Oct 13th, 2009

Thailand’s last secret island – Koh Lipe

Thailand’s last secret island – Koh LipeETN, October 13, 2009

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The symbolism of the Thai spirit house

The symbolism of the Thai spirit houseTimes of India, October 13, 2009
…”It’s a Thai concept. We believe that if the spirits are provided with such shelters and appeased with daily offerings, they will protect the house…”

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Thai boxer Sakai dies in Japan

Thai boxer Sakai dies in JapanFight News, October 12, 2009

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Thai security detains 60 at Islamic school

Thai security detains 60 at Islamic schoolThe Irrawaddy, October 12, 2009
…On Monday, 200 policemen and soldiers detained 60 Islamic teachers and students at Saengtham Wittaya School in Narathiwat province’s Bacho district, said Police Col. Chamlong Ngamnet…

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Local man shifting the tide for mangroves in Thailand

Local man shifting the tide for mangroves in ThailandEarthTimes, October 11, 2009
[Thanks to Hmud for pointing this out.]

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Why this face frightens the average Thai

Why this face frightens the average Thai – Thais have a fear of illegal immigrants that parallels that of Americans. The UN wants to change thatGlobal Post, October 10, 2009
…Many natives on the other side regard the migrants as job-stealing invaders. Yet, if they were all deported, the economy would collapse…

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Success of AIDS vaccine trial is at issue

Success of AIDS vaccine trial is at issue – NYT, October 10, 2009
[Thanks to Hmud for pointing this out.]

Thai HIV vaccine hype misrepresents data; AHF calls for independent review of AIDS vaccine effortReuters, October 12, 2009

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Cambodia’s monarchy quietly evolves

Cambodia’s monarchy quietly evolvesAsia Times Online, October 9, 2009

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Coyotee’s T.J. Hawley died of asphyxiation; Go-Go closed permanently

Coyotee’s T.J. Hawley died of asphyxiation; Go-Go closed permanentlytfs2m.com, October 9, 2009
[Thanks to Noel for pointing this out.]

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Pheu Thai opposing constitutional amendments

Pheu Thai opposing constitutional amendments – October 9, 2009
In case you missed it, the quick-moving Pheu Thai position on charter change:
Pheu Thai announces boycott of charter amendments
Govt to go ahead with charter change
PM surprised by Pheu Thai’s stance
Pheu Thai still for charter amendment
Turnabout was so quick that editorials analyzing the Pheu Thai opposition were out of date by mid-morning.

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Misty Bangkok


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Misty Bangkok – October, 2009
From the Rama III Bridge

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German firm picked to run airport rail link

German firm picked to run airport rail linkBangkok Post, October 8, 2009

News around DB International: Airport Rail Link in BangkokDB International, October 10, 2009
From the company’s website regarding SRT and airport link:
DB International GmbH:
Shareholders: DB Mobility Logistics AG (100 percent)
DB Mobility Logistics AG (DB ML AG) operates the mobility and logistics activities of the Deutsche Bahn Group ( DB Group).
Deutsche Bahn Group – German State Railway (Government Enterprise)

[Thanks to Hmud for pointing this out.]

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Thai court considering ‘Merchant of Death’ release

Thai court considering ‘Merchant of Death’ releaseThe Washington Times, October 8, 2009
…Many intelligence experts, as well as international human rights activists, think Thailand’s judicial action is highly suspicious. One thing is for sure: the last thing Russia wants is Bout on American soil spilling his guts after getting a taste of American justice meted out in a federal courthouse.
Something else is certain: Treacherous men hold grudges. If the NSC thought Bout was a substantial threat to our national security before the DEA stung him hard, he will certainly be a greater danger once the Thai government unleashes him on the global community.

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Crab populations in Thailand replenished with crab condominium

Crab populations in Thailand replenished with crab condominiumChannel News Asia, October 8, 2009

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Whatever happened to Thaksin’s “Building a Better Future Foundation”?

