Thailand: Wall Street's Thaksin Shinawatra Prepares War Against 99%

In Pol Pot-esque threat, Wall Street-backed billionaire prepares war of terror against Thai population in the name of purging the "elite." 

January 31, 2014 (ATN) - The London Telegraph published a disturbing admission taken directly from deposed dictator Thaksin Shinawatra's "red shirt" leader Wuttipong Kochthammakul, also known as "Ko Tee." The Telegraph admitted: 

"This is already a war, but so far it is an unarmed war," said Ko Tee. "If there is a coup, or the election doesn't happen, then it definitely becomes an armed war." 
If anyone doubted the abyss into which Thailand could be heading, Ko Tee - who has been accused of orchestrating grenade attacks on anti-government marches in the thai capital - is the living proof. 
"I want there to be lots of violence to put an end to all this," he said. "I'm bored by speeches. It's time to clean the country, to get rid of the elite, all of them."

Image: Thaksin Shinawatra's "red shirts" want to "purge the elite" - however, constituting less than 7% of the population, and backed by Wall Street, this conspiracy to commit mass murder looks more like yet another Libya or Syria-style proxy war being waged by Wall Street and London against yet another sovereign nation. 
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And while the Telegraph shamelessly defends the deadly violence already carried out across the country by "Ko Tee" and other "red shirts" and his dreams of purging the elite, it utterly fails to mention that he and his "red shirts" constitute less than 7% of the Thai population and that the regime he plans to defend with violence is both illegitimate, and in the previous election that propelled it into power, not even backed by a majority of the eligible electorate. 

The Telegraph almost celebrates the prospective bloodshed, and reiterates the overt lies peddled by the regime and its Western backers regarding the current political crisis in Thailand despite a large body of evidence suggesting otherwise. The Telegraph claims: 

Those divisions pit the rural poor of the north and northeast of the country, who overwhelmingly support Pheu Thai, against the metropolitan middle class, the traditional ruling class and the Democrat Party's supporters in their stronghold of southern Thailand. 
The red shirts regard Ms Yingluck as the head of a democratically-elected government whose populist policies have done more to benefit them than any previous administration.
However, even in the "rural poor of the north and northeast," the regime of Thaksin Shinawatra and his nepotist proxy, sister Yingluck Shinawatra, protests have been growing, including thousands of impoverished rice farmers who were cheated by his 2011 vote-buying "populist" rice scam that has collapses in scandal, corruption, and bankruptcy. And while the Telegraph and "Ko Tee" claim their planned campaign of terror and mass murder is aimed at the "elite," threats against these rice farmers and their families have already been made. 


Billionaire Thaksin Shinawatra Seeks Personal Fiefdom in Northern Thailand

January 30, 2014 (ATN) - For years, Thaksin Shinawatra, his political machine, and his Western backers have attempted to sell "liberation ideology" to the north and northeast of Thailand, in an attempt to implement imperialism's favorite stratagem - divide and conquer.

Now, the Western media and Thaksin Shinawatra's embattled proxy regime are openly making plans to consolidate their crumbling support base in the north of Thailand in the city of Chiang Mai, and declare it the "capital." 




Image: “This country has no justice. We want to split the country” (Photo by Saiarun Pinaduang)
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South China Morning Post would report in their article, "Red-shirts 'ready to resist' Thai army coup, set up capital in Chiang Mai," that:
The embattled Thai government's hardline "red-shirt" supporters in the country's north say they are ready to resist any attempt by the military to stage a coup.
Some supporters say they also expect popularly elected Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to retreat to Chiang Mai and set up government there if the army tries to take power in Bangkok amid ongoing anti-government demonstrations.
While some experts consider the government relocating an unlikely prospect, supporters like red-shirt activist Mahawang Kawang say their movement is large enough to challenge the military.
"We have no fear. All red groups will unite. We are willing to sacrifice our lives," said Kawang, who is president of the alumni association of Yupparaj school in Chiang Mai where Yingluck was once a student.
In Phayao province, also in the north of Thailand, a professionally made banner appeared on a pedestrian bridge calling for the division of Thailand. Bangkok Post's article, "'Split Thailand' banner in Phayao," stated:
A vinyl banner bearing a message in Thai which can be translated as “This country has no justice. Gu want to split the country” has been posted on a pedestrian flyover in Muang district of the northern province of Phayao.

A banner bearing a Thai message which can be translated as "This country has no justice. Gu want to split the country" appeared on this walkover in the northern province of Phayao, a stronghold of Pheu Thai and red shirts, on Tuesday.

Gu is an informal and impolite Thai pronoun which means I.

The Economist, which has toed a pro-Thaksin line for years, eagerly penned, "Political crisis in Thailand: You go your way, I’ll go mine," which claimed: 
Indeed, many red shirts say Bangkok is already lost. Mr Suthep has nearly free rein there, closing down most government offices. The police have charged him with insurrection and seizing state property, but no attempt has been made to arrest him. The imposition of a state of emergency for 60 days may not make much difference. 
Thus most red shirts in the north and north-east now contemplate—indeed they seem to be preparing for—a political separation from Bangkok and the south. Some can barely wait. In Chiang Mai a former classmate of Mr Thaksin’s says that in the event of a coup “the prime minister can come here and we will look after her. If…we have to fight, we will. We want our separate state and the majority of red shirts would welcome the division.” Be afraid for Thailand as the political system breaks down. 
While the Economist's narrative is easily picked apart, clearly this is a narrative the West is deeply interested in laying the groundwork for, ahead of preparations Thaksin Shinawatra and his regime have been making for years. Despite hemorrhaging support, it appears the regime is still attempting to carry out the conspiracy.  

