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Old 09-20-2006, 09:20 AM
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Even if this is distressing and hard for the country of Thailand, having another coup when the last one was only 15 (?) or so years ago - but I don't think we need to worry about the King and the Royal Family. They are safe, and all parties in Thailand support the monarchy, and they have stated that it will remain intact.

It's the Prime Minister who's their target. They took the opportunity to make this coup as he's in New York for the UN General Assembly meeting. This has been bound to happen, as there were major protest earlier this year - and the promised elections have been pushed forward... Putting it short, the PM is like the richest man in the country, and people are tired of him and his family enriching themselves and not doing things they've promised.
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if theres got to be a coup, this is the way to do it! i'm so glad the royal family is safe and everything was so calm and peaceful. thanks for all the information.
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Old 09-20-2006, 03:49 PM
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This really does show the benefits of a constitutional monarchy. It's quite telling that there was only one man the Thai people looked to for guidance as a symbol of unity and stability - The King. Long may he reign.
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I'm really relieved. And yes, Beatrix: this shown the advantages of the Monarchy.

Hope people in Thailand will be safe.

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A very informative article about His Majesty from the BBC;

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asi...ic/5367936.stm
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Old 09-21-2006, 10:44 PM
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Their Majesties the King and Queen grant an audience to leaders of the Council for Democratic Reform under Constitutional Monarchy, which is led by General Sonthi Boonyaratglin, and Privy Council President General Prem Tinsulanonda on Wednesday (19-9-2006)

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Old 09-24-2006, 12:03 PM
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This really does show the benefits of a constitutional monarchy. It's quite telling that there was only one man the Thai people looked to for guidance as a symbol of unity and stability - The King. Long may he reign.
Yesterday I was reading an interesting article on Financial Times newspaper about the King and the current events in his nation. It helps to explain, like so many recent news, that the King's office is not only the great mediator between rival politicians but he is also representing the interest of the nation above anyone else's.
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Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej (L) with Gen. Sondhi Boonyaratkalin (C) as he officially endorses the new temporary constitution for Thailand after the old one was abolished with the 19 September coup, in the Royal Palace in Bangkok,01 October 2006. The step was followed by the official swearing in at Government House of the new Thai Interim Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont. Thailand's new, military-appointed prime minister Chulanont said that he wasn't sure if he deserved the job, but he had to "take the responsibility" after receiving a mandate from the king.

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Old 10-02-2006, 01:01 AM
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Hope things will improve now, in Thailand. The new governement seems to be serious enough, and at least, its is respectuous to the King and Monarchy. God bless them all for they could take their responsabilities as well as they can.

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In this picture realeased by the Royal Palace, Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont stands at the head of his group of Cabinet ministers, with his two deputies, Pridiyathorn Devakula on his left and Kosit Panpiemras on his right, as the group is sworn in before King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Monday, Oct. 9, 2006, at Chitlada Palace in Bangkok.

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Old 10-09-2006, 10:10 PM
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King: Take Courage

His Majesty the King yesterday called on the interim cabinet to give priority to correcting the international community's perception of Thailand following the Sept 19 coup d'etat. The King made the call while addressing the 26 new ministers, led by Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont, who were sworn in at the Chitrlada Palace yesterday afternoon.
http://www.bangkokpost.co.th/News/10Oct2006_news01.php

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Old 10-10-2006, 11:05 PM
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Flood Disaster

King's move helps save capital

Ayutthaya holdings absorb inundation to keep Bangkok back from breaking point


His Majesty the King yesterday granted permission for the Royal Irrigation Department (RID) to divert water from the Chao Phya River basin to his land in Ayutthaya to help absorb the deluge before it flooded Bangkok.

Following His Majesty's initiative, residents of nearby areas agreed to allow the RID to divert a huge volume of water on to their own farmland to reduce the possibility of severe flooding in the capital.


His Majesty has 2,000 rai of land in Thung Makham Yong, Thung Phu Khao Thong and Muang district's Tambon Ban Mai. By last night, 300,000 cubic metres of water had been diverted to his land and that belonging to residents.

Thung Makham Yong and Thung Phu Khao Thong were presented to His Majesty by the original landlords and he once harvested rice paddies from the experimental rice field at Thung Phu Khao Thong.
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http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2006...s_30015904.php
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King wants military to repair country image

Thailand’s military-imposed Government has ordered an overseas charm offensive to repair the country’s image after the king said it had been damaged by last month’s coup.
“A lot of people who are not Thai, who are foreigners, are saying that Thailand is not good,” King Bhumibol told the Cabinet as it was sworn in this week.
“We have to try to change that. If we don’t, our country will lose its good name and it will be difficult for our people to live happily.”

HM always think on his people to live happily, Long Live the King.
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Old 10-18-2006, 04:36 AM
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Their Majesties grant more help to flood victims

Their Majesties the King and Queen Tuesday sent more help to alleviate the hardships of flood victims in Angthong and Nakhon Sawan.

