Mers coronavirus: Thailand affected in turn

Mers coronavirus epidemic has spread to a new country in Asia, with the first cases confirmed Friday in Thailand where authorities have asked residents to “avoid panic.”
“The tests confirm that this is the Mers coronavirus,” said Rajata Rajatanavin, Health Minister, at a press conference.la sante en thailande
A native of Oman, this 75 year old man had arrived on June 15 to be treated for a heart problem in a large hospital in central Bangkok popular with patients from the Middle East to medical tourism in Thailand.
The three members of his family who accompanied him were also placed under observation in hospital Bamrasnaradura Bangkok, specializing in infectious diseases.
“When the man arrived at the private hospital, he was coughing and had difficulty breathing,” said Minister of Health.
“The Ministry of Health has followed the disease control procedures to prevent the epidemic,” assured in the evening Sunsern Kaewkamnerd, spokesman of the government, asking his fellow citizens to “avoid panic.”
The Thai authorities are seeking particular passengers were aboard the flight WY0815 Oman Air, on which the patient arrived on June 15
The epidemic of Mers coronavirus has killed 23 people so far in South Korea, and, according to WHO, China has reported one case – an infected person in South Korea – from the beginning of epidemic late May.
A German who died June 6 in Germany is so far the first fatal case of the year due to this disease in Europe.
Mers coronavirus is less contagious than the SARS virus, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, which had nearly 800 deaths worldwide in 2003.
It nevertheless is no vaccine or treatment for this virus Seas, which has a mortality rate of about 35%, according to World Health Organization (WHO).
In Saudi Arabia, more than 950 people have been infected since 2012 and 412 have died. The outbreak in South Korea is already the largest outside Saudi Arabia.

– “Exemplary” Effort Seoul –

The WHO director Margaret Chan praised Thursday in Seoul “exemplary” efforts of the South Korean authorities after a first reaction labored to contain the epidemic.
The World Health Organization had harsh words this week about the management of the epidemic by the health authorities of the country, considering that their mistakes should serve as a “red flag” abroad.
After an initial reaction too slow, adequate measures have been put in place “very quickly and systematically” which has reduced the number of newly diagnosed cases, insisted Margaret Chan.
As a result “the epidemic Seas will be controlled (…) even if it might take a little longer than we would like,” she concluded.
In his criticisms echoed those growing population concerned, WHO had cited the “lack of knowledge” of health workers and the general public on the coronavirus and “inadequacies in infection control and measurement control in hospitals. ”
Patients have indeed often been hospitalized in crowded emergency rooms for long periods. The habit of South Koreans to visit several hospitals to get a second or even a third diagnosis, may also have played.
A total of 165 people were infected by the Mers coronavirus (respiratory syndrome Middle East) since diagnosis on May 20 of a patient returning from a trip to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries.
Of these 165 cases, 24 patients were declared cured, but 17 people are in a state described as unstable.
More than 6,700 people were quarantined Thursday while 4,500 others who had also been placed under observation were declared cured and allowed to leave the hospital.

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Thailand: a man killed by an elephant on the beach

One man was killed by an elephant while dining on a beach in Thailand, according to police on Wednesday, reviving the debate over the use for commercial purposes of elephants in the country, where they are often used as tourist attractions.

The victim, a Thai 28 years working for a local telecommunications company, dined Monday night with a colleague in one of the many restaurants of Rayong Beach, on the east coast of Thailand, said police Lieutenant Thawat Nongsingha.

“They were talking with the owner of the elephant the ability to offer food to the animal, when the latter suddenly pierced the chest of one of the men suddenly Defence” also wounding his colleague, said the police official. The man died Tuesday in a hospital.

Thailand has around 4,000 domesticated elephants, against 2,500 in the wild, according to Traffick animal rights NGOs. They are most often used for rides on the backs of elephants, offered to tourists in tourist places like the ruins of Ayutthaya, north of Bangkok.

Many centers of elephants across the country also offer this attraction criticized by animal advocates. Traditionally exploited by man for transporting tree trunks, elephants kingdom gathered en masse in the tourism industry after the ban on their use in the forest industry in 1989.

