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"The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it." George Orwell

“The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.” George Orwell

This article has been produced and published to shed light on a film project known generally as “All the Tired Horses“; still in production and at the time of writing it is nearly seven years since the project commenced. The producers wish to advise that the statements are known to be true and made without prejudice. The extraordinary length of the ongoing Western Australian Supreme Court case has thrown up inconsistencies and incongruences that highlight concerns of corruption, misuse and abuse of the Australian courts. The producers and defendants involved in making “All the Tired Horses” have been repeatedly subjected to extreme prejudices for many years and are losing faith in what in legal speak is termed due process… dudes, the process is long over due!

Gus in "All the Tired Horses"

James With plays Gus in “All the Tired Horses”

“All the Tired Horses” is about commitment, moralsethics and filmmaking; it’s about a professional producer undertaking to produce a film and unwittingly being faced with immature tantrums, ranting, lies and jealous outbursts from egotistical twins backed by a relentless self-admitted mafia-aligned father employing the services of corrupt lawyers; a manipulated legal system and a project that has become bogged down in the Australian courts, mired by ignorance, arrogance and inept court decisions. The journey in making this film depicts reflections of the “China Brothers” and a “tale of two twins” holding on to a weak romantic childhood illusion of togetherness juxtaposed by a stark vicious reality, displaying the dichotomy of two men moving further apart, both creatively and spiritually, driven by their individualistic dialectic forces emerging from within separate minds and bodies. Retrospective speculation points to the notion that perhaps the brothers experiences with the “All the Tired Horses” project might have been the first time these twins had ever really faced any kind of real world challenges in their lives?

Actor James With - into the Jungle

Actor James With learned the lay of the land growing up in the Kelmscott and Roleystone hills

The “All The Tired Horses” project was started in the first quarter of 2008. The catalyst was an interview by a freelancing English journalist working in Australia by the name of Paul D. China; Sony Pictures Releasing organised a series of publicity interviews for James With to talk about his acting role in “Rambo” wherein he played a Christian missionary humanitarian working in Northern Thailand and Burma. The interviews were organised to promote the fourth film in the movie franchise starring Sylvester Stallone and at that time was set for a theatrical release in Australia on 25th February 2008. Paul China was one on the list of journalists interviewing James With via telephone from Queensland, Australia.

"In The Jungle Rambo Actor James With"

Encore Cinema’s “In The Jungle Rambo Actor James With” by Paul China

If you read and review published posts on the “All the Tired Horses” Facebook page (there is also a full link published at the bottom of this article) you will see that Paul China submitted an unsolicited script for review, which was subsequently assessed and shortly thereafter James With decided to proceed with developing a project to produce a film.

Approximately one month later and after a face-to-face meeting with Paul China and his twin brother Benjamin China in Sydney, Australia it was agreed and decided that James With and other producing parties would structure a project that would allow the young journalist (Paul China) to be attached to direct his first feature film (despite the fact Paul had no prior professional film camera and directing experience). A careful consideration was this young man would be supported by a team of carefully selected experienced professional crew and cast. If it had not been for Benjamin China, his conniving and devious twin brother harboring a self-centred hidden personal agenda, then perhaps Paul may have gotten the chance he dreamed of? The rest… as they say… is history.

Alas and unanticipated by the producers, anger, jealousy and egotism from the less creative of the twin siblings took the project in a vastly different direction… Benjamin China became progressively argumentative, aggressive and overly demanding. He perceived things from his own inexperienced unprofessional perspective and deliberately attempted to dictate the project’s direction and production development. Benjamin China displayed emotional mood swings and temper tantrums in front of other crew members and started lying about the production development progress to his father, Shaun China (the mafia “hot head”), himself a minor 3rd party investor in the project via China Brothers Productions Pty Ltd. 

Believed to be as a result of Benjamin China‘s lies to his father and other investors into China Brothers Productions Pty Ltd, in the 2009 Shaun China began directly threatening James With; the project, other producers and people associated with the project were adversely affected by the aggressive behaviour. Shaun China‘s threats, defamation, slander and bullying actions have continued for years and on multiple occasions Shaun China has publicly announced his personal vendetta against James With, which includes threats of continuing legal action against the defendants in attempts to force them into bankruptcy. Evidence of the extreme criminal mafia tactics have been provided to various authorities including police forces and Government officials in Thailand and Australia.