On behalf of His Majesty, deputy secretary-general of the Rachaprachanukroh Foundation Disathon Watcharoethai provided 2,000 sets of household supplies to villagers in tambon Sala Deang and Pa Ngew of Angthong's Muang district.

His Majesty had already sent 4,500 relief bags to Angthong residents via the foundation.

Her Majesty the Queen sent deputy secretary-general of the Thai Red Cross Society Phaen Wannamethi, to provide 1,045 relief bags to flood-affected residents in Nakhon Sawan's Krok Phra district.

The Nation: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/brea...ewsid=30016418

Relief packs delivered but 10 more drown

Officials warn that Bangkok will face a big rise in water from Sunday, Monday

His Majesty the King granted 3,000 relief bags yesterday to flood-affected locals in Ayutthaya's Thung Makham Yong.

On behalf of His Majesty, Disathon Watcharoethai, of the Rachaprachanukroh Foundation, provided the bags to appreciative residents in Thung Phukhao Thong and Thung Makham Yong, along with the villagers in Tabom Khayai in Bang Pahan District and Tambon Nam Tao in Maharaj District, near the Siriyalai Palace.

Thung Phukhao Thong and Thung Makham Yong are properties that belong to His Majesty, who last week allowed the Royal Irrigation Department (RID) to divert water into the area to help absorb the deluge before it flooded Bangkok.

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2006...l_30016575.php
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HM the King awarded Borlaug Medallion for humanitarian efforts

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Queen concerned coyote dancing

BANGKOK, Oct 30 (TNA) - In apparent response to Her Majesty the Queen's concern over a popular racy dance craze by "Coyote Girls", Thailand's Ministry of Culture is issuing a regulation prohibiting female students aged under 20 to become "Coyote Girls" and "Pretty Girls", young women usually featured in provocative clothing hired by merchants to promote their products.

Seeing TV footage of flirtatious dancing during a broadcast from the recent Rocket Festival in the northeastern province of Nong Khai, Her Majesty Queen Sirikit expressed concern through her secretary that "coyote dancing" seemed inappropriate at such an event and would tarnish the image of Thailand as a centre of Buddhism.

Ms. Ladda Tangsupachai, director of the ministry's cultural watchdog centre said that heads of provincial cultural offices must report to the ministry monthly and the ministry will report progress of its implementation to Her Majesty the Queen's secretary.
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Wow. Go Queen Sirikit. I wish our Queen would do something like this every now and then. I think that Her Majesty is right to protect the image of Thailand in this way.
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Thai queen speaks against dirty dancing

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Asian Hero: King Bhumibul

TIME praises King Bhumibol as Asian Hero

BANGKOK, Nov 7 (TNA) - His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand is praised by TIME Magazine in its current issue as an Asian Hero who has inspired the Thai people during his 60 years on the throne.

American weekly newsmagazine TIME's November 13 issue said that during a reign of 60 years, His Majesty the King has been a beloved monarch who used his moral authority to guide Thailand through many crises.

King Bhumibol also gave his advice to governments, always urging them to put public interest first, said TIME.

"His stewardship has been so masterful that in times of crisis Thais invariably turn to one man: King Bhumibol. Indeed, on two occasions--October 1973 and May 1992--with Thailand descending into chaos, the King, armed only with his moral authority, intervened to end bloodshed," the magazine said.

In October 14, 1973 a student-led uprising helped topple the military regime of Field Marshal Thanom Kittikachorn.

May 1992 was later called ''Bloody May'' after the military opened fire on unarmed demonstrators calling for the resignation of a general who had taken power in a bloodless coup.

The military led by then army chief Gen. Suchinda Kraprayoon toppled the government of late prime minister Chatichai Choonhavan in a coup.

Thousands of people took to the streets of Bangkok to protest the military's seizure of the power after Gen. Suchinda took the premiership.

A subsequent bloody army crackdown saw scores of protestors killed. Many others are still missing.
On September 19 this year, a group of generals again seized power, pledging to give Thailand a fairer and more stable democratic system. The Thai people believe the generals will keep their promise as they had vowed to King Bhumibol to return power to the people in one year.

Time Magazine said that when King Bhumibol, at age 18, ascended the throne, some media, including TIME, wondered whether the inexperienced teenager could weather the kingdom's bumpy political situation. Now, His Majesty the King has proved his ablilities and his devoted effort to help the people.

TIME added that His Majesty the King initiated over 3,000 royal projects to help the poor, saying that even as a communist insurgency raged, he personally delivered relief to remote villages.

He is the world's longest-reigning monarch and this year Thailand celebrates the 60th anniversary of His Majesty the King's accession to the throne.

In this special issue, the magazine selected 64 persons as Asian Heroes, divided into five catagories --nation builders, artists and thinkers, business leaders, athletes and explorers, and inspirations. (TNA)-E003

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