Monday, July 6, 2015

Thailand: Ousted Dictator Rallies Supporters

Attempts to hijack narrative with students' cheap public stunt.

July 6, 2015 (Tony Cartalucci - ATN) - Thailand's agricultural industry currently faces both economic and climatic challenges. After years of mismanagement under the regime of Thaksin Shinawatra and his political proxies, rice markets in particular have been all but destroyed. Coupled with that, mismanagement and neglect over the past 10 years of Thailand's water management infrastructure and a recent drought have put Thailand's rural poor who make their living farming, in a precarious position.

Image: Thailand's current problem is not a lack of "democracy," it is a lack of water. But listening to the chorus of US-funded agitators, one would suspect that the fate of 14 pro-Shinawatra students is more important than millions of farmers facing widespread drought. This is yet another example of how the self-serving agenda of so-called "activists" not only contributes nothing to the nation, but actually steals attention and resources away from real problems.

One would imagine those who truly cared about the rural poor, the majority, and the welfare of the state, would be focused on this issue and resolving it through both social and technical programs.

Instead, the remnants of Thaksin Shinawatra's political party, who built its reputation and public image both at home and abroad by claiming it stood for "the people," has mobilized their supporters to protest the ruling government in an attempt to further add to social, political, and if they can manage, economic instability.

Fourteen students were recently arrested for protesting the government. No particular demands beyond "elections" were made, with the students apparently seeking to simply disrupt the peace and stability the vast majority of Thailand's population have been trying to enjoy since the 2014 military coup ousted Shinawatra's political party and ended years of bloodshed it has been at the center of.

While the students attempt to portray themselves as simply "pro-democracy activists," in reality they and their lecturers form the core of Thaksin Shinawatra's "academia" cadre. Most of these lecturers and student groups are directly funded by Shinawatra's foreign sponsors, including the US State Department via the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and USAID. Additionally, many of these so-called "academics" are working in tandem with many of Shinawatra's paid lobbyists. In fact, many of these lobbyists and the US State Department's fronts across North America and Europe have been attempting to create a "buzz" in the media regarding the arrested students.

Image: US State Department-funded faux-academics at Thammasat University put on what was essentially a poorly disguised pro-Thaksin Shinawatra red shirt rally held indoors. Sitting in the front row would literally be Thaksin Shinawatra's paid lobbyist, Robert Amsterdam (pictured top/left). These same faux-academics are leading current protests against the Thai government, not for "democracy" but in spite of it and in support of the ousted regime of Thaksin Shinawatra and the foreign interests that would like to see him back in power. 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Thailand: Ousted Regime's Police Chief Caught With Gun in Japanese Airport

Yet more evidence the regime ousted in the 2014 military coup was riddled with criminals unfit to hold power. 

June 27, 2015
(Tony Cartalucci - ATN) - Former Thai police chief Kamronwit Thoopkrachang who served under the regime of ousted prime minister, convicted criminal, and mass murderer Thaksin Shinawatra, was recently arrested at Tokyo's Narita International Airport for possession of a pistol and ammunition, Bangkok Post would report

The humiliating incident highlights the craven criminality and sense of entitlement that saturated the ranks of Shinawatra's regime - a regime that was carrying out terrorist attacks on opposition protesters and assassinating political rivals as Kamronwit Thoopkrachang sat as police chief. 

Considering the immense support Wall Street and Washington have provided the Shinawatra regime and their continued efforts to reinstall it into power, it is quite clear why little news of this incident has made it into the Western media. 

One could only imagine if this was a senior figure in the current Thai government  which the West has attempted consistently to undermine since it took power in 2014. TIME Magazine would have an article. The Economist would have an article. Surely Jonathan Head of the BBC would have an article - all centered on how a "backwards military junta" was out of touch with the modern world and forgot it wasn't as "above the law" abroad as it thought it was at home.

For the Western media to give extensive coverage to this most recent incident would require an admission that the regime ousted in the 2014 military coup may just have been unfit to hold power.

Kamronwit Thoopkrachang's criminal act is par for the course for a regime that saw itself above the law both at home and with tremendous US-European special interests backing them abroad. Thaksin Shinawatra himself, after all, is a convicted criminal and a mass murderer, yet has been afforded special visas to both Japan and even the United States.

