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btsmrtfan



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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 12:15 pm    Post subject: Political Situation? Reply with quote

For those of you currently in Bangkok, what is the latest regarding the political situation? Should we assume the demonstrations and counter demonstrations will continue for some time to come along with a general very unstable political situation? Alternatively, there is light at the end of the tunnel and things will be a lot better in the near future?

Just asking. Thanks. Wink
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suphanburi



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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 12:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Political Situation? Reply with quote

btsmrtfan wrote:
For those of you currently in Bangkok, what is the latest regarding the political situation? Should we assume the demonstrations and counter demonstrations will continue for some time to come along with a general very unstable political situation? Alternatively, there is light at the end of the tunnel and things will be a lot better in the near future?

Just asking. Thanks. Wink


The current political issues have been going on for the better part of a decade. Nothing is likely to change in the near future.

Insofar as the "civil war due to erupt next week" (if you believe CNN)... In Bangkok it is business as usual once you leave the protest venues.

Even at the protest venues... it looks more like a street fair/market than a protest.

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EFL Educator



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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To The OP,

I wouldn't worry about politics here as an ESL teacher.... Good news is that there will always be a need for qualified ESL teachers regardless of the political situation. Good luck! Smile
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plumpy nut



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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 3:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The good thing is that the Hotel prices should be dropping to attract visitors. The Thai Baht exchange rate is on the rise too. I wouldn't expect pay rates to rise, look at the pay in Yemen.
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plumpy nut



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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2014 5:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you're in Bangkok obviously you don't loiter around the outside of the shopping malls or government buildings. Other than that I wouldn't worry, especially about a civil war. It's not going to happen.
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sigmoid



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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2014 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

While I agree with the general consensus that your own personal security and safety will probably not be significantly affected, I would certainly question the wisdom (or lack thereof) of touching down in huge mismanaged metropolis in a "developing" country that is technically in a recession in order to try to sort through an infinity of less-than-desirable teaching jobs, something that is fairly dodgy in the best of times.

If you just plan to visit for a holiday, well, that would make a bit more sense.

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Good news is that there will always be a need for qualified ESL teachers regardless of the political situation. Good luck! Smile


Yes, but the bad news is that there are numerous reasons for this constant lack of teachers.

Although it is difficult to predict the future in a place like Thailand since events occur and decisions are made without the benefit of logic in many cases, I would bet on "worse" rather than "better", both short and long term.
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EFL Educator



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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2014 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello there,

Actually the political situation in the LOS has nothing to do with teaching English there at all.....it is simply a live drama in progress...or regress as some would say. An interesting power play filled with a live cast of characters! English teachiing on the other hand in the LOS provides us with a good form of edutainment....that is of course...educational entertainment. Enjoy! Smile
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bansheebeat



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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 6:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's totally fine.
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EFL Educator



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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smile
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sigmoid



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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 4:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, it's really looking "peachy keen" there...

Thai Stocks Drop With Currency After Army Declares Martial Law
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-20/baht-drops-most-in-two-months-as-thai-army-declares-martial-law.html

Thai economy ‘heading for collapse’ after ousting of PM
http://www.irishtimes.com/business/economy/thai-economy-heading-for-collapse-after-ousting-of-pm-1.1801261

Crisis-hit Thai economy shrinks 0.6% in Q1
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/international/crisis-hit-thai-economy/1111846.html
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plumpy nut



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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 5:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Baht - dollar exchange rate hasn't been affected much yet. I guess we shall see. I don't think it will be. If anything martial law will let the economy move on without being bothered.
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EFL Educator



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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 6:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Teaching English under the current Political situation = No News! Smile
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suphanburi



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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 6:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nothing to see here. Thai politics as usual.

Reds win election.
Yellows angry - stage protests to oust government.
Army steps in.
Elections held - democracy restored.
Reds win election.
Yellows angry - stage protests to oust government.
Army steps in.

Rinse and repeat.

And the culture course is going on as planned - 08:00 Friday, Sat, Sun at NIDTEP. (National Institute for Educational Development of Teachers and Educational Personnel).

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btsmrtfan



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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 7:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

suphanburi wrote:
Nothing to see here. Thai politics as usual.

Reds win election.
Yellows angry - stage protests to oust government.
Army steps in.
Elections held - democracy restored.
Reds win election.
Yellows angry - stage protests to oust government.
Army steps in.

Rinse and repeat.

And the culture course is going on as planned - 08:00 Friday, Sat, Sun at NIDTEP. (National Institute for Educational Development of Teachers and Educational Personnel).

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So the army stepping in is politics as usual in Thailand?
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suphanburi



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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

btsmrtfan wrote:
suphanburi wrote:
Nothing to see here. Thai politics as usual.

Reds win election.
Yellows angry - stage protests to oust government.
Army steps in.
Elections held - democracy restored.
Reds win election.
Yellows angry - stage protests to oust government.
Army steps in.

Rinse and repeat.

And the culture course is going on as planned - 08:00 Friday, Sat, Sun at NIDTEP. (National Institute for Educational Development of Teachers and Educational Personnel).

.


So the army stepping in is politics as usual in Thailand?


Yup... politics as usual.

18 tries (11 successful) in 82 years... Just about the same frequency as the US holds elections (on average, every 4.5 years or so). The last one was 2006 so they were overdue.

Since 1932, Thailand has endured an astonishing 11 successful military coups, as well as seven attempted coups.
(washington post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/12/03/thailand-has-had-more-coups-than-any-other-country-this-is-why/ )


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