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Thailands problemprins møter Haakon og Mette-Marit: Thailands kongelige er oppdratt til å ofre private interesser til fordel for folket. Kronprins Maha Vajiralongkorns to skilsmisser gjør ham omstridt blant thaiene.

Omstridt. Kronprins Maha Vajiralongkorns skilsmisser faller ikke i landsmennenes smak.

Høy moral. Kronprinsesse Mette-Marit og kronprins Haakon kommer i morgen til Bangkok på et fire dager langt offisielt besøk. Det er nettopp kronprins Vajiralongkorn som møter dem, og er vert store deler av oppholdet.

Anledningen er 100-års jubileet for Thailand og Norges diplomatiske forbindelser i 2005. Kronprinsparet er invitert av kronprins Vajiralongkorns foreldre, kong Buhmibol og dronning Sirikit.

Kong Buhmibol er den monarken i verden som har sitt lengst på tronen. Den 76 år gamle Buhmibol besteg tronen som 19-åring i 1946 etter at hans storebror ble drept. Kongen er høyt elsket og respektert av sitt folk. Gjennom en kombinasjon av ord og handlinger har han en sterkt moralsk kraft og autoritet. Men dette til tross; han og dronning Sirikit strever med utfordringer som også har privat karakter.

Paret har fire barn, tre døtre og en sønn. Kronprins Vajiralongkorn (52) er arving til tronen, og giftet seg første gang i 1976 med prinsesse Soamsavali. Paret fikk en datter, men skilte seg etter få år. Han har også en datter og fire sønner fra et ikke-kongelig ekteskap, som også endte i brudd. Mangelen på "ektefødte" arvinger har ført til at loven i dag åpner for kvinnelige tronarvinger. Kronprinsen er nå gift for tredje gang.

Tabu: Som alle tidligere monarker styrer kong Buhmibol etter 2500 år gamle skrifter fra Buddhas tid. De gamle skriftene vektlegger moralsk integritet og viktigheten av å være villig til å ofre private interesser for folkets del. Thaiene har derfor et langt mer reservert forhold til sin kronprins enn til sin konge. Men man snakker ikke kritisk eller nedsettende om monarkiet i Thailand. Negative kommentarer om kongen eller medlemmer av kongefamilien er et sosialt tabu, men også en kriminell handling.

Kong Buhmibol og dronning Sirikit lever tlbaketrukket. Haakon og Mette-Marit skal i audiens til kongeparet, men utover den, skal ikke kongeparet ledsage vårt kronprinspar under besøket.

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Southeast Asia: US trains, equips Thais against terrorism
By Richard S Ehrlich

BANGKOK - The US Defense Department has trained and equipped police on the tourist playground island of Phuket to prevent "international terrorists" staging a copycat of the October 2002 Bali bombing, a Thai official said.

"The Bali bombing made us aware of the need to prepare ourselves for any situation within our area of control," Phuket's police deputy commissioner, Major-General Phuvadol Krasaein, said after receiving the US equipment. He was referring to the bombing by Indonesian Islamists at Kuta Beach nightclubs that killed 202 people, mostly foreign tourists.

"The equipment is part of a training program granted by the US government to upgrade the Thai police's ability to deal with international terrorists," Phuvadol said, according to the government-run Thai News Agency. "Terrorists are a threat to peace in the society. They often target attacks on Western tourist attractions. Although there is no indication of any terrorism in the area, Thai police should be ready for the situation."

He received the donated equipment, worth about US$50,000, in a ceremony at the Phuket provincial police headquarters on Wednesday. David Turner, chief of the US Defense Department's Force Protection Detachment at the US Embassy in Bangkok, presented the equipment to Phuvadol, according to the Phuket Gazette.

The equipment included hand-held metal detectors, lights, mirrors to check under cars for concealed bombs, and other unidentified items. It was presented after the US Defense Department finished administering a five-day anti-terrorism training course in Phuket for 57 Thai police officers from Phuket island and the nearby southern tourist destinations of Phang Nga, Krabi and Koh Samui.

Phuket offers five-star tourist facilities, including luxurious spas, ornate resorts and lively entertainment, and is a favorite retirement destination for wealthy foreigners, giving the southern island a booming, parallel economy compared with the rest of Thailand.

