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Asian Railway...Underway

Photos courtesy Railway Gazette.

30 July 2014
Railway Gazette, Korat Post Online

High-speed rail is making a splashback in Thailand after the dictating junta indicated it approves two routes in Thailand. In addition, rail doubling will take place on other routes. Hi-speed rail costs are estimated at 400,000 Baht per meter.

A ground-breaking ceremony at Poipet in Cambodia on July 25 marked the start of work to reinstate the cross-border railway to Thailand. The ceremony was attended by Cambodia’s Deputy Minister for Public Works & Transport Guang Sun and Thailand’s Permanent Secretary for Transport Soithip Traisuth. The attendees viewed the site of a 43 m long bridge over a stream close to the border with Thailand; reconstruction of this bridge is a priority, with construction of 42 km of new 1 000 mm gauge railway between the existing Cambodian railhead at Sisophon and Poipet already underway. HEADLINES. EDITORIAL. Comments to the Korat Post Online editor via message to his Facebook page or to editor@thekoratpost.com. Alternatively contact personally to receive direct email.


121+ 'Illegal' Acres Seized

Photos courtesy of Bangkok Post newspaper. Shows local farmers and former land users assembled to protest against illegal use by influential figure. See unrelated Manager Online Thai report about Hi-low gambling ring in Surin broken up with five arrests here. Use mouse for rollover image showing scene of the Surin arrests.

29 July 2014
Bangkok Post, Korat Post Online

AUTHORITIES HAVE SEIZED SOME 121 ACRES OF FERTILE FARMLAND AT A RESORT IN KORAT OWNED BY A LOCAL BUSINESSMAN. INSPECTION OF DOCUMENTS IN HIS POSSESSION HAVE ALLEGEDLY REVEALED SEVERAL THAT WERE WITHDRAWN OR VOIDED LAND USE PERMITS, ETC.

Authorities report on Monday, July 28 that they had seized 3,900 rai of protected forest land that had been illegally taken over by an influential figure and in part used for a resort. According to official reports generated out of Army Region 2 in Nakhonratchasima, the figure had used fake documentation and false claims against local residents that he owned the property - which he did not. As of 28 July 2014, the land was temporarily seized and the alleged owner was facing allegations of illegal encroachment and possible other criminal claims related to the encroachments. HEADLINES. EDITORIAL. Comments to the Korat Post Online editor via message to his Facebook page or to editor@thekoratpost.com. Alternatively contact personally to receive direct email.


Korat World Heritage Tunnels

Photos courtesy of Khao Sod newspaper.Use mouse for rollover showing overall route, and
apologies for lack of resolution on the images.

25 July 2014
Khao Sod Online

PREVIOUS CONCERNS REGARDING ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF TUNNELING THROUGH KHAO YAI NATIONAL FOREST HAVE APPARENTLY BEEN PUT TO REST BY THAILAND'S RULING DICTATORS. THE NCPO HAS APPROVED THE ROAD TUNNEL PROJECT, OSTENSIBLY TO AVOID INTERRUPTION OF NATIVE SPECIES MIGRATION FROM ONE PART OF THE PROTECTED FOREST TO THE OTHER.

THAILAND'S ruling junta has announced that it approved plans to construct highway with accompanying tunnels within the protected World Heritage Khao Yai National Forests in Nakhonratchasima (Korat) province. The project is decades old in concept, and to date has been derailed out of environmental and conservation concerns.

On 24 July 2014, Mr. Kasemsan Jinnawaso, Secretary General of the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning, and secretary of the National Environmental Committee disclosed that after a committee meeting the NCPO approved after consideration the project to connect the Khao Yai World Heritage site and Tublan (phonetically should be ‘Taplan’) National Park (http://bit.ly/WGDIq4 Thai) to Highway 304, km markings 42-47, cutting through the area. See headlines. HEADLINES. EDITORIAL. Comments to the Korat Post Online editor via message to his Facebook page or to editor@thekoratpost.com. Alternatively contact personally to receive direct email.


EU Listens to Rights Complaint

Former democratically elected Thai prime minister, possibly the last one Thailand will have,
appearing in a file photo with an EU representative. Thailand has recently been snubbed by
the EU for the 22 May 2014 coup.