Whatever happened to Thaksin’s “Building a Better Future Foundation”? – October 6, 2009
We do not know, but the website has seem to have become a ghost site. Also on FaceBook.

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World’s greatest city: 50 reasons why Bangkok is No. 1

World’s greatest city: 50 reasons why Bangkok is No. 1CNNGo, October 5, 2009

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People fill the streets for climate action in Bangkok

People fill the streets for climate action in BangkokHuffington Post, October 5, 2009

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Bungee jumping accident in Phuket

Bungee jumping accident in PhuketCNN, October 5, 2009
And the article on Daily Mail.
Thanks to Lance for pointing this out.

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Taxi haters rate drivers around the world

Taxi haters rate drivers around the worldThe Age, October 3, 2009
[Thanks to Danny for pointing this out.]
…Todd says their arrival at Bangkok Airport in 2006 was the spark for IHateTaxis.com, a website devoted to information about ground transport from airports around the world: by bus, train, bike, limousine and, yes, taxi…

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Girls and guns

Girls and guns – October 2, 2009

Cover of a magazine featuring air guns and air gun competition

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Live arrival/departure info from Suvarnabhumi Airport

Live arrival/departure info from Suvarnabhumi Airport – October 2, 2009
Jani notes: It’s live data apparently straight from BKK’s air traffic control.  All incoming and outgoing flights, scheduled and chartered, with estimated time of arrival/departure (ETA/ETD), actual time of arrival/departure (ATA/ATD), on/offblock (end/start of taxi), position (gate/remote parking stand), equipment used and registration number.

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A lot of signs


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A lot of signs – October 1, 2009
From a vehicle inspection center in the Mor Chit area

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Red Publications – October 2009

Red publications – October 2009
Red publications index

From Voice of Taksin, October 1-15, 2009
[This full page photo has a poem by Jakrapob Penkair praising the "red people." It was read on the Truth Today stage at the Pai Kiew Temple court on February 14, 2009.
Paraphrased, the verse says that red is an innocent color representing people who are true, and not destroying the country. The Red are especially not like the weak Prime Minister (Abhisit) and are not betrayers (probably a criticism of Newin Chidchob who joined the Democrat-led coalition). The Red, according to the verse, do not fear wicked people and the red protest focuses on the righteousness to teach the aristocrats to behave rightfully. The Red’s heart is brave
.]

From Voice of Taksin, back cover, October 1-15, 2009
The words read: Read “new and quality [articles]” that the big media dare not publish

From Voice of Taksin, October 1-15, 2009
The title reads: Do I have cancer? [You think I have cancer?] Ha, ha, ha

[Making fun of the rumors circulated via the Manager that Thaksin has lost his hair and is near death from prostate cancer.]

The title below reads: October’s massacre – Hell is chasing the mastermind.. page 3

From Truth Today, Column: Thai Roo than Kan Muang, October 2-5, 2009
The headline reads: Turning old by eating rice, turning geezer by staying a long time
[This is from a Thai saying meaning every day we eat rice and every day we get older and it is men’s nature that one who stays at one position for a long period knows everything–especially tricks. The Red Shirts publications are very persistent at painting Privy Councilor Prem as a villain.]

From Thai Red News, Column: Tee Rab Soong, Author: Sa-ad Jandee, October 2-8, 2009
The title reads: Dictator! Beware of the people’s coup…?!

From Truth Today, October 2-5, 2009
The headline reads: Lively democracy or hidden with aristocracy dictatorship?

From Truth Today, Column: Red Station, Author: Jatuporn Promphan, October 2-5, 2009
The headline reads: I do anything, it all turns wrong – You do anything, it all turns righteous – Doing good is to face wickedness

From Thai Red News, October 2-8, 2009
The headline reads: Losing Phra Viharn [Preah Vihear] – The shameful work of the aristocrat and dictator
At the top reads: Special interview – TPBS for the blind – Jom Petchpradab [Jom Petchpradab is a well-known journalist for Prachathai. Article this refers to criticism of the government TPBS channel which has been made bland by the removal of political content. This was in response to the People Power Party governments in 2008 that used the channel to show provocative documentaries about popular revolutions.]

