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what do you think about PAD (people’s alliance for demoncracy in Thailand?
are they really about democracy or just wanting their power back? why can’t they just let an electoral process stand and see if it will work?
I think PAD starts off from disturbed businessmen who were on the verge of bankruptcy. The leader himself was put on trial by a bank in Thailand and according to a banker friend of mine; he narrowly escaped the sentence only because of good lawyer. He sought permission to open a television station but was denied by Thaksin, so he holds personal grudge against Thaksin. The other leader was self consumed by his own perception of self-righteousness. The greatest skills he possesses are the organization and the abilities to lead the crowd.
The rest of PAD are just ordinary middle classes who got sick of corrupted government, and Samak seems to represent that. Do they after democracy? No. They just announced they want four things; one of which is 70% appointed MPs, 30 elected: and that’s not democracy; and, among other thing the leader already named two choices of the next PM as precondition to stop the demonstration.
Do they want their power back? No. They’ve never had power.
Moving the capital is another story. There’s been contemplation about this issue for over 40 years. Well, apart from Brazil, the US move the capital a couple of times too I think. But, Thailand is not composed out of different states, and I still wonder why we have two houses; I mean there’s no need for the senate.
The King read this. I doubt it. He plays short wave radio once a long time ago and it’s been known that he talked directly to the people who play that too, but no one really recognised him when he did. If he read this, I’m pretty sure he would answer you and I’m pretty sure would know his writing style.
Samak reads this. I reckon he might be told about this by someone who closes to him who read it, but may not be reading it himself, because he would answer you as well.
As for Isan people, they are not the lazy bunch. I think I know them pretty well. They just don’t have sufficient water to grow rice many times in a year like the farmers elsewhere in the country.
Vote buying? Yes, nobody bought my vote, I would sell it if anyone wants to buy mine. The thing is in the ballot, I choose anyone I like. I think the Isan people and for that matter everywhere else as well. I think the more frequent election there is the better, so these corrupted politicians wouldn’t have time to breakeven after election and they have to use the money again to buy votes. They’d go bankrupt in no time.
My addition: It’s interesting for the Democrat Party to want to dissolve the parliament so much. They are in line also being accused of violating the election laws and their party might be dissolved as well, so better yet dissolve the parliament first.
One more note, the bureaucrats don’t like Thaksin, especially the military because Thaksin administration prohibited all civil servants any chances of corruption, while at the same time he used his power and connections for his businesses benefits and that of his group. In his mind, he probably thinks as long as it’s not against the laws, he can do it. A businessman always sees bureaucrat as obstruction to businesses at best, or additional cost at worst. Representing businessmen, Thaksin battled the civil servants badly, and the military was left empty handed, that’s why they hate him.
Both, Thaksin and Samak however didn’t have any political science background. They both didn’t know that apart from having the legal rights to rule, they also need to be leader as well. The problem confronting Samak especially (as he was a law student), he thinks the law gives him the legitimacy to rule, lacking leadership quality, he can’t lead. This is an interesting example for political science student: “A Leader who may not lead.”
Image from Thailand For Visitors
Isan Ban Hao (Isan, My Home)
Uploaded by Prasong Saihong on Mar 9, 2008
Music video from Isan or Northeast Thailand. The song tells how Isan people sustain lives by utilizing environment surrounding them. Besides, the song presents us the process of rice planting.
Isan Thai Catering specializes in catering for intimate parties and events. ITC Menu’s can be personalized to fit your taste. Isan Thai Catering combines Thai family recipes with primarily local produce to create a Fresh Fusion Menu. ITC is located in Goshen, Indiana.
Isan is the Northeast region of Thailand where my family if from. I was born in Bangkok. The main language in the region is also called Isan, a Thai dialect similar to Laos. Isan is Thailand’s poorest region. Agriculture is the main economic activity in Isan. My farming family lives in Isan’s Roi Et province. Prominent aspects of the Isan culture include the indigenous form of folk music and dancing, called Mor Lam, Muay Thai boxing, celebratory processions, in which sticky rice called khao niao and chillies are prominent, it is sufficiently distinct from Thai cuisine that it is considered unique.
Our family built the first Christian church in the Isan region last year. It is located in our family’s village of Bang Yung Sir. Your prayers are much appreciated during this exciting time in Isan!
Kup Koon, Kah! Carrie Lee & Dave Kendall
10% of every Isan Thai Catering Contract is donated to the Bang Yung Sir Christian Church, Roi Et, Thailand
See also Northeast Thailand•The Isaan at Thailand-Ticket.de.