6 July 2014
From the Nation, 6 July

JUSTIFICATION FOR THE 22 MAY 2014 COUP WAS THAT VIOLENCE HAD TO BE PREVENTED AND THE NATION WAS NOT BEING GOVERNED. NO MENTION WAS MADE OF ULTRA ROYALIST INFLUENCES THAT LED TO LACK OF ABILITY OF THE GOVERNMENT TO RUN THE COUNTRY. SEE OUR EDITORIAL

An anti-coup group led by politicians from the ousted government has met with officials of the European Union's Human Rights Council to complain about alleged human rights violations in Thailand, according to a group leader.
The recently-formed Free Thais for Human Rights and Democracy (FT-HD) reported on its Facebook post yesterday that Jaran Ditapichai, the group's European coordinator, led other representatives to meet with unnamed officials of the EU Human Rights Council in Paris on Thursday afternoon.

The group also presented a report on the current human rights situation in Thailand and requested advice from the EU officials, according to the FT-HD's post. The report did not identify any of the European officials the FT-HD claimed its representatives had met. There was no reaction from the ruling National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) yesterday. HEADLINES. EDITORIAL. Comments to the Korat Post Online editor via message to his Facebook page or to editor@thekoratpost.com. Alternatively contact personally to receive direct email.

"Tellin' it like it ain't"

Foreign civilian and military guests of the kingdom may be forced to listen, but they
do not ahve to agree. As well, they usually have civilian counterparts supervising them and
to whom they must report, so unlike Thailand.

1 July 2014
From Khao Sod 26 June 2014 - dated but relevant please see Korat Post editorial shortly

COUPS IN THAILAND ARE DEJURE CARTE BLANCE FOR THE COUNTRY'S MILITARY. THIS TIME THEY WENT FURTHER THAN BEFORE, AND NOW PLAN TO REFORM THINKING! SEE OUR EDITORIAL Can the military withstand the tide of history, if Thailand is susceptible to it, or can Thailand somehow keep lurking in the darkened corners of mandate?

A senior US official has asked for support from the US Congress to help move Thailand back to a democratic system of government. “The coup and post-coup repression have made it impossible for our relationship with Thailand to go on with ‘business as usual,’” Scot Marciel, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Asian Affairs, said in a congressional hearing yesterday. “Strong, enduring, bipartisan Congressional support for our efforts to move Thailand back towards its democratic tradition and to preserve our long-term friendship and interests are essential for a successful outcome.”. HEADLINES. EDITORIAL. Comments to the editor via message to his Facebook page or to editor@thekoratpost.com. Alternatively contact personally to receive direct email.


Rumors Driving the Exodus

NCPO deputy spokesman Col Winthai Suvaree said migrant labour problems had accumulated for
a decade and the NCPO only wanted all migrant workers to be registered and work legally without
having to hide from authorities.

17 June 2014
the Korat Post online (US-based independent of Korat Post).
FromNational News Bureau 6/16/2014

THAI AUTHORITIES REPORT THAT THE FLIGHT OF TENS OF THOUSANDS OF CAMDODIANS WORKING IN THAILAND BACK TO CAMBODIA IS BASED ON FEAR CAUSED BY GROUNDLESS RUMORS. Despite the statement, migrant workers still flock back home, causing serious worries to Thai and foreign-owned factories in Thailand that depend on cheap labor.

BANGKOK, June 16 -- Amid the continuous exodus of foreign workers from Thailand, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has reiterated that it had no policy to expel immigrant workers.
NCPO deputy spokesman Col Winthai Suvaree said migrant labour problems had accumulated for a decade and the NCPO only wanted all migrant workers to be registered and work legally without having to hide from authorities.

“The work of ministries must be integrated and their directions and principles must be united in all dimensions. Humanitarianism and international standard are observed. This will be beneficial to operators and alien labor. Alien workers will receive adequate health services and enjoy health standards,” Col Winthai said.
Operators employing migrant workers could continue their businesses and should maintain order among their employees, and the NCPO will take rational and realistic action to support economic growth, national interest and sustainability. HEADLINES. EDITORIAL. Comments to the editor via message to his Facebook page or to editor@thekoratpost.com. Alternatively contact personally to receive direct email.


Fastest-ever Court Decision?

