On 26 May 2010, Bangkok Post published an article entitled "Why the govt lost to the UDD on the tech battlefield" saying that "Norporchor IPTV transmissions have been made via different Prachathai domains" and that security experts found Prachatai's "correlation with the Norporchor network". Below is what Chiranuch Premchaiporn, Prachatai Director, has written to the Bangkok Post in response to the article.
Little Uncle Nuamthong Praiwan had a heart bigger than the Democracy Monument. Despite his little knowledge of history, after the 19 September 2006 coup, he slammed his taxi into an army tank, driven by the sheer force of his fervent hopes for democracy. He did not die instantly. But his action has since then symbolized anti-coup sentiment.
The new round of anti-government demonstrations by the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) over the past one and a half months can be said to have reached its deepest stage reflecting the filthiness and loss of mind of the group. The issue of Preah Vihear has been directly manipulated by linking the issue to territorial integrity and the “state”.
The violence during the demonstration of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) on 25 May 2008 should be condemned, no matter if it comes from the ‘PAD’, ‘anti-PAD 1’, ‘anti-PAD 2’, ‘anti-PAD 3’, or ‘anti-PAD 3…4…5’.
Amending the constitution has become a political game. Those on one side argue that their party has been elected, and what benefits such an elected party benefits the people; therefore, amending the charter to avoid dissolution of political parties benefits the people. Those on the other side dismiss this as benefiting politicians only, especially bad politicians who committed offences as severe and repulsive as electoral fraud.
Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, being a seaside province with extensive resources, is an ideal location for the transportation of goods. Therefore the province has been eyed by large projects such as electricity plant or industrial factories.
Thai politics has shifted into election mode. Yet no one really rests assured that things will fall into place, fixed and firm. Instead, we have found that the political turmoil of the last two years has ushered in a new round of economic crisis, with grim prospects of what looms ahead.
What is national security? I am quite naïve about this word. If it is territorial integrity, then these days, with the tight and complicated economic ties with the neighbouring countries, it is hard to imagine a country sending troops to seize another, because it is just not worth it.
Like other Subdistrict Heads in Thailand, Kamnan Thong commands respects from people in his community, though not at the level of the "extra-constitutional power".
In essence, isn't it ridiculous that while playing darts is taken as slanderous, impolite and maybe unlawful, the taking of tanks onto the streets to overthrow people's power was received with big applause and has been legitimized? What kind of justice are we talking about?
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