Thailand: Thaksin Regime Turns on its Own Supporters

Regime sends "red shirt" enforcers to threaten farmers and their families for protesting 6 months of unpaid subsidies - smashing the myth of "rural support."

Image: Rice scheme has left industry & farmers in shambles. 



January 30, 2014 (ATN) - While the US, UK, and others across the West attempt to sell upcoming sham elections in Thailand as upholding "democratic values," the regime overseeing the one-party self-mandate in a climate of regime-sanctioned terrorism, political intimidation, and a "state of emergency," has begun turning on its own supporters - mainly farmers.

Farmers began blocking roads across the country in response to unpaid rice subsidies that are now half a year late. Thaksin Shinawatra promised 40% + over-market prices for rice as part of vote-buying populist policies that propelled his nepotist appointed sister into power in 2011. Since then, the rice-buying scheme has collapsed in scandal, corruption, and bankruptcy with government warehouses literally collapsing from the weight of rotting rice left unsold for months.


Unable to sell the rice to nations that have turned to other rice-producers over concerns of downward spiraling quality, the regime attempted to sell bonds. The sale failed to raise even half the cash necessary to pay farmers who already had promised rates slashed and delayed

As protests began to spread across the north and northeast of Thailand, considered Thaksin Shinawatra and his regime's stronghold, and with other farmers headed to Bangkok to join the "Occupy Bangkok" campaign, the regime has begun turning its notoriously violent "red shirt" enforcers on the farmers - most of whom, according to the BBC, AFP, Reuters, and others constituted the regime's support base.

Image: Rice farmers in Phitsanulok province were threatened by regime "red shirts" to end their protest. Often cited by the Western media in their "class divide" narrative, it is now clear the nation's farmers were simply used to get Thaksin Shinawtra back into power, and that the violence and intimidation usually reserved for his political opponents is now being turned on them in the wake of being cheated by his vote-buying rice subsidy scam. Rice farmers have already turned in their rice, but have not been paid for it for half a year - in other words - they were robbed. (Photo by Chinnawat Singha) 
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In Bangkok Post's article, "Farmers end protest in Phitsanulok," it states: 
In an emotional address to protesters, Mr Chatree said both local red-shirts and community leaders tried to pressure him to end the protest, on orders from high-level officials.
The red-shirts threatened to hurt his family if he continued to lead the rally seeking money for unpaid farmers including for himself, he said.
The Bangkok Post would also report: 
Several tearful farmers shouted angrily that they had no money to buy food or to send their children to school because the government has failed to pay them for rice sold under its subsidy scheme. They said the situation had also forced them to borrow money from loan sharks.
Rice farmers on Tuesday agreed to end their rally at the Indochina intersection in Muang district after a two-day protest demanding the caretaker government pay them for crops pledged under the government's subsidy scheme. 
Several tearful farmers shouted angrily that they had no money to buy food or to send their children to school because the government has failed to pay them for rice sold under its subsidy scheme. They said the situation had also forced them to borrow money from loan sharks.

Thailand: Regime Terrorists Deploy M-79 Grenade Launchers

January 29, 2014 (ATN) - Thaksin Shinawatra's proxy regime, currently ruling in Thailand, have again attacked protesters, this time with the deadly 40mm M-79 grenade launcher - a weapon of war used extensively by pro-Thaksin terrorists in violence that left 92 dead in Bangkok in 2010. Thai PBS reported in their article, "Lard Phrao protest site comes under M-79 grenade attack," that:
The protest site of the Network of Students and People for the Reform of Thailand (NSPRT) was attacked by M-79 grenade launcher again before dawn today, causing injury to a protester.

The grenade attack happened at about 3 a.m. today at the NSPRT’s protest site at Lard Phrao intersection.

The grenade landed on an open space not far from a tent where anti-government protesters were relaxing and sleeping.

Protest leader Issara Somchai said the M-79 grenade was believed to be fired from the overhead tollway and fell on the ground inside the Jatujak park where protesters were staying overnight.

One protester was injured and was rushed to hospital.

Image: Damage caused by an early morning M-79 grenade attack that left one injured. The M-79 grenade launcher is extensively used by terrorists tied to Thaksin Shinawatra and his proxy regime. 
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In 2010, pro-Thaksin terrorist leader, defected Thai Major General Khattiya Sawasdipol, had bragged to the foreign media that he had "300 armed men trained for ''close encounters'' and armed with M79 grenade launchers" (Guardian). M-79 grenade launchers are used almost exclusively by paramilitary ranger units from which Thaksin drew his terrorist army - but pictures of "black shirt" terrorists wielding the 40mm M-203 grenade launcher were also taken during clashes with the Thai military in 2010. Human Rights Watch ("Descent into Chaos" PDF page 62) also noted that militants working among Thaksin Shinawatra's "red shirt" supporters carried, among other war weapons, the M-79.



Image: Flashback to 2010 - Thaksin Shinawatra's "red shirts" were augmented by some 300 heavily armed, professional mercenaries. In 2010, as seen above, Thaksin's militants employed M16s (with M203 grenade launchers), AK-47s, as well as M79 grenade launchers and an assortment of hand grenades and pistols. The regime had threatened covert violence, in what appears to be a repeat of 2010 - this time aimed at dislodging protesters. 
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Thailand: US Sides With Increasingly Violent, Desperate Regime

US State Department condemns protests against sham election, but ignores assassination and thuggery aimed at opposition. 