Thai Air Force Pilot Officer (one rank higher than cadet) Chalart Vorachet, today filed a
plaint with the Criminal Court alleging that General Prayuth, leader of the 2014 coup in
Thailand, was guilty of treason and lese majeste. Court announced decision at 15:00 hrs.
the same day, 10 June 2014

10 June 2014
the Korat Post online (US-based independent of Korat Post).
From Post Today See full Thai language report here.

COURT DECISIONS IN THAILAND GENERALLY TAKE A LONG TIME. THIS EDITOR'S OWN ROLE AS DEFENDENT IN FRAUDULENTLY-FILED DEFAMATION CASE HAS GONE ON FOR OVER SEVEN YEARS. But apparently justice will be served these days, and quickly,

Tried it and it didn't work.
Thai Air Force Pilot Officer Chalart Vorachet, (Facebook https://www.facebook.com/cha.worachat?fref=ts) filed a criminal complaint today against Thailand's new country director General Prayuth Chan Ocha claiming the Army head had committed treason and lese majesté. Despite his attempts, however, the court quickly ruled the same day (less than 12 hrs) that the complaint would not be heard by the court. Reasons cited include the court's opining that because any such claimed wrongdoing was before General Prayuth became head of the junta, and therefore jurisdiction in such an instance would be with the Court of Justice. The court also opined that it had the authority to make a decision in this case and thus refused to accept it. HEADLINES. EDITORIAL. Comments to the editor via message to his Facebook page or to editor@thekoratpost.com. Alternatively contact personally to receive direct email.


Mobocracy - Thailand's Solution to Democracy

Thailand's temporary prime minister and pro-government rep. Nirat Thamrongboonsong Phaisarn

(นิวัฒน์ธำรง บุญทรงไพศาล Pushing from the powerful well-healed elites and disenfranchised southern Muslim factions, as well
from the Yellow Shirt anti-politician maniacs, forces in Thailand are at the gates of
instanity waiting to rip to shreds any hope for Thai democracy, or more properly, democracy
in Thailand.

10 May 2014
From the Nation - See our editorial today.

IF THERE IS A GOD THAT THAILAND'S reactionary Yellow Shirts and anti-election mobs appear to be near to accomplishing, it's total eradication of democracy in the Land of Smiles. It is being done through the usual catcalling and manic-depressive techniques good brainwashing machines use, but alarmingly with increasing credibility among the local populations that are more and more realizing that Thailand's internal culture and history are all wonderfully fake but wonderful anyhow and need to be made permanent.

Anti-government protesters yesterday began their "final fight" to topple the embattled government by occupying the country's five major television stations and other key locations, amid mounting fears of street clashes between rival political groups. Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban announced that the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) aimed to change the government peacefully within three days. He told supporters this was possible "if we all cooperate. But if within three days we have not got rid of this regime, then we will do what is necessary."

The government's Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO) warned of possible attacks at night against the protesters occupying the different locations. "A group of people with ill intentions will attack those participating in the protests at different locations. The public are advised to use discretion when participating in such gatherings for your own safety," CAPO said in a statement. HEADLINES. EDITORIAL. Comments to the editor via message to his Facebook page or to editor@thekoratpost.com. Alternatively contact personally to receive direct email. We thank the editor of The Nation for visiting the Korat Post, albeit many years ago, and lend appreciation to our cause through joint coverage.


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Staying Strong Under 112

"Live long and prosper." Many Thais would like to do that but are imprisoned because of the
kingdom's draconian lese majeste law and widespread ignorance and abuse of human
rights
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24 April 2014
Extracted from Phuketwan (here)

EVER BEEN A PILOT WHO CAN'T GET TO THE AIRPORT? This week, in response to police cancelling what is really a human rights violation of a reenactment of a brutal murder of a young pregnant woman, Thai mobs blocked th main highway in and out of Phuket, essentially dissing anyone who needed to go somewhere or do something. The action likely ensured that some tourists will never be coming to Thailand again.

When 7:00 p.m. rolled around in Phuket last night, hundreds of angry locals had undertaken to block off Phuket's main highway in protest against a local murder. See Phuketwan report here. HEADLINES. EDITORIAL. Comments to the editor via message to his Facebook page or to editor@thekoratpost.com. Alternatively contact personally to receive direct email. We thank the editor of The Nation for visiting the Korat Post, albeit many years ago, and lend appreciation to our cause through joint coverage.