Phang Nga is renowned worldwide among backpackers for hosting a "full moon party" every month on the tiny island's beach that attracts thousands of foreigners, including many who take illegal drugs while dancing in the sand to loud "trance" and "techno" music.

Krabi, along Thailand's southwest coast, boasts gorgeous rock formations and allows visitors to spend the day boating, exploring caves and scuba diving. Koh Samui (Samui Island) competes with bigger Phuket for international tourists who, along with Thai developers, have turned the tropical paradise into a rapidly modernizing venue. Those areas have not suffered any major terrorist attacks, though worries were heightened after the Bali bombing.

Three weeks ago, suicide Muslim insurgents in the shadowy Pattani United Liberation Organization (PULO) threatened to use "fire and oil" to "burn down" Bangkok in revenge for the deaths of 85 people, including 78 Muslim men who suffocated on October 25 after Thai security forces crammed them into army trucks.

For the past year or so, southern Thailand's three Muslim-majority provinces of Pattani, Narathiwat and Yala have been hit almost daily by bombings, shootings, arson and other assaults, which have killed more than 500 people. The government tried to restore peace in the south after the 78 suffocation deaths, but many officials fear the situation is rapidly deteriorating.

The 78 Muslim men were among 1,300 arrested in Tak Bai during an unruly demonstration in which seven other civilians were shot dead. The 1,300 men had their hands tied behind their backs before being loaded into tarpaulin-covered, six-wheeled army trucks in Narathiwat province. They were forced to lie down on the floor of the trucks while other detained men were piled on top of them in layers, officials and survivors confirmed.

"Seventy-eight people were found dead on arrival, in the [army] vans, at the military camp," Justice Ministry pathologist Pornthip Rojanasunan said in an interview on October 26 after examining the dead. "They showed bleeding in the eyes, in the white part of the eyeballs, and bleeding on the body underneath the skin, only tiny spots of bleeding", which are evidence of "suffocation", said Dr Pornthip, the respected deputy director of Thailand's Forensic Science Institute.

Muslim insurgents demand autonomy or independence in the south amid claims that southern Muslims suffer brutal injustice in Thailand, which is 95% Buddhist. The government denies most of their charges and has experimented with various ways of crushing the rebellion by minority ethnic-Malay Muslims.

Richard S Ehrlich is a Bangkok-based journalist from San Francisco. He has reported news from Asia since 1978 and is co-author of Hello My Big Big Honey!, a non-fiction book of investigative journalism. He received a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

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PATTANI SHOOTING: Cash for on-target policemen
Published on November 23, 2004

Officers kill two men who opened fire on them; another rubber tapper murdered

Two policemen who killed their assailants in a shoot-out yesterday in the southernmost province of Pattani will receive promotions and monetary rewards for their heroism,

Manot Kraiwong, commander of the Ninth Police Region, said yesterday.

Yesterday morning a couple of unidentified gunmen opened fire on Pol Sergeant Siriphong Ratanahiran and Sgt Prachuab Kaewvijit, of Pattani’s Kapho district police station, as they were riding a motorbike and passing by a mosque on their way to work. The assailants missed their targets; the two officers, who returned fire, didn’t. One gunman was hit in the right eye while the other was shot in the neck, back and right arm. Both died of their wounds. The policemen escaped unharmed.

Manot said both police officers, who work in the station’s traffic section, would be promoted and rewarded with a bonus in cash for their commendable performance, but declined to give details of either the promotion or the reward.

Lt-General Wongkot Maneerin, the assistant national police chief, flew to Pattani yesterday and inspected the scene of the attack before handing unspecified cash rewards to the two policemen.

The gunmen, both in their 20s, have not yet been identified as police found no documents on their bodies. Manot said he believed the two men had probably belonged to the group that attacked Pattani’s Saiburi district police station last January, killing four soldiers and making off with more than 300 automatic weapons. An HK-33 rifle found at the scene of the shooting, he said, was from the cache stolen from the raided police station.

In a separate incident yesterday, rubber tapper Khamjorn Sriprapop, 40, was clubbed to death, with his skull split open, in Pattani’s Khok Pho district. Police said that as the victim was not known to be in a personal dispute with anyone, the murder probably was the latest incident in the spate of ethnic violence that has gripped the southern region all this year.