Since then, the sector has been regulated in part, with a ban on elephants in cities, but some continue to use their mahouts elephants begging in public places. The mahout of Rayong drama has admitted that he went to the beach to “make a living”, police said, without being able to tell whether he proposed walks or begging. He was released, with his elephant, police said, but was placed under investigation for “negligence causing death”, punishable by ten years in prison.

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Thailand deploys an offshore helicopter carriers for the rescue of migrants

Thailand finally made a move to help the thousands of migrants lost at sea. Bangkok announced Monday, May 25 the deployment of a helicopter carrier off its coast to rescue the migrants who fled Bangladesh and Myanmar on boats fortune.the rescue of migrants in Thailand
“I have ordered the navy to use this large ship as a floating base, with doctors on board,” said General Prayut Chan-O-Cha, the head of the junta, told reporters. The United Nation (UN) estimates that 2,000 people are still at sea when the monsoon approaches. Most Bangladeshis are fleeing poverty, and Rohingyas, one of the most persecuted minorities in the world according to the UN: these Muslims are leaving Burma Buddhist dominant.
Read also: Hundreds of migrants adrift in the new “Asian Mediterranean”
General Prayuth however did not mention the possibility of welcoming migrants in Thailand:
“If boats are found, [passengers] will be driven to the boat before being transferred to temporary camps in Malaysia and Indonesia. The wounded and sick may be treated in hospitals in Thailand, but they will risk prosecution for illegal immigration; for them to decide. ”
Towards cooperation with Washington?
He also left the door open to possible cooperation with the United States, while insisting that the operation in Thai waters of the Andaman Sea would remain “under command” of Thailand.
Washington, which has tense relations with its traditional ally since the coup in May 2014 in Thailand, “offered assistance to countries in the region by US surveillance flights,” confirmed to Agence France-Presse the Embassy of the United States to Bangkok.
The current crisis of migrants in Southeast Asia began in early May, when the smugglers, made nervous by the new policy of repression in Thailand, a transit route for migrants, abandoned thousands of them Wed.

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Flight safety in Thailand: Sunday solutions?

The direction of the Thai Civil Aviation (DCA) has promised to present to ICAO by Sunday a catalog of measures to enhance flight safety, particularly on the allocation of operations certificates to new airlines . The operators of the country such as Thai Airways, Thai AirAsia X or NokScoot trying somehow to react to a problem that does not concern them directly.

The security problems with the air operator certification procedures (AOC) were among the reported breaches March 20, 2015 by the International Organization of Civil Aviation, following an audit conducted in January. And it will give its opinion on 18 June on the corrections made by Thailand, the main threat of the country being a demotion in Category 2, which would lead to a flight ban to Europe, the US or Japan, or to other countries concerned about security. The Minister of Transport of Thailand Prajin Juntong promised to unveil Sunday, May 10, 2015 a first series of measures, first of all the lack of qualified personnel to the DCA, able to seriously inspect the airlines, their planes and their pilots ( their number is stable for ten years while the number of flights has doubled) and the transport of hazardous materials (Thai Smile, Thai VietJetAir, Jet Asia Airways, Orient Thai and three small operators had been found wanting). Experts from Singapore are expected to conduct training for two weeks to upgrade to the DCA employees, but the effective-in will take time to be absorbed. The Prime Minister and leader of the coup last year Prayut Chan-O-Cha has even decided to invoke Article 44 of the interim constitution, bypassing the National Assembly of history – and rein in any bureaucratic resistance to changes ahead.

The restructuring of the DCA will probably take a few more weeks, but the fixed principles seem to correspond to the ICAO critical: the civil aviation regulator will be divided into three separate entities in charge of regulation, airports and rescue services. Again the use of Article 44 could possibly end all resistance – it has not been invoked – but also instantly provide the necessary budgets. The three new entities should be operational in four months at most, promised the Minister of Transport.

