Sep 28, 2013

Protests against construction of a dam in a pristine National Park

A prominent media mogul and a former leader of yellow shirt movement  has blasted the planed construction of the Maewong dam as ugly project benefiting some corrupted governmental politicians. He also attacked mainstream media for not adhering to the public interest and protect our home land.

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Today, Thai TV channel 9 banned an episode in the popular documentary program "Man in search of Man", or คนค้นคน. The banned espisode entitled "Mr. Sasin Chalermlarb: 388 km walk from the jungle to the capital city", refering to Mr. Sasin's leading of a group marathon-walking to protest the planned construction of Maewong dam in the Maewong National Park". An old episode on another person would be rerun instead. Many people created an uproar on online social media believing Thai government 's interference.

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Meanwhile, when reporters went after the producer and narrator of the popular documentary program for an interview, he said nothing but simply put strips of black masking tape over his mouth, eyes, ears, as a gesture.

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The banned episode is now available via Youtube

Sep 14, 2013

Former cabinet member sentenced by supreme court on corruption

Thailand's supreme court had finally convicted a businessman and former cabinet member of Thaksin government, among others, on corruption regarding 315 fire engines and 30 boats ordered in 2006 from Steyr Daimler Puch Spezialfahzeug. The accused did not come to listen to the final verdict, reportedly escaped to Europe, and was sentenced in absentia for 12 years of imprisonment.

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Thai Government might have been violating Constitution on multiple counts

Former Head Judge of Thailand's Constitution Court gave opinions that the present Yingluck government has violated Thailand's current constitution laws on several aspects:-

a) They have not given verbal annual reports to the parliament for 2 years,

b) the 350 billion Baht loan has not been practically done according to its bill by the deadline of June 30, 2013,

c) the rice pledging policy was making the Thai government a rice trading monopoly in conflict with the constitution,

d) the pending Pardon Bill planned to retroactively annull cases which were judged by courts which is against principle of laws, and its aims to enact upon small specific groups of people as well as selectively aimed at benefiting certain ex-politician.

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Cambodians modified disputed border area in Ubon

Cambodian soliders hauled over 50 truckloads of soil to modify terrain in a disputed border area of Namyuen district that Thailand considered her territory. Thai soliders had notified them of their violation of an agreed upon MOU.
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