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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
The

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
.

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.


Over 1,000 affected by Storm
Surely this can't be Thailand! But it is, and in the northeast province of Loei. This editor
spent a few days there back in the mid-1960s on a Peace Corps training field trip, and
it was cold then!

17 March 2014
Transedited from Manager Online

Loei’s provincial governor visited Tambol Saantom, Phureu District, after a severe hail storm damaged homes in seven tambols, impacting some405 households and 1,600 residents. Authorities hurried to survey and assist in recovery. Thai border patrol police and military also were called into action, helping to replace roofs. Local agencies were called to provide other assistance.

The above was after a fierce summer storm devastated areas of Tambol Saantom, Phuerea district of Loei province, where large quantities of hailstones fell to the ground and on houses and roads in the area, making the ground white. Large chunks of ice accompanied the hail, causing tree limbs to snap and smashing holes into roofs of private residences and government buildings leading to leaks when rain also fell. The rain led to several floors in residences and offices being flooded or partially inundated. HEADLINES. EDITORIAL. Comments to the editor via message to his Facebook page or to admin@thekoratpost.com. Alternatively contact personally to receive direct email.


Missing Plane Mystifies All
When long distance passenger aircraft went form four and three down to two engines, many
non-experts, such as passengers, were concerned. At issue is whether something took
place that another engine could have resolved, or were terrorists aboard?

14 March 2014
From the Nation, Agencies

R
eported airframe design faults and questions related to whether those were addressed or not, and reports that the Rolls Royce engines on the plane continued to transmit data five hours after the aircraft disappeared, is adding to the conjecture of what happened to this plane. But the real news in Thailand has to do with recent statements by its ousted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Thaksin - "It's the elites supporting Democrats."

While in Beijing, ousted and fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra recently made a number of political predictions and comments worth considering. Here are the highlights.

The caretaker Yingluck Shinawatra government is fighting a difficult battle but the international community sees what the government is doing as correct. Thaksin said the numerous legal cases with independent organisations were having a negative impact on the administration and the international community was closely watching whether there would be a repeat of the September 19, 2006 coup.l Thaksin believes there will be no repetition of the military coup because the top brass has learnt from the negative repercussions which accompanied the 2006 coup, chiefly the political upheaval that followed in 2009-10 and today. In fact, he claimed the armed forces were secretly brokering dialogue between both sides but no deal had been struck yet due to their inability to resolve some contentious issues.. HEADLINES. EDITORIAL. Comments to the editor via message to his Facebook page or to admin@thekoratpost.com. Alternatively contact personally to receive direct email.


Suspects Id'd,Interpol Cautions
Security cameras caught the two clearly enough, but totally neglected was the Interpol database
that should have and likely would have raised alarms at the airport.

12 March 2014
From MCOT

T
he speculation associated with this mystery of a major passenger plane incident at crusing altitude between Malaysia and China has everyone wondering just what really did happen. Interpol has cautioned that the speculation has more or less automatically led people to assume terrorism when it may not have been the cause. However, the fact that two men with stolen passports boarded the plane raises major doubts that it was anything but an explosion. .

BANGKOK, March 11 - Thai authorities on Tuesday revealed that the missing Malaysian Airlines' Beijing-bound tickets of two imposters travelling with passports stolen in Thailand were booked by an Iranian and paid by a Thai woman. Malaysian police chief Khalid Abu Bakar told a news conference Tuesday that investigators had determined one was a 19-year-old Iranian planning to enter Germany to seek asylum. A second passenger also travelling with a stolen passport has not been identified. Both bought their tickets in Thailand and entered Malaysia together, according to the Associated Press news agency.

Immigration Bureau commander Pol Lt Gen Panu Kerdlarppol disclosed more details following reports that the Italian and Austrian foreign ministries announced that the names of their two national matched the MH 370 flight manifest but the two men - Austrian Christian Kozel and Italian Luigi Maraldi - did not board the flight but their passports were stolen while they were in Thailand. HEADLINES. EDITORIAL. Comments to the editor via message to his Facebook page or to admin@thekoratpost.com. Alternatively contact personally to receive direct email.


 

Secession Imminent?
Secession campaigner Wuttipongse, above, gives lively and impassioned views about
his total disgust with the unjust ways in which the Thai state machinery has allowed Suthep
Thaugsuban railroad Thailand against democracy.