Despite a Global Financial Crisis placing pressure on the production in the latter part of 2008, film financing capital was raised to meet the project budget requirements and contract agreements. James With attracted reliable and trusted investors committed to seeing the film made. Scheduling a start to filming involved balancing an extremely long and hot summer that had left the specifically chosen locations in Roleystone, Western Australia nestled in the normally lush valleys of the Darling Scarp escarpment dry and parched. Under strict summer fire restrictions and the local by-laws enacted during the hot months of the year, production on these locations was prevented from commencing until after the winter rains had arrived that could reinvigorate and rejuvenate the land. The conditions in the area during the first half of 2009 were in stark contrast to the creative look and feel as desired by Paul China, who had been attached to direct the film. Many of the locations were close to James With‘s family home. James had spent his younger years growing up and attending school. James had roamed the hills as a boy and knew the lay of the land; his life-long connections to the local community, friends and family provided great supports to the “All the Tired Horses” project. He anticipated the opportunity to commence filming in August 2009 as soon as the hills and valleys had returned to their vibrant greenery and the local rivers and streams were flowing to capture the imagery creatively desired on locations appropriately sourced for the film’s subject material. Some filmmakers spend months trekking far and wide to find the myriad of appropriate locations that James With knew where to find in a heartbeat.

By July 2009 the rains had arrived, filming schedules were being readied, filming facilities in the City of Perth had been reserved via lengthy communications with local Government officials and real estate companies, personnel and equipment were on stand-by and at the ready; cameras were ready to roll… the production was awaiting Paul China‘s final revised shot list (comprising a list of desired camera set ups and shots for each scene)… then suddenly without any advance notice the “China Brothers” up and left… Paul China left the project declaring in an email the project was against his “wishes as a filmmaker” and “expressed no desire to shoot” with the state-of-the-art selected film cameras (rather bold and brazen statements considering Paul had never directed a film in his life). Almost simultaneously, twin brother Benjamin China stated in an email “We will wait on the East Coast until production begins.” (another rather bold and brazen statement considering their accommodation, travel and living expenses were all being paid by the production). A couple of childish ‘prima dons’ emboldened by egotism and arrogance and furthermore backed by a threatening mafia father figure and his cronies.

"Shoot Paul and Benjamin China"

Frankie Magazine “Shoot Paul and Benjamin China”

Without any further communication to the other producers of “All the Tired Horses” the “China mafia” proceeded to ratchet up their attack on the production employing an unscrupulous law firm; the firm’s lawyers began to attack the producers and the project in underhanded and illegal ways. Corrupt lawyers in the firm solicited bank statements and records from the ANZ Bank through bank employees without first obtaining court orders and then raced to cover their tracks; the illegal acts lead to a rapid succession of further court orders being handed down by judge Kenneth James Martin that affect the bank accounts operated by Tired Horses Films Holdings Pty Ltd and the other Australian production companies involved in the “All the Tired Horses” project. James‘ personal accounts were also frozen in the flurry of court orders. Further aggression and slander mounted as false and misleading claims from the China mafia were submitted to the court by their unscrupulous lawyers as they hastily explored confidential financial statements and jumped to illogical conclusions.

What is obvious from the evidence on the record at the Western Australian Supreme Court case files is that in the preceding months before filming was to commence in August 2009 the China Brothers were systematically preparing to attack the production – a premeditated and planned war against the “All the Tired Horses” project and the project’s producers and other investors by the China mafia. The mafia war commenced with threats, then extended to using contumelious false and misleading statements in claims by Benjamin China provided in affirmed affidavits accompanying an Originating Summons submitted ex-parte to the Western Australian Supreme Court on the 31st July 2009 (WASC CIV 2376 of 2009 CIV 2583 of 2009). Perhaps what is retrospectively viewed as knee-jerk considerations from the presiding judge Kenneth James Martin the flurry of court orders enforcing interlocutory injunctions on the bank accounts of the production companies that had been set up specifically for services to the project had wide-reaching ramifications; the fact that these orders extended to the producers personal accounts in Australia left all the producers with few choices to continue filming in Australia. To best possibly ensure completion of a film the producers were forced to explore options of completing “All the Tired Horses” outside of Australia. Simultaneously, the producers were required to defend the contumelious legal actions and false claims brought by the China mafia; the producers rights, the rights of other investors and the rights of production crew members have been of paramount importance to those committed and continuing forward to make a film.

