Tuesday, September 19, 2006

The Perils of Leaving Home

The perils of leaving home to speak at the UN. Especially if you are a crooked politician.

State of emergency in Thailand amid coup rumours

Commentary: Thailand's 'coup attempt'

On BBC the coup prempted their coverage of George Bush's speech to the UN. Ahhhh to bad so sad.

Thailand's turbulent politics

Thailand's latest political crisis traces its roots back to January when Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra sold his family's stake in the telecoms firm Shin Corp.

The move angered many, mainly urban Thais, who complained the family avoided paying tax and had passed control of an important national asset to Singaporean investors.

Profile: Thaksin Shinawatra

John Aglionby, south-east Asia correspondent
Tuesday September 19, 2006
Guardian Unlimited

Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra being forced out in a coup d'etat would be an ironic twist in the career of a man who has preferred to write his own rule books rather than abide by prevailing conventions.

From his transformation as a little-known police colonel into the nation's most popular ever leader via a farcical attempt to buy Liverpool football club in 2004 and a bizarre alleged plot on his life last month, Mr Thaksin has always led an arrogant larger-than-life existence where wheeling and dealing behind the scenes has been as important as what is presented to the public.

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