สื่อผู้ดี! สาวไส้ “แม้ว” คดีฆ่าตัดตอน


Finally, some smart reporters from Britain dug up an important case in the past. I’m curious how many foreigners’ve known about it before Sundat mirror published this?

For many British readers, it was probably the first time they heard about the deaths of about 2,500 people in Southern Thailand related to Thaksin Shinawatra’s policies when he was in power.

Sunday Mirror’s headline was: “Man City Owner Death Link.” It went on to say that last week, while Thaksin signed off the purchase of four new multimillion-pound players by man City manager Sven Goran Eriksson, human rights groups in Thailand accused the 57-year-old ex-prime minister of Thailand of supporting mass executions and torture during a yearlong war on drugs he ordered in 2003.

The story, written by Kate Mansey and Andrew Drummond, included interviews with some relatives of the victims of the killings in the provinces.

The report quoted Dr Pradit Charoenthaitawee, a member of the Human Rights Commission, as saying: I will bring the charges myself privately if need be. We have strong evident in 400 or so cases. Many of these injudicial killings were carried out in daylight in front of witnesses and many had nothing to do with drugs. It was a massacre. many innocent people were on the blacklists. And nobody got a trial. It was policemen who carried out these killings…”

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From Sunday Mirror , Thai Talk , manager.co.th

ดีเบตรธน.50 ยกแรกฝ่ายหนุน-ฝ่ายค้านโต้กันเดือด

Proponents and opponents of the junta-sponsored draft constitution debated half a dozen issues on television yesterday.

Advocates chose to play the politics-of-fear card while detractors called on voters “to do what is right”.

The draft-backers invoked politics of fear at the end of the debate when two key drafters and one leading member of the junta-appointed Constitution Drafting Assembly were given an opportunity to summarise their points.

“This [draft] constitution is most vital for a concrete return of people’s power,” said Charan Phakdithanakul, vice chairman of the drafting committee. “The benefits of accepting this draft are its helping to end junta [rule] immediately. The Council for National Security will cease to exist.”

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And you can find fully translated version of this debate here:

Charan: New draft removes 1997 drawbacks

Nidhi: Reject the new draft, go back to 1997 charter

Chirmsak: I will vote Yes because its a better charter

Chaturon: New charter makes elected MPs powerless

Somkid: People have more power under new draft

Vorachet:: Judiciary branch too powerful under new draft

From The Nation , Thai Talk , Kom Chad Luek

“แม้ว” ยอมรับสนิท “ลิเดีย” หลังโดนปฏิวัติไป “โอเกะ” กันประจำ

Updated: เจ้าของพ็อกเกตบุ๊ก “แ๊ม้ว” ตะลึงยอดขายพุ่ง – ปัดรักใคร่เป็นการส่วนตัว


Somekind of special relations? But wait …. Where’s Pojaman ?

Thaksin lives the highlife in book out today

The 200-page book, to hit bookstores today, features the ousted premier’s latest 280-million-baht house in London suburb, his three-million-baht-a-month lifestyle and his favourite hangouts.

Two interviews, altogether seven hours long, were given. One was on May 30 when the Constitution Tribunal ordered the Thai Rak Thai party disbanded and another was on June 12 when the Assets Scrutiny Committee froze his assets.The book also contains snapshots, taken by his son Panthongtae, of Mr Thaksin pushing a supermarket trolley, eating a snack on a footpath, and posing with the so-called Queen of R&B, Saranrat Wisutthithada, better known as Lydia.

And here’re some extracts from the book :

”Because Nong Aim [his daughter Pinthongta] studies here and England is a democratic country,” said Mr Thaksin about the reasons for picking England for his self-imposed exile.

The book for the first time unveils his two-storey, five-bedroom house on a three-rai plot in Weybridge.

”This hundred-year-old housing estate was once home to pop stars Cliff Richard and Diana Ross,” he said. ”Chelsea footballers, including striker [Didier] Drogba, live in this neighbourhood.”

Though his elder daughter stays in her own apartment in London, Mr Thaksin is not alone. He has a maid, a driver and a bodyguard. He has recently hired a Thai cook to make his daily meals.

Mr Thaksin is not cut off from the outside world by any means. The former prime minister carries eight cell phones, with 20 SIM cards altogether.

He remains a big shopper who does not hesitate to shower his wife and two daughters with designer handbags.

Besides shopping at Harrods, Mr Thaksin can be spotted at Thai restaurants, such as Thai Rice, Thai Taste and Patra. He is also a frequent visitor to the Chinese restaurant, Royal China Club.

What gives him a real headache during the exile is maintaining his hairdo. Mr Thaksin often took the trouble of flying his favourite hairdresser from Thailand whenever he took a break to go to Hong Kong and Singapore.

Eventually, he guided a Spanish hairdresser at Tony N’ Guys salon to maintain his ‘not-too-short’ hairstyle.

Because it is only a short journey, Mr Thaksin often hops on a plane to France to shop and enjoy ”real wine and home-made food”.

To ”check his swing,” Mr Thaksin recently surfed the net and booked a class at a golf school in Miami.


Lydia-ลิเดีย, young and sexy singer. Click to see more photos

As for his golf companion, Mr Thaksin flies Lydia to London. She also doubles as a singer in their karaoke sessions.

”She is like another daughter to him,” said Mr Panthongthae.

Mr Thaksin said he had invited Lydia to Japan so she could buy new clothes in Harajuku, the trendy shopping district in central Tokyo, for her new album Inside Out.

Updated: There’s another interesting scoop on this by The nation, “There is nobody sponsoring my trip” The author, Lt Sunisa said. So what do you think? Click here to read more.

From Bangkok Post , manager.co.th , The Nation

พูดอย่างทำอย่าง ทักษิณสับสนในตัวเอง ?


It look like Thaksin have said he don’t feel like to return to politics many times, again and again to news sources around the world. But in practice, he never stop involving in politics. He also traveled around the world and try to discredit the military and Thai court of justice on all interviews.

If you keep an eyes on politic news for last few days, you may found some interesting characteristic of Mr. Thaksin Shinawatra, which was spotted and have been analyze on This article, Thaksin’s new interview: Take it with a heavy grain of salt.

Thaksin denies plans to return to politics, the former telecommunications mogul insisted he had no desire to return to active politics, however “he said he remained abreast of relevant political developments as he battles to reclaim $1.9bn anti-graft investigators seized from his family last month”

The funds in dispute are the proceeds from the Shinawatra family’s $1.9bn tax-free sale last year of Shin Corp, their telecommunications empire, to Singapore’s Temasek Holdings, the largest ever corporate takeover in Thailand, which triggered mass protests that ultimately paved the way for the military intervention.

Then later in this interview, Mr. Thaksin urged Thai voters to reject a constitution that he saw as an act of “political revenge” against him. He said voters should aim for the restoration of the abolished 1997 constitution, which was intended to stabilise and clean up Thailand’s notoriously money-driven politics but was later blamed for failing to check Mr Thaksin’s power.

From Financial Times, Thai Talk

Is he trying to be democracy hero ? Or he just trying to prevent himself from being judge in many corruption charges ? You decide.