China's Growing Ties with Laos

Laos is transforming from a landlocked, battered pawn of the West into a central hub for China's economic rise. 

October 29, 2020 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - The landlocked Southeast Asian nation of Laos, officially the Lao People's Democratic Republic and home to a little over 7 million people, has over the past decade built important ties with neighbouring China particularly in the fields of tourism, trade, investment and infrastructure. 

For a nation that has suffered tremendously amid and in the aftermath of the US war on Vietnam, its growing ties with China and its accelerated development finally offer a light at the end of a long, dark tunnel. 

Infrastructure Drives Economic Growth 

Over a decade ago, those traveling through Laos would find winding roads twisting through the nation's mountainous terrain. A trip from Kunming, China to Laos' capital of Vientiane took 3 days. But while traveling through these winding roads, one would notice Chinese construction crews working on modern highways. 

Today these highways have cut a trip by road from Kunming to Vientiane to just one day. This has driven economic growth inside Laos including a huge influx of tourism and trade, both of which have more than doubled over the last ten years. 

Now, China is near completion of a high-speed rail line through Loas, a nation that previously lacked any rail network to speak of.

Connecting to Laos' growing transportation networks along its southern borders is an already well developed network of roads and traditional rail in Thailand, along with an already-under-construction high-speed rail network that will link the three countries (China, Laos and Thailand) together, boosting trade and tourism for all three. 

Thai Protesters Host US-Funded Uyghur Separatists

Anti-government agitator Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal hosts US government-funded "Uyghur Human Rights Project" in bid to help further integrate Thai opposition into Washington's wider war on China. 

  • US has funded Uyghur separatism in Xinjiang for years through the US NED
  • UHRP is funded by the US NED, the same US government front funding Thai anti-government protests
  • UHRP refers to Xinjiang as "East Turkistan," openly admitting its support for separatism in Xinjiang
  • China has faced extreme terrorism in Xinjiang for years with even the Western media previously admitting the frequent, deadly attacks carried out by Uyghur separatists 
  • The US has promoted separatism in Xinjiang and now wages a propaganda war against China depicting Beijing's efforts to stop it as "human rights abuses" 
  • Thailand's current government has refused to join Washington's anti-China campaign leading the US to fund anti-government protesters in hopes of replacing it with one that will 

October 30, 2020 (Brian Berletic - LD) - Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal - president of the "Political Science Student Union of Chulalongkorn University" (PSCU) - announced today he would be hosting Louisa Coan Greve of the Washington DC-based Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) - a US government-funded front promoting separatism in China's Xinjiang region and waging a propaganda war aimed at depicting China's anti-terror operations in the region as "human rights abuses."

Netiwit in his Twitter post would claim: 

Today our pol sci student union will hold a talk by @LouisaCGreve about Uyghurs in China and How we can help them

The UHRP openly refers to the Chinese region of Xinjiang as "East Turkistan," the term used by violent separatists for territorial entity they seek to transform Xinjiang into. 

The US National Endowment for Democracy (NED) - which also refers to Xinjiang as "East Turkestan" on its official website - lists UHRP as a recipient of US government funding. 

Louisa Greve is currently UHRP's "Director of Global Advocacy" and according to UHRP's own official website, was "Vice President for Programs and East Asia Director at the National Endowment for Democracy" - the same US government funding arm currently behind virtually every aspect of Thailand's ongoing anti-government protests. 

READ MORE: The Complete Guide: US Government Role in Thailand's "Student Protests"

It was Uyghur terrorists pursing separatism in Xinjiang who bombed downtown Bangkok in 2015, killing 20 and injuring over 100 more. The attack followed Thailand's refusal to heed US demands that Uyghur terror suspects to be extradited back to China be allowed to continue traveling onward to Turkey where they were to join terrorists waging war against the government in neighboring Damascus. 

More recently, the Uyghur separatist flag was spotted at US-funded anti-government protests literally at the same intersection bombed by Uyghur terrorists in 2015. 

