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Thailand's security forces bought more than 1,500 fake "bomb detectors" for $30 million, investigators say, and the army currently deploys them against Islamist rebels despite a U.S. Embassy warning that the devices are as useless as "a toy."
BANGKOK | Thailand's security forces bought more than 1,500 fake "bomb detectors" for $30 million, investigators say, and the army deploys them against Islamist rebels despite a U.S. Embassy warning that the devices are as useless as "a toy."
The sister of exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra led Thailand's main opposition party to a landslide victory in elections Sunday, heralding an extraordinary political turnaround five tumultuous years after her fugitive billionaire brother was toppled in an army coup.
While all eyes are fixed on the drama and fireworks of the Arab Spring, a much quieter military takeover of government is creeping forward in Thailand, with snap elections expected for early July. Just in case anyone was worried that the rushed process might not be fair, Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban has already firmly rejected the possibility of election observers with a colorful racial slur, stating that he doesn't "respect Westerners" and won't allow them to impose upon Thai sovereignty. It's safe to assume that the rhetoric will only get more ugly going forward.
Deadly bombings across Bangkok have evoked fear and confusion as the country's military and police have been unable to keep the capital safe despite their years of counterterrorism training by the U.S.
Since the quelling of the Red Shirt pro-democracy protests in May, Thailand has witnessed a show of unity between Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, whose legitimacy in office has been questioned, and the military, a key player in the government's stability.