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  1. Following this logic, Cuba should be added to the travel ban.
  2. Dubious. "Leading Deep South peace advocates and experts concluded that the Deep South’s rejection of the draft charter could be interpreted as people rejecting the legitimacy of the military regime" .... " the recently passed constitution could throw the peace process off track and spur more violence in the restive region." https://prachatai.org/english/node/6457
  3. It feels like Liu wants to use Thailand as a cut-out for China's economic control of Southeast Asia. Thai military government's ego trip as Thailand being the Hub of Everything could make a willing conspirator.
  4. In disbelief the military insists southern insurgents are merely thugs and criminals who have no ideology other than money and mayhem. In contrast it is believable to say that there is divide by treatment of southern Muslims as second-grade citizens who suffered force annexation of their sovereign nation and integration by Thailand. The National Reconciliation Commission spent more than a year consulting intensively with southern community and religious leaders about how best to address Muslim grievances. In June 2006 it presented its report and recommendations with key recommendations including: designating the local Malay dialect as an additional working language for government offices introducing bilingual primary education providing justice for past abuses by security forces setting up a policy coordination body empowered to remove errant officials These recommendations were the kind of actions that would address treatment of Malay Muslims as second-class Thai citizens. Little has changed since 2006 other than greater violence.
  5. Dilemmas in the new electoral system

    Wouldn't that be the Election Commission which coincidentally will have all its current members replaced by the 2018 (or later) election according to the new qualifications established by one of the junta 5 Rivers organizations (CDC/NLA?).
  6. Japan, China compete for influence in Thailand

    It's ironic that Thailand fought a Communist insurgency from 1965 until 1983 to protect its sovereignty. Now Thailand submits its sovereignty to the influence of the highest Bidder.
  7. Correct. The the constitutional court on May 7, 2014 removed her as caretaker PM because Yingluck had allegedly acted with a hidden agenda when she transferred a senior civil servant to another position, shortly after taking office in 2011. Some news agencies have referred to her ouster as a constitutional court coup - not the first for the constitutional court. The commerce minister, Niwatthamrong Boonsongpaisan, was immediately named by the Yingluck's cabinet as Yingluck's replacement in accordance with the 2007 Constitution until a planned general election on July 20th. Almost coincidentally it seems, Prayut staged a military coup on May 22, 2014. Therefore, Prayut abolished the constitution and overthrew caretaker PM Boonsongpaisan.
  8. I'm sure there could be some creative administrative (but not criminal) charges: Improper use of government property (police cars transporting a civilian for personal use) Inappropriate use of time if on duty, especially if wearing a police uniform Failure to notify command of travel plans out of district Failure to initially disclose out of district travel to command Operating an unlicensed taxi service if compensation was received by passenger As the RTP falls under the authority of the NCPO, Chief Prayut will ultimately decide any punishment that falls outside civil service regulations. That typically has been reassignment to an inactive station - with pay.
  9. Maybe because you're off topic to the subject of the interview: Prayut Chan-o-cha returning as the next prime minister.
  10. Switzerland never had an ideological and cultural divide like in southern Thailand. It never had to contend with an insurgency created by forced annexation of a foreign sovereignty. US arming villagers didn't work for the South Vietnamese to prevent occupation by North Vietnamese. With regard to southern Thailand, the Thai military has tried outsourcing security duties to local residents as part of an initiative dubbed "the Thung Yang Daeng Model." Essentially a borrowed concept from the US in its fight against North Vietnam. At best the model proved ineffective security and at worst targeted local elected officials and defense volunteers by insurgents.
  11. Let's not forget Trump's declaration to Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, in the Oval Office, along with the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey I. Kislyak: “I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” .... “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.” Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, followup comments to Trump's statements: “By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia’s actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russia,” https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/19/us/politics/trump-russia-comey.html?mcubz=0
  12. Used in war as a strategic last-resort weapon that saved millions of allied lives. No anger there. Just the unfortunate consequence for a nation that decided to expand its empire throughout the asia-pacific theater by blood. PS: Japan and Germany were developing a nuclear weapon as well. US got there first.
  13. After all that has happened since 2016 you need to cite fake news. Uninspiring. http://time.com/4441046/400-million-iran-hostage-history/
  14. Which has nuclear weapons? Now: Iran - none NK - no more than 60 http://www.newsweek.com/north-korea-nuclear-missile-number-651034 Next 5 years: Iran - none (under nuclear deal) NK - more than 60 I'm with nausea's post: deal with North Korea first, and keep Iran on the back burner. At least with regard to the nuclear deal.