January 28, 2014 (ATN) - The US State Department openly sided with Thaksin Shinawatra and his proxy regime, and backed their planned one-party sham elections being carried out in a climate of political intimidation, terrorism, assassinations, and a draconian "emergency decree" in a statement released after protests disrupted polls across the country Sunday.

The US State Department's statement read:
The United States is deeply troubled by efforts to block polls and otherwise prevent voting in Thailand, and by the most recent acts of political violence. While we do not take sides in the political dispute and strongly support freedom of expression and the right to peaceful protest, preventing citizens from voting violates their universal rights and is inconsistent with democratic values.
We reiterate our call for all sides to refrain from violence, exercise restraint, and commit to sincere dialogue to resolve political differences peacefully and democratically.

Video: The brazen assassination of anti-Thaksin protest leader Suthin Taratin in broad daylight last Sunday appears to be ok with the United States and all part of "democratic values" it promotes globally. 
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The United States does not, however, seem deeply troubled by the broad daylight assassination that took place the same day of a core protest leader, or the savagery of the regime's "red shirts" who had threatened to employ armed violence against any who opposed up coming sham elections - and then promptly did so the very next day.

Additionally, the US fails to feel deeply troubled over how "democratic values" have been blatantly abused to dress up an overt dictatorship run, by the ruling party's own admission, by accused mass murderer, convicted criminal and fugitive Thaksin Shinawatra. Thaksin Shinawatra was neither on the ballot in 2011, nor even in the country, yet openly runs the party through his nepotist appointed sister, Yingluck Shinawatra. Both Forbes and the New York Times published direct quotes from the ruling party's leadership inside of Thailand, and from Thaksin Shianwatra himself, declaring that he was ruling the country remotely.


Thailand: Regime Assassinates Protest Leader on Eve of Sham Elections

Peaceful protests turn deadly as regime unleashes "red shirt" enforcers and heavily armed assassins.

January 26, 2014 (ATN) - Regime gunmen assassinated celebrated NGO worker, activist, and protest core leader Sutin Taratin Sunday, during a brazen broad-daylight drive by shooting amid a melee between protesters and armed "red shirt" regime enforcers. Protests were held across the country at polling stations in opposition to advance voting. Forty-five out of fifty polling stations were closed in Bangkok alone.

Bangkok's English paper The Nation would report in its article, "Thaksin's big-time opponent latest victim of political violence," that:
Sutin Taratin, one of leaders of People's Army to Overthrow the Thaksin Regime, has become the latest victim of political violence. He was gunned down Sunday outside the Bang Na advance voting station. 
He was an non-governmental organisaton officer working for Local Development Institute (LDI) and he was close to former secretary-general of the State Enterprises Labour Relations Confederation Somsak Kosaisuk.
The assassination of Sutin Taratin came after the regime and its supporters made explicit threats of armed violence against any who opposed upcoming sham elections. TIME magazine on January 16 reported in their article, ""Bangkok Shutdown: Yingluck Supporters Prepare to Fight for Democracy," that: 
As Thailand’s anti-government protests enter their fourth day, observers say prospects for violent confrontation are increasing, with reports of government supporters stockpiling weapons in case of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s ouster. 
According to the Bangkok Post, radical members of the Red Shirts — diehard champions of Yingluck and her notorious brother Thaksin Shinawatra — are readying a cache of arms in case the 46-year-old premier is forced from office by either military or judicial intervention. 
The paper quoted a Red Shirt source as saying “There are strong anti-coup and anti-court sentiments among the red-shirt mavericks who are familiar and experienced with weapon use.”
The very next day, the attacks began. The first was a grenade attack on peaceful marches lead by protest leader Suthep Thuangsuban, which killed one and injured 39. Suthep Thuangsuban was only 30 meters away from the blast, indicating it was a likely assassination attempt. Protesters would then storm the abandoned building where the attack originated to uncover what appeared to be a weapons catch and a safehouse, just as TIME described. Another twin grenade attack took place at Bangkok's Victory Monument, along with nightly drive-by shootings up until the regime announced a "state of emergency" citing their own terror campaign as justification.

Regime's Murder & Mayhem in Defense of Sham Elections 

With a "state of emergency" announced, the regime is now free to openly wield authoritarian power, and will continue to do so in the lead up to sham elections on February 2, 2014, and well beyond. 

In the wake of the decree, the regime has summoned entertainers who have participated in recent anti-regime protests as well as declared 31 businesses "blacklisted" for allegedly supporting the ongoing opposition. The regime has also continued its campaign of terror directed at both protesters and their leaders.

The result is a one-party election (all major oppositions parties are boycotting it) carried out under an authoritarian decree being actively used to intimidate and silence the opposition, amid a campaign of systematic terror and assassinations putting it on par with sham elections in Saddam's Iraq, or Kim Jong Ill's North Korea.

Elections held under these conditions are clearly indicative of a dangerous dictatorship, but are instead being defended by the West as a legitimate democratic process being obstructed by "anti-democratic militants." This is being done through a campaign of intentional and systematic omissions and distortions - particularly in the BBC's coverage of the political crisis

BBC's latest report, in the wake of Sutin Taratin's assassination, briefly mentions the attack and skips past it, focusing instead on portraying the protesters as the violent aggressors. Jonathan Head of the BBC would state: 
Thailand's protest movement has an image problem. It is commonly viewed outside Thailand as undemocratic. The movement's leader, Suthep Thaugsuban, even wrote a letter to US President Barack Obama this week pleading for more understanding of his goals.

