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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Thailand CANNOT ENDURE as a 'mai pen rai' country - ThaiVisa News - ThaiVisa News

Thailand CANNOT ENDURE as a 'mai pen rai' country - ThaiVisa News - ThaiVisa News | real utopias | Scoop.it

The greatest irony is that there is no guarantee that a return to electoral politics will raise the hope of these problems being more effectively tackled. A military coup can’t possibly address the country’s deep-rooted issues. In fact, a command-and-control political system, no matter how it is brought about, is always disastrous to the attempt to get the country out of an economic coma. All hope is therefore placed on a return to an election that will provide proper checks and balances to national governance. If past experience is any indication, that assurance could be quite elusive as well.

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Thailand is fully committed to democracy

Thailand is fully committed to democracy | real utopias | Scoop.it
The Feb. 20 editorial “Thailand’s rule by force” grossly misrepresented the situation in the country. Thailand has not wavered in its commitment to democracy. Progress is being made, and the new const...
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What can Zapatistas teach Burmese migrants in Thailand? - The Guardian

What can Zapatistas teach Burmese migrants in Thailand? - The Guardian | real utopias | Scoop.it
A project connecting southern Mexico indigenous rights’ activists the Zaptistas with migrants from Burma in Thailand shows impact of international solidarity, writes Jay Kerr
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The Criminalization of Thought in Thailand - Japan Focus

The Criminalization of Thought in Thailand - Japan Focus | real utopias | Scoop.it

At 5.30 pm on 17 September 2014, police and soldiers interrupted a lecture on the topic of “Democracy Classroom #2: The Decline of Dictatorship in Other Countries” at Thammasat University in Bangkok. The officials went up to Professor Nidhi Eoseewong, the noted historian and public intellectual who was speaking, and told him to stop and come with them. Three additional scholars (Prajak Kongkirati, Janjira Sombutpoonsiri, and Chaowarit Chaowsangrat) and three student activists from the League of Liberal Thammasat for Democracy (LLTD), which had organized the event, were also arrested. They were taken to a local police station and interrogated for several hours. At no time were they allowed to speak with lawyers, as the police and military authorities asserted that they were not being charged with any crimes, but were there for the purpose of “creating understanding.” They were released at 9.30 pm that evening. By not charging the seven individuals with the violation of any laws or orders, the authorities can claim that this was not an arrest, but was rather a discussion to “create understanding,” as they have in cases of arbitrary detention following the coup. To be clear: the lack of formal charges does not change the meaning of this incident as a form of intimidation, violation of the rights of the seven individuals to freedom of thought and speech, and part of the ongoing creation and maintenance of a climate of fear in Thailand.1


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Labour-rights activist Andy Hall on trial in Thailand: ‘I’ve done nothing wrong’

Labour-rights activist Andy Hall on trial in Thailand: ‘I’ve done nothing wrong’ | real utopias | Scoop.it

The Briton is facing a possible lengthy prison sentence and huge fine if convicted – but human-rights groups say he is being victimised in an attempt to silence him

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Thailand: Revolution by Motorcycle? - The New York Review of Books (blog)

Thailand: Revolution by Motorcycle? - The New York Review of Books (blog) | real utopias | Scoop.it

In the spring of 2010, when as many as 300,000 political protesters from Thailand’s Red Shirt movement occupied Bangkok’s main commercial district, they were helped by an unusual ally: tens of thousands of motorcycle taxi drivers. With their ability to navigate obstructed streets, the motorcycle taxis transported Red Shirt leaders through otherwise barricaded parts of the downtown. And they carried messages, money, and materials to the protesters, including the makings of Molotov cocktails. Eventually the military used lethal force to chase the Red Shirts from the streets, killing about seventy of them. But the remarkable involvement of the motorcycle taxi drivers signaled a deep change in Thailand, a new willingness on the part of previously disenfranchised groups to defy authority.

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Thailand's Crisis and the 1932 Revolution - the Diplomat

Thailand's Crisis and the 1932 Revolution - the Diplomat | real utopias | Scoop.it

On June 24, the interior minister of the elected Thai government – ousted the month before in a military coup – officially formed an opposition movement in exile, denouncing the junta as illegitimate and vowing to fight against it. The name of the movement, Seri Thai, echoes a World War 2 resistance movement who fought against the Japanese. It will strike a chord with those who oppose the coup. The date of the announcement – always important to numerically minded Thais – is also symbolic, referencing the anniversary of the 1932 revolution that abolished the absolute monarchy and set out to establish democracy in the country.