From Thai Red News, Column: Red news – Watch Thailand and foreigner, October 2-8, 2009
The headline reads: Stephen B. Young – Foreign outsider wearing yellow criticizing Thaksin, analyzing Thai social rooted base [refers to a controversial interview in The Nation with a foreign analyst. This interview was also lampooned on Not the Nation]

From Truth Today, October 2-5, 2009
The title reads: Revealing the plan Weaken Thai! [This is a joke on the government’s "Strong Thailand" campaign. The sign towards the bottom is from the Public Health Ministry. The Puea Thai Party is publicizing a corruption scandal related to the ministry.]

From Voice of Taksin, October 1-15, 2009
The quote reads: The rubber sapling corruption is another case that the coup group uses as a claim to stage a coup and that now it is proved that the September 19 coup is merely the “order” [Meaning that the coup plotters used the rubber sapling corruption case as a pretext for a coup. Now that the case has been thrown out of court this should show that the coup was done on orders from someone high up.
The graphic made up of the face of Newin and body of a model whose name is similar to "Newin Chidchob." We believe this graphic may actually be from the Manager Group which has made fun of Newin with this model’s name before, but we cannot find it online.]

From Voice of Taksin, October 1-15, 2009
The title reads: Massacre – October, the retribution for bad deeds is hunting for the dictators – The Editorial [This article draws parallels between the harsh right-wing crackdown of 1976 and the injustices that the pro-Thaksin groups have been subject to.]

From Truth Today, cartoon by Met, October 6-8, 2009
The top left reads: Aggravating
The man in the white shirt is PM Abhisit. He says "take it” and is throwing an anvil with the words loan debt burden, corruption and cheating around it. The drowning man is wearing a shirt that reads “grass-roots” and he is calling for help. The words around him read economic crisis, layoff, and injustice.

From Truth Today, October 6-8, 2009
The cover reads: Soldier who leads democracy reinforcing the ‘Pheu Thai’
[Refers to the former Prime Minister and Commander-in-Chief Chavolit who joined the Pheu Thai Party
as its leader.]

From Truth Today, October 6-8, 2009
The title reads: The old truth of the party
[The photo shows Democrat Party logo and the party name falling apart. The article criticizes the disharmony between the majority of MP and a minor faction of the long-established Democrat Party as a problem that continues to exist from the past up to present.]

From Truth Today, October 6-8, 2009
The title reads: Sympathize with the country – Take pity on Thais

From Thai Red News, Column: Global Corner-Moral Corner, October 9-15, 2009
The headline reads: The glorious network of the great aristocrats in the time that the country is collapsing

From Red News, October 10, 2009
Very special with the collections of rare pictures of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra for those who are missing him especially. Not published by others!
Read detail on the interview of Thaksin and Jom Petchpradab (Prachathai columnist) that you can find nowhere else
Full with content that the big media dare not publish… more!

From Red News, October 9-15, 2009
Zhuge Liang – Lead to create Democracy – Pheu Thai survives the crisis
["Zhuge Liang”–also known as Khong Beng–a clever strategist in the Chinese story The Three Kingdoms]
The white letters at the top: Special article by Gen. Chavalit – The Monarch Institute and the being of the Thai nation

From Thai Red News, Column: Miscellaneous Cases, Author: Phakdee Thanapura, October 9-15, 2009
Strong Thais – Merely announcing and then falling from the horse back to the ground [This is an idiom meaning to just speak and then lose the goal immediately. It is a criticism of the government’s "Strong Thailand" campaign) 

From Thai Red News, Column: Sang Baan Paeng Muang, Author: Doctor Weng Tojirakarn, October 9-15, 2009
The headline reads: Questions to police and the government [This articles questions why government house was allowed to be occupied and why the authorities have not brought charges against the PAD ringleaders.]