The defendants attended a trial held on the 16th March 2010, however the presiding judge Kenneth James Martin decided to adjourn proceedings to a later date; the decision to adjourn the trial was determined by judge Kenneth James Martin upon a last minute application to the court by the plaintiffs legal counsel… that ‘later date’ trial occurred on 5-6 December 2013. What happened in between these dates are events that are more than aptly fitting in the scenes of a mafia movie! 

Despite an Application made by the defendants to Dismiss the Action submitted to the court in November 2011 (it is appalling that this application is still yet to be heard by the court) and also multiple requests over the years to the court to dismiss the debilitating interlocutory injunctions on the defendants the presiding judge Kenneth James Martin has not yet decided to do either.

More than six years on the legal action is still being defended; damages and costs to the production have increased over the years, strong relationships have been strained and tested, loss of earnings and great hardship has been felt and extended to many who are involved in producing the “All the Tired Horses” project. The costs involved and time expended in defending such an aggressive contumelious action are extremely expensive. The emotional stress caused by the China mafia, their associates and assigns on so many people associated with “All the Tired Horses” is immeasurable.

Whilst principal photography initially commenced in August 2009 schedules had to be hastily re-worked; by the end of that year further filming had to be halted as the mafia attacks to the production and people associated with the project continued. The legal attacks on the project have a very negative effect on morale, impacting cast and crew members alike, spreading fear and uncertainty into the Western Australian film community; rumours, especially in the entertainment industry travelled fast and furiously across the country and around the world.

Into 2010 and through the ensuing years the producers persevered with production meetings, further planning and re-structuring efforts; the legal action relentlessly continued negatively affecting the project and people’s lives. Efforts to make a film were grossly impeded. Many hours and great expense had to be directed towards defending the contumelious action brought against the project and producing parties to the detriment of the production and those dedicated to seeing the “All the Tired Horses” film made. Despite offers by the defendants to settle the action amicably the plaintiffs stubbornly refused and the threats and mafioso-style tactics and attacks continued. Police reports were filed and authorities alerted and provided with evidence of the mafia threats, attacks and collusion from associates of the China mafia in their efforts to prevent a film from being made; slander towards the producers and others associated with the Project continues up to the present.

After initiating the legal action against the defendants, Paul China and Benjamin China began colluding to produce a separate film with Brian J. Breheny, a cinematographer who had been employed for the “All the Tired Horses” project to assist and educate Paul China in various aspects of film cameras, lenses and filmmaking processes during the preliminary stages in the project’s development.

The China Brothers

The “China Brothers” captured by Cath Conroy (www.CathConroy.com) Published with permission

According to IMDb (Internet Movie Database) a film titled “Crawl” was officially released in Australia on 20 November 2013Paul China received a credit as a writer and a credit as a director and his brother Benjamin China received a credit as a producer, the film’s cast contained a number of acting talents who had previously auditioned for roles in “All the Tired Horses“. The result is largely seen as a poorly envisaged plagiarised version of the original screenplay that the “All the Tired Horses” project is based upon. Crawl incorporates similar themes and plot lines to the original screenplay of “All the Tired Horses“. Perth actors, Georgina Haig (known for The Mule (2014), Road Kill (2010) and The Sapphires (2012)) and George Shevtsov (known for Dead Calm (1989), Japanese Story (2003)) had been tentatively short-listed for roles in “All the Tired Horses” during professional auditions conducted by Jenni Cohen Casting in late 2008, whilst talent for other roles were being sourced and considered by Faith Martin (highly respected and known for her work on the Australian television series Water Rats (1996) and iconic Australian films including Strictly Ballroom (1992), Satellite Boy (2012) and Cactus (2008) and many other classic Australian films).

In 2012 the China mafia’s associates and assigns attempted but failed to force Tired Horses Films Holdings Pty Ltd into liquidation using Statutory Demands; the company was established to receive a portion of the film’s investment capital that had been invested by China Brothers Productions Pty Ltd for the purposes of making “All the Tired Horses“. An investor into “All the Tired Horses” and a business associate of Shaun China were found to be behind the orchestrated attacks on the project using a number of people and companies connected to Crawl Productions Pty Ltd, a company set up by the China Brothers and associates to produce “Crawl”. A number of the documents presented to support the Statutory Demands by Property About Pty Ltd (a company controlled by associates of Shaun China) in an attempt to wind up Tired Horses Films Holdings Pty Ltd were found to be fraudulent; various parties associated with the attempt had been offered bribes in exchange for their endorsement of certain documents; the Supreme Court of Western Australia dismissed the demands in separate actions (WASC COR 122 of 2012 , COR 123 of 2012, COR 124 of 2012).

