UPDATE: Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak has been to the US Embassy twice to meet Ambassador Glyn Davies. He’s also been to the UK embassy numerous times. Posts taken directly from his own personal Facebook account have been included in this update.
September 7, 2020 (Tony Cartalucci – ATN) – It is now confirmed that “student leader” Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak had met with then US Ambassador to Thailand Glyn Davies at the US Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand on at leasttwooccasions.
|Image: Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak’s second visit to the US embassy in 2018.|
The first meeting – announced on the US Embassy’s own official Facebook page – took place in 2016 after low-intensity US-funded anti-government protests had already been underway for 2 years.
The US Embassy post would claim:
On June 2, Ambassador and Mrs. Davies hosted a roundtable discussion with youth who are recognized as leaders by their peers and in their community for their advocacy and activism. The group included a high school student fighting for education rights, female students breaking gender barriers in engineering and zoology, future leaders in business and entrepreneurship, and a human rights activist. Several of the guests are active in various U.S. government-funded programs, such as the Partnership for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER), the Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative (YSEALI), the USAID Asia MekongSkills2Work program, and the U.S. Embassy Foreign National Internship Program.”
Virtually nothing on the agenda had anything to do with legitimate diplomatic relations – and more to do with the United States’ determination to interfere in local and regional affairs.
YSEALI in particular is a youth program designed specifically to indoctrinate local youths to serve US and Western “interests” at the expense of Thailand’s and the region’s.
The second confirmed meeting between Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak and US Ambassador Davies took place in June 2018.
The US government through its notorious regime change front, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), is funding virtually every aspect of Thailand’s current so-called “student protests” – everything from forming the protest’s leadership, to organizing petitions to rewrite Thailand’s constitution, to promoting the protests across the media, to even filling up the protests with people.
There have been attempts to claim that not all of the protest’s core leaders are involved with the US government – but with Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak’s visit to the US Embassy now fully confirmed – it appears that even the “student leaders” themselves have compromising ties to foreign interests – and worst of all – have now been caught lying about it to the public.
Who Was Ambassador Glyn Davies?
Ambassador Glyn Davies had made headlines in 2015 when the US Senate approved of his appointment to the post after having served as former US envoy for North Korean policy.
The move was meant as a diplomatic slight against Thailand for its courts and military having ousted the US client regime of fugitive billionaire Thaksin Shinawatra and his sister who served in his place as prime minister from 2011 until the 2014 coup.
Davies’ background is peculiar for a diplomat.
Before Davies began his career in “diplomacy,” according to his official biography hosted on the US State Department’s official website, he attended and graduated from the National War College in Washington D.C. earning a master’s degree in “National Security Strategy.”
The National War College trains mid-senior military leaders as well as select members of the US State Department.
The curriculum includes topics such as “The Non-Military Instruments of Power” which is described as (emphasis added):
Core course 6300 focuses on the utility of the non-military instruments of power in achieving national security objectives. Specifically, the course analyzes the nature, purposes, capabilities, leadership potential, and limitations of the non-military instruments of statecraft, with blocks of instruction on the diplomatic, informational and economic instruments. The course also investigates and critiques a variety of ways to orchestrate these instruments into coherent strategies. The focus here is on coordinating the use of non-military instruments in persuasive, inducement, and coercive strategies.
There is also “The Global Context,” which is described as (emphasis added):
Course 6500 is to help students understand the world and assess emerging strategic threats and opportunities in the global arena. Students will study selected drivers of international relations, and their impact on a range of nation-states and international regions. Students will examine how states respond to these drivers – analyzing trends and developments within nations, comparing and contrasting regional contexts and national perspectives, and recommending how best to prioritize US interests within and across regions. The course incorporates states, non-state actors and transnational actors in enhancing student understanding of the global context. Through their examination of trends, national responses to those trends, and US responses to changes in the global context, students will develop a working knowledge of the international security context essential for creating, analyzing and carrying out national security strategy and policy.
A War College graduate versed in “non-military instruments in persuasive, inducement, and coercive strategies” being posted in Thailand as US Ambassador just as US-backed protests against the new Thai government which ousted the Shinawatra regime was no coincidence.
After his appoint to his new post in Thailand, Davies immediately inserted himself into Thailand’s internal political crisis – as the New York Times noted in its article, “Thai Police Investigate U.S. Ambassador on Suspicion of Insulting King” – demanding the government give agitators the US government was already at the time funding and backing free reign to do as they please regardless of Thailand’s own laws – including insulting and smearing Thailand’s revered monarchy.
Davies, the US Embassy, and other embassies of Western governments spent from then until now preparing agitators and organizations for an attempted overthrow of the Thai government and its institutions including the military and monarchy – culminating with current ongoing protests led by visitors to the US Embassy like Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak and US government grantees like core leader Anon Nampa of the US NED-funded “Thai Lawyers for Human Rights.”
Parit has also visited the UK embassy on at least 3 occasions to discuss the ongoing protests.
Real democracy is a process of self-determination. There is nothing democratic about an opposition who lost elections in 2019 by millions of votes and now seeks to sidestep the political process with the help of malign foreign interests to seize power by force in the streets.
“Non-Military Instruments in Persuasive, Inducement, and Coercive Strategies”
Davies and the subversive campaign still funded by the US government after his departure targeting the current Thai government is part of a much larger pattern of US interference and intervention around the globe.
The US depends on two forms of intervention – that of “hard power” as demonstrated in the illegal invasions, occupations, and total destruction of nations like Afghanistan and Iraq or lower-intensity military interventions like in Libya, Syria, and Yemen – and that of “soft power” interventions in which the US creates, funds, and backs opposition groups who attempt to seize power through manipulated elections, street violence, and even proxy warfare.
Davies’ having studied “non-military instruments in persuasive, inducement, and coercive strategies” enabled him and the US embassy to prepare the “soft power” intervention the US is currently involved in against Thailand.
Considering the fate of other nations and regions destroyed by similar interventions – from North Africa and the Middle East – to nations like Ukraine in Eastern Europe, to Hong Kong, China – the US government’s deep, full spectrum involvement behind virtually every aspect of Thailand’s current protests represents a serious threat to national security, regional stability, and yet another egregious violation of international law and norms.
The fact that the US has just finished up attempts at destabilizing and destroying Hong Kong – and that Thailand’s protest leaders including the above mentioned Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak have travelled to Hong Kong to meet with US-backed agitators there is particularly alarming.
Attempts to deny US involvement are particularly anemic when virtually every single individual and organization leading current protests in Thailand have either direct, documented financial ties to the US government, or have visited dubious diplomats at their embassy concerning topics of Thailand’s own internal sovereign affairs.
Mocking the Thai public for their growing suspicion of current protests and the organizations and individuals involved only further prove just how malign these protests truly are and the sort of threat they pose to the nation’s security and stability.