Yingluck at the Asia Society

28 09 2012

The last time we can remember a Thai leader appearing at the Asia Society – a rather stuffy and conservative organization that does the”promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships” stuff of U.S. foundations in a kind of Orientalist fashion – it was  Kasit Piromya, when the Abhisit Vejjajiva government was in place. That was in September 2010.

Kasit gave a shambolic and crudely politicized speechthat was full of nonsense. For example, he claimed that red shirts have no popular support in Thailand. He knew that was a lie. He added to that with the bizarre, saying back then that Thailand was open and freedom of the press “is second to none in the world!” He said media that urges violence, hatred, misinformation or challenges the monarchy must be repressed. Kasit thought Prachatai was doing this!

Yingluck at the U.N.

Contrast this with Yingluck Shinawatra’s decidedly boring appearance reported at the Asia Society website (transcript here). She had a packed house, and spoke of anything but Thailand’s political conflict. This seems entirely in line with the business-oriented, investment-seeking, political cooling approach that she and her brother have been promoting.

Maybe a little bit of boring and some cooling is a pleasant change as the international community and media comes to neglect political struggles and issues such as lese majeste.


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11 07 2014
Recycling 2006 propaganda | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Kasit Piromya in 2009 was a disaster when he was unprepared and spoke in yellow-shirt style.  Yingluck appeared there as well after her election and had an easy task, not having to defend a pathetic unelected regime […]

11 07 2014
Recycling 2006 propaganda | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Kasit Piromya in 2009 was a disaster when he was unprepared and spoke in yellow-shirt style.  Yingluck appeared there as well after her election and had an easy task, not having to defend a pathetic unelected regime […]




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