• King endorses coup

    September 20, 2006

    According to the Bangkok Post, King Bhumiphol has given his backing the coup leaders, so a pardon for their actions can be expected to follow along with statements asking people to accept and support the new regime – fait accompli. That said it does look like direct military rule is going to be short lived […]

  • Bangkok wakes up to coup

    September 20, 2006

    There’s an interesting profile of General Sonthi on the BBC website this morning. He is the first Thai Muslim ever to hold the post of Commander-in-Chief and so the BBC plays up the divisions between Sonthi and Thaksin over the Patani Muslim insurgency. Thaksin has generally adopted a hardline approach while Sonthi recently called for […]

  • A Bonapartist Manifesto

    September 19, 2006

    As predicted, the ‘Democratic Reform Council’, the military junta now in control of Thailand, is employing a Bonapartist solution to perceived social crisis – citing the divisions in Thai society, the military sees itself as above the grind of politics, which has infused all government agencies, and the squabbling of both sides, identifying themselves with […]

  • Coup underway in Thailand

    September 19, 2006

    Reports are still confused but it would appear that Army commanders have seized an opportunity created by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s absence at the UN General Assembly in New York to launch a coup. Thaksin has declared a state of emergency, but the panicky broadcast from New York was cut off to be replaced with […]

  • Cuba Libre, CIA Loco

    September 9, 2006

    I love Smoking Gun. Have a look at the latest declassified document detailing 16 crazy plans to overthrow Fidel Castro. They include air-dropping plane tickets to Caracas and Mexico City (“NONE TO THE US” – what a surprise! And that seemed the tenor of Condoleezza Rice’s incredibly arrogant and patronising broadcast to the Cuban people […]

  • Saddam hated al Qaeda…

    September 8, 2006

    … according to a US Senate report. Well, who’d have thunk it? What’s that I hear you say? Just about everyone who had read anything about Iraq? And when? Five years ago, you say? But they were completely ignored, and this report is just telling us all what we already knew? Yep, that’s what I […]

  • It's lame ducks all the way down

    September 8, 2006

    It’s been quite a week for British politics. If you weren’t convinced before now that national politics in this country are utterly degraded and pointless, you will surely be now. Tony Blair began by refusing to lay out a timetable for his resignation. Mutterings as usual, stirred by the press who are desperate as usual […]

  • On Conspiracy Theories

    September 2, 2006

    A post by Milan about how we might go about disproving conspiracy theories got me thinking. There is no real way to refute conspiracy theories. In part they are born of a very healthy suspicion of power and authority. In an of themselves, they’re probably not healthy, on the whole, because the explanations they provide […]

 
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