The announcement of the ICAO last month had an instant effect in the region, probably scalded by the slot allocation problems in Indonesia revealed after the crash of the low cost Indonesia AirAsia (162 dead December 28, 2014 ). Japan, South Korea and China had immediately blocked all operated by charter flights Thai companies, and forbids adding additional frequencies. Prior to relent a little, some 150,000 passengers on stranded in airports foul air. Other countries had had more “political” reactions, such as Singapore or the European Union that have increased inspections on aircraft Thais, especially Thai Airways; again, the memory of accidents was probably too keen remembered for the authorities to risking accusations of inaction. The boss of IATA Tony Tyler repositioned the problems of Thailand at fair value: it is “unfair to penalize airlines for breaches of the Thai control, which they are not responsible”, except of course for transport hazardous materials – recalling that Thai Airways and Bangkok Airways (the latter was not affected by the bans) are both members of IATA and the level of safety requirements imposed by the association. The national carrier, Thai AirAsia X, NokScoot, Asia Atlantic Airlines, Jet Asia Airways and Asian Air finally saw their flight restrictions “softened” by Asian regulators, for limited periods of time (up to May 31, in the majority of cases). Further inspections of the country’s companies are supposed to be conducted from 29 May with the backing of foreign experts. The first “visited” are unsurprisingly Thai Airways, Bangkok Airways, Thai AirAsia and NokScoot; 28 other carriers registered in Thailand will have to wait.

Waiting for the verdict, the six carriers affected by the flight restrictions adapt somehow. One that has the most to lose if ICAO is not convinced is unquestionably Thai Airways, which celebrates its 75th anniversary undergoing restructuring (it will be recalled that it has already reduced its frequencies to London and Frankfurt, and Madrid to remove the return). Besides the loss of face caused by tighter controls of its aircraft at certain airports, it expects to see its subsidiary Thai Smile to have to reapply international flying rights to regulators of countries served. Founded in 2012, Thai Smile had achieved last year its own AOC and its code WE, but her mother-house continued to use it in code TG on certain routes, for example between Bangkok and Vientiane (which provoked a complaint Laos). The new president of Thai Airways Charamporn Jotikasthira affirmed his determination to “keep the company at the highest level of security,” whatever the ICAO verdict, but also to awaken the mammoth (overstaffing, lack of marketing strategy, aging fleet … and a loss of $ 523 million in 2014); but its action could be undermined by former executives, who accused him of recruiting international experts, namely Bain & Company, one of whose leaders worked for Temasek – owner of Singapore Airlines, the large concurrent; an accusation already heard during abortive marriage with Tiger Airways …

The low cost long haul Thai AirAsia X was inaugurated on May 1, a new daily service between Bangkok-Don Mueang and Sapporo New Chitose. Can according to Japanese authorities, but they agreed that the A330-300 TAAX to be replaced for a month with that of its parent Malaysian, AirAsia X. This is the plane of the latter which now operates this road under its own code D7; other lines of Thai AirAsia X, to Tokyo-Narita and twice daily to Osaka-Kansai and Seoul-Incheon every day, are not affected by the restrictions.

NokScoot, new company born of marriage between Scoot and Nok Air, low cost subsidiaries are Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways, was inaugurated Wednesday its first route between Bangkok-Don Mueang and Singapore-Changi. Impossible then, but she will try his luck again on 20 May, with a daily rotation Boeing 777-200ER leased from Singapore Airlines (24 seats in Premium, 391 in Economy). The future route to Nanjing in China, expected next month, is postponed indefinitely.

Jet Asia Airways, which offers regular flights to Jakarta, Tokyo and Jeddah more charter flights, and plans to connect Phuket in Seoul and three Chinese cities, said it was “determined to clear his image”: even if it is nothing criticized, she asked ICAO to be subject to IOSA audit, reference in the field. Thai Lion Air had done the same thing late last year, and was only slightly affected by recent events: the network is mainly inside.

Asia Atlantic Airlines, Thai-Japanese new charter operator had permission to perform last month some flights in April and May to Japan, having sent new documents to JCAB.

Although ICAO is satisfied with the commitments made by Thailand to address the flaws in its air safety, the horizon is not led so far: the American FAA should come to realize the magnitude of problems the AOC in July, and ICAO is preparing for 2016 or 2017 another – that of international airports in the country is controlled by Airports of Thailand (Bangkok Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phuket and Hat Yai) either by the DCA (Krabi, Surat Thani, Ubon Ratchathani, Khon Kaen and Udon Thai). Cambodia is the next country in the region that will be an ICAO audit, a priori in November.

