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    Posted June 20, 2010 by
    Bangkok, Thailand
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    Crisis in Bangkok

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    Dao Makkitti Launches 'Rebuilding Thailand'


    During the recent Red Shirt protests here in Bangkok, I took a lot of footage of both protesters and pro-government rallies and uploaded what I witnessed to CNN in the form of iReports. They gave the feel of what was happening on the streets in the heart of the capital, though it must be said that life went on pretty much as usual in most parts of the city.

    I think by and large international media tended to over-simplify the situation into a struggle between rich and poor, siding with the latter. History and politics in Thailand, however, are more complicated than that.

    Several weeks ago I interviewed Bangkok businesswoman, Dao Makkitti, whose views were very much at odds with this over-simplification in the media. Dao impressed me with her very engaging style of communication and her obvious passion for making things better. She also struck a chord in that interview with many Thais who saw in Dao a champion of their own attitudes which they felt were being overlooked.

    Since the tragic violence, deaths and the burning of many buildings at the end of the protests, Dao has taken positive steps to help create, through Facebook, a pro-active, non-political group called Rebuilding Thailand.

    This week I went back to interview doughty Dao again to see what it was all about.

    The interview is in three parts. In the first two Dao talks about how the group started and what must be achieved to make a positive difference in Thailand. In the third part she addresses the design of the group’s striking logo.

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