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  1. Six unarmed people killed at a Buddhist temple during the military crackdown on anti-government protesters in Bangkok three years ago were hit by bullets fired by Thai soldiers, an inquest has found. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/06/six-killed-thai-soldiers-crackdown-protesters Does that deserve your sympathy?
  2. Actually Sessions is using this system - immigration judges are not part of an independent judiciary. Essentially, normal assumptions about judicial independence and freedom from political influence do not apply in immigration proceedings. The judge is from the Department of Justice, which has law enforcement duties determined by the attorney general. Since the government's prosecutor comes from Immigration and Customs Enforcement—a Department of Homeland Security agency tasked with immigration enforcement—their political priorities may overlap. https://psmag.com/social-justice/how-does-immigration-court-work
  3. If American e-commerce platforms had fair and equal access to China consumers, then wouldn't be giving the US any advantages. Alibaba convinced the Thai Prayut government to backstab its own e-commerce platform for selling Thai agricultural products online to Chinese and give Alibaba a monopoly. Suddenly Alibaba sees a massive increase in sale of Thai products to China.
  4. Failed streetcar projects US (see at 2:24)
  5. Gen. Prayuth served as commander of the First Region Army during the crackdown. Gen. Prayuth, Gen. Anupong Paochinda, and Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan oversaw military crackdown on Redshirt protesters. http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2015/02/26/1424936726/
  6. Where else would one build a biomass power plant but near the source of its fuel - biomass. Photo 140 MW New Hope Power Plant in Florida, USA http://www.energyjustice.net/map/displayfacility-68297.htm
  7. So instead of his crime-fighting administration decked out in absolute power and control over four anti-corruption agencies, it takes a private network of disabled citizens to file a petition with the National Human Rights Commission over the corruption. The first sensible thing Prayut can do is resign.
  8. That seems the most appropriate approach.
  9. Srikcir

    TCC Confidence Index reaches 8 month high

    I'm sure all those street and small market vendors being removed in Bangkok can share the "sentiment was not well distributed across provinces."
  10. ... and for pro-military policies. The contest between brothers won't change Democrat ideology.
  11. Srikcir

    Exporters urged to cash in on Afta

    ASEAN members have the option of excluding products from the CEPT in three cases: 1.) Temporary exclusions; 2.) Sensitive agricultural products; 3.) General exceptions. https://www.usasean.org/regions/asean/afta/common-effective-preferential-tariff What products are covered under the Common Effective Preferential Tariff (CEPT) Scheme? What products are covered under the CEPT Scheme? http://asean.org/?static_post=questions-and-answers-on-the-cept
  12. Srikcir

    Exporters urged to cash in on Afta

    "The general rule is that local ASEAN content must be at least 40% of the FOB value of the good. The local ASEAN content can be cumulative, that is, the value of inputs from various ASEAN members can be combined to meet the 40% requirement." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASEAN_Free_Trade_Area This leaves a lot of the content coming from a nonASEAN member, ie., China.
  13. Sorry but that's just not sincere. The Doi Suthep development in Chiang Mai is a case in point.
  14. Clearly the insurgency is getting worse. “We had never seen use of martial law powers like this. Usually it was only used to detain a person. But this is like detaining the entire district.” “But a serious incident took place recently, and there are many militants and their sympathizers in the area. They have a strong presence in these two subdistricts." “Right now we are preparing to intensify the laws. We might have to hold their parents, wives and relatives accountable as well,” Lt. Gen. Piyawat told reporters Monday. “I’d like to urge the perpetrators to reconsider their actions and cooperate with the state.” This is potentially taking hostages and possible violation of the UN International Convention Against the Taking of Hostages, Article 1. http://hrlibrary.umn.edu/instree/takinghostages.html Thailand is a State Party to the convention along with 174 other State members. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hostages_Convention If ISOC carries out with its threats of harm against southern Muslim civilian noncombatants, it will unlikely defuse the insurgency, increase insurgent recruitment, greater violence, widening civilian victims and widening of attacks into Central Thailand. The ISOC strategy sets clear that the military has no capability for a peace process.
  15. https://www.ucsusa.org/clean-vehicles/electric-vehicles/cold-weather-electric-cars-batteries#.W6Hi3bhoTIV https://www.fleetcarma.com/electric-car-range-in-bitter-cold/