Monday, August 18, 2014

US "Pivot" Stumbles in Thailand

August 19, 2014 (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - Months after the May 22, 2014 military coup that ousted the regime of Thaksin Shinawatra, the military-led government has been working in earnest to uproot the Shinawatra political machine as well as realign the Kingdom's foreign policy to represent a better balance between China's rising power and the West's waning but meddlesome influence. 

Uprooting the West's Unwarranted Influence 

The regime of Thaksin Shinawatra, led by nepotist proxy via his own sister, Yingluck Shinawatra, represented an inequity between this balance. Shinawatra has been a long-time family friend of the Bush political dynasty, was a member of the Carlyle Group, and since being ousted from power himself in a similar military coup in 2006, has been openly represented by some of the largest corporate lobbying firms on Earth, including, Kenneth Adelman of the Edelman PR firm (Freedom HouseInternational Crisis Group,PNAC), James Baker of Baker Botts (CFR, Carlyle Group), Robert Blackwill (CFR) of Barbour Griffith & Rogers (BGR)Kobre & KimBell Pottinger (and here) and currently Robert Amsterdam of Amsterdam & Partners (Chatham House).

While in office Shinawatra took up a decided pro-West stance, economically and geopolitically. To the protest of the Royal Thai Army and the Thai people themselves, Shinawatra sent Thai troops to aid in the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq. He also authorized the US CIA to use Thai territory to carry out their abhorrent "rendition" program. Shinawatra also attempted to ram-rod through an unpopular and quite illegal free trade agreement with America's Fortune 500

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Friday, July 25, 2014

How Thailand Can Outlast Its Enemies

Image: Weathering a siege requires not only strong walls, but the ability
to outlast the enemy as well. This can only be done by building something
sustainable within the walls, and something worth defending. 
July 26, 2014 (Tony Cartalucci - ATN) - Thailand's culture, people, and history is directly tied to that of its indigenous, ancient institutions. For centuries these institutions have guided Thai society, protected it from a turbulent world beyond its borders and at times when this turbulence finds its way within Thailand's borders. For Thais, these institutions not only give the people cultural and sociopolitical underpinnings, but they give the people tangible, pragmatic guidance in building their communities stronger, closer, and better - and like healthy cells in a body - they create a nation that is likewise stronger, closer, and better. 

A strong, independent, self-sufficient Thailand has always been troublesome to history's various empires, both within Asia, and as far as Western Europe. Thailand has fought long and hard, but also cleverly, to maintain a balance among its potential enemies and weather the temporary inroads the "empire of the day" makes within Thai territory and culture, until that empire passes on - leaving Thailand to remain. 

Desperately Distasteful Propaganda 

VICE recently published an article by Andrew Marshall - a paid-propagandist who was previously an unreadable writer and senior staff member of Reuters - talking about an HBO comedian and his crass, disrespectful, but rather obscure comments about Thailand, its political crisis, and its royal family - a topic most Americans and Europeans are wholly ignorant of, have no opinion on, and frankly don't care about.

Such an obscure article that no one without a deep knowledge of Thailand would even get, let alone read, is rather suspicious. Those that do read it will recognize the deceit and overt attempts to undermine the forces that just ousted Western-backed dictator, billionaire Thaksin Shinawatra and his political machine.

VICE exposes itself as a "rag-for-rent," while HBO reveals its role in programming Western public opinion where otherwise it would never have formed on its own. Most Americans literally couldn't even find Thailand on a map, and if they tried they'd end up pointing at Taiwan.

Empire has chosen once again to make inroads in Thailand, socially, politically, culturally, and economically. With Thaksin Shinawatra, it aimed at undermining and transforming the sociopolitical walls that have protected the nation for centuries from the inside. They have failed. Now their sociopolitical assault has taken the form of siege warfare - surrounding and battering the Kingdom with every weapon it can find - from discredited former Reuters staff, to magazines like VICE, to editorials and spun news items in mainstream sources like the Daily Mail, CNN and the BBC.