8 March 2014
From The Nation

F
or a country with seemingly endless cycles of uncertainty and economic earthquakes, Thailand has once again fallen under scrutiny, but this time for something much diff rent than has ever really been talked about in the past - secession The talk is upsetting a lot of people, and making many others very happy - fed up with their countrymen.

The Democrat Party has petitioned the national anti-graft agency, calling on it to investigate the prime minister, two Cabinet ministers and 10 red-shirt leaders for rebellion over calls for a separate state in the North. Wirat Kalayasiri, who heads the party's legal team, said yesterday he had asked the National Anti-Corruption Commission to probe Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Interior Minister Charupong Ruangsuwan and Deputy Commerce Minister Natthawut Saikua. The 10 red-shirt leaders include Jatuporn Prompan and Veerakan Musigapong.

Wirat accused the 13 of rebellion for supporting secession from the country.The idea of partitioning parts of the country was raised at a recent red-shirt meeting and in some provinces where the red-shirt movement is strong. Wirat alleged that Charupong and Natthawut were present at the red-shirt meeting, with the interior minister even promising government support to implement all proposals by the red shirts. Some red-shirt leaders proposed the use of violence and suggested there needed to be an armed struggle against anti-government protesters. HEADLINES. EDITORIAL. Comments to the editor via message to his Facebook page or to admin@thekoratpost.com. Alternatively contact personally to receive direct email.


"Talk Bad, Action No Problem!"
Of course advocating seccession is illegal. Talking about it also illegal? Apparently Thailand's top military man thinks so and has initiated cirminal action against Red Shirts for talk, notwithstanding his total lack of action in defending the government from insurrection by PDRC and Democrat Party..

3 March 2014
From The Nation

T
hai army chief General Prayuth has finally taken action, legal and not yeet military, against Red Shirt activists who have lately been advocating seccession of northern Thailand from the rest of the kingdom. Prayuth, however, has been totally silent, it seems, in earlier declaration of independence from Pattani groups in the south. Surely the latter threat is more serious?

Army chief Prayuth says partition talk illegal; PDRC moves to Lumpini Park while reds travel from Udon Thani to other proivnces to organise more rallies
PRO-GOVERNMENT red-shirts in Chiang Mai and Phayao advocating |partition from the rest of the country will be charged with sedition under legal action launched by Army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha. Third Army Region commander Lt Gen Preecha Chan-ocha, whose has authority over areas in the North, said yesterday that secessionist and related activities - including preparation for such action - were illegal under Articles 113 and 114 of the Criminal Code. Preecha said the charges would primarily relate to the activities of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) leaders in Chiang Mai and Phayao.

The first red-shirt groups to face sedition charges would be Rak Chiang Mai 51 and Red Shirt Phayao. Similar action would be taken against red-shirt groups in Phitsanulok who erected banners at several locations calling for the partitioning of Thailand and promoting a People's Democratic Republic of Lanna. Article 113 (3) of the Criminal Code stipulates that partitioning the country, through use of force or announcing plans to do this, is regarded of an act of secession. The crime carries a life term or death sentence. . HEADLINES. EDITORIAL. Comments to the editor via message to his Facebook page or to admin@thekoratpost.com. Alternatively contact personally to receive direct email.


The Only Person - NOT
No, the Reds are not above exaggeration. In surrounding the national cokunter corruption office yesterday, they said current caretaker prime minister Yingluck was the only person who could steer Thailand toward democracy. Not quite true.

28 February 2014
From The Nation

S
avior status becomes few in the world, least of which are national politicians. Oftne lauded as great heroes of their countries, political personalities caught in a quagmire of deception and corruption are instead paraded about as the only solution to political troubles.

HUNDREDS OF redshirts surrounded the national anti-graft agency yesterday and camped out in a bid to prevent the agency from pursuing a corruption case against caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) had scheduled today for Yingluck to acknowledge her charges related to rice-pledging scheme, but the premier yesterday began her trip to the north. It is uncertain whether she will present herself to hear charges against her at the NACC.

Three groups of redshirts joined yesterday's rally. The reds from Nonthaburi province, led by Chavalit Suriya and Suthichai Posapol, those from community radio groups - who padlocked the gates at the NACC and set up a stage and camped out - and a civil society group of 70 red shirts. Mock coffins of NACC commissioners were placed in front of the office and petition letters were submitted by protesters demanding honest and equal treatment for all politicians. HEADLINES. EDITORIAL. Comments to the editor via message to his Facebook page or to admin@thekoratpost.com. Alternatively contact personally to receive direct email.