Thailand: "Peaceful" Protest Leader Makes Death Threat to Critics

Thailand's ongoing US-funded anti-government protests are portrayed by the Western media as "peaceful" but only because of concerted efforts by the Western media to cover up an obviously violent and hypocritical culture among protesters. 

Thai Summary (English version below): ผู้นำการประท้วงแบบ "สันติ" ขู่ฆ่า คุกคาม Angelo Giuliano และ Tom Fowdy ผู้วิพากษ์วิจารณ์กลุ่ม 
"บุญเกื้อหนุน เป้าทอง" หรือ "ฟราซิส" นักกิจกรรมการเมือง ผู้ที่รับการยกย่องว่าเป็นวีรบุรุษของผู้ชุมนุมหลังได้ประกันตัวจากข้อหาประทุษร้ายต่อเสรีภาพของพระราชินี ซึ่งการกระทำนั้นเขาอ้างว่าไม่ได้ทำอะไรผิด และตกเป็นเหยื่อของสถานการณ์ 

October 29, 2020 (Brian Berletic - LD) - Prominent anti-government leader Francis J. Bunkueanun P. - who recently made headlines by leading protests who attempted to block the Thai Queen and her son's car - has now made death threats against two prominent geopolitical analysts who have worked to expose US government funding behind ongoing unrest in Thailand. 

Francis' tweet claimed: 

These motherfuckers are on my kill-list.

Below his death threats were pictures of Angelo Giuliano and Tom Fowdy who have been active in exposing US government funding behind unrest in Hong Kong, China and now Thailand. 

READ MORE: The Complete Guide: US Government Role in Thailand's "Student Protests"

Francis has been hailed as a heroic figure amid US-funded agitation in Thailand. After blocking the Thai Queen's car and being detained by police - the Western media and Western-funded fronts posing as human rights advocates rushed to his defense claiming he did nothing wrong and was a victim of circumstances. 

With his recent death threat made publicly and blatantly in violation of not only Thailand's laws, but laws internationally, his character and mentality is now fully exposed. 

A similar story could be told of many of Thailand's so-called "pro-democracy" movement - agitators whose true character and crimes are actively covered up by the Western media and US-funded NGOs. 

Who is "Tony Cartalucci?"

Who am I, who have people lied about for years claiming I "was," and why I am revealing my identity now.  

October 29, 2020 (Brian Berletic - LD) - My name is Brian Joseph Thomas Berletic. I am a 38 year old American industrial designer living in Bangkok, Thailand since I left the United States Marine Corps and the US altogether in 2004. 

Since I began writing about politics I have used pen names to conceal my identity for a variety of very common reasons many journalists, commentators, and pundits use pen names for. 

A good breakdown of these reasons can be found on The Economist's website who also publishes their work anonymously. 

Who Am I Really? 

I joined the US Marine Corps at the age of 17 just days after graduating high school.

As a United States Marine, I worked as an Electro-Optical Ordnance Repairman, a highly technical speciality that involved work on armored vehicle fire control systems, thermal and passive night optics, the TOW and Javelin anti-tank missile systems, and virtually any other ground-based weapon system that utilized either electronics or optics. 

I spent most of my time in Japan working in armories which required security clearances. I never deployed to a combat zone. Had I deployed to a combat zone, my speciality would have prevented me from ever being on the battlefield because of the critical and specialized nature of my work.

While I had initially supported the US invasion of Afghanistan it was about the time the US began preparing for war with Iraq that I began waking up to the reality of US foreign policy. 

I left the US Marines and the US itself to live in Thailand - a nation I had visited in the military as part of the annual Cobra Gold training exercises. 

Thailand's unique culture, history, and specifically Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej (King Rama 9) who spent his life promoting self-sufficiency, technical knowledge, and practical solutions inspired me to do something practical with my own life - leading me to study and work as an industrial designer. So in this way, Thailand's King Rama 9 changed my life and gave me purpose - not only in ways that I could provide for myself and my family, but in ways that were fulfilling. 

