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Posted on Jul 3, 2011
Associated Press / Sakchai Lalit

Yingluck Shinawatra is expected to become Thailand’s first female prime minister after her opposition party won an outright majority in parliamentary elections Sunday. Shinawatra is the sister of Thaksin Shinawatra, himself prime minister until 2006 when a military coup forced him into exile.

Since that time, Thailand has experienced some upheaval with violent protests and government crackdowns leaving dozens dead and threatening the nation’s status as a tourist mecca.

So far there’s little sign that Yingluck Shinawatra will be blocked from taking power. Outgoing Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has conceded and the BBC reports that a top military leader has promised not to meddle.

Some reports suggest that Thaksin is the real power behind his sister, although the former prime minister doesn’t yet have plans to return to Thailand, where he faces corruption charges.  —PZS

BBC:

Mr Thaksin, whose government was toppled in a military coup in 2006, said the military should also “be listening to what the people think”.

Asked whether he would now be returning to Thailand, the former prime minister said he was in “no hurry”.

“I want to see reconciliation really happen,” he said. “I want to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.”

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By Gulam, July 5, 2011 at 4:36 am Link to this comment

The decision that doubled energy consumption
and fatally distorted the American economy,
sending pollution soaring, was dumping the family
sturcture and putting American women into
the work force. Liberal Americans will not discuss
something so dear to their Enlightenment faith, but
this is just raw numbers. Twice as many cars, plus
fast food, child care, and vastly expanded medical and retirement facilities to
take over care that was once done in the home, and presto you have a bloated
economy, that does nothing but service its own needs and that nobody can
control, going through precious, limited oil reserves like a Freshman at a party
with free beer. All the best jobs in this temporary boom went to the wives of
men already high on the feeding chain, so they had money enough to do silly,
extravagant things. Inequality grew rapidly, racial disparity soared. Now
America has to make more weapons than the rest of the world put together in
order to take by force the resources necessary to keep the monster balloon
economy in the air a few more months.

That particular social and economic blunder is one that every ancient
Civilization knew was a mistake, because the family is just so amazingly
efficient an institution that no other social system can compete with it for long.
A woman in the home was a central element in the Confucian order in China,
and she will return there, after only a brief but tragic with the interlude with the
secular Jewish faith of Communism. As soon as they need to drastically cut job
demand the can simply return to tradition, just as will happen in a post crash
America run by a fundamentalist Christian military. A statue of Confucius was
quietly raised in Beijing recently; it was soon quietly taken down, because this
too directly contradicts the official religion, but this is only for a time.

Americans, who believed in traditional religious patriarchy until very recently,
had the feminism poison pill from Enlightenment religious dogma shoved down
their throats by those claiming to be secular, but who are in fact ardent
worshippers of Mamon. Industry was solidly behind this doubling
of the work force, and academia and the Church were willing acolytes, but these
utopian, Platonic social re-designs never last for long. Yingluck Shinawatra and
Hillary are not the cutting edge of a whole new world of women soldiers, but
part of the last fling of an economy and a political order run by barbarians from
far beyond the civilized world who, like the Mongols, really did not have a clue
how to build a durable civilization, despite their war machines.

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By THX 1133 is not in the movie..., July 4, 2011 at 7:32 pm Link to this comment

By mr. lee, July 3 at 10:41 pm Link to this comment
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Oh, we Americans (most of us) have no idea how the
world works, and it
disappoints me to see truth dig go with articles like
this with little substance and
an extremely stupid “kicks ass!” title.
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Agreed; the title is sophomoric at best and reflects
gross ignorance of Thai politics. Yingluck may be
many things, but to use the word “girl” instead of
woman is curious to say the least.