Roiet - 3 Dead, 28 Injured, Bomb
Another senseless youth-instigated violent incident leading to over two dozen injuries and three deaths in Roiet province. Photo courtesy Manager Online

27 February 2014
Transedited from Manager Online

B
ombs remain the tool of choice in youth-related violence as a crowd in the northeast province o Roiet discovered on 24 February 2014 Two sixteen year olds and a forty year old succumbed to injuries caused by the blast. HEADLINES. EDITORIAL. Comments to the editor via message to his Facebook page or to admin@thekoratpost.com. Alternatively contact personally to receive direct email.


Sliding Toward Civil War - BBC
Just after Red Shirt leaders meeting at the Suwat Liptapanlop political headquarters
in Korat announce beat of war drums, a grenade attack outside Big C supermarket
in Rajaprasong, Bangkok kills two. Photo courtesy of the Nation.

24 February 2014
the Nation

B
ombs and grenades and IEDs in Bangkok? Hopefully not again, as yesterday's tossed grenade attack into a gorup of anti-government rally members took two lives and injured nearly two dozen. Are the gloves off in Thailand now that the end is declared near by anti-government leader Suthep Thaughsuban? HEADLINES. EDITORIAL. Comments to the editor via message to his Facebook page or to admin@thekoratpost.com. Alternatively contact personally to receive direct email.


All is Unforgiven
Thais are well-known to revere their monarchy. Research is lacking on how such
rigid thinking originated, how it is kept alive, and even more importantly, why, and who
orchestrates the effort.

23 February 2014

I
n the midst of prolonged national identtity crisis and a Thainess renewed with seeming vengeance, many are wondering just what Thailand is other than an orchestrated illusion and a land where anything goes - as long as you can keep supporters happy. Hypocrisy knows no bounds, double standards are their fault, not ours, and we are Buddhist! Dream it... EDITORIAL. Comments to the editor via message to his Facebook page or to admin@thekoratpost.com. Alternatively contact personally to receive direct email.


Suthep Loves the Gunmen!
The popcorn guys wearing masks so they can't be interviewed. Photo courtesy Khao Sod.
Editorial lead-in: Thailand is imbroiled in a class-clash that oneside admits to and the other denies. Elites against the poor, the smart against the ignorant, the urban against the rural. Is civil society in Thailand possible with this going on constantly?

22 February 2014
Khao Sod O
n 20 February 2014 anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban has delivered a thinly-veiled threat that Redshirts supporters might face armed militants allied to his movements. Mr. Suthep, leader of the People′s Committee for Absolute Democracy With the King As Head of State (PCAD), said at a rally stage in Bangkok′s Silom district that he has been informed about the Redshirts′ upcoming rally to intimidate the PCAD supporters on this Saturday."Go ahead. Come. The popcorn vendors have already prepared the popcorns for you," Mr. Suthep said, "Don′t blame me if the vendors serve popcorns at you". HEADLINES. EDITORIAL. Comments to the editor via message to his Facebook page or to admin@thekoratpost.com. Alternatively contact personally to receive direct email.


Thais in Japan for Evac?
Japan has snow. But this much? Recent meteorological reports indicate more cold weather and
storms on the way, distupring world weather patterns.

Editorial lead-in: The Thai government has recently indicated special concern for Thais in Japan who have become subject to the cold weather the region is experiencing. The Thi embassy in Japan has opened a hotline and the Japanese government has recommended stocking up on rations.

18 February 2014
MCOT

The Thai Embassy in Japan has been on standby around the clock to help coordinate evacuations of Thai tourists who may be trapped by snowstorms, the Foreign Ministry spokesman said.
Sek Wannamethee said the embassy had coordinated with concerned agencies to provide assistance to Thai tourists, stranded by snow storms at hotels and various resorts in Japan. The tourists were advised to stock up on food and drink to survive for at least three days, and avoid travelling this week, Sek said. The embassy has opened a hotline on (++81 90) 4435 7812 for Thai tourists to seek help. Sek said many Thais had already called the number, adding the embassy was also coordinating via tour firms. HEADLINES. EDITORIAL. Comments to the editor via message to his Facebook page or to admin@thekoratpost.com. Alternatively contact personally to receive direct email.


