Saturday, May 2, 2015

US Nominates War College Grad as Ambassador to Thailand

May 2, 2015 (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - There are two kinds of "ambassadors" the US employs across the globe to project its unwarranted power and influence beyond its borders. One is a friendly face covert subversion and manipulation can hide behind, the other is a strong voice that subversion and manipulation can openly rally around.

Thailand had previously hosted the wildly unpopular Kristie Kenney, who while serving as US Ambassador to Thailand from 2010 to 2014 feigned profound ignorance to all that unfolded around her, including US-support for the proxy regime of mass murderer and convicted criminal Thaksin Shinawatra. During her tenure, from 2013-2014, Shinawatra's proxy regime, headed by his own sister, Yingluck Shinawatra, employed heavily armed terrorists who mass murdered nearly 30 and maimed over 800 in a series of pistol, grenade, M16, AK47, and M79 attacks.

Kenney remained muted and ambiguous about condemning the violence, openly carried out by the regime which both she and the special interests she represents defended vigorously as the "democratically elected" and "legitimate" government of Thailand. Her inability to more overtly take the side of the regime and its terroristic supporters, or condemn the violence, made her and the nation she represented reviled by both sides.

The military coup that swept the Shianwatra regime from power in May 2014 and put an end to nationwide terrorism it was carrying out saw Kenney leave her post and leave the position of US Ambassador to Thailand vacant.

During the interim, the US State Department would make various demands that the military-led government "return power" to what it called "civilian rule." Decoded, this message means returning convicted criminal Thaksin Shinawatra to power either directly or through the installation of one of his nepotist proxies.

The military has resisted these calls, understanding that Thailand cannot afford to allow a convicted criminal to run the country from a hotel room in Dubai, where Thaksin Shinawatra has fled since being convicted of corruption and sentenced to two years in prison. And because of the Thai military's refusal to allow the US to dictate Thailand's destiny indirectly behind the guise of "democracy," it appears the US is gearing up for a more direct and "muscular" attempt to influence Thailand's political landscape.

Monday, April 20, 2015

West's Propaganda War on Thailand's Economy Ends in Bombing

April 21, 2015 (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) For months after the 2014 military coup that ousted Thaksin Shinawatra's sister, Yingluck Shinawatra from office in Southeast Asia's nation of Thailand, the West has attempted to destabilize and undermine the military-led government that has since then worked ceaselessly to uproot the political machine that had granted the Shinawatra's impunity and maintained their grip on power for over a decade.

Amid this effort, the West, including both their influential media networks and lobbying firms, is a concerted attack on Thailand's tourism industry. The UK Daily Mail has particularly rolled over for lobbyists in their bid to see Shinawatra returned to power, and has ceaselessly attacked Thailand along any and all fronts with a storm of outrageous propaganda.

In regards to Thailand's tourism in particular, the Daily Mail would actually publish an article titled, "Thailand 'one of the most dangerous tourist destinations on Earth': Expat investigation lifts lid on dark side of the Land of Smiles."

The book is written by a bitter expat who is empty-handed in terms of facts. The report merely consists of the daily propaganda produced by Western media networks condensed into a book. Despite the outrageous title of their article, the Daily Mail was only able to cite a double murder of two British tourists, intentionally blown out of proportion by Western networks in their bid to paint Thailand as a dangerous, failed state in the wake of the military coup. 

The Daily Mail even includes a picture of soldiers on the streets of Bangkok and claims:
As well as the murder of British backpackers Hannah Witheridge and David Miller in mid-September, there was a bloody military coup in Thailand in May. 
In fact, not a single shot was fired, no one was hurt, nor even threatened with violence, let alone killed. The military coup in May 2014 unfolded without incident, except for raids across the country in order to disarm and dismantle Shinawatra's armed terrorists who, up until the coup, were killing protesters in the streets - with nearly 30 deaths and over 800 injured. Coincidentally, the Daily Mail's "hard hitting" reportage appeared temporarily on hiatus during that violence, either apologizing for the murder and mayhem, or pretending it wasn't happening at all.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Thailand: 2010 Bloodbath Anniversary a Reminder of Looming Threat

April 4, 2015 (Tony Cartalucci - ATN) To this day, supporters of ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, including US and European news agencies, NGOs, lobbyists, and politicians, consider the bloodshed in Bangkok, Thailand during April and May of 2010 to be the result of a "military crackdown" on "mostly unarmed" so-called "red shirt" protesters.

