Wednesday, November 27, 2013

West Mobilizes Propagandists As Proxy Regime Crumbles in Bangkok, Thailand

November 27, 2013 (Tony Cartalucci) - Protesters have, for over a month now, filled the streets in Bangkok, Thailand demanding the halt to extralegal attempts to rewrite the Thai Constitution, as well as the resignation of current Thai Prime Minster Yingluck Shinawatra. In recent days, protests have reached a critical mass with estimates ranging from 100,000-400,000 making them the largest in recent memory.

Image: Protesters are still out in the streets by the thousands, demanding the resignation of current Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who is openly a proxy for her elder brother, convicted criminal, fugitive, and accused mass murderer Thaksin Shinawatra. While the West condemns the protests against what they call an, "elected government," their interest in protecting the Shinawatras stems from decades of corporate-financier backing in hopes of opening Thailand up to Wall Street and London via free trade, and using the populous Southeast Asian country as a proxy against China

Already, Western media agencies are rushing to the aid of the embattled government, in stark contrast to the last 3 years of backing street protests created by, and targeting the enemies of, Western interests from Tunisia and Egypt, to Yemen, Syria, Ukraine, Russia, Malaysia, and beyond. While it would seem a protest against a nepotist, corrupt, mass murdering despot would fit in nicely with the West's "Arab Spring" narrative, it is being condemned instead. 

Spearheading the way is the BBC - already suffering from a crisis of credibility for manipulating reports on behalf of paying corporate interests and its overtly biased coverage of the ongoing conflict in Syria, including the reuse of photos from the Iraq conflict as propaganda

BBC journalist Jonathan Head has been giving reports to the BBC both in writing and on air, with a singular talking point summarized in BBC's article, "Thailand protesters back on the streets:" 
We hear less from the government's supporters these days. They have been careful to confine their rallies to a single stadium in Bangkok, to avoid potentially bloody clashes. 
But we do know their own, equally heartfelt convictions, from previous turmoil. 
They resent being dismissed by the "yellow" protesters as uneducated, ignorant of Mr Thaksin's true nature. 
They like his broadly populist policies, and treasure the power of their votes that have given his parties victories in five successive elections. 
They are offended that the results of those elections have so often been invalidated by the courts or the army.
"Mr. Thaksin," refers to Thaksin Shinawatra, the older brother of current Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra who openly runs the government by proxy from abroad - a true display of third world nepotism glossed over by the BBC. 

The fact that the current regime is "elected," the BBC and other Western media sources maintain, appears to justify the environment of impunity they have created around themselves - impunity that has prevented Thaksin or anyone in his political machine to be held accountable for over a decade of atrocities, corruption, and abuse that have been the hallmarks of his rise to political power. 

Left out entirely of Head's analysis was any mention of Thaksin's worst offense, his 2003 "war on drugs." Starting in February 2003 and over the course of 3 months, some 2,800 people (approximately 30 a day) would be extra-judicially murdered in the cities and countrysides of Thailand. 

Accused of being "drug dealers," victims were systematically exterminated based on "hit lists" compiled by police given carte blanche by Thaksin. It would later be determined by official investigations that over half of those killed had nothing to do with the drug trade in any way. Human Rights Watch (HRW) would confirm this in their 2008 report titled, "Thailand’s 'war on drugs'," a follow up to the much more extensive 2004 report, "Not Enough Graves."  

The 2003 mass murder carried out under the regime of Thaksin Shinawatra makes him by far the worst human rights offender in Thai history.Yet, Thaksin still to this day is able to travel to the United States, granted a special visa since his own passport has been revoked due to his fugitive status. That Thaksin is not only invited into the United States and other Western-aligned nations, but also defended by their media organizations, illustrates a dangerous hypocrisy that jeopardizes global stability and "international rule of law." 

As the West wrings its hands over the death of US State Department trained, funded, and equipped protesters and militants in Egypt, Tunisia, Syria, and Libya, and even in Thailand during the 2010 violence, it conveniently omits atrocities committed by despots like Thaksin Shinawatra who serve their corporate-financier interests. 

Image: "The Thai Gov'ts War on Drugs: Dead Wrong. Stop the Murder of Thai Drug Users." During Thaksin Shinwatra's 2003 "War on Drugs" it wasn't only drug users who were brutally, extra-judicially murdered in the streets, but over 50% of the 2,800 killed during the course of 3 months, were completely innocent, involved in no way with either drug use or trade.


Corporate lobbyists like Robert Amsterdam have been inspiring pieces in the Economist which sits upon the same corporate-consortium (Chatham House) together with Amsterdam's firm, Amsterdam & Partners. Kenneth Adelman, another of Thaksin's western lobbyists, has been funding various propaganda fronts and campaigns through the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and Freedom House. These have been offering Thaksin's political machine rhetorical support for years, including Prachatai and the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA). 

Image: The Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) is proudly sponsored by the US State Department's National Endowment for Democracy, Freedom House, and convicted Wall Street financial criminal, George Soros' Open Society Institute. It should be noted that Kenneth Adelman, a trustee of Freedom House, has also served as Thaksin Shinawatra's lobbyist, exposing this so-called human rights organization, and fronts like SEAPA as nothing but an extension of the special interests Adelman openly serves. 

SEAPA most recently attempted to portray the current protests as having assaulted a "German journalist," Nick Nostitz. In reality, Nostitz is a well-known, notorious supporter of Thaksin Shinawatra, and a minor cog in his lobbying machine. SEAPA's attempt to use its credibility to inflate and misrepresent the incident is just a minor example of how this vast network of foreign-funded NGOs insidiously works, daily, to undermine the sovereignty and stability of nations around the world. 

As the Shinawatra regime teeters on collapse, and if protests continue to pressure it, we can expect the same duplicity and deceit exhibited by Western media directed at the targets of "Arab Spring" protests, to now be turned against genuine anti-regime protesters in Thailand.

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