Peaceful Lawbreaking by PDRC
Photo shows willing Thai citizen helping to seal off a state-owned building to prevent its
use. Disruption of government operations has been a landmark of the Suthep movement. Photo
courtesy MCOT.

Editorial lead-in: Claims remain amazingly unbelievable that the current anti-government protesters are peaceful. They have many times used significant physical force to block public and state employee access to roadways and buildings. The advocating of the right to deprive others of their rights is bad enough, but the apparent agreement to this by traditionalists is outstandingly shameful.

17 February 2014
MCOT

Anti-government protesters of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) today sealed the Government House entrance gates to block caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from entering the compound. The protesters led by secretary-general Suthep Thaugsuban, joined the allied group of the Network of Students and People for the Reform of Thailand (NSPRT) which camped out near Government House following the announcement of the Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order of its intention to retake the area around Government House this week.

Mr Suthep led his supporters to pour cement over sandbags blocking Gates 1 and 2 of the government seat, without any disruption or prevention from security personnel.The protest leader said he mobilised the crowds to Government House because CMPO director Chalerm Yubamrung challenged the protesters by announcing that he would open way for Ms Yingluck and the government to return to work there although they do not have legitimacy to remain in power. Another protest leader, Thaworn Senneam, said he was confident as the CMPO would be unable to retake the five areas now occupied by the protesters, while saying that the government must take responsibility for any violence which occurs during this tense period. HEADLINES. EDITORIAL. Comments to the editor via message to his Facebook page or to admin@thekoratpost.com. Alternatively contact personally to receive direct email.


Ferverent Ignorance?
Is this Suthep fan out of her mind or merely a loyal natioonalist who loves her country?

Editorial lead-in: Listed to Suthep these days and you will soon realize that this characature of virtue is having gthe time of his life. He jokes about the ridiculous nature of the Thaksin-puppet (his words) government and spreadswjhistle blowing mirth about how stupid Chalerm is.

16 February 2014
the Nation

Anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban yesterday ruled out the possibility of talks with politicians in power and also rejected a proposal for a national unity government with figures from all parties. Suthep said he would only talk with Thaksin Shinawatra, who he said was the de-facto leader of the government, if the ex-premier met him in person at the Dusit Thani Hotel, which is near the main protest site at Lumpini Park.But he didn't think Thaksin would dare to return to Thailand for such a meeting and risk being arrested after being convicted and sentenced to two years' jail for abuse of power.

"So the door for talks should be considered shut," Suthep said. "I won't have a talk with Yingluck [Shinawatra, the caretaker prime minister], either in secret or in public. Also, I won't negotiate with any representative from the government because they have no real power," he said. HEADLINES. EDITORIAL. Comments to the editor via message to his Facebook page or to admin@thekoratpost.com. Alternatively contact personally to receive direct email.


Farmers Join Anarchy Moves
Rice stocks in Thailand's northern region to be seized and power taken from government to conduct any business with it. Photo from MCOT.

Editorial lead-in: This editor's wife is half-Indian. But for my part, having lived and worked with various ethnic communities in Thailand over my own 46 years here off and on, I've also noted and felt the hate speech wrath form so-called "good Thais" who made one inane claim after another just to get rid of an enemy of their own convictions..

10 February 2014
MCOT

Farmer leaders today abruptly walked out of a meeting with key Cabinet members who failed to tell them when they would be paid for the rice they sold under the subsidy scheme. The disgruntled farmers announced that state rice stockpiles nationwide would be seized, starting from the North, and the government would no longer have the legitimate authority to sell the rice acquired from farmers.
 
Caretaker Deputy Prime Minister/Commerce Minister Niwatthamrong Boonsongpaisarn was accompanied by three Cabinet members from the Agriculture, Commerce and Finance ministries in the meeting with farmers on the overdue payments issue. Farmers insisted on a specific timing for the payments which, they said, have been delayed since October.
 
Mr Niwatthamrong said the government has successively paid to farmers during the last six months and that the payment delay was due to the House dissolution which poses restrictions on the caretaker government on spending. He said it was also difficult for a caretaker government to borrow from financial institutions, promising that the caretaker Cabinet would be asked in its weekly meeting tomorrow to approve Bt712 million from the central fund to pay farmers. HEADLINES. EDITORIAL. Comments to the editor via message to his Facebook page or to admin@thekoratpost.com. Alternatively contact personally to receive direct email.


Keeping a Low Ethnic Profile?
Indian national Satish Sehgal, photo above courtesy of The Nation, has lived in Thailand for half a century. As a direct result of demonstrating against the Thai government, he has been singled out for deportation. The racial prejudice issue in Thailand is one that makes this case sensitive, alarming and perhaps sadly, hopeless.

Editorial lead-in: This editor's wife is half-Indian. But for my part, having lived and worked with various ethnic communities in Thailand over my own 46 years here off and on, I've also noted and felt the hate speech wrath form so-called "good Thais" who made one inane claim after another just to get rid of an enemy of their own convictions..

10 February 2014
The Nation and the Korat Post Online

Facing a nasty Ministry of Interior process recently started to deport him from the country, PDRC financial supporter Satish Sehgal just announced that he wa foregoing any furhter demonstrations in support of the revolt and its leadership. While Satish had put his proverbial mouth where his money was, and many of us have the right to do so if we have the cinviction, there are those among us who are well advised not to. Such as presidents of business associations in Thailand whose organizations are heavily dependent on government goodwill and whose activities in the kingdom are governed by that. Besides being president of the India-Thai Chamber of Commerce, and an executive of a well-known agency, Mr. Satish is perhaps first and foremost "one of us" - that is, a foreigner. Thais are both xenophobic and racially prejudice, and as a general culture under Thainess, are very likely to throw some of the most hateful things our way to get rid of us. One of those is the power of the Thai government to kick your behind out of Thailand.

From the Nation...
9 February 2014

India-Thai Business Forum chairman Satish Sehgal said yesterday that he would end his political activities after the government's Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order issued an order to deport him from the country on grounds that he had led protesters to besiege state premises.
Satish proclaimed his innocence, saying he had never taken the role of a leader of the anti-government protest and had never taken to the rally stages. He said he had only carried out political activities to protect the country and its institutions.

The CMPO has alleged that Satish had led protesters to besiege several government offices and even surrounded the Civil Aviation Department after the state of emergency was announced. Satish called on the National Human Rights Commission on Friday to help him fight the expulsion order. "Whatever the outcome of my case, I insist I will not leave Thailand because this is my dearest home,'' he said. The businessman took pictures with People's Democratic Reform Committee protesters at the Saladaeng rally base and said the PDRC leaders and protesters understood his intention to cease his political activities. Meanwhile, Department of Special Investigation chief Tarit Pengdith said the DSI would reveal tomorrow the names of 58 suspects believed to have financed the PDRC protest. HEADLINES. EDITORIAL. Comments to the editor via message to his Facebook page or to admin@thekoratpost.com. Alternatively contact personally to receive direct email.


Abhisit Avoids Red Shirts - NKP
Photo courtesy Manager Online. The number of people in the group gathered to protest Abhisit was reported to be around fifty.

Editorial lead-in: Note that articles appearing on these pages from the Manager Online are chosen for Isaan-relevance in many cases, and not for the editorial views ot that paper which is owned by arch enemy of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, Sondhi Limthongkul.

8 February 2014 (Manager Online, regional section)
Transedited by the Korat Post online
NKP

Nakhonphanom - Only a handful of Red Shirts gathered at the NKP airport when Abhisit Vejajivva landed there yesterday to honor son of well-known businessman at his engagement party.At 11:00 hrs. on 8 February 2014, at the Nakhonphanom airport, approximately fifty Red Shirts gathered together to show opposition to the leader of theDemocrat Party as he stepped off the plane to be welcomed by friends to an engagement party for the daughter of a businessman friend. The ceremony took place at the Dusit, meung district, Sakonakhon. The Sakonakorn airport didn't have an incoming flight schedule so the former prime minister chose to fly into NKP. HEADLINES. EDITORIAL. Comments to the editor via message to his Facebook page or to admin@thekoratpost.com. Alternatively contact personally to receive direct email.

Loei Restaurant's Close Call
Careless trash burning by restaurant owner in Loei province leads to five rai grassland blaze
and confession of being less than watchful.

Editorial lead-in: Taking a break for a moment we turn to some of the environmental things we notice in Thailand form time to time, such as massive roadside fires.