But the scenes of his supporters forcefully blocking people from voting won't help that negative image.
Of course, that "image problem" is owed entirely to the West's disingenuous coverage. Head would also claim in his article that: 
Protesters, who started their campaign in November, want to install an unelected "people's council" to run the country until the political system is changed. 
They [the protesters] say Ms Yingluck's government is being influenced by her brother, exiled former leader Thaksin Shinawatra.
Of course the protesters "say Ms Yingluck's government is being influenced by her brother," Thaksin Shinawatra, because both her own political party and Thaksin Shinawatra himself have openly and repeatedly admitted as much.


Economist's Absurd "Divided Thailand" Commentary

January 24, 2014 (ATN) - The Economist has recently floated a narrative that the current Thai regime could flee to the north and "separate" the region from Thailand. Far from a legitimate government seeking to "preserve democracy," it a Western-backed proxy regime carrying out the tried by true modern imperial agenda of divide and rule. 

First, it should be remembered that the Economist publishes paid-for op-eds. It is not news, it is not analysis, it is simply the message told by the highest bidders - the corporate-financier interests of Wall Street and London. These interests are passed to the Economist via their impressive network of lobbying firms. The Economist itself sits among the corporate membership of large Wall Street-London policy think-tanks like the Chatham House, right along side these lobbying firms.

In their latest article, "Political crisis in Thailand: You go your way, I’ll go mine," one of these lobbying firms comes to mind - fellow Chatham House corporate member Amsterdam & PartnersRobert Amsterdam is currently representing deposed dictator, accused mass murderer, and convicted criminal Thaksin Shinawatra, as well as his "red shirt" enforcers. It claims:
Indeed, many red shirts say Bangkok is already lost. Mr Suthep has nearly free rein there, closing down most government offices. The police have charged him with insurrection and seizing state property, but no attempt has been made to arrest him. The imposition of a state of emergency for 60 days may not make much difference. 
Thus most red shirts in the north and north-east now contemplate—indeed they seem to be preparing for—a political separation from Bangkok and the south. Some can barely wait. In Chiang Mai a former classmate of Mr Thaksin’s says that in the event of a coup “the prime minister can come here and we will look after her. If…we have to fight, we will. We want our separate state and the majority of red shirts would welcome the division.” Be afraid for Thailand as the political system breaks down.

Thaksin Shianwatra is at the very center of Thailand's current political crisis which includes the ongoing "Occupy Bangkok" campaign that has paralyzed the government for now nearly 2 weeks, and has drawn out the largest street protests in decades. Pro-government rallies have fizzled and many of the regime's supporters, including rural farmers have in fact joined the opposition after being cheated in a vote-buying rice subsidy scam that has gone bankrupt and left them unpaid now for nearly half a year. 

Why Secession is Impossible & Why the Lie is Being Repeated in Economist


It was in 2010 that the Asia Foundation conducted its "national public perception surveys of the Thai electorate," (2010's full .pdf here). In a summary report  titled, "Survey Findings Challenge Notion of a Divided Thailand." It summarized the popular misconception of a "divided" Thailand by stating:
"Since Thailand’s color politics began pitting the People’s Alliance for Democracy’s (PAD) “Yellow-Shirt” movement against the National United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship’s (UDD) “Red-Shirt” movement, political watchers have insisted that the Thai people are bitterly divided in their loyalties to rival political factions."
The survey, conducted over the course of late 2010 and involving 1,500 individuals, revealed however, a meager 7% of Thailand's population identified themselves as being "red" Thaksin supporters, with another 7% identifying themselves only as "leaning toward red."

Worse yet for Thaksin Shianwatra and his foreign backers, the survey would also reveal that many more Thais (62%) believed the Thai military, who ousted Thaksin Shinawatra from power in 2006 in a bloodless coup, and who put down two pro-Thaksin insurrections in 2009 and 2010, was an important independent institution that has helped safeguard and stabilize the country.


Thaksin's Mad Dash to Sham Elections (Op-Ed)

Terrorism, boycotted elections, and now a draconian emergency decree are the ingredients of dictatorship, not democracy. 


Image: Not entirely unlike North Korea, Thaksin Shinawatra
is presiding over what are essentially one-party elections,
under a state of emergency that allows him to censor, arrest,
and otherwise silence all opposition. This state of emergency
was enacted after a terror campaign admittedly carried out by
his own supporters. It is not difficult to understand why
protesters are desperate to dislodge Thaksin from power.
January 22, 2014 (ATN) -  Torn from the pages of Saddam's Iraq, or Kim Jong Ill's North Korea, deposed despot Thaksin Shinawatra is attempting to once again mandate his embattled regime with elections. With little else to point to for legitimacy, elections are all Thaksin has left but it may be a trick he has used one too many times. 

To put into perspective upcoming elections scheduled for February 2, 2014, a little over a week away, it must be remembered that Thaksin Shianwatra is a convicted criminal, living as a fugitive abroad, evading multiple arrest warrants, a 2 year jail sentence, and a long list of pending court cases. He is also an accused mass murderer with by far the worst human rights record in Thai history. 

