Thaksin– LIVE in Cambodia

Recent actions of Cambodia's PM Hun Sen, inviting former Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra to live in Cambodia and take a post as the Economic Advisor-- on the eve of a regional meeting of ASEAN at that!-- have now come to a very tense head. Thaksin, who initially declined the offer, arrived in Cambodia. The average Cambodian is largely ambivalent to the storm of fury across the border. Generally speaking, an enemy of Thailand is a friend of theirs. But this matter isn't to be taken lightly. Here's what Details Are Sketchy has to say: ... Thaksin’s current visit to Cambodia is not merely some political stunt designed to enrage the Thai establishment — although it is certainly that — but part of a larger strategy aimed at regime change in … [Read more...]

Cambodia’s Hun Sen v. Thailand

There were so few opportunities to catch a cnn segment in the past three weeks in the provinces, yet every time I did it was running the boy-trapped-in-the-hot-air-balloon farce. I guess there are so few newsworthy events in the world (shoot me now- and no, i will not pingback to that dumbass non-story OR to cnn). And then there's the local buzz. Just this once, Hun Sen actually amuses me: Our very own PM announced at the ASEAN gathering in Hua Hin, Thailand, that the extradition treaty will not apply to Thaksin should he visit Cambodia. Apparently this displeases Thailand. Remember the offhand jab at Hun Sen by Thailand's Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya earlier this year? And the regular nationalist ploys by royalist yellow shirt PAD at … [Read more...]

THIS just in: We interrupt this regularly scheduled rioting for…

LOL this last entry in Nirmal Ghosh’s live-blogging on 14 Apr 2009 upon the Red Shirt leader's call for an end to the protests:The reds are dispersing, to rousing music and dousing each other with water to celebrate Songkran. A potentially disastrous situation has been averted. The Songkran Festival was extended two days, for “cleanup”. [[Straight face: pelt water not tear gas! Smirk, enter stage right.]]] … Kum.ba.ya.my.lord… kum.BA.YAAA… Thaksin vs the King? Ousted PM Thaksin Shinawatra The Yellow Shirts are advocating for a roll-back of "democracy". From Der Speigel, The King's Silence (09 Dec 2008):The airport occupiers and their supporters (Yellow Shirts) are revolting against a democratically elected government whose political … [Read more...]