LOEI - 7 February 2014 (Manager Online, regional section)
Transedited by the Korat Post online

Widespread grassland fire in Loei province extinguished after emergency fire crews called in, saving nearby restaurant. At 17:45 hrs on 6 February 2014, a grassland blaze erupted next to the Saon Restaurant in Loei, situated next to farmland, Maliwan Road, Tambol Na-an, meung district, Loei province. The blaze erupted to grow to some five rai in area. The cause was burning of trash by the restaurant owner who admitted that he had lit the pile of refuse but had not paid much attention afterward. He was able to call in the fire fighting crew who put out the blaze before it reached his restaurant. HEADLINES. EDITORIAL. Comments to the editor via message to his Facebook page or to admin@thekoratpost.com. Alternatively contact personally to receive direct email.

Abhisit - "Dissolve Pheu Thai!"
One other thing that has remained consistent with the Thaksin powerhouse is the ability to producce a party logo very similar to the one before. The current one resembles the old TRT logo.

5 February 2014
The Korat Post Online - USA Server Served
From the Nation

Editorial lead-in: Lots of conjectiure on the fate of the Pheu Thai party headed by Thaksin's sister Yingluck Shinawatra. Democrat Party leader Abhitit Vejjajiva has filed petition to have the party dissolved.

BANGKOK 5 February 2014 (the Nation)

The Democrat Party lodged a complaint with the Constitutional Court against Pheu Thai, calling for dissolution for pushing the February 2 election despite an Election Commission recommendation to delay thenational poll.

Party spokesman Chavanond Intarakomalyasut said caretaker premier and Pheu Thai party-list MP Yingluck Shinawatra had ignored the election agency's key recommendation, an act regarded as a violation of an important charter article. It has requested dissolution of the Pheu Thai Party because executive authority was utilised, via government acts such as the declaring of a state of emergency, which afforded it control of political expression over others in the run-up to the poll.

Article 68 of the Constitution stipulates one's right to protect the Constitution. It also prohibits any act that would seek change or to obtain authority through unconstitutional means. The article also permits dissolution of political parties found to have done this, and can ban party executives from participation in political activities for five years. HEADLINES. EDITORIAL. Comments to the editor via message to his Facebook page or to admin@thekoratpost.com. Alternatively contact personally to receive direct email.

Constitution Sanctions Revolt?
Symbolic respect for a constituiion upheld by a chalice does little in real life when major political parties do not pay attenttion to it, or otherwise do what they can to undermine it and its intent..

4 February 2014
The Korat Post Online - USA Server Served
From National News Bureau of Thailand

Editorial lead-in: Now the Election Commission finally comes out of the closet and announces it has the solution to resolving the undertain election results. We are more or less sufe that reform is not one of those ways it has in mind.

BANGKOK 4 February 2014 (NNT) — Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva has quoted section 68 of the constitution as the reason he did not participate in the February 2 general election. The Pheu Thai party, on the other hand, will also be using the same legislation to effect the dissolution of the Democrat party. According to Mr. Abhisit, the general election that was held on February 2 was in violation of Section 68 (See headlines for text of article) of the constitution. He further stated that the election was in vain, as he did not see how a new government could be formed - adding that more all-too familiar problems would inevitably follow. HEADLINES. EDITORIAL. Comments to the editor via message to his Facebook page or to admin@thekoratpost.com. Alternatively contact personally to receive direct email.


Udorn - 'No' Votes Win!
In the Northeast Red Shirt enclave of Udornthani, no votes are reported to have outnumbered those for Pheu Thai candidates, sending another blow to the Shinawatra machine.

3 February 2014
The Korat Post Online - USA Server Served
From National News Bureau

Editorial lead-in: Apparently rice scheme hanky-panky is taking its toll on the Shinawatra inertia, leading to a numberical defeat for the acting government in perhaps its greatest stronghold in the country, Udorn Thani provice. Even those who used to back Thaksin seem to be voting with their feet. It's not a good sign for democracy, either.

2 February 2014 (NNT) — Votes “No” in the northeastern province of Udon Thani were almost as high as votes for election candidates in the Sunday polls, according to the Election Commission (EC). After all polling stations in Udon Thani were closed and vote counting began, candidates number 15 from the Pheu Thai party led their competitors at all polling stations. However, votes “No” were not far behind from votes the candidates received, said the provincial Election Commission (EC) in Udon Thani, one of the strongholds of the ruling Pheu Thai party. HEADLINES. EDITORIAL. Comments to the editor via message to his Facebook page or to admin@thekoratpost.com. Alternatively contact personally to receive direct email.


