

Reuters has a quote from Kan Yuenyong, SIU Director:

No one will be surprised if Thaksin wants to influence policy, but he is still, in theory, on the run from a two-year jail sentence and his presence at the meeting is provocative.

“This is the government’s weak point that opposition sides will use to attack Thaksin and Puea Thai, but it won’t make the government collapse,” said political analyst Kan Yuenyong at Siam Intelligence Unit.

Full article at Rueters. This news piece is also republished on The Guardian.

TIME: Thaksin Steals the Spotlight

The article “Thailand’s Thaksin Steals the Spotlight Once Again” by Andrew Marshall on TIME web site quotes SIU’s opinion.

The article “Thailand’s Thaksin Steals the Spotlight Once Again” by Andrew Marshall on TIME web site quotes SIU’s opinion.

The article is about Thaksin’s role in his Japan visit which steals the news coverage from his sister, PM Yingluck. The author, Andrew Marshall, quotes the comment from SIU executive director, Kan Yuenyong.

Pre-eminence abroad could win over enemies at home. “Thaksin wants to prove his innocence to the Thai public by showing that he’s accepted by the international community,” says Kan Yuenyong, executive director of the Siam Intelligence Unit, a Bangkok think tank. For now, Thaksin’s long exile continues, albeit with VIP status. Expect him to make the most of it.

Voice TV “World Debt Crisis”

Isriya Paireepairit, SIU Research Director, joined the TV program “Intelligence” on Voice TV channel, discussing the situation of World Debt Crisis.

Isriya Paireepairit, SIU Research Director, joined the TV program “Intelligence” on Voice TV channel, discussing the situation of World Debt Crisis.

The program was broadcasted on 15 August 2011. Can be watched online at Voice TV Intelligence web site.

SIU in a day BULLETIN

a day BULLETIN, a free copy weekly magazine from a day group, published an interview of Kan Yuenyong, SIU Director in #160 issue.

a day BULLETIN, a free copy weekly magazine from a day group, published an interview of Kan Yuenyong, SIU Director in #160 issue.

Kan was interviewed in “The Guest” column in page 34. His interview was entitled “Dare to Think”, motto from our SiamIntelligence.com web site.

The full digital copy can be downloaded from a day BULLETIN site. The interview page is attached (click to enlarge).

a day BULLETIN interview

The Shinawatra Family Tree

Latest in-depth scoop by SIU team. The story behind “Shinawatra political family” back to the origin.

Latest in-depth scoop by SIU team. The story behind “Shinawatra political family” back to the origin.

Some excerpt:

With Yingluck elected as the first female PM, last Friday is not only a historical day in Thai politics. It is also a historical day for the Shinawatra family, since the clan now has three Prime Ministers (the second one is Somchai Wongsawat, who is the brother-in-law of Thaksin).

Having three PMs makes Shinawatra a prominent political family. It becomes an important family like Pramoj (ปราโมช), Vejjajiva (เวชชาชีวะ) or the former “Ratcha Khru Group” (กลุ่มราชครู – Choonhavan/Adireksarn/Thapparansi).

If we count only the number of PMs in the family, the Shinawatra surpasses the Pramoj brothers and are now tied with Nehru-Gandhi of India (though the level influence is debatable).

On the surface, Shinawatra is Thaksin-centric. It is very true that he is the leading (and sole) force to bring the family to power. But digging back deeper, Thaksin is not the first member in the family who entered into politics. The Shinawatra family has been involved with politics long before Thaksin, and accumulated “political experience” that Thaksin could utilize.

To understand Shinawatra family better, we need to look back from the start. Thaksin, Somchai and Yingluck is just the fourth generation of this overseas Chinese family.

 

Christain Science Monitor – Yingluck’s Challenge

SIU Director Kan Yuenyong was quoted by The Christian Science Monitor newspaper on Thai politics.

5 August 2011 – SIU Director Kan Yuenyong was quoted by The Christian Science Monitor newspaper on Thai politics.

Christian Science Monitor

The article “Thailand’s first female leader takes helm of divided nation” by Simon Montlake is talking about Yingluck’s next challenge as the fist female PM.

Yingluck has never held public office and was virtually unknown before the election campaign. She previously served as an executive in Thaksin’s telecommunications group, which he sold to Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund in 2006.

Having helped elect the PTP, the red-shirt movement has an agenda that includes the freeing of scores of supporters jailed after the crackdown. Several red-shirt leaders charged for fomenting unrest were elected to parliament, and Thai newspapers have speculated that some may be rewarded with cabinet posts.

Keeping these factions happy will be another challenge for Yingluck, says Kan Yuenyong, director of Siam Intelligence Unit in Bangkok. Red shirt leaders have called for military and civilian leaders, including Mr. Abhisit, to be investigated over last year’s violence. “I think she can manage this in the short term, but in the long-term the red shirts will increasingly question why PTP isn’t doing more on the May clashes,” he says.

US Debt Ceiling on Thai PBS

SIU researcher Isriya Paireepairit appeared on Thai PBS interview, discussed his opinion on US Debt Ceiling Crisis.

1 August 2011 – SIU researcher Isriya Paireepairit appeared on Thai PBS interview, discussed his opinion on US Debt Ceiling Crisis.

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The program “ตอบโจทย์” (‘Answering Questions’) was on air around 10pm of 1 August 2011. The host is Nattha Komolvadhin. Isriya was joined the panel by Dr.Somjai Phagaphasvivat, a famous economist.

The Kama Sutra of Business

Matichon Weekly newspaper issue #1615 (29 July 2011) published SIU’s article “The Kama Sutra of Business” (เปลี่ยน ‘ความรัก’ เป็นพลังสร้างสรรค์ธุรกิจที่ยิ่งใหญ่).

Matichon Weekly newspaper issue #1615 (29 July 2011) published SIU’s article “The Kama Sutra of Business” (เปลี่ยน ‘ความรัก’ เป็นพลังสร้างสรรค์ธุรกิจที่ยิ่งใหญ่).

The article was written by Charoenchai Chaipaiboonwong. Full article is available at Siam Intelligence web site.

Wu Zetian Article in Matichon Weekly

Matichon Weekly newspaper issue #1614 (22-28 July 2011) published SIU’s article on Empress We Zetian of Tang Dynasty titled “บูเช็คเทียน ศิลปะแห่งการชิงอำนาจและช่วงใช้คนเก่ง” (Wu Zetian: The Art of Power and Talent Management)

Matichon Weekly newspaper issue #1614 (22-28 July 2011) published SIU’s article on Empress We Zetian of Tang Dynasty.

The article “บูเช็คเทียน ศิลปะแห่งการชิงอำนาจและช่วงใช้คนเก่ง” (Wu Zetian: The Art of Power and Talent Management) was written by Charoenchai Chaipaiboonwong, SIU Strategist. The full article is available on Siam Intelligence site.

Matichon Weekly Refers to SIU Analysis

Matichon Weekly newspaper issue #1613 refers to SIU analysis on Thailand’s past general elections, which Democrat Party lost 6 times in row.

15 July 2011 – Matichon Weekly newspaper issue #1613 (15-21 July 2011)  refers to SIU analysis on Thailand’s past general elections, which Democrat Party lost 6 times in row.

The column “แมลงวันในไร่ส้ม” (Fly in Orchard), page 78

The original article is available at Siam Intelligence site. The English version was published at New Mandala: Can the Democrats make it six in a row?.