For the disingenuous US-backed "pro-democracy activists" in Thailand who endlessly wring their hands over "double standards," it is an episode of acute irony that yet another senior member of the political camp they support will likely go free, not only legally, but also in the eyes of the Western media, specifically because of very real double standards, elitism, and immense inequality not arrayed against them, but emanating from them. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Thailand: Anti-Coup "Activists" Celebrate Coup

June 24, 2015 (Tony Cartalucci - ATN) - In a display of unparalleled hypocrisy, supporters of ousted prime minister, convicted criminal, and mass murderer Thaksin Shinawatra - who have stalwartly condemned the 2014 coup as "undemocratic," have gathered to commemorate and celebrate the 1932 military coup that ended absolute monarchy in Thailand.

1932 Was About Colonialists Overwriting Thai Institutions, Not Democracy  

Ironically, the 1932 coup led to a fascist dictatorship that was eventually overturned when Thailand's monarchy reestablished itself as the constitutional monarchy it exists as to this day. The facilitator of the 1932 coup is suspected of involvement in the assassination of King Rama VIII, and fled Thailand with the help of his US and British facilitators, later dying in exile in France.

Image: No amount of photographic trickery can help enlarge this miniscule gathering of Shinawatra supporters. While they predicate their entire movement on the concept that power cannot be seized through any other means but elections, they have gathered to celebrate the 1932 military coup in which power was seized through another means other than elections. The transparent, almost cartoonish dishonesty of this movement is chiefly to blame for its small following and utter ineffectiveness. 

Nothing regarding the 1932 coup truly involved "democracy." What it truly represented was foreign-backed attempts to overturn and control the political order of Thailand, and thus help maintain European hegemony over the Indochina region, which at the time was still bent in servile colonialism to Britain, France, and to a lesser extent, the United States. Similar "governments in exile" are still bidding their time in Europe today, until conditions are ripe in their home nations for them to seize power and subsequently serve their European hosts. These include Syrians, Iranians, and even fugitives from Thailand itself.

Monday, June 22, 2015

US Embassy in Bangkok Keeping Political Lists of Thais

June 22, 2015 (Tony Cartalucci -ATN) - Any nation's embassy in a foreign land is established to represent that nation and its people, while providing locals and its own citizens living abroad with essential services required when traveling. What an embassy is not supposed to be is an outpost used for political meddling and attempting to exert unwarranted influence beyond the borders of its home nation.

Yet a recent scandal appears to indicate what many have already long known, that the US embassy in Bangkok is directly involved in Thailand's internal political matters, particularly in its support of ousted ex-prime minister, convicted criminal, mass murderer Thaksin Shinawatra.

The scandal centers around veteran politician and scholar, Pramote Nakornthab, whose invitation from the US embassy for a July 4th celebration included the title, "Anti-Thaksin Activist." Apparently, a clumsy embassy staff member was reading off a list of names not only containing prominent figures across Thai politics, but a list that included labels identifying these names as either pro or anti-Thaksin. Despite a lifetime of achievements, Mr. Nakornthab's accomplishments and contributions to Thai society are boiled down by the US Embassy as merely "anti-Thaksin."

Indeed, Mr. Nakornthab's contributions to Thai society are irrelevant to the United States and the immense corporate-financier special interests that direct its foreign and domestic policy. The US agenda to overturn and reorder all of Southeast Asia as part of its "pivot toward Asia" includes the cultivation and propping up of dictator Thaksin Shinawata - an immense investment they intend to jealously protect.

America's Man in Bangkok, Thaksin Shinawatra

Thaksin Shinawatra shortly before becoming prime minister, was an adviser to the notorious US private equity firm the Carlyle Group, a position he held despite immense conflicts of interest well after he became prime minister of Thailand in 2001. During his time as prime minister, Shinawatra would commit Thai troops to the highly unpopular war in Iraq on Washington's behalf, allow the United States CIA to use Thailand for its abhorrent secret rendition program, and would attempt to ram through a US-Thai free trade agreement without parliamentary approval in 2004

Shinawatra was clearly cultivated to serve US interests at the expense of Thailand's dignity and sovereignty - a role he demonstrably served when finally taking office.

It was also during his time as prime minister that he and a police force he increasingly consolidated control over began an unprecedented killing spree in 2003, leaving some 3,000 people dead over the span of just 90 days. Allegedly carried out as part of a "war on drugs," it would later turn out that most of those killed by Shinawatra's regime had no connections to the drug trade whatsoever - the incident apparently a political stunt aimed at attracting support from rural communities ravaged by drug trade Shinawatra's own police controlled.