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Underreported: Thailand’s Turmoil

Thursday, May 13, 2010

On this week’s Underreported, Duncan McCargo, a leading scholar of Thai politics, discusses his fieldwork about the conflict in southern Thailand.

Since 2004, more than 4,200 people have been killed in the region in fighting between the Thai government and rebels in the heavily Muslim southern provinces. Duncan McCargo is the author of Tearing Apart the Land: Islam and Legitimacy in Southern Thailand. Plus, we’ll look at the ongoing protests in Bangkok.

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Duncan McCargo
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Comments [3]

Robert L. Payne

I cannot download this to my mp3 player.

May. 15 2010 01:20 AM
Gerry from New York

Mr McCargo gave a reasonably balanced evaluation of the situation in spite of the usual NPR attempt at its usual "moral equivalence" approach. The Muslim insurgents in the south are, in fact, loosely tied to the global Muslim separatist situation and receive considerable funding from outside of Thailand. Malaysia does its best to ignore the cross-border aspects of the problem in order not to further inflame its own Muslim radicals. There is clearly "ethnic cleansing" going on in the three southern provinces that any construction company will attest to in neighboring Songklha province. The most egregious counter-insurgency actions took place under the deposed former PM Thaksin, who is a strong supporter of, and strongly supported by, the Red Shirt movement. The political issues in the north of Thailand, alluded to by Mr Lopate, are very different than those in the south.

May. 13 2010 04:04 PM
Kerry from Jersey

Does your guest think that the American press and government won't touch this issue because it will undermine the Middle East effort?

It's sounds like the same kind of insurgency that we are fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq. Is it not?

May. 13 2010 01:47 PM

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