From Truth Today, October 9-12, 2009
The cover reads: The 60 billion bus – Irresistible… I will take it

[The picture shows a from the bus of the NGV bus project bursting through the Democrat Party logo.]

From Truth Today, October 13, 2009
Each issue of Truth Today features a message from Thaksin. This one reads:
October 9, 2009
Dear Thais,
This picture [below] is when I took the team casting the "O channel"–the OTOP channel– to visit the Arabian center where the OTOP products are sold in Dubai to compare advantages and disadvantages for how to promote Thailand’s OTOP continuously. This channel will be broadcast on November 1, 2009 on a trial basis. Next, the channel will be developed to be a sales channel for Thailand’s OTOP distribution and SMEs in the future. The heat in Dubai is less. At the end of the month, the weather should be very fine.

From Truth Today, Column: Want to have something in mind (Yak Mee Ruang Hai Kid), Author: Nuttawut Saikua, October 9-12, 2009
The title reads: May the two go… go to the heaven’s door?
[The “go to the heaven door” in Thai is used as a blessing for a wedding couple. It is used here to refer to Sondhi Limthongkul and General Sonthi Boonyaratkalin both of who are entering politics.]

From Truth Today, October 13-15, 2009
The headline reads: Take back the constitution 2007 of the aristocrat – Call for the return of the constitution 1997
The graphics is a ballot that reads: Not accept the constitution 2007

From Red News, special article by Ang Khang, October 10, 2009
The title reads: Loosing the knot of Sondhi’s murder order
[The article is more a criticism of Defense Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, who delivered a speech on his birthday focusing on “his devotion for the religion, the King and the nation” and this statement is criticized by the writer of the article as inappropriate along with his control over the military.]

From Truth Today, October 6-8, 2009
The headline reads: [Those] Breaking the law should be considered only a bandit…!!
[The article blames various government and army people for abusing the law for their own sake and regardless of positions they are holding. It says these people are no better than a "barefoot bandit."]

From: Truth Today, October 13-15, 2009

The headline reads: We bid for the public referendum between the constitution 1997 versus the constitution 2007

Behind is a ballot box with "the people’s constitution year 2540 [1997]" and "the constitution of dictatorship 2550 [2007]"

From: Truth Today, Economic War, October 13-15, 2009
The headline reads: The investment in education and the life school (Democracy)
[This article promotes the idea of a political school for the public to teach them the real mean of Democracy. Ironically, this same idea was sometimes brought up by the PAD.]

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Red Publications – October 2009

Red publications index

From Voice of Taksin, October 16-31, 2009
The title reads: Kong Beng Jew coming home! Prem the aristocrat, going to hell!
["Jew" being the nickname of Chawalit and the rest of the name referring to "Ju Kad Lieng," a character in The Legend of the 3 Kingdoms that is associated with Chawalit. This headline refers to Chawalit returning to politics with the Pheu Thai Party.
Despite the
arrival of Chawalit in the Pheu Thai Party, the Red Shirt message has centered more on Privy Councilor Prem.
In the latter part of October, all the "Red"
publications have been focusing on Prem–especially Voice of Taksin which has article after article harshly criticizing Prem. It is possible that the focus of the upcoming Red Shirt protests in November aimed at toppling the government will focus on Prem in some way.]

From Truth Today, October 27-29, 2009
The headline reads: Lead actor of the Asean Summit [The photo is of Cambodian PM Hun Sen who grabbed headlines at the summit with his comments supporting Thaksin.]

