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Afghanistan’s Taliban and the Thai Coup

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Just finished reading “An Intimate War” by Mike Martin.

There are some interesting and profound parallels between the western war against the Taliban in Afghanistan and the way the political situation in Thailand is influenced by that country’s culture and way of life.

Martin, a career soldier, arrived in Helmand province in 2008, the only officer who spoke Pushtu, the native language. That was two years after the Thai military ousted the elected premier Taksin. The background to that, the cultural background, has not been adequately explained until now. And it is important.

Both countries have cultures and politics that appear strange and complicated to the way we think in the West. Martin gives illustrations that show how the internationally funded command misunderstood and misinterpreted what they were being told by those they had come to help in Afghanistan. Sometimes the western media, and indeed many foreigners living in Thailand…

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#Thailand funeral #traditions and customs. Photos illustrating “End of a Life” – a WordPress blog.

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The casket before the tributes arrived and before the rites began. Neigbours making the decorations. Note the number of awnings and chairs. More amd more people came later.

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The last photo is the coffin being taken to a small sala, uncovered ,and mourners being able to say their final farewell by sprinkling holy water over the body. Obviously no photos were taken of that. The casket is then returned to the funeral pyre and the cremation commences.

The week’s events from death to cremation are described in a blog extract “End of a Life” and available in eBook and print formats.   Thailand Take Two . by Matt Owen Rees

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Some Book Reviews and Blog Comments

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Unedited reviews from Amazon, Createspace, and Apple

 

I can’t recommend this book enough. This story is beautiful, absolutely beautiful! This is one of those books that you will want to read in one sitting.
Escape to Thailand will appeal to anyone who has ever experienced divorce, or for anyone who has ever dreamed of starting over.
The main character, Derek, is masterfully written so that you feel each and every doubt, heartache, and pain, along with his surprise and delight in finding love, trust, and acceptance on the other side of the world.
The author has such a strong narrative voice, you will find yourself laughing and crying as he navigates the strange and beautiful culture of the people of Thailand.
I found myself daydreaming about being as brave as Derek, to fly away from it all and begin again, new and unknown.
I will read EVERY book this…

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A fresh attempt at #Democracy in #Thailand?

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(Drummond is) not totally sure whether (he agrees) with the sentiments in this statement (below) by the AFDD – another acronym on the battlefield of Bangkok – but it does make sense now the People’s Democratic Reform Committee seem to have achieved their goals of getting rid of the Shinawatras, and decimating the Cabinet.

But of course its not that simple. It will never be simple until government is open to scrutiny, and the crooks are cleared out of all political parties.

As that is not going to happen overnight so people should vote for a government who will make it happen. That means the people should elect a government and that government should introduce new laws which would put severe restrictions on their own behaviour and severe penalties, such as those for treason, for robbing their own country. And that is not going to happen either…………Next!


Assembly for the…

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#Thailand funeral #traditions and customs. Photos illustrating “End of a Life” – a WordPress blog.

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The casket before the tributes arrived and before the rites began. Neigbours making the decorations. Note the number of awnings and chairs. More amd more people came later.

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The last photo is the coffin being taken to a small sala, uncovered ,and mourners being able to say their final farewell by sprinkling holy water over the body. Obviously no photos were taken of that. The casket is then returned to the funeral pyre and the cremation commences.

The week’s events from death to cremation are described in a blog extract “End of a Life” and available in eBook and print formats.   Thailand Take Two . by Matt Owen Rees

Apple, Nook, Amazon Createspace etc

More pics on #Thailand funeral #customs, illustrating “The End of a Life”

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Pics linking to previous WordPress blog “End of a Life”

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DSCN2372Funeral rites vary throughout Thailand and these pics are from a northern middle class family bereavement. What is common throughout the country though is the way family and community get together at funerals from the time of death to the time of cremation.

It has always surprised me that when a foreigner dies here, his friends attend the cremation but rarely the rites and gatherings that precede it. Thais attend most days and don’t understand the expat response. It’s because it’s a different culture.

Please feel free to comment with your own thoughts and opinions

Today’s pics show the catering operarion. No formal caterers just friends and neighbours for the hundred or so mourners who attended. Tomorrow, photos of the rites and cremation.

The photos relate to a chapter in #Thailand Take Two” by Matt Owens Rees, available to buy or sample free

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Cambridge #University #Wine

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#Cambridge #University spent 7 million on wine last year; the same amount that they spent on helping disadvantaged students.

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