Joseph Thomas

Thailand: The Lingering Spectre of US Colour Revolutions

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Thailand's opposition is openly backed by powerful foreign interests, particularly those in Washington. As the opposition attempts to secure power…

Laos: West’s War on Asian Development

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At face value, the Financial Times’ article, “Laos’s Belt and Road project sparks questions over China ambitions,” reads like a politically-motivated attack on infrastructure development in Asia. Because it is. The article’s subheading, “High-speed train line in one of Asia’s poorest countries may benefit Beijing more than locals,” alone contradicts…

US Seeks Thai Opposition for Anti-China Alliance at ASEAN Summit

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Why is the US talking “democracy, human rights and justice” with an opposition who lost recent elections, abuses human rights and works daily to undermine and evade justice? Time was precious at the 35th ASEAN Summit. Leaders from across Southeast Asia converged on Bangkok, Thailand to discuss economics, diplomacy…

Asia Unites Against US Coup Attempt

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The nations of Southeast Asia have united in efforts to prevent a US-backed coup aimed at fellow-Southeast Asian state Cambodia. Through a combination of travel bans and detentions across the region in late October and early November, Southeast Asia may have thwarted attempts by Washington-backed opposition front, the Cambodia National Rescue…

 

Why Thailand is Buying Russian Helicopters

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Beginning in 2011, the Kingdom of Thailand began replacing aging US helicopters not with newer US-built models, but with Russian and Italian systems instead. This includes Russian Mi-17 medium twin-turbine transport helicopters and several AgustaWestland AW149’s and AW139’s (for transporting VIPs). According to a January 2019 article in…

EXPOSED: US Lobbyists Behind Thai “Opposition”

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Documents have surfaced exposing US corporate lobbying behind one of Thailand’s supposed “pro-democracy” opposition parties, Future Forward Party (FFP). Future Forward, headed by union-busting nepotist billionaire Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, was revealed to be aided by US-based corporate lobbying firm, APCO Worldwide…

US Embassy Pressures Thailand Over Monsanto Poison Ban

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Under Thailand’s new government, efforts to ban toxic pesticides and herbicides including those made by US agricultural giant Monsanto were first accelerated, and have now finally succeeded. Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul bluntly stated that “the US was worried only about trade. The Thai government was concerned…

Asian Separatism Fuelled by US-backed Groups

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Thailand’s opposition faces sedition charges after conducting a seminar in Thailand’s troubled deep south where they recommended amending the Thai constitution and paving way for the nation’s territorial division. Thailand’s English language newspaper The Nation in an article titled, “Army’s sedition charges against opposition, academics ‘could…

US Agitators in Asia “United” Over Hong Kong Chaos

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Despite the chaos created across Hong Kong, the vast majority of the region’s inhabitants do not support the growing violence nor do they benefit from it in any way. As is typical in other regions of the world the US is meddling, a lack of local support is often remedied by attempting to create links and synergies between various US meddling in different nations…

Singapore: Hong Kong Protesters’ Demands are Unrealistic

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It is interesting to note where the Southeast Asian city-state of Singapore sits amid the shifting poles of global power between East and West. Once a British colony, the tiny island nation has since served as a barometer indicating the ebb and flow of Western influence over Asia, and now, the ups and downs of China’s emergence…

Myanmar Turns to China’s Huawei Despite US Pressure

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The Southeast Asian state of Myanmar, despite pressure from Washington, has decided to work with Chinese telecom company Huawei to develop its national 5G communication network. The move by Myanmar is just one among many by the entire region to build ties with China despite extensive efforts by the US and some Western European nations to encircle…

Vietnam Begins Reclaiming Info-Space From US Tech Giants

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In yet another sign of waning Western hegemony, the Southeast Asian state of Vietnam has begun the long-overdue process of reclaiming its information space from US tech giants like Facebook, Twitter and Google. Reuters in its article, “Facebook-style app launches in Vietnam amid…


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