From Truth Today, October 27-29, 2009
The headline reads: Constitution revision game: The elephant’s ivory never grows from the dog’s mouth, [likewise] democracy never comes from the Democrat Party”

From Truth Today, October 27-29, 2009
The man on motorcycle says: Thailand is hosting the ASEAN summit on human rights issues. The second class population [the poor and oppressed] is not allowed.
The letter on the sign on the far left reads: Red shirts
The road signs at the top read "Chaam" and "Hua Hin"
The back of the coat has the symbol of the Bhumjaithai Party and reads: Blue Shirt

[This refers to the recent Asean Summit in Hua Hin when the Red Shirts were barred from protesting at the venue due the events of April when Red Shirts overran the Asean venue and forced an emergency evacuation of dignitaries.
The Red Shirts claim that they were forced to overrun the Pattaya summit in April due to violence perpetrated on them by blue-shirted men controlled by the Bhumjaithai Party.]

From Thai Red News, October 16-22, 2009
The main headline reads: Constitution 2007 revision – (is) extending the lifetime of government – Opposition whip.. do not get confused!! [referring to the recent controversy about whether the Pheu Thai, which long campaigned for constitutional amendments, would support them now that the government has agreed to amend the constitution.]
The red letters at the top: Return the power to the people to compensate the mercy of the King and the land – Dissolve parliament
The special column headline reads: The political movement by General Harn


From: Truth Today, October 13-15, 2009

The headline reads: We bid for the public referendum between the constitution 1997 versus the constitution 2007

Behind is a ballot box with "the people’s constitution year 2540 [1997]" and "the constitution of dictatorship 2550 [2007]"

From: Truth Today, Economic War, October 13-15, 2009
The headline reads: The investment in education and the life school (Democracy)
[This article promotes the idea of a political school for the public to teach them the real mean of Democracy. Ironically, this same idea was sometimes brought up by the PAD.]

From Thai Red News Column: Special articles Author: Gen Chavalit Yongjaiyuth Date: October 9-15, 2009
The title reads: The Monarch Institute and the being of the Thai nation

[The writer gives his opinion with information referring to the morality of the King and the King’s roles in promoting national democracy from the past up to present with regards to many Kings of the Rattanakosin era. As for His Majesty the King, he is the King who always stands by the people’s side. The best way of democracy is to follow the King’s morality as in the past age under the absolute monarchy as the Kings of this country are the real democratic governors of the country.
The writer states his idea that nowadays some ruling dictators claim that they are democratic, but they are dictators. Dating back to the point of national democracy in 1924, Thailand turned into the democracy by a coup and this causes a misunderstanding about true democracy.
In the final paragraph, the writer also mentions that he has called for peaceful revolution to promote the true Democracy with regards to the King’s morality and real democratic values. However, this was wrongfully taken to mean communist action. He suggests others to listen to his suggestions to promote true national democracy.]

From Truth Today, October 9-12, 2009
The headline reads: As the hands and feet of dictators still exists, the work of the dictators continue

["Hands and feet" refer to followers or aides. The letter on very top of the tower reads “Justice Ministry”]

[The man in the picture is National Anti-Corruption Committee member Klanarong Chanthick. The article refers to the NCCC’s verdict against former Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej and former Foreign Minister Noppadon Pattama regarding agreements they made concerning the the Preah Vihear site. The writer claims that the two were disgracefully investigated only becuase they were Thaksin’s aides.]

From Thai Red News, Column: Red from the plateau, Author: Sa-ad Jandee, October 16-22, 2009
The headline reads: Squadron Leader Prasong Soonsiri – Friend/Member of the aristocrats? [Democrat leader Chuan Leepai is on the right.]

From Thai Red News Column: Think righteously, October 16-22, 2009
The headline reads: Born to cheat [The article criticizes MCOT for allowing Sondhi Limthongkul to run the “Muamg Thai Rai Sabda” program in the past. The small photo shows Sondhi behind bars with the English words: Let’s vote power of people to make your dreams come true..]

From Thai Red News, Column: People’s Court, Author: The Editorial, Date: October 16-22, 2009
The headline reads: The people’s court vs juristic check on law – How could Police Lieutenant Thaksin Shinawatra be found guilty in the Ratchada land scandal?