I have used my skills not only to make a living for my family and I here in Thailand, but also to help the community around me including a project aiding local hospitals and medical staff in the design and local manufacturing of healthcare solutions utilizing 3D design and 3D printing.  

But in my "other life" since about 2009 I have also been involved in geopolitical analysis writing under the pen name "Tony Cartalucci" along with several others. I operate several blogs including and The need for multiple accounts arises from obvious and continued attempts to censor my work. For example, AlThaiNews links are blocked by Twitter

I also proudly contribute to New Eastern Outlook, a Russian-based journal focused on Eurasia. While critics claim that working for Russian media is somehow "wrong" - it was outfits like CNN, Fox, and the BBC who lied the Western public into the wars in Iraq, Libya, and Syria while Russian media opposed them all - raising facts at the time the Western media hid - facts that are now admitted even by the Western media itself. 

My primary expertise is exposing US interference and military aggression around the globe and my main motivation was opposing US aggression like in Iraq from victimizing another country - including my adopted home - Thailand. 

I used a pen name primarily to protect my family from the attacks I regularly come under from not only ordinary people who support US interference and war around the globe, but also the Western corporate media itself.

Why I am Giving Up my Anonymity 

Being anonymous at this point is more of an obstacle than an asset. Twitter and Facebook not only deleted accounts created under my pen names, erasing years of work and thousands of followers, but also erased my real accounts I used to promote my community work in real life. This means that my real identity is already known. By coming out now, I am actually providing more protection for myself and my family than by staying semi-anonymous. 

Also since  around 2014 ex-senior Reuters correspondent Andrew MacGregor Marshall began claiming I was Michael Pirsch - an elderly American expat who at that time wrote 2-3 articles under his real name and heavily relied on my work as a source. There was never any evidence, yet this lie took deep root among MacGregor's followers and even across the Western corporate media - at great cost to Michael Pirsch himself. 

Everyone from the BBC, AP, AFP, and Reuters to smaller pro-Western organizations like Asian Sentinel to local opposition media here in Thailand repeated this lie. People like Andrew MacGregor Marshall and James Buchanan are regularly invited on by Western corporate media outfits like the BBC and Al Jazeera as "experts" and will likely continue to be invited on despite having zero credibility and being exposed once again as liars.

Now, I will be able to openly speak up about US interference and military aggression publicly, and in ways that cannot and will not be censored. It will allow me to give interviews to media networks around the globe and create content with an impact that mere articles cannot have - while reaching much wider audiences. 

I have admired the courage of others who have come forward and fought their fights publicly and for the benefit of the truth, peace, and stability. I want to join this fight more directly and in a way that is more impactful. 

For my critics who will undoubtedly continue their attacks and invent new lies about me - I have only this to say - if you lied for years claiming I was "Michael Pirsch" with absolutely no evidence at all - who at this point is foolish enough to believe anything else you have to say about anything, ever again? 

America's "Quad Alliance" is a Dead End

While the "Milk Tea Alliance" focuses on united US-funded opposition groups against China, the Quad represents regional governments strong-armed into advancing Washington's anti-China agenda. 

October 28, 2020 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue or "Quad" as it's been referred to is a US-led bloc created in 2007 consisting of the US itself, Australia and supposedly Japan and India. 

The bloc, whatever its stated purpose is for being, is clearly an anti-Chinese project created by and for the US and at the absolute expense of the other 3 members. 

The fact that it has been "revived" by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after its creation during the administration of former US President Barack Obama helps illustrate the continuous nature of US foreign policy despite who occupies the White House and that unelected interests rather than America's elected representatives drive (and will continue to drive) this anti-Chinese policy regardless of who wins America's elections in November. 

The Western media has attempted to claim China's growing "assertive" nature is at the root of recent, deteriorating relations between it and the Quad, but the truth is blatantly clear to see. In each case, from Australia to India to Japan, it is the US creating and exploiting crisis after crisis to poison any potential form of cooperation with China amid its own self-inflicted trade war with China.