Wednesday, March 5, 2014

TIME Smears Thailand's Tolerant Culture

TIME slams Thailand's treatment of homosexuals - fails to note worst offender is the current Western-backed regime of Thaksin Shinawatra it itself has defended.

March 6, 2014 (ATN - Tony Cartalucci) - Citing isolated crimes of passion, family disputes and other isolated incidents, TIME magazine, linked directly to the US State Department, attempts to smear what is otherwise an incredibly tolerant Thai society by claiming in an article title, "Thailand’s Intolerance of Its Own LGBT Community Will Surprise You."

Citing absolutely no statistics, and instead propping up its narrative on mere anecdotes, TIME paints a picture of simmering intolerance that indeed would "surprise" people - including those who have lived in Thailand for years and can see quite the opposite demonstrated by the Thai people on a daily basis. The real surprise however, is not that TIME is pushing a narrative that simply does not fit with reality, but instead its omission of the only real organized bigotry aimed at Thailand's homosexual community - carried out by none-other-than the Western-backed regime of billionaire, accused mass murderer, convicted criminal and fugitive, Thaksin Shinawatra currently ruling the nation via his nepotist-appointed placeholder and sister, Yingluck Shinawatra.

It was in 2009, in addition to large-scale street violence visited upon Bangkok which saw two shop keepers shot while trying to stop pro-Thaksin "red shirts" from looting their businesses, that the so-called "red shirt" Rak Chiang Mai 51 group would violently disrupt an HIV/AIDS awareness march organized by homosexual & public health activists. "Out in Perth" reported in their article, "Chiang Mai Pride Shut Down by Protests as Police Watch On," that organizers were locked inside a building while the RCM51 "red shirts" began throwing rocks and yelling abuse through megaphones. Police looked on until organizers decided to call off the event.

Regime "red shirt" Rak Chiang Mai 51 demagogue, Kanyapak Maneejak (DJ Aom), when asked about the incident during a "City Life Chiang Mai" interview, claimed: 
Our third aim is to protect Lanna culture and we simply did not like the Gay Pride Parade. In the past there were no gays or ladyboys, but today they live together openly, they wear revealing clothes in the streets. We had to go out in force to protect our culture against this. The people who were spitting were not red shirts; they were infiltrators who wanted us to look bad. It was not just us who wanted to stop this parade, villagers and the entire province of Chiang Mai called up our station to ask us to intervene. We were afraid that this would become an annual event, and we all know that Chiang Mai is a place for human trafficking.
DJ Aom's mention of "Lanna culture" is particularly interesting, because she and her group, with the backing of Thaksin Shinawatra's political machine who first devised the "Lanna" separatist ideology, is currently attempting (but failing) to peddling the notion of an independent "Lanna Republic" over which the Shinawatra family can rule - a secessionist notion applauded across the Western media, including the Economist, who sees the move as a last resort in preserving their carefully cultivated proxy regime in Thailand.  

TIME once again, as it has done in the past (and here), exposes itself as a nexus of propaganda, not of journalistic enlightenment, crafting narratives detached from reality and leaving readers misinformed and ultimately misdirected away from the truth - doing a disservice to the very minority groups it poses as advocates for.