Pilot Misses Own Plane - Phuket
Onve again Thai mobs - this one angry at a killer - block roads and say "Go to Hell!" to anyone
that needs to use public roadways.
While Thais can be rightfully indignant, they are wrongfully
dismissive of the rights of others.

24 April 2014
Extracted from Phuketwan (here)

EVER BEEN A PILOT WHO CAN'T GET TO THE AIRPORT? This week, in response to police cancelling what is really a human rights violation of a reenactment of a brutal murder of a young pregnant woman, Thai mobs blocked th main highway in and out of Phuket, essentially dissing anyone who needed to go somewhere or do something. The action likely ensured that some tourists will never be coming to Thailand again.

When 7:00 p.m. rolled around in Phuket last night, hundreds of angry locals had undertaken to block off Phuket's main highway in protest against a local murder. See Phuketwan report here. HEADLINES. EDITORIAL. Comments to the editor via message to his Facebook page or to editor@thekoratpost.com. Alternatively contact personally to receive direct email. We thank the editor of The Nation for visiting the Korat Post, albeit many years ago, and lend appreciation to our cause through joint coverage.


Brutal Murders Anger Daughter
Photo from Manager Online Remnants of parents stilllying in ashed, Sisaket police shrug
shoulders saying no evidence has surfaced to pursue case .

22 April 2014
Transedited from Manager Online

HORRIBLE MURDER IN SISAKET goes cold quickly with no progrss by police. Encouragment was recently given by family membes who posted a 150,000 Baht reward for the arrest and conviction of the killer.

Sisaket – Daughter has had it! Issues bounty of 150,000 Baht for brutal killer who burned her parents in the middle of a rice paddy. Nearly three months have passed and police maintain they haven’t uncovered any evidence to pursue the killer.
Today ( 22 April) reporters gave an update on brutal killings where two grandparents were burned, Mr. Sanram Phanngarm, aged 63, and Mrs. Thong Phanngarm, aged of 63 years, residing at 15 Moo 8 , Tambon Hua Chang , Amphoe Chan, Sisaket province who died in the middle of a rice paddy when their hut caught fire and burnt to hopefully disguise real evidence in the case. But the medical examiner identified the dead 2 mortal wound from being hit, stabbed and entirely wrapped with sharp objects in the wrapping. There were traces of a struggle before apparently before being killed. The murders took place on February 10. . HEADLINES. EDITORIAL. Comments to the editor via message to his Facebook page or to editor@thekoratpost.com. Alternatively contact personally to receive direct email. We thank the editor of The Nation for visiting the Korat Post, albeit many years ago, and lend appreciation to our cause through joint coverage.


Both to Blame...Coup Tomorrow?
Thailand's current protest pontif, Suthep Thaughsuban, has not yet had to deal with any
meaningful investigaiton of treason and threatening national security, thanks to those who
are most responsible for supporting his unique approach to restoration of national unity.

18 April 2014
From Khao Sod and agencies

THIS MAN HAS SET NEW STANDARDS forThailand's migratory shift from complete dictatorship to modified complete dictatorshiup. Or is that really the way it is? Doesn't Thailand really deserve special consideration because of its unique nature, unique institutional relationships and unique logic? We think not. See editorial.

(from 16 April) The Royal Thai Army has dismissed the rumour that a military coup will occur on 19 April, insisting that the armed forces are neutral in politics. "It′s just a rumour on the social media, like in the past," said Col. Winthai Suvaree, spokesman of the army. He also insisted that the military′s objective is only to serve the public, safeguard the borders of Thailand, and provide security to all sides amid the ongoing political crisis which has claimed at least 22 lives.
"I beg all brothers and sisters to exercise their judgement when they receive news and information," Col. Winthai told reporters. His comment came days after Gen. Saiyud Koetpol, former Chief of the Thai Armed Force, suggested that former Prime Minister and Head of the Privy Council, Gen. Prem Tinsulanond, serve as a "mediator" to end the conflicts by discussing the issues with members of the judiciary, the armed forces, and other prominent factions. HEADLINES. EDITORIAL. Comments to the editor via message to his Facebook page or to admin@thekoratpost.com. Alternatively contact personally to receive direct email. We thank the editor of The Nation for visiting the Korat Post, albeit many years ago, and lend appreciation to our cause through joint coverage.