Despite this, he - by his and his party's own admission - openly runs the current regime, with his sister Yingluck Shinawatra serving merely as his nepotist placeholder. The election campaign slogan for the last general election in 2011 was literally, "Thaksin Thinks, Puea Thai Does," Puea Thai being his political party. 

Forbes would report in their article, "Thaksin in Exile: Advising Sister, Digging for Gold," that: 
Regarding his behind-the-scenes role in the party and policy, he is not shy: “I am the one who thinks. Like our slogan during the campaign, Thaksin thinks, Pheu Thai acts.”
The New York Times admitted in an early 2013 article titled, "In Thailand, Power Comes With Help From Skype," that: 
For the past year and a half, by the party’s own admission, the most important political decisions in this country of 65 million people have been made from abroad, by a former prime minister who has been in self-imposed exile since 2008 to escape corruption charges. 
The country’s most famous fugitive,Thaksin Shinawatra, circles the globe in his private jet, chatting with ministers over his dozen cellphones, texting over various social media platforms and reading government documents e-mailed to him from civil servants, party officials say.

ImageThe New York Times openly admits that Thailand is currently run by unelected convicted criminal/fugitive Thaksin Shinawatra. Clearly any proxy government or elections in which it participates in are illegitimate by both Thai and international standards. Thaksin's foreign ties are what have afforded him impunity regarding an otherwise cartoonish, 3rd world dictatorship. 
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There is no question then that Thaksin Shianwatra is illegally running Thailand by proxy. Being unelected, Thaksin Shinawatra is by all accounts a dictator, and his "government" a regime, however cleverly they try to dress it up.  

This would be unimaginable in many of the countries lending support to the upcoming sham elections, including the United States. Still, editorial boards of papers like the Washington Post, and even US Congressmen have been weighing in on the side of Thaksin - calling those standing up to this poorly disguised dictatorship "anti-democratic militants." 

Indeed, standing between Thaksin and his renewed "mandate," are hundreds of thousands of protesters that have taken to the streets in four unprecedented mass mobilizations, and are now camping in the streets in an extended "Occupy Bangkok" campaign. The only "militants" however, are those associated with the regime, who just one day before a deadly grenade attack targeted the protest's main leader, Suthep Thaungsuban, announced that they had staged weapons in Bangkok and were preparing to attack protesters. 

The Secret War in Libya

January 23, 2014 (Eric Draitser - Stop Imperialism) - The battles currently raging in the South of Libya are no mere tribal clashes.  Instead, they represent a possible burgeoning alliance between black Libyan ethnic groups and pro-Gaddafi forces intent upon liberating their country of a neocolonial NATO-installed government.
On Saturday January 18th, a group of heavily armed fighters stormed an air force base outside the city of Sabha in southern Libya, expelling forces loyal to the “government” of Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, and occupying the base.  At the same time, reports from inside the country began to trickle in that the green flag of the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya was flying over a number of cities throughout the country.  Despite the dearth of verifiable information – the government in Tripoli has provided only vague details and corroboration – one thing is certain: the war for Libya continues.

On the Ground
Libya’s Prime Minister Ali Zeidan called an emergency session of the General National Congress to declare a state of alert for the country after news of the storming of the air base broke.  The Prime Minister announced that he had ordered troops south to quell the rebellion, telling reporters that, “This confrontation is continuing but in a few hours it will be solved.”  A spokesman for the Defense Ministry later claimed that the central government had reclaimed control of the air base, stating that “A force was readied, then aircraft moved and took off and dealt with the targets…The situation in the south opened a chance for some criminals…loyal to the Gaddafi regime to exploit this and to attack the Tamahind air force base…We will protect the revolution and the Libyan people.”
In addition to the assault on the airbase, there have been other attacks on individual members of the government in Tripoli.  The highest profile incident was the recent assassination of the Deputy Industry Minister Hassan al-Droui in the city of Sirte.  Although it is still unclear whether he was killed by Islamist forces or Green resistance fighters, the unmistakable fact is that the central government is under assault and is unable to exercise true authority or provide security in the country.  Many have begun speculating that his killing, rather than being an isolated, targeted assassination, is part of a growing trend of resistance in which pro-Gaddafi Green fighters figure prominently.
The rise of the Green resistance forces in Sabha and elsewhere is merely one part of larger and more complex political and military calculus in the South where a number of tribes and various ethnic groups have risen against what they correctly perceive to be their political, economic, and social marginalization.  Groups such as the Tawergha and Tobou ethnic minorities, both of which are black African groups, have endured vicious attacks at the hands of Arab militias with no support from the central government.  Not only have these and other groups been the victims of ethnic cleansing, but they have been systematically shut out of participation in Libyan political and economic life.
The tensions came to a head earlier this month when a rebel chief from the Arab Awled Sleiman tribe was killed.  Rather than an official investigation or legal process, the Awled tribesmen attacked their black Toubou neighbors, accusing them of involvement in the murder.  The resulting clashes have since killed dozens, once again demonstrating that the dominant Arab groups still view their dark skinned neighbors as something other than countrymen.  Undoubtedly, this has led to a reorganization of the alliances in the region, with the Toubou, Tuareg and other black minority groups that inhabit southern Libya, northern Chad and Niger moving closer to the pro-Gaddafi forces.  Whether or not these alliances are formal or not still remains unclear, however it is apparent that many groups in Libya have come to the realization that the government installed by NATO has not lived up to its promises, and that something must be done.
The Politics of Race in Libya