They continue this disingenuous rewriting of history in order to frame the current political conflict in Thailand as one precipitated by an illegitimate grab of power by the Thai military, contrary to the principles of "democracy" and "rule of law."

Image: Taken the night of April 10, 2010, Shinawatra's militants can be seen with both an M16 (with a 40mm M203 grenade launcher attached under the barrel) and an AK47. Shinawatra's supporters, particularly foreign lobbying efforts, have attempted to claim that all deaths resulting from M16 fire could only have been the result of the army's weapons. This picture provides incontrovertible evidence that Shinawatra's mercenaries too, used M16s. 
In reality, what took place in the streets of Bangkok between April and May of 2010, was a particularly ugly instance of foreign-backed, armed "color revolution." It included heavily armed militants deployed by Thaksin Shinawatra and his political machine whose goal was to covertly maim, kill, destroy, and terrorize on such a scale that international pressure would force Shinawatra's opponents from power. This reality not only reframes the current military-led government in a different light, it illustrates exactly why a measure as extreme as a military coup was required to restore peace and stability to a nation targeted by a terroristic, murderous political order.

How "Peaceful" Terrorism Works 

The trick behind framing the 2010 violence as perpetrated by a heavy-handed military, was to provide cover for Shinawatra's militants, using tens of thousands of unwitting Shinawatra supporters as human shields to absorb the losses incurred by crossfire between Thai troops and this mercenary force. Additionally, the Western media and Western NGOs played an intentionally complicit role, particularly CNN and the BBC, by repeatedly denying the existence of heavily armed militants operating within the ranks of the red shirts - despite video and photographic evidence, and even open admissions by the protest leaders themselves to the contrary.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Thailand, International Oil, and the Future of Energy

April 1, 2015 (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - The Southeast Asian nation of Thailand is currently wrestling with a particularly contentious issue involving international oil concessions. In essence, foreign oil monopolies, particularly Western corporations including Exxon, Chevron, and British Petroleum (BP) have been given access to Thailand's oil and natural gas supplies, to explore, develop, and exploit for billions in profits year to year.

Much of this money, it is alleged, ends up leaving the country. What remains is often divided up amongst a handful of special interests leaving little if anything at all left for the actual people and nation that has provided this vast source of energy and riches.

Also of particularly contention is the domestic energy market itself. Being run mainly by foreign and local energy monopolies, many suspect the price of energy for consumers is arbitrarily or criminally manipulated. This in turn has a direct impact on the quality of life of Thailand's 70 million people as well as an impact on the overall economic development of the country. 

Raising suspicions further were admissions by the Saudis that they have been intentionally rigging global energy prices as a means of "pressuring Russia regarding Syria."

The New York Times in their article, "Saudi Oil Is Seen as Lever to Pry Russian Support From Syria’s Assad," admits:
Saudi Arabia has been trying to pressure President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia to abandon his support for President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, using its dominance of the global oil markets at a time when the Russian government is reeling from the effects of plummeting oil prices. 
Image: Mega-energy infrastructure means mega-energy disasters. This oil spill in Rayong, famous for its fishing industry and tourism, has suffered immeasurably from a recent oil spill. 
In reality, Saudi Arabia is adjusting prices as per the demands of Washington and Wall Street, and in addition to pressuring Russia regarding Syria, it is also part of a plan to undermine and eventually overthrow the government of Russia itself. And if energy prices can be used as a weapon against a nation as big as Russia, surely they could be used as a weapon to manipulate, undermine, and endanger the sovereignty of Thailand.