Joseph Thomas

New Year, New Turmoil as US Targets Thailand

EM45312312Washington’s Asia-Pacific strategy has gone from maintaining primacy over the region for decades to increasingly desperate attempts to salvage its now waning influence. This is in part due to China’s rise as an economic, military and political regional power as well as the increasing…

America’s Awkward “Pivot” t...

256546342The so-called “Pivot to Asia” initiated under the administration of US President Barack Obama as a means of reinvigorating US influence across Asia Pacific vis-à-vis China has resulted in a backlash against tired US policies predicated on “democracy…

Flaunting British Neo-Imperialism in Asia-Pac...

U54635623For over a century, the British Empire exerted control over Asia-Pacific, outright colonising India, Burma, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia while influencing and encroaching upon greater China, Siam and beyond. It exploited the people and natural resources of…

EU “Restoring” Ties with Thailand...

E06745634A mid-December announcement by the European Union was made stating that the EU had agreed to restore ties with the Southeast Asian Kingdom of Thailand “at all levels” after suspending them in 2014 in the wake of a military coup which ousted…

What Southeast Asian Muslims’ Response ...

45234234234US President Donald Trump’s announcement to move the US embassy in Israel from the city of Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has ignited protests, tensions and fears of future conflict across the Middle East…

Thailand: US Creating “Space” For...

TA3423111In late November, the US, Canadian and British embassies along with several other European partners as well as the US National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and Amnesty International, organised what they called the “Isaan Human…

ISIS Helps US Keep Military’s Foot in P...

P65456456Current US ambassador to the Philippines, Sung Kim, recently congratulated the Philippines’ armed forces and the US military for their successful completion of KAMANDAG, a joint military exercise held for the first time this…

Western Journalists Use Bangkok For Regional ...

744пThe so-called Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT) is located in downtown Bangkok and includes the regional offices of many of the United States’ and Europe’s largest media organizations. It also includes a large, swank…

How Modern Empire Uses “Awards” t...

435123123123Nineteenth century French military and political leader Napoléon Bonaparte once said, “a soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of coloured ribbon,” recognising a fundamental aspect of human nature he readily exploited to…

Chevening “Scholarships” and Mode...

080676554In 1983 the British government created Chevening as an international award scheme aimed at developing what it calls “global leaders.” It is funded and directed by the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and includes…

Exporting “Information” Arms

5632412312Nations like Russia and China make billions of dollars a year in the arms industry. Their arming of other nations with the latest in defence technology is not only a means of supporting their respective economies, it also fits into a diplomatic and…

China and Thailand: Tank Tracks and Train Tra...

tr6632While Thailand undergoes a sensitive transition with the October funeral for its head of state, the widely respected and revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the Southeast Asia constitutional monarchy, home to 70 million and one of the strongest regional economies, continues…


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