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By THX 1133 is not in the movie..., July 4, 2011 at 7:27 pm Link to this comment

For the moment the Thai people have one thing going
for them; their government is afraid of them.
Yingluck (or her brother) is making some smart moves;
she’s forming a coalition with some of the smaller
factions. The smart part is that she doesn’t have to
do this, because she has a clear majority, but it
gets her power and votes.
As a long term expat in Thailand I don’t get involved
with their politics; a very stupid thing (getting
involved) for non-Thais to do here.
I do have my opinions and some of the other comments
here are pretty close to what I see, but without the
anger, which I don’t get. Cheers.

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By aksjsp, July 4, 2011 at 3:46 pm Link to this comment
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To Alphadork, and redteddy,

You guys just don’t get the messages right? It seems, to you guys, this is always about the money. Thaksin, and money. Oh The north and the north east, they’re so poor so greedy so uneducated. so blind for not seeing what you see. why couldn’t they behave just like the south?

Have you ever wonder? you dissolved Thaksin party twice, and also banned hundreds of his generals, but still they ‘ve won just about every single one of Thailand election. Why?

Maybe it’s not money that is working here. Maybe It’s because Bangkokians elites - yellow shirts and democrats - are so much heartless and so much arrogance. For your people, Bangkok is Thailand and not the other way around.

I’ll tell you what. Buying votes or not, the poor will keep electing Thaksin army back in, just for slapping your face, until the day you learn how to give them respect they deserve, and treat them like your fellow citizens, not some aliens with bad smells at some construction sites. They ‘re screaming at your face, but,  too bad, yours is just too thick to feel a thing.

Long live the poor!
and Long live democracy!

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By Alphadork, July 4, 2011 at 2:07 pm Link to this comment

To call the election of a Shinawatra a success for progressives in Thailand reflects a
complete and utter ignorance of Thai politics.  The US politician most comparable to
Thaksin is Dick Cheney.  Thaksin is a thief, a murderer, and a venal self-serving
billionaire.  From “exile” in Dubai, he just purchased the PM job for his close relative. 
So, uneducated rural poor Thais just elected the equivalent of Dick Cheney’s little sister
to lead their nation.  Not that the Bangkok power elite and Abhisit’s Democrats are
anything to write home about either…

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By mr. lee, July 3, 2011 at 10:41 pm Link to this comment
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Oh, we Americans (most of us) have no idea how the world works, and it
disappoints me to see truth dig go with articles like this with little substance and
an extremely stupid “kicks ass!” title. Thaksin is a meglomaniac billionaire, typical
of the assholes that are trying to run their businesses from the seat of a corrupt
government. Why do we always get this McReporting?  PZS -  have you tried the
Huffington Post?

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By michael Green, July 3, 2011 at 6:27 pm Link to this comment
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We (#iGo2Group) did some work predicting the election outcome through Twitter - provides an interesting read and adds value to your comments: http://igo2group.com.au/blog/banned-thailand-twitter-election/

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By THX 1133 is not in the movie..., July 3, 2011 at 5:01 pm Link to this comment

diamond, July 3 at 2:30 pm Link to this comment
Definitely a message to the Thai military in this vote
to keep their filthy mitts off Thai democracy now and
in the future.
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Well, that might be true if Thailand were a democracy,
which it’s not. Just calling it one doesn’t make it
so…
The title of this article/thread is ludicrous…

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By TCMSOLS, July 3, 2011 at 4:30 pm Link to this comment
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And it is shitluck for you Abhisit, I am going to put you in jail my man, you ordered the death of unarmed civilians.

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By redteddy, July 3, 2011 at 3:34 pm Link to this comment

She didn’t ‘kick ass’.  The vote is directed towards her brother Thaskin who was
ousted.  She has no political experience whatsoever.  Thaskin was a corrupt
billionaire and would have monopolized absolutely everything while running
populist programs that were indeed popular.  I find Thaskin’s grab for power even
through his sister to be disturbing.  As usual poor uneducated people are being
manipulated by the very rich.  They will again be disappointed.

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By diamond, July 3, 2011 at 2:30 pm Link to this comment

Definitely a message to the Thai military in this vote to keep their filthy mitts off Thai democracy now and in the future.

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