From Truth Today, October 16-19, 2009
The headline reads: I do not fear (you) – Call for the petition – Ask for Democracy

From Truth Today, October 16-19, 2009
The headline reads: Abhisit wins greatly – Thais lost in ruin

From Voice of Taksin, October 16-31, 2009
The back cover features a quote from a Thaksin speech: "Must return Democracy… return justice to society and harmony will be established” –
Thaksin Shinawatra,
October 11, 2009

From Voice of Taksin, Author: Viphuthalaeng Pattanapoomthai, October 16-31, 2009
The headline reads: The October man – and the behavior of betraying the people

From Voice of Taksin, October 16-31, 2009
The headline reads: The power play war of police, shaken aristocrat, Democrats cracked [commenting on the struggle of the government to appoint a new police chief]

From Voice of Taksin, Column: Sathanakarn den praden ron (Hot issue-outstanding topic)  Author: Trae Yam, October 16-31, 2009
The headline reads: You blamed him… we are sick [of your blame] – [we] are to give fight [with a] speech for Thaksin [our speech is aimed at fighting back on behalf of Thaksin]… and so what? [and who dares do anything to prevent us]
[The issues mentioned in the column are about Abhisit’s performance in government administration, the silence of Gen. Prem, and the gathering of the PAD on October 6, 2009 to vote for a party leader. The Photoshopped photo shows Abhisit and other government figures performing a "likae" dance. Likae is known for long and magnificently presented fantasy plays. The meaning is to compare this to the Abhisit-led government where everything seems to be “well dressed up,” however, the facts are not real and it takes long time until the success comes true.]

From Voice of Taksin, Column: Sathanakarn den praden ron (Hot issue-outstanding topic)  Author: Trae Yam, October 16-31, 2009
[Another graphic in the article is a stained tampon graphic featuring the faces of the five PAD leaders (Chamlong Srimuang, Sondhi Limthongkul, Somsak Kosaisook, Pipob Thongchai, Somkat Pongpaiboon and Suriyasai Katasila). Using tampons or menstrual blood is a traditional Thai way of cursing people. Sondhi famously used such cursing methods about a year ago. Articles in Voice of Taksin can be quite bitter and are often focused on individuals such as Privy Councilor Prem and PAD leaders. This is in contrast to Truth Today which typically has more issue-oriented articles.]

From Voice of Taksin, Column: Eye-catching situation-hot issue, October 1-15, 2009
The headline reads: We are fed up with you blaming [him] –
We argue on behalf of Thaksin… and what can you do
[This ia an article criticizing
Privy Councilor Thanin Kraiwichien who gave a speech on the morality and ethics of political post holders and state officials. The speech was seen as a criticism of the Thaksin pardon petition of the Red Shirts and a signal from the Privy Council that such a petition was not proper. The column’s style is similar to a gossip column, but takes on political issues. The headline is written in a way to show the columnist is trying to fight back and give support to Thaksin. Thanin Kraiwichien was Prime Minister immediately after the October 6 massacre at Thammasat in 1976.]

From Thai Red News Column: Reds from the plateau Author: Sa-ad Jandee, October 23-29, 2009
The headline reads: Who will defend the aristocrat from destroying the institute of the monarchy…?!

From Truth Today, October 20-22, 2009
The title is: October memoir
On the left is Field Marshal Prapart Kittikachorn and Thanom Kittikachorn. Under them it reads: Dictators of October, 1973
On the right is Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. Under him it reads: Dictator of October, 2009.
Field Marshal Thanom says: We announced martial law, slandered and suppressed.
Prime Minister Abhisit says: I slandered and then announced the security bill and suppressed.
Field Marshal Prapart is thinking: It [Abhisit’s plan] is far better.

From Truth Today, Column: Thais see through politics, October 20-22, 2009
The headline reads: The army or the invisible hand that stages the coup over Thai society

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