Sep 6th, 2008

Thailand Elite spam campaign

Thailand Elite spam campaign – September 6, 2008

The infamous Thailand Elite program has now turned to a spamming campaign. It appears they are using the Australian Chamber of Commerce member database as their mailing list.

Incredibly, the email comes with a 3MB graphic attachment (right).

To make the experience complete, the text is written in an advertising style common in Thai, stoking the ego of the recipient by telling them how far above other people they are and how purchasing the product will elevate them even further:
…Because of the elevated position and standing you have achieved in life, you have been personally selected for Thailand Elite membership. Please consider this a personal invitation, on behalf of both my ministry and the people of Thailand, to you to take up Thailand Elite membership and join this selected and privileged community as the details attached…

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Thaksin Shinawatra could be the Peron of Thailand

Thaksin Shinawatra could be the Peron of ThailandGeorgia Straight, September, 2008
Thaksin Shinawatra is shaping up to be the Juan Peron of Thailand, with the significant difference that he is a rich Peron…

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The Negrito of Thailand: the Mani

The Negrito of Thailand: the Mani – September 5, 2008
Thanks to Steve for pointing this out.

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Worse than a coup

Worse than a coup The Economist, September 4, 2008
…The PAD’s leaders, however, are neither liberals nor democrats. A gruesome bunch of reactionary businessmen, generals and aristocrats, they demand not fresh elections, which they would lose, but “new politics,” in fact a return to old-fashioned authoritarian rule, with a mostly appointed parliament and powers for the army to step in when it chooses. They argue that the rural masses who favour Mr Thaksin and Mr Samak are too “ill-educated” to use their votes sensibly. This overlooks an inconvenient electoral truth: the two prime ministers had genuinely popular policies, such as cheap health care and credit…

Directionless Thailand falters on world stageThe Nation, September 4, 2008
It must be pretty awkward for Asean senior officials who have been meeting in Hua Hin over the past two days to work out plans for the upcoming Asean summit, which Thailand will host in mid-December – a little more than three months away.
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Real Estate Firm To Open New Luxury Condo For Foreign Criminals

From Not the Nation
Real Estate Firm To Open New Luxury Condo For Foreign Criminals
The developer says it has already sold more than 75 percent of the units: 40 percent to the city’s regular client base of money launderers, 20 percent to people using stolen identities, and 15 percent under duress…

17% of Thai Men Have Been A Cabinet Member At Some Point

Desperate Tourism Authority Revokes Exit Visas
All foreign visitors now required to stay indefinitely, purchase at least one wooden elephant…

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Asia Sugar-Thailand to cash in on India’s fading exports

Asia Sugar-Thailand to cash in on India’s fading exportsReuters India, September, 2008

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Channel 3 TV show

Channel 3 TV show – September 4, 2008
Richard writes: The early morning breakfast show on Channel 3 called “rueang lao chao ni”
had a live outside broadcast today at the city hall in Samut Prakan…
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Step down, now!

Step down, now!Bangkok Post, September 4, 2008

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PAD’s “final war” – September 4-5, 2008

PAD’s "final war"
September 4-5, 2008

PAD’s "final war" – August-September, 2008
Earlier: High tension in Thailand

 

Samak denies he will resign The Nation, September 4, 2008

Left: Samak’s 7:30 am radio address to the nation as broadcast on NBT

Rumours spread Samak will announce resignation Thursday morning The Nation, September 3, 2008

From earlier in the year: Cat lover? – Arun, Krungtepturakit, April 4, 2008
Loves the cat or does not want the cat to get the fish – The tag on the cage reads "Commander-in-Chief" meaning C-in-C Anupong.
[This cartoon points out the close relationship Samak is creating with the C-in-C–ostensibly to forestall a military coup. Samak, a well-known cat lover, keeps the C-in-C close to him either because he likes cat or he "does not want the cat to get the fish." This is an idiomatic expression that means "refuse to give away something that one does not have the right to have" perhaps meaning Samak does not deserve the premiership as a proxy of Thaksin and he does not want to let this slip away to the cat through a coup.]

Step down, now!Bangkok Post, September 4, 2008

…When reporters asked you about the dead man, you shot back belligerently: “Whose side was he on?”

Your eyes tell all. The heartlessness. The cruelty. When you started dividing even among the dead, we knew we could not let you carry on…

More Thai-language newspaper headlines and
editorials

And from Phujatkhan, September 4, 2008 – PM Samak signing the Emergency Degree with the blood of the deceased protester.

 

Front pages

Komchadluek, September 5, 2008

Samak turns the game to avoid Army resistance – Seizing back power to prevent Anupong from staging Coup –
Orders forces to suppress the people

No resignation, No parliament dissolution – “Tej resignation is due to his wife” – Move on public referendum

Matichon, September 5, 2008

Samak call urgent Cabinet meeting, seizing power to order force movement on his own – with reference to 20 bills in his hand on hopes to balance Anupong’s power- 2 undergraduates shot injured on way to rally at PM residence

PAD’s "final war" – August-September, 2008
Earlier: High tension in Thailand

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