Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Thai Protests are Anti-Chinese, Not "Pro-Democracy"

September 30, 2020 (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - Ongoing protests in Thailand appearing very similar to those recently seen in Hong Kong are no coincidence.

They are part of an admitted "Pan-Asian Alliance" that - while claiming to be "pro-democracy" are in reality created by the US government and aimed directly at Beijing.


Thailand has tilted too close to Beijing for Washington's liking and as a response, has scheduled Thailand for destabilization and if possible, regime change.

Thailand Tilting "Too Close" To China
 
dChina is Thailand's largest and most important trading partner, its largest foreign direct investor, and its largest source of tourism with more Chinese tourists coming to Thailand each year than all Western nations combined.

Thailand is also hosting one of the key routes of China's One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative with construction already ongoing for high-speed rail that will connect China, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, and eventually Singapore.


Finally and perhaps most upsetting for the US is that Thailand has begun replacing its aging US military hardware through a series of major Thai-Chinese arms deals including the purchasing of main battle tanks, other armored vehicles, naval vessels including up to 3 submarines, and jointly-developed arms programs like the DTI-1 multiple rocket launcher system.


Thailand has also recently replaced some of its US-built Blackhawk helicopters with Russian Mi-17V-5's.

To counter this, the US has mobilized opposition groups and NGOs it has funded in Thailand for years to now demand the current government step down and the nation's constitution be rewritten, paving the way for US-backed billionaire-led opposition parties of Thaksin Shinawatra and Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit into power. These are opposition parties that have long served US interests in the past and have explicitly promised to roll back Thai-Chinese relations should they take power again.

US NED Was Behind Hong Kong's Unrest, and are Behind Thailand's Now 

The US was indisputably behind the protests in Hong Kong with the political opposition and protest leaders confirmed to be recipients of US government cash via notorious regime change arm, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

Many of the protest leaders literally flew to Washington DC or visited the US consulate in Hong Kong to receive aid, directives, and other forms of support.


In Thailand too, virtually every aspect of the protests are funded by the US government.

Worse still is that the US is attempting to stitch these various movements together to form a regional front against Beijing with Thai protest leaders regularly traveling to meet their US-funded counterparts in Hong Kong and Taiwan and vice versa while creating an online army with the help of US-based social media giants to stack public narratives in their favor.

It will be a front that if regime change in any or all of the nations currently targeted by Washington in Asia is successful, will transform the region from a rising global economic power to a dysfunctional warzone not entirely unlike the Middle East.

US Funds Thai Protest Leaders 

The core leadership of Thailand's protests includes Anon Nampa of the US NED-funded "Thai Lawyers for Human Rights" (TLHR). Anon Nampa leads every major rally, taking the stage and delivering the opposition's demands to the current government including demands for regime change.


TLHR's founder had in the past admitted that the organization "receives all its funding from international donors," in an interview given to the English-language newspaper, Bangkok Post.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Thailand: Mask Falls Off US-Funded Protests

As the Thai government works to navigate the nation through global post-COVID-19 economic turmoil, protesters promise only more chaos. 

September 26, 2020 (Tony Cartalucci - ATN) - The so-called "pro-democracy" protests in Thailand have finally, and fully exposed themselves, their true purpose, and their "vision" for Thailand's future as have their sponsors. 

 

Several fundamental issues face the protests and their legitimacy starting with their "3 demands" and ending with their US government funding. 

The Hypocrisy of the 3 Demands  

1. The Current Government Must Resign? The anti-government protesters demand that the current government step down. 

Despite being a "pro-democracy" protest, protest leaders are demanding that the ruling party step down from power despite having soundly won the popular vote during the 2019 elections and building the largest coalition government.

A small group of violent, loud agitators making demands of an entire nation who did not vote for them or approve of their demands - seems much more like dictatorship than those refusing to immediately meet such demands.

Despite claiming to "fight for democracy," the anti-government protesters are in fact trying to disenfranchise the majority of those who voted in 2019 - over 2 million of which picked the ruling party over Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit's Future Forward - now Move Forward Party - and over half a million more having picked the ruling party over fugitive billionaire Thaksin Shinawatra's Pheu Thai Party. 

While the protesters complain that the elections were "rigged" they have presented no evidence of this and subsequent local elections closely monitored by the opposition itself has seen similar results where voters consistently rejected them. 