On the 15th October 2012 the plaintiffs retained a new law firm supposedly with the idea of bringing in “bigger louder guns” who sought to re-work the plaintiffs false and misleading claims with new twists of deceit. The China mafia’s newly contracted law firm convinced the judge to hive off a section of the claims; thus creating a ‘sub-trial’ or “Trial of Separate Determination” designed at testing the notion that what were legally invested funds in exchange for company shares made in accordance with ASIC and the Corporations Act 2001 were supposedly monies provided on principles of a Quistclose trust – this was a feeble and ill-conceived notion arising from the very concoction of the plaintiffs initial lies and misleading claims. The legal tactic was probably more likely devised and submitted to the court by the new law firm’s principals in the hopes that the defendants would be forced into bankruptcy long before a trial actually came into being?

Off-Screen War - Rambo

Rambo Actor “James With” Fights an Off-screen War

For the remainder of 2012 and most of 2013 attention focused on bringing the legal action to trial for a date determined by judge Kenneth James Martin to take place in December 2013. The setting of the trial date could possibly have been proposed and suggested to the court by the plaintiffs lawyers? The presiding judge Kenneth James Martin may have been swayed to set such a date having been provided with information that falsely implied that an end date was approaching? This could then be construed in cross arguments during the trial by the plaintiffs counsel to declare the “All the Tired Horses” project could not continue past 31st December 2013? The plaintiffs lawyers had not read the terms of the “All the Tired Horses” Production Agreement or if they had, they had conveniently chosen to attempt to twist the wording of the agreement to suit their own unscrupulous legal aims. References during the trial to Monty Python‘s Dead Parrot Sketch from Monty Python’s Flying Circus were in very poor taste and jocularly bantered around by and between the presiding judge Kenneth James Martin and the China mafia’s legal counsel, liberally thrown around to suggest the “All the Tired Horses” project was dead. Such courtroom antics simply demonstrated how mired and burdened the Australian courts and presiding judges have become in the nepotistic mentality that pervades in the courtroom; sad and blatantly indignant behaviour demonstrating that the courtrooms in Australia have become squawking forums at the mercy of unscrupulous lawyers and legal counsel parroting phrases in garbled gobbledygook manipulating case actions seemingly on whims and whimpering whispers, whilst rocking back and forth on elevated perches in polished black shoes and silky weathered robes… Birds of a feather flocking together, making a mockery of the silks… do they even know why they wear such costumes? Or have they been influenced by those courtroom drama movies or productions such as the Silk (TV series) and forgotten what the terms due process, morality, ethics and justice actually mean?

Photography on “All the Tired Horses” recommenced in 2013 only to be halted again by further damage brought by the plaintiffs in their frequently amended claims peppered with lies, false and misleading statements. The obvious manipulation of the Australian court system with their shlock lawyers forcing the continuance of legal action adds to the prejudices experienced by the defendants in the action. Due process has seemingly dissipated; as the years have passed each date set for a court hearing has stretched further and further apart, whilst the presiding judge grapples with his original orders in the face of ever mounting inconsistencies in the revisions of the plaintiffs further and further and further amended Statements of Claims and in contrast to the evidence provided by the defendants. Simply reiterated for clarity here, the plaintiffs claims were deviously trumped up in an attempt to prevent the “All the Tired Horses” film being made after the China Brothers departed from the production in a huff. In December 2013 the producers of “All the Tired Horses” issued Default Notices to Paul China, Benjamin China and China Brothers Productions Pty Ltd. One might reflect here and suggest perhaps that the default notices could have been issued earlier? Suffice is to say that there was a glimmer of hope and going on advice provided to the defendants by their legal advisers it was plausible that the China mafia’s stubbornness and arrogance might waver to the better side of reason and hence that the legal action would be resolved out of court. Unfortunately, dealing with such mafia figures and their aggression has become part of the producing process in respect to “All the Tired Horses” and all who are committed and dedicated to seeing a film made. 