Occupy Bangkok’s Quest to de-Thaksinize Thailand


Occupy Bangkok 01-23-14
January 23, 2014 (Eric Draitser - Stop Imperialism) - As hundreds of thousands of protesters fill the streets of Bangkok demanding the ouster of the Shinawatra government, the Western media continue their one-sided portrayal of events in Thailand, misrepresenting the protests as anti-democratic.
On January 13, 2014, the largest Thai protests in decades officially came together under the banner‘Occupy Bangkok’. Demanding an end to the regime of Thaksin and Yingluck Shinawatra, the protesters, who come from all social classes and all walks of life, have essentially brought the Bangkok metropolis to a standstill.
Filling the major boulevards and public spaces, Occupy Bangkok has come to represent more than a mere political uprising, it is a social movement aiming to rid the country of its corrupt leadership and restore some semblance of true democracy to Thailand. (Read entire article)

No basis for US spinning Geneva communiqué to demand Assad’s resignation

Preconditions placed on attending the Geneva 2 conference insisted on by the United States are detrimental to building a conducive environment for ending the fighting in Syria.

Despite months of effort by diplomats and the international community, the long-awaited Geneva 2 peace conference is in disarray. The opposition Syrian National Coalition (SNC) – an exiled umbrella organization supported by Western and Gulf states that represents a negligible segment of rebel groups on the ground – has agreed to attend the talks under heavy pressure from their backers. Division runs deep for many within the group who oppose the decision to attend Geneva 2, and the SNC’s presence at the talks are still in question.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s decision to extend an invitation to Iran prompted the SNC to threaten pulling out of the talks if the UN’s invitation to Tehran is not rescinded. Even if the peace talks proceed, the unpleasant prospect that nothing tangible will emerge from them due to irreconcilable differences between the two sides looks like the most plausible outcome.

One of the key obstacles facing the negotiations is the SNC’s lack of legitimacy and its capriciousness, and that its members are mostly exiled Syrian dissidents who are not seen as credible by the fighters on the ground, primarily among Islamist groups that dominate the battlefield. The belief that the SNC can accomplish something meaningful at the negotiating table is cast deeper into doubt by critical assessments from dissenting former members of the group.

Read the full story on RT.com

Nile Bowie is a Malaysia-based political analyst and a columnist with Russia Today. He can be reached at nilebowie@gmail.com.

US Feigns "Horror" Over Cooked-Up Report on Syrian War They Engineered

Qatar - chief financier of Al Qaeda in Syria - commissions "report" on atrocities published just ahead of Geneva conference. 

Update: Further details have emerged regarding the authors of the report. It was produced by British law firm Carter-Ruck on behalf of Qatar who funded it (CNN). Carter-Ruck had in the past defended Saudis suspected of funding Al Qaeda.

ABC's "U.S.: Saudis Still Filling Al Qaeda’s Coffers," would report that Yasin al Qadi was being represented by Carter-Ruck against US charges filed just after 9/11 claiming he was financing Al Qaeda. It should also be noted that Yasin al Qadi is a close ally of US' partner in the Syrian conflict, Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. The suspicious report, conveniently released just a day before the Geneva conference, emerging from a tangled web of state-sponsored terrorism and dubious Western law firms only further taints the West's image as they go into "peace talks" regarding Syria.
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January 22, 2014 (LD) - As with every Western-backed conference assembled regarding Syria, dramtic fabrications revealed just ahead of proceedings are intended to give them and their predetermined outcomes both gravity and "urgency." Upcoming "peace talks" to be held in Switzerland are no exception. A report cooked up by the unelected dictatorship in Qatar is based on an anonymous source, codename "Caesar," and remains admittedly unverified. 

The BBC's report, "US and UN express horror at Syria torture report," claims:
The report, by three former war crimes prosecutors, is based on the evidence of a defected military police photographer, referred to only as Caesar, who along with others reportedly smuggled about 55,000 digital images of some 11,000 dead detainees out of Syria.
The BBC then reveals the propaganda value the report is intended to serve in upcoming talks by stating:
US state department spokeswoman Marie Harf said it "underscores that it makes it even more important that we make progress [at Geneva II]. The situation on the ground is so horrific that we need to get a political transition in place, and we need to get the Assad regime out of power."
Of course, spokesman for UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay would admit the report remains unverified (emphasis added): 
Rupert Colville, spokesman for UN human rights chief Navi Pillay, told AFP: "This report is extremely alarming, and the alleged scale of the deaths in detention, if verified, is truly horrifying. 
Codename Caesar, Codename Curveball 



Image: From Independent's "Man whose WMD lies led to 100,000 deaths confesses all: Defector tells how US officials 'sexed up' his fictions to make the case for 2003 invasion." In retrospect, the corporate-media has no problem admitting the insidious lies that were told to justify the invasion and occupation of Iraq - the lead up to the war was another story. A verbatim repeat of these admitted lies are being directed at Syria amidst the West's failure to overthrow the government with terrorist proxies
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Readers must recall another codename, that of Iraqi informant "Curveball" whose lies would lay the rhetorical foundation for the invasion and occupation of Iraq. The UK Independent's article, "Man whose WMD lies led to 100,000 deaths confesses all," would recall: 
A man whose lies helped to make the case for invading Iraq – starting a nine-year war costing more than 100,000 lives and hundreds of billions of pounds – will come clean in his first British television interview tomorrow.
"Curveball", the Iraqi defector who fabricated claims about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, smiles as he confirms how he made the whole thing up. It was a confidence trick that changed the course of history, with Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi's lies used to justify the Iraq war.
And once again, a disingenuous West along with a complicit UN is going into a so-called "peace conference" with unverified allegations designed to manipulate public perception on the most visceral levels, circumventing facts, logic, and reason, to bolster their position in a conflict they themselves engineered and are still purposefully perpetrating with the hopes of achieving long-desired "regime change." 

