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Thailand Politics - and exclusive interview

An exclusive interview with Nation editor-in-chief Suthichai Yoon, Professor Stephen Young - credited among those who discovered the bronze-age site of Ban Chiang in northeastern Thailand in 1966 (now a Unesco world-heritage site) - deplores the "ridiculous" national division he insists has resulted from Thaksin Shinawatra's "imperial" ambition.

Professor Stephen B Young is the global เอ็กเซ็คคิวทีฟ 
 Executive (คำนี้ต้องพิมพ์ไทยไม่งั้นไม่ผ่านระบบกรองคำของเว็บ) director of the Caux Round Table and an editorial commentator for Twin Cities Daily Planet newswire. He was educated at the International School Bangkok, Harvard College (graduating Magna Cum Laude) and Harvard Law School (graduating Cum Laude).

He was a former assistant dean at Harvard Law School and former dean of Hamline University School of Law. He is widely recognised for his knowledge of Asian history and politics, and has taught at various prestigious institutes. His articles have been published in well-known newspapers including the New York Times.

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ใครมีเพื่อน ฝรั่งที่ถามว่าเกิดอะไรขึ้นกับบ้านเมืองของเราเปิดคลิปสี่ตอนนี้ให้ดูได้เลย เป็นภาษาอังกฤษมีซับไทเทิ่ลภาษาไทย คนต่างชาติที่รักและสนใจเมืองไทยจะได้ทราบว่าจริงๆ แล้วเกิดอะไรขึ้นกับบ้านเมืองของเรา เราต้องช่วยกันคนละไม้คนละมือ สร้างความเชื่อมั่นความมั่นคงเข้มแข็งสู่ชุมชนและสู่ประเทศอันเป็นที่รักของ เราในระดับโลก ปลูกฝังความรักชาติ ศาสน์ กษัตริย์

ดูคลิปอันนี้แล้ว ไม่ต้องอธิบายอะไรอีกเลยชัดเจน ตรงไปตรงมา

Prof. Stephen Young "Foreigners don't know the way the Thais think. I'm more worried now about Thailand than ever before.

When I first came here in 1961, that was 48 years ago, and my father was the American ambassador, we had a wonderful family relationship with Thailand. Maybe different from many foreigners.
I don't speak Thai so well anymore, but I have a feeling that there's something special to us, to our family, my father, my mother, or myself, my brother, my sister about Thailand.

We care about Thailand. My dad was close to His Majesty, close to [ex-PM Field Marshal] Sarit [Thanarat], and in 1961 there was this gap between the Bangkok elite and the rural poor, a real gap. So, today, 2009, when I hear the red shirts say there's a gap between Bangkok and ban nok [upcountry], I think it's ridiculous. Today, there's a gap, but in 1961 it was much bigger.

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