A Country Beginning with T

Submitted on Fri, 2018-09-07 16:34Harrison GeorgeSo who are we talking about? Between World War 1 and World War 2, this country underwent a major change in its system of government, although of late there have been signs that some vestiges of the old system are being quietly reintroduced. Despite this major change, ‘the state bureaucracy, the military corps and the basic social order never really died, preserving status and property for those ready to serve the new government’ according to one recent analysis. The founder of the new system decreed a cultural revolution that ordered changes to dozens of features of daily life, such as what people should wear on the heads and how the language should be used. The person behind these things went by a name they weren’t born with. The military has taken over the government many times, always claiming to protect the most sacred institutions of the state. Nationalists maintain a belief in an erstwhile empire that the more chauvinist hope one day to revive. There is a long-standing and unresolved separatist movement in the most distant region of the country that has repeatedly erupted into violence. Despite being nominally secular, the state is under pressure from religious militants to formalize the status of the dominant religion. The current leader declared a ‘new’ country in 2014. Because of the deterioration of democracy and worrying human rights violations, the traditional alliance with the US and the European democracies has recently been weakened, and the country has instead strengthened its ties with another major power. The current government has been rattled by protests over a park. Any and every national problem is routinely blamed on a former politician now in exile. Well, all these statements are true of Thailand (and I am sure my well-informed readers have already... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, A Country Beginning with T, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you A Country Beginning with T





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Published By: Prachatai - Friday, 7 September, 2018



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