The ongoing conflict in Syria was engineered by the West and its regional allies as far back as 2007, revealed by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh in his article, "The Redirection: Is the Administration's new policy benefiting our enemies in the war on terrorism?" which prophetically stated (emphasis added): 
"To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has coöperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda."
 It is now admitted that Al Qaeda comprises almost entirely all of the militants fighting the Syrian government, many of whom are foreigners crossing into Syrian territory with NATO's aid

Thailand: Regime Cites Own Terror Campaign as Pretext for "Emergency Decree"

After weeks of terrorism aimed at protesters, the regime of Thaksin Shinawatra has declared the protests as "violent" in another stunning indictment of its illegitimacy to lead the country.  

Image: What remains of a grenade thrown into an "Occupy
Bangkok" march on Friday, killing 1 and maiming 39. The
regime is now instituting an "emergency decree" claiming
that protesters, not the regime's own terrorists carrying
out the attacks, are violent, and must be dealt with. 
January 21, 2014 (ATN) - The anti-regime "Occupy Bangkok" campaign is now moving through its second week, occupying 7 permanent encampments across the capital of Thailand, augmented by daily marches and blockades of government buildings. After sporadic drive-by attacks on protesters, leaving many injured and even dead, the violence escalated last Friday when a grenade was thrown into a peaceful march - only 30 meters from protest leader Suthep Thuangsuban. One was killed, and nearly 40 others maimed. The attacks have continued, with nightly shootings, and another daytime double grenade attack on Sunday

Just the day before the first deadly grenade attack, TIME Magazine would report in its article, "Bangkok Shutdown: Yingluck Supporters Prepare to Fight for Democracy," that: 
As Thailand’s anti-government protests enter their fourth day, observers say prospects for violent confrontation are increasing, with reports of government supporters stockpiling weapons in case of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s ouster. 
According to the Bangkok Post, radical members of the Red Shirts — diehard champions of Yingluck and her notorious brother Thaksin Shinawatra — are readying a cache of arms in case the 46-year-old premier is forced from office by either military or judicial intervention. 
The paper quoted a Red Shirt source as saying “There are strong anti-coup and anti-court sentiments among the red-shirt mavericks who are familiar and experienced with weapon use.”
Police loyal to the regime have also made overt threats, claiming they were preparing an armed campaign against protesters if elections were delayed in a systematic pattern of violence that have become the notorious hallmarks of Thaksin Shianwatra's regime - leaving no doubt as to who is behind recent attacks. 

Astonishingly, after conducting a concerted campaign of terror against Occupy Bangkok protesters, the regime is now issuing an "emergency decree" prohibiting gatherings and inviting in draconian tactics to deal with those who defy the decree. Thailand's English paper The Nation would report in their article, "State of emergency announced," that:
The caretaker Cabinet announced the state of emergency for Bangkok and some parts of nearby provinces, which will last 60 days. 
The state of emergency was announced on TV by caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung. It will take effect on Wednesday. 
Chalerm said the government had to invoke the emergency decree to announce the state of emergency because the protests by the People's Democratic Reform Committee had turned violent. 
He said the demonstrations were not peaceful as PDRC leaders said.
The regime is essentially using its own pre-announced terror campaign as a pretext to institute the decree, while shamelessly accusing the protesters of being "violent," despite all attacks having been targeted at the protesters themselves. It is a stunning indictment of both the danger and illegitimacy of unelected dictator Thaksin Shianwatra and his nepotist proxy regime. 

While the West continues providing rhetorical cover for the regime across its global-spanning media machine, it will likely expand both acts of covert terrorism and overt violence carried out by police to overrun protesters and cling on to power.    

Thailand: Tearing Apart TIME Magazine's Propaganda

Image: TIME's love affair with Thai dictator,
accused mass murderer, and convicted crim-
inal Thaksin Shinawatra stretches back as
far as the State Department's support for him
- no mere coincidence. 
 
January 21, 2014 (ATN) - TIME Magazine echos Wall Street and Washington - so when it speaks, readers must listen in that context. Nothing shows the link between TIME's biased, intentionally misleading propaganda and the agenda of the corporate-financier elite that rule America better than the fact that its last managing editor left in 2013 to join the US State Department. Politico would report in its article, "Richard Stengel leaving Time for State Department," that:
Richard Stengel, the top editor of Time magazine for the past seven years, is planning to step down as managing editor for a new job at the U.S. Department of State, sources familiar with the situation tell POLITICO and Capital New York.
With that in mind, readers must understand that what TIME publishes isn't reality, but rather "reality" according to what suits US interests, and more specifically, Wall Street's interests.

This explains the overt attacks by TIME against Thailand's anti-regime protesters, their current "Occupy Bangkok" campaign, and the opposition party that is in-part leading them. In a November 2013 article titled, "Thailand’s Democrat Party Is Hilariously Misnamed," TIME openly mocks the Democrat Party of Thailand in a display of propaganda both incredibly unprofessional and riddled with intentional lies.

