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Bomb Blasts Across Thailand

 
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Shakey



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2016 3:28 pm    Post subject: Bomb Blasts Across Thailand Reply with quote

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37046943

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A series of bomb blasts across Thailand has targeted tourist towns, killing four people and injuring dozens.

Four bombs exploded in the resort town of Hua Hin, while several blasts hit the island of Phuket, a top tourist destination, all within a 24-hour period on Thursday and Friday.

No group has said it carried out the attacks, but suspicion is likely to fall on separatist insurgents.

The timing is sensitive, as Friday is a holiday marking the queen's birthday.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2016 1:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

More information regarding the bombings:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/11/one-dead-and-ten-injured-after-bombs-hit-thailand-resort-town-of/
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sigmoid



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2016 3:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No surprise here. As I have stated many times, the situation in Thailand will continue to get worse, not better nor even stay the same.

If you still don't get it, here's something from the Guardian:


The military is in control – but for how long?


https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/aug/12/the-guardian-view-on-thailand-the-military-is-in-control-but-for-how-long
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Shakey



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2016 6:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sigmoid wrote:
Thailand will continue to get worse, not better nor even stay the same.


Factions will vie for power. And old scores will be settled by those who do eventually gain control.

It could get bloody.
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AbeCross



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2016 4:29 pm    Post subject: Army rule Reply with quote

The political situation remains very uncertain, but the Thai Army is not going to allow a civil war and no force in Thailand is capable of challenging them. It is hard to see a political resolution, but widespread violence seems very unlikely.
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danshengou



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2016 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doesn't this sort of army control happen fairly often there? I seem to recall hearing about a military coup or something just a couple years back.
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sigmoid



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2016 5:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Doesn't this sort of army control happen fairly often there? I seem to recall hearing about a military coup or something just a couple years back.


The current military government has been running the show since the coup you heard about in May 2014.

The Kingdom of Siam was an absolute monarchy for centuries until 1932, when it became a constitutional monarchy known as Thailand under strict military rule for about 50 years. Civilian rule with elections and whatnot were introduced in the 80's, but due to corruption, ineptitude and political conflicts, the military have stepped in several times since then.

At this point in time, it is expected that they will maintain control for the foreseeable future.

Here's the link again in case you missed it:
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/aug/12/the-guardian-view-on-thailand-the-military-is-in-control-but-for-how-long
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danshengou



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2016 6:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A case of old habits die hard?
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suphanburi



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2016 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

More than a dozen (successful) coups since 1932; 12 in 82 years since the rebellion of 1932.

Most democracies hold elections.
Thailand just has another coup (average of 1 every 6 years of so).

Business as usual.

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