02 Apr '11, 11am

@StrontiumDog1 Central World' and its Demise and Rebirth > "elite," "bourgeoisie," "unarmed" "pro-democracy" Yeah

This paper looks at the cultural and political implications of the arson of Bangkok’s Central World Shopping Complex, one of the Asian region’s largest sites of elite/middleclass consumption – a “lifestyle destination centre” and a dreamscape. The destruction has become a new urban myth which has hit at the heart of late modern urban Thai values. The site itself is situated next to where the pro-democracy red-shirt protestors were gathered at the Raacha’prasong Intersection and culminated in the final day of the violent crackdown 19 May 2010. I argue that the symbolic and economic gesture of the destruction of the shopping complex has had massive ramifications for political events that followed and as justification for the regime’s extra-judicial and military response to the crisis. Henceforth the social movement’s leaders were labelled in a post 9/11 discourse as state “t...

Full article: http://www.ari.nus.edu.sg/publication_details.asp?pubtype...

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channelnewsasia.com 02 Apr '11, 1pm

BAKU: Riot police staged a show of force in the capital of ex-Soviet Azerbaijan on Saturday to stop an unauthorised pro-de...