In its most recent piece, "The World’s Most Visited City Is Again Marred by Violent Protest: Here’s Why," the lies continue, in the form of questions and answers to help "explain" the ongoing Thai crisis to unsuspecting readers:

1. Why are they protesting?

TIME claims: "Protesters accuse Yingluck, 46, of being a puppet of her elder brother, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra." 

Reality: Indeed protesters accuse Yingluck Shianwatra of being a puppet of her elder brother, Thaksin Shinawatra. This is because Thaksin Shinawatra and the ruling party of which Yingluck is the puppet of, have openly and repeatedly admitted this. 

While Thailand is technically under the premiership of Thaksin's sister, Yingluck Shinawatra, by his party's own admission, Thaksin is still literally running the country. The election campaign slogan for the last general election in 2011 was literally, "Thaksin Thinks, Puea Thai Does," Puea Thai being his political party. Forbes would report in their article, "Thaksin in Exile: Advising Sister, Digging for Gold," that: 
Regarding his behind-the-scenes role in the party and policy, he is not shy: “I am the one who thinks. Like our slogan during the campaign, Thaksin thinks, Pheu Thai acts.”
The New York Times admitted in an early 2013 article titled, "In Thailand, Power Comes With Help From Skype," that: 
For the past year and a half, by the party’s own admission, the most important political decisions in this country of 65 million people have been made from abroad, by a former prime minister who has been in self-imposed exile since 2008 to escape corruption charges. 
The country’s most famous fugitive,Thaksin Shinawatra, circles the globe in his private jet, chatting with ministers over his dozen cellphones, texting over various social media platforms and reading government documents e-mailed to him from civil servants, party officials say.
The NYT piece would also report:  
“He’s the one who formulates the Pheu Thai policies,” said Noppadon Pattama, a senior official in Mr. Thaksin’s party who also serves as his personal lawyer. “Almost all the policies put forward during the last election came from him.” 

ImageThe New York Times openly admits that Thailand is currently run by unelected convicted criminal/fugitive Thaksin Shinawatra. Clearly any proxy government or elections in which it participates in are illegitimate by both Thai and international standards. Thaksin's foreign ties are what have afforded him impunity regarding an otherwise cartoonish, 3rd world dictatorship. 
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A Tale of Two Protests: Ukraine and Thailand - Part III


Image: The US backs mobs in Kiev, Ukraine attacking police with clubs, sticks, and baseball bats - while it calls protesters in Bangkok, Thailand "anti-democratic militants" even as the US-backed regime there carries out nightly, and now daily terror attacks against them. 
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January 20, 2014 (ATN) - When last looking at these two protests, one in Eastern Europe's Ukraine, and another in Southeast Asia's Thailand, it was concluded that:
It is more than mere fascist ideology that attracts the West to Svoboda in Ukraine and the regime of Thaksin Shinawatra in Thailand - it is each group's willingness to make vast economic, social, and political concessions to the corporate-financier interests of the West in exchange for political power built upon foreign-funding, favorable news coverage in the Western press, and "appearances" by figures like John McCain to lend them legitimacy and drive they themselves lack. The forces opposed to them may not be perfect, but by comparison, and for the sake of both Ukraine and Thailand's future and the many otherwise unprotected minorities that reside there, they are the best alternatives.
Since then, in Ukraine, protests have stalled with a violent clash this week the result of what the Western media is calling "frustration." Ukrainian police once again responded with restraint. 



Image: "Occupy Bangkok" began a week ago on January 13, 2014, when hundreds of thousands of protesters assembled at over 7 major rallying sites across the city which have been permanently occupied ever since. Throughout the week the regime has used terrorism in an attempt to discourage participation and as a pretext to enact "emergency law." 

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In Thailand, the US-backed, unelected dictator Thaksin Shinawatra and his nepotist-appointed proxy regime have turned to a campaign of terror to fend off growing dissent in the streets of Bangkok. Protesters began their "Occupy Bangkok" campaign exactly one week ago, Monday January 13, 2014 - and have been attacked daily/nightly by gunfire and grenades. There have been scores of injuries and one death.


Just one day before the first deadly grenade attack, the regime's "red shirt" enforcers announced they were stockpiling weapons in Bangkok and preparing for terror campaigns aimed at protesters - shedding any possible doubt as to who is behind the terror campaign. Additionally, the regime is seeking to impose emergency law across the city, using its own terror campaign as a pretext. Emergency law would make ongoing protests, and any gathering for that matter, illegal and open the door to more overt and extreme measures.


Image:  US Senator John McCain reaches new depths in an already truly disgraceful career - associating with literal Nazis to support them in their goal of guiding Ukraine, its wealth, and its people into the arms of Wall Street and London. McCain's support for sedition worldwide for similar purposes has seen him visit other nations such as Egypt in his capacity as chairman of the IRI. While the US openly backs Ukrainian mobs, it simultaneously condemns Thai protesters opposing dictator Thaksin Shianwatra and his proxy regime. The common denominators behind this hypocrisy are Western financial and geopolitical interests.  
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Surely one might expect the West to have changed its stances on both protests - condemning ongoing Ukrainian demonstrations that have lost focus, are clashing with police out of "frustration," and have been exposed as racists, bigots, and literal Neo-Nazis - while condemning the regime in Thailand for openly using terrorism against peaceful protesters.

However, the West has instead only further hardened its stance on both. It still adamantly backs pro-EU protesters in Kiev, while it has increasingly and more openly condemned ongoing protests in Thailand and lending support instead to the embattled regime. The Washington Post's editorial board serves as a telling barometer regarding both protests and the West's stance on both.