Wongkot said police have issued 70 arrest warrants for militants suspected of engaging in violent attacks since last January. Authorities will award as much as Bt5 million to people providing information leading to the arrest of wanted militants, he said.

Defence Minister Samphan Boonyanant said the situation in the deep South is improving now that authorities have largely managed to contain the violence, adding that yesterday’s shoot-out in Pattani proved that police officers were very much up to the job of protecting themselves and citizens of the region from further violence.

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Letter to Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra: We write to urge your government to immediately launch an independent and impartial criminal investigation of Thai security forces implicated in the deaths of at least 85 people in Narathiwat province this week. Security forces shot and killed seven protesters and at least 78 protesters were suffocated or crushed to death as they were being transferred to detention facilities. Some 1,200 people are still held by military authorities, without access to legal representation and with questionable medical attention. This incident marks a major escalation of the violence in predominantly Muslim southern Thailand, where more than 400 people have already been killed since the beginning of the year.

October 28, 2004    Letter
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Sikkert mye interessant goh, men vi har tidligere her på forumet diskutert kopiering av hele artikler fra aviser og blitt enige om at det fortrinnsvis bør unngås. Legg inn en link til artikler som ikke er skrevet selv. I noen sammenhenger kan det være greit med sitater fra artikler...

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Er dette bety at vi bør snakke om Thailand bare om Pattaya Patpong Patong...SEA SAND and SEX...

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Absolutt ikke goh. :wink: Det jeg mener er at lange utdrag fra aviser ikke passer inn på et diskusjonsforum. Hva om vi alle begynte med å kopiere alle interessante artikler og legge de inn her?
Hvordan rettighetene til sånt stoff vet jeg heller ikke noe om, kanskje er det ulovlig? Det er jo en annen persons åndsverk...

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22. November 2004 Norwegian Royal visit to Thailand

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit will on Tuesday begin a four-day official visit to Thailand, at the invitation of King Bhumibol Adulyadej - Rama IX.

The visit will mark the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Norway and Thailand.

The Norwegian Royals will on Wednesday be received in audience by King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit at the Royal Palace in Hua Hin, around 200 km south of Bangkok.

The Norwegian Royal couple arrived in Thailand already on Saturday.

(NRK/Vaart Land)

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Ser ikke ut som han tar et hint Tormod

Kill the cunts and fuck the pretty girls.


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"You are what you know" Albert Eistien

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Spirit in Education Movement (SEM- Wongsanit Ashram Office)
PO Box 1, Ongkarak, Nakorn Nayok 26120  Siam (Thailand)
Tel. (+66 37) 333 183  Fax. (+66 37) 333 184
E-mail : ashram@semsikkha.org
Website : www.semsikkha.org
                www.sulak-sivaraksa.org

Spirit in Education Movement (SEM- Wongsanit Ashram Office)
PO Box 1, Ongkarak, Nakorn Nayok 26120  Siam (Thailand)
Tel. (+66 37) 333 183  Fax. (+66 37) 333 184
E-mail : ashram@semsikkha.org
Website : www.semsikkha.org
                www.sulak-sivaraksa.org

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"You are what you know" Albert Eistien


Hvorhvidt du vet innholdet i dine innlegg eller ikke skal ikke jeg ha uttalt meg om, men det virker uansett ikke selvskrevet :?:

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det er bare kopiert og limt...og da er det uinterresant for de fleste..ingen gidder å lese gjennom en haug med kopiert text. om du Goh derimot hadde kommet med egne synspunkt om de temaene du limer inn, er jeg sikker på du hadde fått en diskusjon opp å gå om temaene. da gjerne med en link for å underbygge noe...
<p>For et drittforum dette er blitt.

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Denne posten heter jo da også : "Nyheter fra media", og man kommer vel ikke mye nærmere medie enn hva man gjør ved å copy/paste....men er enig i at hele innlegg på engelsk som er limt inn virker meget kjedelig, og vil tro at de aller fleste fint hopper over det, kontra det mpr sier, kom med egne synspunkt og heller underbygg med en link til en evt. engelsk side.

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Akkurat nå her jeg ikke egne synspunkt bare "cut and paste" til orientering men det er forstålig at noen synnes dette er kjedelig. Dette er min måte for å vise/drøfte at jeg er brkymret over hva som foregår i sølige Thailand.





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