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US Consul Chiangmai

The new US Consul in Chiangmai seems to be an improvement for relations with the Akha people. In 2010 the Consulate provided a grant to Akha community leaders for the recording and preservtion of Akha language and culture. This is a very welcome action.

Information below is from 2006 and before.
Below is the text of what the US Consulate Chiangmai Thailand says they do.

http://bangkok.usembassy.gov/consulcm/consulcm.htm

"Major activities: In addition to American citizen services and non-immigrant visa adjudication, the Consulate promotes educational and cultural exchange, environmental partnerships, and efforts to combat trafficking in persons. The US Government has made substantial contributions to and continues to support Royal Thai Government programs to eradicate opium cultivation and to encourage opium growers to cultivate substitute crops. The Consulate General closely monitors developments along the Thai-Burma border, including the welfare of over 150,000 displaced persons from Burma, and actively promotes US economic interests, including potential participation by US firms in the Greater Mekong Subregion. A US Air Force detachment monitors seismic activity in conjunction with the Royal Thai Navy."

Lets break that down a little bit.

"Major activities: In addition to American citizen services and non-immigrant visa adjudication, the Consulate promotes educational and cultural exchange, environmental partnerships, and efforts to combat trafficking in persons. "

Fact: In 2003 and 2004 when the US Consulate in Chiangmai, Eric Rubin, was repeatedly informed that Mr. Woon at the Benedikta House "orphanage' was raping children (mostly boys of 8-9 years) and that a Thai school teacher had reported it, that an Akha teacher had reported it and that children had reported it, the Consulate refused to do anthing.

They referred us to the hoax organization Trafcord who wasted a lot of time and resources and still did nothing. Shan Women's Network did not have anything nice to say about Traffcord we found out later.

The events of Mr. Woon were published in Thai papers. Mr. Woon was arrested by rather huge effort on the parts of the children going to Bangkok to testify, not based on anything the US Consulate took part in to protect them.

So this information on the web site is basically false. As well, we were told that the US trafficking effort is deeply related to the missions who are deeply involved in trafficking also.

Is the US Consulate involved in the trafficking? we are asked?

We don't know, but very powerful protected people are involved in trafficking. Known abuses still receive funding from US people such as Paul Lewis.

With no accountability, and in contradiction to CARE and USAID recommendations, mission continue to take a huge number of children away from Akha and other hill tribe families. Where these children end up no one knows. Sex abuse in these missions is common but not investigated. Free visas under the mission program are available.

"The US Government has made substantial contributions to and continues to support Royal Thai Government programs to eradicate opium cultivation and to encourage opium growers to cultivate substitute crops. "

The US government has always been involved in the drug issue of Thailand. Bill Young of Chiangmai and CIA fame in the book of McCoys, The Politics of Heroin In South East Asia, CIA and the drug trade, was opposed to US efforts to ban opium."

Most say the US was and is involved still. They aren't giving that lucrative trade away are they? This is the official US website isn't it? Wouldn't do to tell what is really going on. A ban boosts prices, gives control of the market to a few select individuals who can wash their face and look in the mirror with a money smile.

This US "contribution" has been a war of genocide that the US funds. Aid to the Thai government, killing of thousands of people, many of them hill tribe, and the militarization of Akha mountain areas. Crop substitution is a joke. Are they talking about the productive farm land taken away from the five villages of Hooh Yoh Akha by the Royal Project? No opium was grown there, so the US Consulate web site is filing false information about what is really going on in Thailand and their role in it.

There is very little opium cultivated in Thailand.

One of Thailand's biggest drug dealers, Thaksin Shinawatra, was opposed by the US Embassy in Bangkok when he first ran for Prime Minister as being involved in drugs.

Now he is the US Drug War darling.

If the US Consulate is involved in crop substitution, where is it, what would it be? Let them answer this question, they KNOW you don't know either way.

Crop substitution US style has been to support the Royal Projects which take away Akha autonomy and land. Or to use the drug war to substitute prison for crops, since the prisons are full of Akha now. The US drug war takes the land, via Thai forestry policy that the US is aware of, the prisons take the men, and what do you know, the US missions take the children. What a deal we have for you!

"The Consulate General closely monitors developments along the Thai-Burma border, including the welfare of over 150,000 displaced persons from Burma, and actively promotes US economic interests, including potential participation by US firms in the Greater Mekong Subregion. "

What developments would that be? Like the burning of Meh Joh Akha in Burma by Thai forces, the murder of men and women and children?

Monitoring the welfare of refugees? Why then are the Akha not considered refugees? Or is that because the US is busy plundering their children with US Gov. funded missions?

Lots of questions, think about it.


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