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Thailand: Yingluck Shinawatra will be judged on May 19 for negligence

The Supreme Court of Thailand confirmed Thursday, March 19, the indictment of Yingluck Shinawatra, the former prime minister, to be tried for negligence, and set the trial to May 19 Yingluck facing ten years in prison. She was indicted in mid-February in a corruption case relating to the rice subsidy program implemented during his tenure.
Yingluck has always defended its policy of subsidies to rice farmers, saying it was a grant needed to help poor farmers who historically received little help from the government. However, while popular in the rural strongholds of Shinawatra, the program proved economically disastrous and left the country massive stocks of unsold rice.yingluck-shinawatra

“This case is our authority,” announced Veeraphol Tangsuwan, Justice of the Supreme Court, told reporters. Ironically, May 19 falls a few days before the first anniversary of the coup of 22 May 2014, which brought down the government of Yingluck.
Recurrent political crisis
Yingluck Shinawatra, who had given up on making the move to the Supreme Court, is already banned from politics for five years and banned from leaving the country. The attacks are aimed denounced by his supporters as an alliance of the traditional elites, such as the military or judges, to destroy the political influence of Shinawatra. Yingluck was indeed accused of being a puppet of Thaksin, his brother, whose parties won every election since 2001. Accused of corruption, it took the path of exile for several years to escape prison.
Thailand, deeply divided between pro and anti-Shinawatra, is facing a recurring political crisis since the 2006 coup against Thaksin Shinawatra. Since taking power in May 2014, the military has banned political rallies and multiplied lawsuits against supporters of Yingluck Shinawatra, including under the controversial law of treason. The military justified the coup against the government of Yingluck by the defense of the monarchy, in a context of uncertainty, while the King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej, 87 years old, is hospitalized.

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Thailand prohibits foreigners recourse to a surrogate mother

The country has just passed a law that prohibits foreign couples to use a Thai surrogate. MP Wallop Tungkananurak welcomes “Thailand and the uterus Thai women” are more in the future a “hub” of this type of procreation.
Thai MPs voted Thursday a law that prohibits foreigners recourse to surrogacy in their territory. This law should come into force in June.Thailand prohibits foreigners recourse to a surrogate mother ,

For a couple to use a surrogate, at least one of the two prospective parents must have Thai citizenship and must be married for at least three years. Other criteria are required on the side of surrogate mothers: they must be over 25 years of age, married and had a child of a first child. The agreement of their husbands is also required.

“If aliens are trying to use illegally (a Thai surrogate mother to have a child) it might 10 years in prison,” said MP Wallop Tungkananurak. Another law will also prohibit advertising of the practice.

The end of a trade?

Surrogacy is the subject of several scandals in Thailand. Gammy, a child with Down syndrome was dropped in August by an Australian couple to the young Thai woman of 21 who carried it for nine months. The couple then had kept the twin sister of the boy who she was healthy. Another controversy, a Japanese rich using surrogates to the chain was discovered a few days earlier.

According to the Medical Council of Thailand, hundreds of babies are born each year in the hundred private clinics specialized in assisted reproduction. With this text, “Thailand and the uterus Thai women will never be a hub”, welcomed Thursday night Wallop Tungkananurak

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Record nominations to the Board of Investment of Thailand

More than 2,000 investment projects worth 1.4 trillion baht was deposited to benefit from the Board of Investment promotional privileges for the month of December 2014, said Ms. Hirunya Sujinai, Secretary General of BOI.
For all of last year, 3,469 investment projects worth 2.1 trillion baht were the subject of an application to the BoI, which is the highest amount in terms of investment value for 50 years.
The number of projects and their value for 2014 represent an increase of 73% and 117% respectively compared to 2013.
Ms. Hirunya attributed the high number of projects to the willingness of investors to invest in Thailand. Apparently foreign investors were not unduly worried by the coup of May 22, and the prolonged absence of democratic elections.
Since the beginning of this year, the new BOI’s investment policy is in force. The new policy no longer encourages activities that have little added value, require intensive work, or involving little technology and / or simple production process. But she promotes new and interesting activities.

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The sumptuous villa holiday Jay-Z and Beyonce in Thailand

Beyonce and Jay-Z are on vacation during the holidays and they headed to Thailand for a new year sun, quiet and away from New York.