No Government - No Problem?
Thailand's Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul, alongwith other cabinet members,
is wondering what is to become of them now that Thailand's elites have determined that
a legitimate government is no longer a necessity.

8 April 2014
From Khao Sod and agencies

NOW THAT THE WORLD KNOWS Thailand's unique "Thainess" nature has permitted the total eclipse of elected government in the name of national reform, domestic forces are gathering steam in what may become an epic battle between those who never had power, not really, and those who have always had it, really.

The US government has expressed concern to the Thai authorities over the deteriorating state of political crisis in Thailand, said the Minister of Foreign Affairs Surapong Tovichakchaikul. Mr. Surapong made the comment after meeting with a group of high profile American diplomats today, including US Ambassador to Thailand, Ms. Kristie Kenny, and Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Mr. Daniel Russel. According to Mr. Surapong, the entourage presented him with a letter signed by the US Secretary of State John Kerry which expressed his concern over the latest round of political crisis in Thailand, which erupted in November last year.

He added that the US does not wish to see a military takeover or any other type of coup in Thailand. "It is an issue that the US has grave concerns about," Mr. Surapong told reporters, "If it really happens, they won′t be happy". Mr. Surapong continued, "Simultaneously, the US wants to support Thailand to walk along the democratic path, to solve problems by engaging in dialogues, and to refrain from violence and chaos". HEADLINES. EDITORIAL. Comments to the editor via message to his Facebook page or to admin@thekoratpost.com. Alternatively contact personally to receive direct email. We thank the editor of The Nation for visiting the Korat Post, albeit many years ago, and lend appreciation to our cause through joint coverage.


Another Poor Court Verdict
On 3/31/2014 the Thai courts once again dismissed serious charges - this time murder -
against Thai police involved in reluctant witnesses and weakening evidence.

31 March 2014
From National News Bureau

SAUDI ARAB officials and their government have been far more polite than Thailand would have been in the same circumstances, only to find the scales of justice tipped against them in favor of five Thai police who were earlier pretty much thought to be proven guilty of murdering Saudi businessmen and colluson with theft of royal family jewelry. Mostnotably among the stones is the famed Blue Diamond.

BANGKOK, March 31 – The Criminal Court today acquitted charges against five Thai police officers in connection with the illegal detention and premeditated murder of a Saudi businessman 24 years ago. Pol Lt Gen Somkid Boonthanom and four police officers allegedly took Mohammad al-Ruwali to a Bangkok hotel for questioning after which he was killed. The court said additional evidence including a ring, which was claimed to belong to Mr al-Ruwali, was insufficient and vague. The ring was supplied by investigative officers to support the murder charges. Mr al-Ruwali’s death has severely affected Thai-Saudi relations after the Middle Eastern country downgraded ties with Thailand and they have never been restored ever since. HEADLINES. EDITORIAL. Comments to the editor via message to his Facebook page or to admin@thekoratpost.com. Alternatively contact personally to receive direct email. We thank the editor of The Nation for visiting the Korat Post, albeit many years ago, and lend appreciation to our cause through joint coverage.


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Not Just Rubbish...

Samutprakarn used to have decent air and a relatively quaint image among those in the
early years of Bangkok growth. Today it is beset with manmade pollution and municipal
neglect in really tacking Thailand's refuse problems.

17 March 2014
Transedited from Manager Online

PROVINCIAL OFFICIALS ordered the evacuation of residents from about 1,500 homes in Samut Prakan after a fire at a local garbage dump yesterday was declared a disaster area, and toxic fumes spread to many parts of the province and nearby areas in Bangkok.

Kanit Iamrahong, the governor of Samut Prakan, said yesterday that three communities closest to the dump, with 1,480 families, had been evacuated. The governor declared Tambon Praeksa in Samut Prakan's Muang district, where the burning dump site is located, a disaster area. Many of the people evacuated were sent to the Tambon Praeksa administrative organisation office. The Pollution Control Department tested the air quality in areas around the burning dump and found harmful substances, such as sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide and some carcinogenic chemicals. HEADLINES. EDITORIAL. Comments to the editor via message to his Facebook page or to admin@thekoratpost.com. Alternatively contact personally to receive direct email. We thank the editor of The Nation for visiting the Korat Post, albeit many years ago, and lend appreciation to our cause through joint coverage.


 





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