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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

any thoughts of the recent (bloodless) Thai military coup?
trying to go to a wedding there early next year.

afaik, the military wants to restore power to the king or someone other than the democratically elected PM Thaksin Shinawatra.

Current military appointed PM: General Surayud Chulanont.
also major player: kings right hand man Prem Tinsulanond

supposedly the allegedly corrupt Shinawatra didn't get more popular by selling his (countries largest) telecom co. to Singapore for 2b tax free.

"why this one is different" than the last 18 coups.

Some newsgroup post describes how it happens almost every october, right after military promotions are announced (leaked before)

Thai tourism back on the ropes after coup
Australia, New Zealand, Japan and China on Wednesday urged their nationals to delay all non-essential travel to Thailand until the situation stabilized.

1 Comments:

Blogger REkz said...

I don't know much about it, but when I was in Thailand in Feb 2000, I hung w/a friend's uncle who was running for office.

Got a lot of interesting insight about the extent of Thai corruption back then.

What was most interesting for me is how deeply embedded American interests are in Thailand's economy. It's almost like a secret colony that most Americans don't know about.

The King was a wildly popular humanitarian who wielded fairly little exec power, he was more like England's royalty, as far as I understood it. But he did have a palace & so on -- even w/people starving all around in the streets.

Also, 2 weeks before elections, thai regional politicians go into hiding b/c the rate of assassination attempts is amazing, according to my friend's uncle.

But I can't say more than that.

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