Decadent Atmosphere Praised!
Lady Mo monument.far right. We are pretty sure that whoever wrote this piece for Thailand's National News Bureau didn't check the meaning of decadent, but you never know...photo courtesy Korat Post.

31 January 2014
The Korat Post Online - USA Server Served
From National News Bureau

Editorial lead-in: One of the many things that expatriates will experience in Thailand is an often overwhelming reluctance to consult with native English speakers who can edit a poorly-written sign. The problem also has to do with social hierarchy as those below are afraid to ask those above for help lest they appear ignorant .

NAKHON RATCHASIMA 31 January 2014 (NNT) — Nakhon Ratchasima, also known as Korat, has reported at least 10,000 visitors to the city each day during the Chinese New Year festival. Locals and visitors joining in on the celebrations gathered around the Thao Suranari Monument which has been set up as the main venue. Families and excited participants currently roam around the event area enjoying the colorful Chinese decorations and brightly lit lanterns.

In a non-related incident, voters in Thailand's southern region demand ballot boxes be returned to them by the PDRC groups there so voting can take place. HEADLINES. EDITORIAL. Comments to the editor via message to his Facebook page or to admin@thekoratpost.com. Alternatively contact personally to receive direct email.


Cobra Gold 2014 Arrives
Marines drinking cobra blood, army and navy helping build school facilities and working with local health workers...and oh, those noises in the sky! Editorial.

30 January 2014
The Korat Post Online - USA Server Served
From Stars and Stripes, Huffington Post, Bangkok Post, others...

Editorial lead-in: Thunder overhead and ear-shattering roars of afterburners mark the trail of multimillion dollar aircraft buzzing over this city of a quarter million. More unseen but much more appreciated is the joint foreign-Thai assistance given to local organizations and communities.

From Military Times 21 January 2014
About 5,000 U.S. troops are forging ahead with a multinational military exercise in Thailand despite widespread disorder in the capital, Bangkok, where officials declared a state of emergency Tuesday after anti-government protests and violent attacks spread throughout the city.
Known as Cobra Gold, the exercise began Friday in Thailand’s Phitsanulok province, about 230 miles north of Bangkok. It’s Asia’s largest military exercise, which brings together troops from Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the U.S. This year, China also is participating as an observing nation.

The U.S. contingent includes personnel from the Marine Corps, Army and Navy. Chuck Little, a spokesman for Marine Corps Forces Pacific, said that so far no changes have been made to the exercise, which is scheduled to run through Feb. 22. But U.S. officials will be watching what happens in Bangkok and beyond, he said. “Safety of U.S. forces participating in exercises is always a concern,” Little said, “so we will continue to monitor the situation.” HEADLINES. EDITORIAL. Comments to the editor via message to his Facebook page or to admin@thekoratpost.com. Alternatively contact personally to receive direct email.


It's Not Reform, But Revolt
The guns and bayonnettes have not yet appeared for the most part, but pretending that this is a reform movement in Thailand instead of the insurrection it is is irresponsible. Editorial.

28 January 2014
The Korat Post Online - USA Server Served
From agencies, reports

Editorial lead-in: The guns and bayonnettes have not yet appeared for the most part, but pretending that this is a reform movement in Thailand instead of the insurrection it is is irresponsible. And we mean it. Don't lie to us or yourself as to what you are up to..

BANGKOK, 27 January 2014 (NNT) - The army confirms all army officers perform their duties according to the laws and calls on the public to understand them. Army spokesman Col. Winthai Suwaree says the army chief and the police commissioner-general have agreed to urgently arrest the culprits of all violent incidents during the anti-government rallies.

Col. Winthai on Monday elaborated that the Emergency Decree obligated the Center for Managing of Peace and Order (CMPO) to be responsible for the deployment of police personnel to maintain peace and order amid the protests in Bangkok. In response to the protesters’ request for the army to step in, the spokesman said army officers must carry out their duties within a legal framework and there must be laws to protect them. Col. Winthai also called on all groups of protesters to rally in a peaceful manner and not to use to violence which would only make things worse. More... HEADLINES. EDITORIAL. Comments to the editor via message to his Facebook page or to admin@thekoratpost.com. Alternatively contact personally to receive direct email.


 

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