They had left Iceland in early December and three weeks later, after crossing the globe, these are in Thailand. Of course, they do not travel in the same way as us. They take a private jet, staying in the most exclusive establishments and eat lobster every meal.beyonce et jay-Z en Thailande ( Phuket )

When we allow ourselves a sunbed, they bask on a luxury beach bed, when we go to the beach, they enjoy a private Olympic pool. If your hotel room is 15m2, for them, it is the size of the toilet. So it’s no surprise that the duo has offered some holidays in Phuket, Thailand, in a sumptuous villa to 25,000 dollars a night.

A villa to 25,000 dollars a night

Yes, you read correctly! But that’s the price of peace, luxury and exclusivity. All research a couple of star holiday. This villa, nestled near the Aman Resort allows its not like other tenants to enjoy everything without worrying about anything. A butler is available round the clock, as the cook and a team that meets their every desire.

These desires, moreover, are very simple, according to local sources, “They make sandcastles with Blue Ivy on the beach”, “Jay-Z makes the bike” and the couple even attended Thai boxing match. Vacation “almost” like everyone else, finally …

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Bangkok and Chiang Mai among the 10 cheapest cities in the world

The cities of Bangkok and Chiang Mai would be part of the 10 least expensive cities in the world to visit, according to a recent report (Backpacker Index for 2014) published by Price of Travel, ranking 124 cities from the cheapest to the most expensive.

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In recent years, Thailand saw its number of visitors increase, making the Kingdom of Siam one of the most visited countries in the world. The diversity of its landscapes and living standards are certainly part of the main selection criteria for travelers.
Chiang Mai with 13 euros per day.
Bangkok, the capital, Chiang Mai, the largest city in the north, so be part of the cheapest destinations for backpackers on a budget.
The study based its selection criteria on the cost of day: a dorm bed, three meals, two transport trips together, pay-cultural attraction and three beers cheap (considered as the leisure budget).

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Asia dominates the ranking of the top 20 cheapest cities in the world with 15 entries, including Bangkok and Chiang Mai, the capital and the third largest city in Thailand.
Only the Vietnam surpasses Thailand in the list of most “routardes” cities with three mentions (Hanoi, ahead Chiang Mai with the second position, Ho Chi Minh City that Bangkok ahead with the 5th position, and Hoi An in 14th place ).
Here is an overview of the complete rankings with the average budget for a day calculated in US dollars
Pokhara, Nepal – $ 14.32
Hanoi, Vietnam – $ 15.88
Chiang Mai, Thailand – $ 17.66
Goa, India – $ 18.25
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – $ 18.27
Kathmandu, Nepal – $ 18.46
Vientiane, Laos – $ 21.38
Delhi, India – $ 21.38
Luang Prabang, Laos – $ 21.71
Bangkok, Thailand – $ 21.78
Phnom Penh, Cambodia – $ 21.95
La Paz, Bolivia – $ 22.24
Quito, Ecuador – $ 22.30
Hoi An, Vietnam – $ 23.26
Colombo, Sri Lanka – $ 23.87
Bucharest, Romania – $ 24.24
Jakarta, Indonesia – $ 24.67
Manila, Philippines – $ 25.16
Kiev, Ukraine – $ 25.36
Sofia, Bulgaria – $ 25.95
Eat in Bangkok for 1 euro …
No wonder Bangkok is ranked in tenth place and Chiang Mai in the third, when you see all that you can do with a very limited budget in these two cities. And interesting thing is that they also vacuum seal meals, its warm there so its hard to keep food fresh. Vacuum sealing helps there, read more from Vacuum sealer research, they review best vacuum sealers and give awesome tips how to seal your food.
You can travel for less than 20 € per day including accommodation. In Bangkok, for example, eating in a Thai restaurant costs only 40 baht, or about 1 € for a very decent and enjoyable meal. One can easily find accommodation in a guest house for € 10 per night, with private bedroom and bathroom.
On cultural visits, we will not ruin either: the price of the entrance of temples is very correct: 100 baht (about 2.4 €) to Wat Pho for example, one of the most beautiful temples in the city . Beware though, it’s easy to spend a lot of money if we try to live in the West.
… To eat local condition
French restaurants in Bangkok for example, one can easily ruin because imported products are much more expensive. Not to mention it is often necessary to add the VAT and service in addition to the price of food in addition quickly becomes salty.
In Chiang Mai, backpackers will also travel cheaply, without worrying too much about their budget. As ranked by the Backpacker Index for 2014, the budget of a day amounts to 17.66 US dollars, or about 13 euros.
The choice of guest houses and other hotels are many, we are no less than 500, the first prices starting at about € 6-7 for a night in the dorm.
For added comfort, the prices are still very affordable. We can eat for a pittance, as in Bangkok. Although the meter taxis do not swarm here as in the capital, songthaews (kind of pickup equipped for the transport of passengers) will take you wherever you want for a very reasonable price.
What afford some beautiful forest excursions to admire the beautiful landscape of northern Thailand. For the shoppers, the Sunday market in Chiang Mai offers countless local craft stalls. The perfect place to bring back memories of his trip: embroidered fabrics in silk, silver jewelry, sun carved objects …
Be careful though, there are more and more counterfeit products as we see everywhere in the markets of Bangkok.
The two major cities offer a multitude of things to discover, each being very different but equally interesting, providing opportunities for small budgets to enjoy their trip to Thailand. This is however not the case in the country.
Indeed, in the southern islands, for example, everything is much more expensive because the more isolated and highly prized by tourism, although we can still afford to stop there a few days with a limited budget. Prices obviously vary depending on the season, high or low, and may go up to threefold.

