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Thai Military Seizes Power

Posted by feww on May 22, 2014

Thai military declares curfew after coup d’etat

With blessings of the US-born, multi-billionaire king, Thailand’s military junta seized power earlier today, declaring a curfew across the country.

The army  imposed martial law suspending the constitution on Tuesday, amid continued political turmoil.

“In order for the situation to return to normal quickly and for society to love and be at peace again, and to reform the political, economic and social structure, the military needs to take control of power,” said army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha in a televised address.

The army has ordered TV and radio stations to broadcast military-approved  material.

“All radio and television stations, satellite and cable, must stop normal programming and broadcast army content until told otherwise,” said an army spokesman  in a televised statement.

Chronology of Events in Thailand

  • Sept 2006. Army overthrows the PM Thaksin Shinawatra and rewrites the Thai constitution, under direct instruction from King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
  • Dec 2007. Pro-Thaksin People Power Party wins majority vote in the election.
  • Aug 2008. Thaksin Shinawatra flees Thailand before end of a “corruption trial.”
  • Dec 2008. Constitutional Court bans the majority People Power Party, as mass protests paralyze the capital Bangkok; the monarchists assign Abishit Vejjajiva to power.
  • Mar-May 2010. Up to a million pro-Thaksin protesters occupy key locations in Bangkok in a 10-week sit-in; army clears the streets, killing at least 100 protesters.
  • Jul 2011. Yingluck Shinawatra leads Pheu Thai party to general election win.
  • Nov 2013. Anti-government protesters begin street protest.
  • May 7, 2014. A Thai court finds Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra guilty of abuse of power, removing her from office along with nine members of her Cabinet. A new acting premier is appointed.

Thailand’s military juntas since 1932

A total of about 20 successful or attempted coups have occurred in Thailand since the country became a constitutional monarchy in 1932.

  • [1932–1973 ] The dictator Luang Phibunsongkhram allied the country with Japan during the Second World War. A succession of military dictatorships followed.
  • [1976–1980] – Military Dictatorship followed the Thammasat University Massacre, on 6 October 1976.
  • [1991–1992] – “The National Peace Keeping Council,” a Thai military junta, overthrew the civilian elected government in 1991.
  • [2006–2008 ] – “The Council for National Security” was yet another military junta that governed Thailand for two years after staging a coup d’état against Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
  • [2014-present] – Military junta led by Thailand’s army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha seized power in a coup d’etat on Thursday, May 22, 2014.

Poverty and Wealth

  • Up to 20 percent of population in Thailand have no sustainable access to clean water. [Thailand’s population is about 70 million according to  FIRE-EARTH Population Models.]
  • At least a quarter of the children under the age of five are malnourished.
  • A third of the people live in abject poverty (below $2 per day income).
  •  King Bhumibol, 86, monarch for 68 years, is the world’s richest royal. His fortune was estimated at 35 billion dollars in 2007, Forbes reported.

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Typhoon WASHI: 1,650 dead or missing

Posted by feww on December 18, 2011

Death toll from typhoon WASHI tops 650, about 1,000 missing

At least 650 bodies have been recovered following the floods caused by typhoon WASHI, mostly women and children, and up to 1,000  others are reported as missing.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – December 18

[December 18, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,550 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Mindanao, Philippines. Typhoon WASHI [locally known as ‘Sendong’] dumped more than a month of average rains on Mindanao island in southern Philippines according to local weather office.
    • A total of more than 1,650 people have lost their lives or reported as missing after flooding and landslides triggered by the typhoon [locally known as ‘Sendong’] buffeted southern Philippines.
    • Some 652 people were killed in eight provinces in the southern Mindanao region, said the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC).
    • “This thing happened so fast. It’s overwhelming. We didn’t expect these many dead,” a senior official said.
    • “We need body bags and lime to deal with too many cadavers,” said General Roland Amarille, head of an army task force in Iligan.
    • “Local mortuaries are no longer accepting cadavers and they are even asking people to bury the dead at once because there are too many bodies even in hallways.”
    • “About 70 percent of the houses on the island were washed into the sea,” Amarille said.
    • The authorities have declared states of calamity in Iligan City,  Dumaguete City and the municipality of Valencia, both located in Negros Oriental province.
    • At 4:00am local time, December 18, 2011, TS WASHI [‘SENDONG’] made another landfall near Puerta Princesa City and is now heading towards the West Philippines Sea, NDRRMC reported.
    • In its latest update, the NDRRMC also reported the storm had so far affected 19,759 families [or 108,130 people] in 140 districts in 17  municipalities and eight cities in 11 provinces.

Other Global Disasters

  • East Java, Indonesia. At least 220 people were missing [possibly as many as 600 are feared dead,] after an overcrowded boat packed with political and economic refugees heading for Australia sank off the coast of east Java in Indonesia, officials said.
    • Between 30 and 75 people have been rescued, according to different reports.
  • Cairo, Egypt.  At least a dozen demonstrators have been killed and about 500 others wounded by the Egyptian army following a third day of clashes in a new round of uprising as the winter of the so called “Arab Spring” deepens.
    • Increasingly, the Egyptians are realizing that what they actually participated in wasn’t a “revolution,” but a coup d’etat, cunningly orchestrated by the military and its paymasters and carried out on the back of a mass uprising.
    • Egypt is Israel’s next-door neighbor. Hell would freeze over before Egyptians are allowed to have a functioning democracy!
  • Russia. Some 53 people are dead or missing after an oil rig overturned in the Sea of Okhotsk in the Russian Far East, the emergency service officials said.

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