Well-known travel information specialists Fodor’s offers their online Isan Travel Guide.
A thesis presented to San Diego State University (California) is titled THE ISAN SAGA: THE INHABITANTS OF RURAL NORTHEAST THAILAND AND THEIR STRUGGLE FOR IDENTITY, EQUALITY AND ACCEPTANCE (1964–2004). It can be found at IsanPeople.org.
ABSTRACT AND THESIS STATEMENT
The village-dwelling Isan people of rural northeast Thailand are in an ongoing struggle for personal identity, prosperity, and equality, as well as a desire for respect and acceptance by their fellow countrymen.
Presently over twenty-one million in population (as of 2004), the Isan people have taken the initiative over the last several decades to seize various opportunities and are currently emerging from their poverty-stricken agrarian roots and lowly social position to becoming the formally-recognized labor class of Thailand.
This ongoing process is occurring despite long-standing economic exploitation and neglect, as well as hindrances placed in their way by their more urbane, status-conscious Central Thai cousins, who have customarily dismissed the Isan dwellers as being simpleminded and ignorant. Notwithstanding, their progress is now clearly evidenced by an increasing acceptance by the Thai, together with enjoying a greater significance on a national scale in socio-cultural, economic and political terms.
Clearly, the use of the term ‘Isan‘ is probably nearly as widespread throughout the World as is the term ‘Isaan.’
Here are some further ‘Isan‘ references that I am adding in an October 17 (2012) edit to this post:
Syndicate content. Photo by Shane Harms. Owner and chef Nanta Jawpliphon and assistant manager/bartender Kate Kiatsiri are opening up one of the only Isan Thai restaurants in town toward the end of the month.
Publish Date: 09/13/2012 10:21
Thailand is know as the Land of Smiles, something we saw in abundance at Isan Thai Restaurant. Why smiles? my partner Jill asked, so rather than answer.
Publish Date: 09/24/2012 13:36
Ajarn Forum – Teaching and Living In Thailand. Help. Remember Me? The Facebook Platform … Touring Isan; where to go? Looks like I will have more holiday than I thought this term due to finishing all my prep early. I am keen to see the province where the majority of my favorite food comes from! What places are worth going? I am been told Khon Kaen is a lot of fun. This true?
Publish Date: 10/01/2012 16:25
The culinary delights of Northeast Thailand are world renowned, and it is possible to learn how to make these dishes during a stay in Isan.
Publish Date: 10/03/2012 23:37
If the fact that the kitchens of most Italian restaurants in Bangkok are staffed by people from Isan, Thailand’s northeastern region known for its poverty, isn’t surprising enough, you may be amazed to know that approximately …
Publish Date: 10/12/2012 4:31
Washington DC is lamentably short of half-decent Thai restaurants, but there is one exception: Little Serow. Little Serow is a curious beast, a fixed-menu walk in restaurant that serves intensely authentic Isan-style Thai food to …
Publish Date: 09/06/2012 14:08
You don’t have to travel to northeast Thailand to enjoy Isan food. Luckily, you’ll find the fresh, spicy cuisine all over the capital, too. Some of the best places to eat Isan food in Bangkok are at simple street food carts you’ll find …
Publish Date: 07/31/2012 4:38
With the rainy season ending, health officials in Northeast provinces are still concerned about Dengue Fever, which last month killed an 18-year-old female in.
Publish Date: 10/06/2012 8:36
For the past few years I’ve been dining at Rod Ded Isan restaurant (ร้านอีสานรสเด็ด), but it seems that every time I’ve gone, I somehow haven’t had my camera. Finally, I went back a few days ago to Rangnam Road, camera in …
Publish Date: 10/08/2012 19:00
Our Isan adventure takes us to Surin, where we discover an elephant training academy where the mahouts live with their star pupils, and a silk weaving village creating a gold brocade design that can be worn only by royalty.
Publish Date: 09/19/2012 20:08
In your opinion, what is the Southeast Asian country that made you enjoy and left you nice memories?
Thailand the people are very nice and when to the northeastern part of Thailand they call Isan which is more rice fields and not a tourist area.You have people say hello to you and young kids also because they learn english early in school.You get to see the real Thailand or any place when you travel away from the main tourist areas.I have been many times and never had any problems and the people and the food is great.The cost is cheap to travel when you are there and to get around.
Bon Fai Isaan Thailand
Uploaded by Sojourner42 on May 29, 2008
A bon fai celebration in a small town between Loei and Udon Thani that took place on 28 May ’08
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