January 30, 2015
Many Thais have reacted with fury to what is being widely seen as a case of the US meddling in Thai politics. The incident brings to mind „The Ugly American“, a film made more than 50 years ago during the cold war. It portrayed America’s arrogant behaviour towards a third-world country.
The outcry against the US came in response to inappropriate remarks about Thai politics made by the visiting Daniel Russel, assistant secretary of the US State Department for East Asia. Russel questioned whether there had been political motives behind the move to oust Yingluck Shinawatra and the subsequent vote at the National Legislative Assembly to impeach her retroactively and indict her over the rice-pledging scandal. The US envoy also urged Thailand to end martial law and return to the democratic…
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