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End of reign in Bangkok

The Thai monarchy came last week in a transition phase and uncertainty clouded by a financial scandal that affects the wife of the crown prince.
With a sick monarch who is no longer able to leave her hospital room the day of his birthday, and a crown prince forced to separate from his wife involved in an unprecedented corruption scandal: the end of the reign of King Bhumibol looks challenging for Thailand.
Even more challenging it will be preceded by a debate, since the lese majeste law prohibits any comment on issues affecting the monarchy and the king.
It also protects the same way the royal family, so the crown prince, who is currently affected indirectly through his wife, by a huge corruption scandal.
Because of censorship, the Thai press has merely reproduced an official press line three of the palace, indicating that the princess had renounced his royal title.


A fundamental challenge for Thailand
The challenge yet size for Thailand because the monarchy is often presented as a pillar of stability in the country. During his exceptionally long reign, the king intervened repeatedly in Thai politics to appease conflict that threatened to escalate into bloody battles.
Last year, when Bangkok was paralyzed by protests and fear of clashes on 5 December (day of the royal birthday) had been a day of truce and reconciliation.
For the current monarch, although very weak and less present in public life, remains a beloved personality as a sort of demigod, and highly respected by the vast majority of Thais.
A reign that merges with the history of Thailand
The life of King Bhumibol coincides largely with the history of modern Thailand: inducted in 1946, crowned in 1950, he identified himself to the fate of his country.
Under his reign Thailand has deeply transformed from an agrarian country to a modern industrial power. Thailand is often cited as a model of economic development in the countries of Southeast Asia, and King Bhumibol has contributed significantly to the stability and development of his country.
Thailand, choosing to ally with the United States, was able to escape the communist disaster that ravaged its neighbors like Vietnam, Laos or Cambodia.
Cambodia monarchy behaved as an objective ally of the communist insurgency, facilitating the coming to power of the Khmer Rouge, and genocidal madness that ensued.
A unique blend of tradition and mondernité
The Thai monarchy has avoided this pitfall, without falling into the Westernization and loss of substance other countries aligned with the United States.
Thailand has always kept a form of independence, jealously preserving its traditions and peculiarities, probably a legacy of the country’s history that has never been colonized.
This unusual blend of tradition and modernism, she must now probably in large part to the exceptional personality of King Bhumibol, who spent much of his reign to go to modernize his country, through numerous projects funded the funds of the crown.
Today, if the end of his reign will be difficult, it is in large part because some intend to use the prestige of the monarchy for political purposes.
This is the case of the law of lese majeste has become a tool of censorship in the service of power away from its original mission was to protect the monarch insults and slanders.

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