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    America bashing at Esplanade Mall

    By gohmer, Created on: 09/05/2010, Last updated on: 11/06/2011

    » I putting this post up because it is related to international relationships with American citizens living and visiting Thailand. It illustrated to me that little is known about America by most people in Thailand, in fact, I think that few in the world truly understand what America is about and how...

    • evan10 commented : Gohmer, there are many people in the US who are pretty chauvinistic and will insult other countries. I think that in every country there are chauvinists who think their country is the best. Just think about how many times you've heard people in the US denigrate France or Canada for no reason. Or think about how people talk about the Muslim countries. We changed the name of French Fries to Freedom Fries for a few years after 9/11. How stupid was that? This T-shirt is probably harmless. There are a lot of other causes in Thailand that are more worthy of your time. Yes, maybe that t-shirt is a little offensive, but there are legitimate reasons for people in SE Asia to hate the US. The US dropped more bombs on Laos during the Vietnam War than all countries dropped on each other in World War II combined. We flew 580,344 bombing missions over the country. Thirty percent of these munitions didn't explode, and are still laying around the country. Every year, people are wounded, maimed or killed because of these bombs. Here's a link about it: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8089366.stm. We also killed perhaps over a million people in Cambodia as well. While trying to counter the communist insurgency in Cambodia, the US destroyed the rural areas of the country, driving millions of people from the countryside to the cities. The population of Phnom Penh increased from 375,000 to roughly 2 million. This caused widespread famine and death. By the CIA's own estimates, 600,000 Cambodians died from US and South Vietnamese invasions from 1970-75. When the US left Cambodia in 1975, we estimated that another million Cambodians would die as a result of famine. Here are some links about the US involvement in Cambodia during and after the Vietnam War: http://www.understandingpower.com/Chapter3.htm#f60 http://www.onwar.com/aced/chrono/c1900s ... ia1970.htm Even though you don't learn much about this in high school and college, the US is an imperial power. We didn't fight wars all over the place to fight Communism. We have fought 3 large wars since the fall of Communism 20 years ago, so if anything, we have become more aggressive. We fight wars to benefit big business, and use the threat of Communism or Terrorism to whip Americans into enough of a frenzy to approve of international violence.

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    foreigners have got no rights?

    By majoy, Created on: 24/03/2010, Last updated on: 12/04/2010

    » We moved to this new house six months ago and everything is fine except for the noisy dogs next door. I spoke to the owner and asked if they could make their dogs quiet and she said it's not their dogs fault but the dog opposite who always stand outside their gate and make their dogs bark...how ridiculous!...

    • Gavelind commented : Hi, I understand your problem and I think it is sad and wrong for you to come with such a remark. Your case is not about race or nationality, it is about having a bad-mannered neighbor, not a Thai, or a Chinese or a Kenyan, a person who has barking dogs next to your door. That is the problem. Well, if you don't like the neighborhood, the only thing left for you to do is to move out. I went through the same ordeal in Canada, mind you, between Canadians, coming from the same city, sharing the same language, the same laws, the same faith, the same color: their dogs made us crazy, there was nothing we could do. Calling the police a couple of times because the dogs were lose and frightened little kids playing in the street, a few tickets, took them to court... to no avail. Peace came back to us after we moved out. That's all and that's it. You are very lucky to live in Thailand where foreigners and above all women have some sorts of rights anyway. What would you do in Saudi Arabia or Turkey where women are sold on the open market and are worth less than a camel? Wake up! Why live in another country and want to impose your values on them? See where the US has gone and see how far that took them! Hundreds of thousands have died, cities are in ruins... what for? Stay home, believe me, let the others live the way they are used to. You will never change them and will only be an outcast, an outsider, miserable and frustrated. At home, you are not a foreigner, and you have rights. It is much safer too, as now that you have enemies, they will retaliate.

