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Remember last year there was pretty much blanket news coverage of the democracy protests in Iran after their elections failed to select the western friendly candidate (or more friendly than I'madinnerjacket - apparently the way to start pronouncing his name properly though it sounds a bit dodgy to me)
Well this year we have the Thailand stuff but to me the news coverage seems a lot less there than on Iran - people have died protesting for free elections, the police crack down is harsh and brutal but it seems to pass us by.
Is it because the Thai government is more pro-western?
Or is it to do with oil?

I mean if the Greeks busted protesters like the Thai's did there'd be uproar, someone in the international community should be condemning this, but they don't seem to be, they should be told (pseudo) democratic governments don't act like this, you don't bust heads when all people want is an election

But sadly no-one really seems to want to speak out on it much
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Date:May 21st, 2010 08:36 am (UTC)
Orientalism is a strange creature.
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Date:May 21st, 2010 09:51 am (UTC)
I think it was more of a case of the Middle East having been all over the news *anyway* so the media had a vested interested in the area.

If you want to get conspiratorial about it, proper Democracy in Iran would support concepts of pressing for Democracy in Iraq being justification for heading over there.

Thaliand on the other hand? Who wants to sit through a long background report on the state of policial unrest in Thailand in order to understand why protests have hit this level? Can't put that into a 5 min revolving article.. best to keep it short and sweet so people can understand.
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Date:May 21st, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
Thailand is more of a mess. The protesters are asking for elections but the current PM was elected and is head of a coalition government. The current government is pretty corrupt but the red shirt movement also supports someone who was deposed for . . . corruption.

The short answer is that this is about the clash of two major political interests, both of whom are behaving pretty badly by Western democratic standards. As such, there's less coverage and push because there's no easy "this side is being bad to these other people, who are the good guys".

I think its the fact that the country has been a corrupt, inefficient mess for so long, that there's no 'easy story' for the media, unlike when a clearly repressive regime cracks down on pro democracy movement where the leaders do not have clear issues in terms of their moral high ground.
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