As things stand now, the opposition simply can't win an election. Their street protests which primarily consist of Thaksin Shinawatra's highly unpopular violence-prone "red shirts" is only hurting their public image further. This is probably why they've made a second demand - to have the Thai constitution rewritten. 

2. Rewrite the Thai Constitution? Despite losing elections, the anti-government opposition presumes to demand the entire nation rewrite the constitution. 

 

Leading the charge is a US government-funded front calling itself "Internet Law Reform Dialogue" or "iLaw" who spent over two months collecting signatures at every opposition rally - big or small, every major university campus, the offices of other US government-funded opposition groups, outside mass transportation hubs, and even through a mail-in drive. 

Despite Thailand's nearly 70 million strong population, iLaw failed to reach even 100,000 signatures before September 19, its own deadline picked to coincide with the opposition's failed "major rally. "

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Thailand Should Begin Removing Facebook, Twitter, and Google from Its Information Space

Legal options are a start. The ultimate goal should be replacing Facebook, Twitter, and Google with local alternatives like Russia, China, and many other nations are already doing.

September 24, 2020 (Tony Cartalucci - ATN) - The Thai government has begun legal proceedings against US-based social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and Google. This comes at a time when nations around the globe have begun pushing back against the abusive American tech firms and their role in advancing US foreign policy and in particular, illegal US interventions including war.


Not only are these US-based tech companies refusing to follow Thai laws regarding sedition, libel, and disinformation targeting national security and sociopolitical-economic stability, they have pursued a one-sided policy of censoring information critical of ongoing US-backed anti-government protests - shadow banning or outright censoring any and all accounts attempting to share information about documented US government funding behind the organizations involved. 

Virtually every aspect of current, ongoing anti-government protests in Thailand are funded by the US government. 
 
The US National Endowment for Democracy (NED) - an organization created by the US government, funded by the US Congress, and overseen by both Congress and the US State Department - funds everything from the Thai opposition's core leadership, to organizations petitioning the government to rewrite the Thai constitution, to media organizations promoting the protests, and even groups who physically bring people to rallies. 
 
 
Since verifying this information is as easy as going to the US NED's own official website, Twitter, Facebook, and Google's concerted efforts to bury or altogether ban accounts discussing this information on the grounds of "fake news" is clear cut censorship designed specifically to aid US political interference within Thailand's internal political affairs - a violation of the UN Charter regarding political independence and non-interference as well as a direct attack on Thailand's sovereignty. 
 
Facebook, Twitter, and Google are Extensions of US Interventionism

Facebook, Twitter, and Google all openly serve as extensions of US special interests having been documented to be working with the US government and the US State Department in particular to use their platforms to help advance US foreign policy. 
 

This was admittedly done throughout the the US-engineered "Arab Spring" in 2011. 

The New York Times in an article titled, "U.S. Groups Helped Nurture Arab Uprisings," not only admitted to the role the US government played in stirring up unrest in the Arab World in 2011 - but also the role US-based social media giants like Facebook and tech giant Google played, stating (emphasis added):
Some Egyptian youth leaders attended a 2008 technology meeting in New York, where they were taught to use social networking and mobile technologies to promote democracy. Among those sponsoring the meeting were Facebook, Google, MTV, Columbia Law School and the State Department.

Google has also admittedly helped the US government in its efforts to violently overthrow the government of Syria. The Independent in a 2016 article titled, "Google planned to help Syrian rebels bring down Assad regime, leaked Hillary Clinton emails claim," would note Google's activities regarding Syria:

An interactive tool created by Google was designed to encourage Syrian rebels and help bring down the Assad regime, Hillary Clinton's leaked emails have reportedly revealed. 

By tracking and mapping defections within the Syrian leadership, it was reportedly designed to encourage more people to defect and 'give confidence' to the rebel opposition.
Clearly, more is going on at Google than Internet searches - and a US tech giant involved in an illegal war to violently overthrow the government in Syria is a US tech giant that will willingly involve itself in other US interventions around the globe as it, Facebook, and Twitter are clearly doing in Thailand today. 
 
Targeting Thailand 
 
Twitter in particular has been actively involved in boosting the illusion of popularity of Thai anti-government protests - hosting a massive online army of automated and sockpuppet accounts. This "bot army" has helped create numerous anti-government hashtags propelled to the top of Twitter's "trending" list. These hashtags are then promptly the subject of dishonest news articles across Western and local anti-government media outlets citing them as "evidence" of wide public approval.