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Thailand’s Army Threatens Social Media Block to Stifle Criticism of Military Coup

Thailand’s Army Threatens Social Media Block to Stifle Criticism of Military Coup | real utopias | Scoop.it
Thailand’s army has warned users of social media in the country that it will shut down websites and services if they are used to excessively criticize the military coup that it staged on Thursday.
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Thailand’s coup d’état has a social media blindspot

Thailand’s coup d’état has a social media blindspot | real utopias | Scoop.it
When the Thai military declared a coup d'état yesterday, one of its first moves was to shut down the country’s TV broadcasters.
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Thailand and Shinawatra: Errors, Omissions From the Left - Truth-Out

Thailand and Shinawatra: Errors, Omissions From the Left - Truth-Out | real utopias | Scoop.it

Perhaps the worst articles I have read were written by Andre Vltchek for Counterpunch.org. Vltchek is a novelist, filmmaker and investigative journalist. His previous works have been highly praised by Noam Chomsky, Michael Parenti and others. I, too, have enjoyed reading his articles over the years, but now I have some doubt about his veracity.

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How the West Manufactures “Opposition Movements” - CounterPunch

How the West Manufactures “Opposition Movements” - CounterPunch | real utopias | Scoop.it

The rhetoric varies, but in essence, the ‘protesters’ are demanding the dismemberment of the fragile Thai democracy. Most of them are paid by the upper-middle and upper classes. Some of them are thugs, many hired for around 500 Baht a day (roughly US$ 15) in the villages of the restive southern provinces of the country. They are accustomed to the use of violence, their body language and facial expressions clearly show it.

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Down and Out in Thailand - CounterPunch

Down and Out in Thailand - CounterPunch | real utopias | Scoop.it

In most true capitalist societies it would never come to this. Local businessmen, the city administration and the government by now would be worried silly about all those huge losses – of hundreds of millions of dollars disappearing because of the irresponsible actions of the ultra-conservative minority political movement.

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Thai Politics at a Glance | Focus on the Global South

Thai Politics at a Glance | Focus on the Global South | real utopias | Scoop.it
Thailand is once more in a serious political crisis, with the legitimacy of the government being challenged.  There are two sources of government legitimacy, the means and the end.
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Thai military hints at a coup - World Socialist Web Site

Thai military hints at a coup - World Socialist Web Site | real utopias | Scoop.it
Thai military hints at a coup
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Thaksin, a telecommunications billionaire, enacted reforms including micro-lending and cheap healthcare, which gained him a support base in Thailand's impoverished rural north.
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Sin-ming Shaw parses the threat to democracy in Bangkok's streets. - Project Syndicate

Sin-ming Shaw parses the threat to democracy in Bangkok's streets. - Project Syndicate | real utopias | Scoop.it
Thailand is once again being convulsed by extreme partisan politics, with the country’s polarization playing out on Bangkok’s streets.
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Benedict Anderson: Outsider view of Thai politics

Benedict Anderson: Outsider view of Thai politics | real utopias | Scoop.it

Benedict Anderson, professor at Cornell University and author of Imagined Communities, offered his view on Thai politics at a forum organized by the Midnight University and the Faculty of Humanities of Chiang Mai University on 26 Jan 2011.

 
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Thailand's protests are a symptom of its identity crisis - The Conversation

Thailand's protests are a symptom of its identity crisis - The Conversation | real utopias | Scoop.it


University places increased substantially, and opportunities in the expanding economy multiplied.

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Thai protesters vow to seize state offices nationwide, escalating political crisis (11/26/13 12:52 am)

Thai protesters vow to seize state offices nationwide, escalating political crisis (11/26/13 12:52 am) | real utopias | Scoop.it
BANGKOK - Anti-government protesters in Thailand vowed Tuesday to take control of state offices nationwide in their bid to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, escalating the biggest challenge she has faced since taking office.
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Over 1,000 protesters occupy Thailand’s Finance Ministry – witnesses

Over 1,000 protesters occupy Thailand’s Finance Ministry – witnesses | real utopias | Scoop.it
Thailand’s Finance Ministry has been taken over by more than 1,000 anti-government rioters, Reuters reported witnesses as saying. The leader of the protest movement has urged the demonstrators to seize other government buildings.
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Jake Red Dorman's curator insight, November 20, 2014 8:44 PM

The reason for these protests in Thailand are to try and get rid of the current prime minister. the way they want to do this is by getting the old prime minister back, but the problem is that the old prime minister, who is also the current prime minister's older brother, has been in exile since 2008 to avoid a 2 year sentence for abusing his powers. The weeks long of protests led to an amnesty bill that they are trying to get passes to let the old prime minister return from exile and they want a pardon for an army intervention in the bloody rallies of 2010, in which over 90 people were killed. Police are prepared for an escalation in violence in Bangkok. 

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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation