Donald J. Trump
21 Nov 2017
President Trump has just been to China. Just before he arrived, the trial of Taiwanese NGO worker Lee Ming-cheh was streamed online from Yueyang City Intermediate People’s Court in Hunan province. Lee had been arrested on 19 March when he crossed the border from Macau. He then disappeared into the gulag that is the Chinese judicial system. He had not been seen for 6 months before his trial for “subverting state power” under a new Foreign NGO Management Law.
9 Oct 2017
Two weeks before he was unleashed on the United Nations General Assembly, President Trump gave a speech in Bismarck, North Dakota, supposedly to outline his plans on tax reform. (A quick aside for the historically-minded: Bismarck is named after the Iron Chancellor who invented realpolitik and Germany. Could there be a starker contrast?)
26 May 2017
A bomb goes off at Phramongkutklao Hospital and 25 are injured. The Prime Minister next day says that if such things go on, the election (in the most optimistic scenario at least 18 months away) may have to be delayed.
28 Jan 2017
The new President of the United States believes that ‘torture works.’ Or rather, with his unremitting bombast, ‘absolutely torture works.’ He bases this not on any empirical evidence (which all points the other way) but on the same kind of fact-free ugly-gut faux-hard-man reaction that has led him to claim that climate change is a Chinese hoax, that his election victory would have been more impressive if millions had not voted illegally, and that his inauguration attracted the biggest audience ever. Period. Ever.
11 Nov 2016
The leader of Thailand’s junta has congratulated US President-elect Donald Trump on being elected, saying the junta would accept anyone elected by the people. On 9 November 2016, Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, Thailand’s Prime Minister, said the Thai government would have accepted whoever emerged as victor in the 2016 US election since either would have had the mandate of the people, reported the Thai News Agency. Prayut heads Thailand’s junta, the National Council for Peace and Order (N
10 Nov 2016
In the long run, Donald Trump’s protectionist policies may put an end to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, resulting in what could be a huge drop in Thai exports, says Thailand’s Commerce Minister. On 9 November 2016, Apiradi Tantraporn, Thailand’s Minister of Commerce, congratulated the new US President-elect Donald J. Trump on his victory.