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1. The Thai media must truly be a disaster area, since during the crisis the Thais relied on our media.
Anyhow, Bangkok Pundit was down for three days, and is now up again. With no explanation. Odd that. Or not.
2. A nationwide curfew has been extended for another week. So far, I'm not seeing a whole lot of Buddhist renunciation from the Bangkok oligarchy or the Red Shirt leadership. Which is what it would bring... Truth and reconciliation.
3. And from the Department of Learned Nothing and Forgotten Nothing, ISRIA in translation:
On the question of using ex-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s assets confiscated for the healing process budget, Secretary General replied that it is different budget. Even if the government did not confiscate the assets, the government still has funds for the healing process. The budget for people is not the government’s money but it’s the tax payer’s money. All we do is just to pay back to the people.
Jeebus, who asked that question? That would be a great way to start the healing process! Given that Thaksin is, to say the least, well-regarded by the Red Shirts, and his removal from office was the precipitant, if not the cause, of the current crisis of legitimacy in Thailand.
NOTE As always, I defer to MsExPat on matters relating to Thailand.