Two articles from the Asia Times Online recently came across my desk in the past week and if you’re interested in Thailand, investments here or just love reading about political war room stories then these articles would definitely be of interest.

We have several thoughts about this…but for obvious reasons, would prefer not to comment publicly.

New battlelines in Thailand 
By John Cole and Steve Sciacchitano 

A major reshuffle of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s cabinet this month threatens to put her government on a new collision course with the powerful and emboldened military. 

While much of the commentary on the new lineup has focused on the ruling Puea Thai party’s bid to restore its sagging popularity after last year’s flooding disaster, the significance of the appointment of the new defense minister, Air Chief Marshal (ACM) Sukampon Suwannathat, has not been properly weighed.

Thailand’s Thaksin prepares for war
By John Cole and Steve Sciacchitano 

Newly appointed Thai Minister of Defense Air Chief Marshal Sukampon Suwannathat is quietly planning to activate a new “war room”, or secretive unofficial command center, to direct mass pro-government “red-shirt” demonstrations planned for the coming months, according to senior Thai military sources familiar with the situation. 

The war room, created at the direction of fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, will become operational by June, the same sources say. The senior military sources say that Thaksin, who lives in self-exile in the United Arab Emirates, ordered that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, his younger sister, be kept in the dark about the war room’s creation so that she may honestly deny its existence if questioned by the press.

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