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(From The Nation (Thailand))
Byline: The Nation.
Re: "Thaksin the sole casualty in bomb brouhaha", Opinion, 27 August.
Sophon Onkgara has written that caretaker Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra appeared to be the "sole casualty" of last week's alleged bomb plot. While the investigation is still ongoing, and even though the caretaker prime minister has insisted that four more military officers were also involved, I would not be surprised if Lt Thawatchai emerged as the "sole mastermind" of the so-called brouhaha.
This leads me to fear for the life of this soldier if he is not able to pinpoint anybody else.
The Army, instead of dismissing the accused out of hand, should have taken him under its own custody just so he would be protected and given a fair investigation.
Why does the US continue to work with big tobacco'
Your report ["Anti-tobacco body slams Boyce action", News, August 26] that US Ambassador Ralph Boyce lead a group of tobacco and alcohol company representatives to meet Thailand's public health minister is disgraceful. The US government has consistently worked to destroy tobacco control efforts in Thailand and this kind of interference must stop.
Thailand is known to have, and believes in, strong tobacco regulations. In contrast, the US-based tobacco industry was recently found guilty of deception and racketeering in a seven-year court case brought against …