The way we treat our two million migrant workers is absolutely appalling! We treat them as we see them. We don't seem to see them as human beings with human rights, or as important (even essential) contributors to the Thai economy.
This connection between social change and dealing with repression is a more acute problem in countries outside those that are called developed countries. In that part of the world called developed countries social revolutions have taken place to deal with forms of repression which maintain the type of inequalities that are prominent in their countries.
Here comes the election fest again. Politicians are busy grouping, merging, parting, and regrouping, while calls for free and fair election are made and echoed.
There is no end in sight for the chronic violence which has made life miserable and very insecure for communities living in the southern border provinces of our country, Muslims and Buddhists alike, ever since the armed raid on the army camp in January 2004.
Over 300 men from the three southernmost provinces have been held in army camps in Ranong, Suratthani, and Chumpon undergoing occupational training since August 2007. At least 6 of those detained were juveniles. The military publicized these training camps as capacity building and attitude adjustment programs and stressed that the detainees had enrolled voluntarily.
Today our unelected National Legislative Assembly is scheduled to complete the second and third readings of the Public Broadcasting Bill, which may actually result in the birth of public broadcasting in Thailand.
Someone once told me Piang Luang is waiting for us to explore. Perhaps that's true-whenever the name Piang Luang is mentioned, it brings me immense pleasure, the fresh, delightful breeze of orange-blossom.
I really wish I could write about something constructive going on in Thai society, but here I am again, having to raise the alarm on yet another attempt to undermine our democratic rights and civil liberties.
There seems no light at the end of the tunnel for the Palaung. It is like their lives have been condemned to darkness, forever trapped in misery. March 26, 1998, Pangdaeng villagers were arrested for a second time.
The journey the Pangdaeng Palaung took was long and dangerous, from their old villages in Burma's Shan state across forests, rivers and mountains before reaching the Thai border.
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