Saturday, June 2, 2012

This is Thailand (and it's time to GROW UP)

A country warped by blind 'love' for one, and blind hate for another.
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Credit: REUTERS Published date: 05/30/2012 (via http://www.trust.org/alertnet/)

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

And the inverse is also true. Amongst the heterogeneous Red Shirts, there's blind love for Thaksin and blind hate for the "ammarts". Both sides will need to GROW UP.

hobby said...

Agree, but when people wake up to Thaksin they can at least vote him out (something they have had great difficulty doing with the military & ammart)

Anonymous said...

Agree - although technically now Thaksin functions precisely as an unelected 'ammart' running the Pheu Thai government via remote-control. Perhaps little has changed and, Thais, like most other democracies, have a choice for either 'ammart01' or ammart02'(Democrats or Republican - what's the difference?). In a way, a democratic, representative equilibrium of sorts is being achieved - for the 'anti-Thaksin ammarts' are rather popular amongst the minority of voters (e.g.Democrat voters) and they are not letting the 'pro-Thaksin ammarts', popular amongst the majority voters, have everything their way (and each sides have their feared 'mobs' to boot!). To 'grow up' both sides will have to realize this - there have been six years of 'negotiations' (interspersed with urban battles) - how much longer?

hobby said...

It wont be another 80 years now that the ammart have lost control of the information flow.
To quote from one of the
best Thai academics
around:
"In the long run, whatever colour the grass roots are they are not stupid as they can receive all the news and information"

Anonymous said...

While I share in your idealism, lessons from the global Occupy Movement suggests that even in 'advanced' democracies with a much freer flow of information, the 1% will always hold a highly disproportionate power. The middle-class pays the progressive tax but the global ammarts have financial inventive ways of avoiding it. I am not that optimistic that this will change in the near future (where, for instance, a sizable proportion of the better informed American electorate vote for tax cuts for the rich by default) - don't know about 80 years.

Anonymous said...

http://www.khikwai.com/
Saw this new article, but haven't read it yet. Will read it soon. How are u Hobby? Long time, no see. BTw, this is Joy hehehe:-)

Hobby said...

Thanks for that - its a nice summary.
Currently the (2007 military installed) constitution has become sacrosanct among royalists - its a pity they were not so strident about the 1997 peoples constitution.

Anonymous said...

I also find this quite interesting (it is not abt Thailand but abt refugees who are trying to reach au>>
http://world.time.com/2013/09/27/the-ones-that-didnt-make-it-australia-bound-refugees-languish-in-indonesia/
joy