There is one way the latest WikiLeaks deluge could help beleaguered U.S. officials. It might encourage an Iraq-weary American public to forget the last WikiLeaks deluge: war logs suggesting that the U.S. military had ignored torture by its Iraqi allies. But those allegations still resonate in Thailand, and not just because this staunch U.S. ally is fighting an insurgency of its own. Since 2004, more than 4,400 people have been killed in southern Thailand in a bloody conflict between government security forces and shadowy separatist militants. Most Thais are Buddhists, but the southern provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat are largely populated by Malay-speaking Muslims, who have chafed under rule from faraway Bangkok for a century. I recently visited the region with director Orlando de Guzman to co-produce an al-Jazeera documentary on the death of a 25-year-old militant suspect called Sulaiman Naesa.
"After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the U.S., the Central Intelligence Agency set up a global network of secret prisons where terrorism suspects were subjected to waterboarding, or simulated drowning, and other forms of torture. The system's first two detainees were brutally interrogated at a prison in Thailand in 2002. In November the U.S. Justice Department decided that C.I.A. officials would not face criminal charges for destroying videotapes that showed the torture.
The C.I.A. never revealed the exact location of its secret prison, reportedly closed in 2003. Thailand denied all knowledge of it. Yet many of the so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques" refined at these facilities — prolonged stress positions, sleep deprivation, use of dogs — keep resurfacing in detainee testimony to international human-rights groups. " by Dec 1
"Since 2004, more than 4,400 people have been killed in southern Thailand in a bloody conflict between government security forces and shadowy separatist militants" by Dec 1
Three prime ministers in three months. Two airports in the Thai capital blockaded for a week. Protesters twice booting out of office an elected government. All of these scenes in Thailand’s political drama unfolded in less than a year.
2008-12-24 Une seule certitude : l'incertitude ;) by Sep 24