Thursday, March 10, 2016

Thailand harasses siblings of professor who criticizes monarchy while abroad; DPRK's warheads

Oavin Chachavalpongpun, of Kyoto University and a visiting scholar at Cambridge, London, wrote in the Washington Post on Thursday March 10, 2016, p. A19, “How the Thai monarchy is trying to silence me” .  Apparently, for lecturing about the future of the Thai monarchy in the UK, his sister living in Bangkok is harassed by police. 

It strange to me for governments to hold individuals responsible for siblings or other family members besides their own children or descendants – for other for whom they bear no responsibility for bringing into the world.  It doesn’t seem that the definition of “family values” in these cultures is clear-cut or depends on personal decisions.

He also explains how he was summoned when teaching in Japan and forced to seek refugee status in Japan.  This all relates to the lese-majeste law, Article 112 of Thai criminal code.
In a separate matter, we’ve all heard about North Korea’s claim that it can mount a nuclear warhead on its missiles now.  We can’t afford to get this wrong. 

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