    • 47 replies, 107,464 views

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    Land purchase through Thai spouse forbidden: Land Dept

    By Suttisan, Created on: 28/05/2009, Last updated on: 02/10/2016

    » -- Land purchase through Thai spouse forbidden: Land Dept The director general of the Land Department has reiterated that foreigners using Thai nominees to buy land anywhere in the country will have their land title deeds revoked if caught – even if the nominee in question is a lawfully wedded...

    • Somluck commented : I believe it is known as a sovereign state (country). Each country makes its own laws. Some like you might want every country to have the same laws, others don't. Just look at Britain leavin the European Union. I don't find the law in relation to a less than 50% equitable interest property difficult to understand. It is very simple non Thais can only have a less than 50% equitable interest in property. I find it disturbing that people say "I bought the property in my spouse's name" and wonder why they breach the 50% rule. What do the words "I bought the property in my spouse's name" mean? It means to me you actually equitably have a 100% interest in the property and the spouse is simply a bare trustee whose name is on the title. The Thai law is simply normal Anglo Saxon law as practiced in England, USA, Canada, New Zealand, etc etc.. The same can be for the use of Thai companiesfor the same purpose. Both arrangement are simply very legal silly constructs ( that don't work) intended to get around a very simple policy.

    • 186 replies, 1,555,754 views

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    The Value of a Tourist.

    By Sean Moran, Created on: 18/01/2009, Last updated on: 15/12/2010

    » What are some of the most common positive and negative results of foreign tourists from overseas visiting Thailand? Thai opinions welcome, kap.

    • james commented : I would have to agree that Thailand does attract a lot of criminals. You can easily spot them in pattaya, koh samui, bangkok, chang mai or just about any tourist destination. A large percent of them are drunks, lowlifes and criminals on the run that Thailand allows to wander in on few if any checks. These types are screened when ever they try to enter the U.S. or Canada and often sent packing back onto the plane. Since Thailand is so concerned with money first it,s an open door to these types. But giving these guys a little slack there are many so called high quality tourists with families that certainly act like lowlifes with their rude behavior towards the thais as nothing more than a peg above slave. I am embarrassed to be around them so avoid these areas all together. Having lived here for over eight years it just got old having to avoid these idiots. I made an effort shortly after arriving to learn thai just so i could avoid them. They encourage bad behavior from the thais from tossing money around like there is no tomorrow. How often do you witness a farang paying 100 to 200 percent more for a taxi, dinner, bargirl, hotel etc. Walking down main street half naked on Koh Samui just shows total disrespect to the locals. So do us all a favor who live here in peace with the thais .Learn some common sense as to the price of a taxi, a meal, a bargirl etc. But above all learn some common manners.

    • villager commented : [quote="james":sgsyl7qu]I would have to agree that Thailand does attract a lot of criminals. You can easily spot them in pattaya, koh samui, bangkok, chang mai or just about any tourist destination. A large percent of them are drunks, lowlifes and criminals on the run that Thailand allows to wander in on few if any checks. These types are screened when ever they try to enter the U.S. or Canada and often sent packing back onto the plane. Since Thailand is so concerned with money first it,s an open door to these types. But giving these guys a little slack there are many so called high quality tourists with families that certainly act like lowlifes with their rude behavior towards the thais as nothing more than a peg above slave. I am embarrassed to be around them so avoid these areas all together. Having lived here for over eight years it just got old having to avoid these idiots. I made an effort shortly after arriving to learn thai just so i could avoid them. They encourage bad behavior from the thais from tossing money around like there is no tomorrow. How often do you witness a farang paying 100 to 200 percent more for a taxi, dinner, bargirl, hotel etc. Walking down main street half naked on Koh Samui just shows total disrespect to the locals. So do us all a favor who live here in peace with the thais .Learn some common sense as to the price of a taxi, a meal, a bargirl etc. But above all learn some common manners.[/quote:sgsyl7qu]Hi James, it would appear that your home base is Samui, i first went there in 89 and stayed for 3 months in a sleepy little fishing village called Bophut ,my late wife and i fell in love with the place and went annually for extended holidays , i visited 3 years ago , my my how things have changed!

    • 85 replies, 111,416 views

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