Despite certain deliberation and obviously wrong assumptions made by the presiding judge Kenneth James Martin on 7th February 2014 the court published a decision from the “Trial of Separate Determination” held on 5-6th December 2013; ultimately the judgement handed down was made in favour of the defendants. However, in addition to the trial decision was advice provided by judge Kenneth James Martin and a request that James With was to provide an Undertaking to the court not to incur further expenses or debts on behalf of Tired Horses Films Holdings Pty Ltd from 7th February 2014 onwards and until any application that might be submitted by the plaintiffs to wind up the company. Such advice handed down by judge Kenneth James Martin provided the plaintiffs with yet another angle in which to continue their contumelious attacks on the “All the Tired Horses” project and the producers. It is viewed as quite extraordinary in the course of this contumelious legal attack on the producers and the “All the Tired Horses” project that a presiding judge of the Western Australian Supreme Court would see it as due process and without prejudice to suggest such a “legal option” to the plaintiffs when handing down a trial decision of the court. The China mafia took the suggestion and their appointed law firm ran with it… a flurry of materials were submitted to the court as the judge had set a hearing date for such an application on 21st March 2014.

On 19th March 2014, just two days before the hearing to wind up the company, the defendants were asked to attend an urgent meeting with appointed counsel; once in attendance James With was confronted and given an ultimatum by the defendants appointed legal counsel. The legal counsel had been retained by the defendants and employed to assist and defend against the plaintiffs application to wind up the company; contrary to this, the opposite was being forced on the defendants!

Unconscionably James With was forced at the meeting with the defendants counsel to provide instructions to allow the winding up of Tired Horses Films Holdings Pty Ltd. Statements considered as direct threats to the defendants and the “All the Tired Horses” project were made by the defendants counsel to the effect that if instructions were not provided to allow Tired Horses Films Holdings Pty Ltd to be wound up by orders from the court and a liquidator appointed by the court then they would not be in a position to represent the defendants. Additionally, one of the defendants counsel has previously stated that they had known and been colleagues with Kenneth James Martin before he was appointed a judge of the Western Australian Supreme Court. It seems quite apparent that the Australian courts are weighed down by the huge number of cases and the cost of conducting litigation has become in itself a burden on parties; obvious pressures are being placed on judges, lawyers and those in the legal system to ‘toe the line’ and to resolve cases that have become bogged down by contumelious legal wrangling. One might deduce that in this case due process is being crushed by a stampede of squawking legal parrots? Roughshod shoes are missing in the courtroom and the treacherous trail to trial has become ever more slippery and cumbersome.

On the 21st March 2014 judge Kenneth James Martin provided a decision that ordered Tired Horses Films Holdings Pty Ltd to be wound up under the supervision of a court appointed liquidator, Mr. Giovanni Maurizio Carrello working with BRI Ferrier, an independent national firm that helps organisations manage financial challenges through the provision of insolvency, business advisory and forensic services. The Western Australian Supreme Court orders placing Tired Horses Films Holdings Pty Ltd into liquidation made after the winding-up application submitted to the court adding to the complicit actions of the China mafia and their appointed contumelious lawyers has effectively robbed the “All the Tired Horses” project of approximately One Million Australian Dollars; those invested funds had been properly and legally invested into Tired Horses Films Holdings Pty Ltd for the purpose of making “All the Tired Horses“. The court appointed liquidator is tasked with assessing creditors claims and proofs of debts; under ASIC and the Corporations Act 2001 rules and regulations the company’s employees, creditors (crew members who have worked on the project and others) associated with “All the Tired Horses” are entitled to funds ahead of shareholders. Of course, it would be the case that the liquidator and the court gets paid ahead of creditors. Rhetorical question: Does this kinda feel like the court system is serving its own interests ahead of ASIC and the Corporations Act 2001 regulations that govern companies in Australia?

The Project and the producers continue to be subjected to further abuse from the plaintiffs, associates and assigns.

The next hearing is set for 12th February 2015 and hopefully the court action is soon to be concluded; the producers are optimistically scheduling a release date for a feature length film of “All the Tired Horses” based on this legal action being resolved. In these troubled times of geopolitics and on the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Empire of Japan on Sunday, December 7, 1941 which brought the United States into World War II we publish this summary account of the trials and tribulations in making “All the Tired Horses” – a Morality Driven Drama. The producers wish to thank you for your interest in this project.

There’s a page on Facebook that the words “All the Tired Horses” links to and you might like to review this for more details on the project: https://www.facebook.com/AllTheTiredHorses. We trust you enjoy the updates on the project’s Facebook page and eventually we hope you get to experience the film that we are dedicated to completing as soon as possible.

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Thursday 16th January 2014 – today, whilst working on my current Film Projects I have been compelled to take time out and write my first blog article for 2014 …

Anonymous Motorcycle Driver during "Bangkok Shutdown" march on Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, Thailand

Anonymous Motorcycle Driver during “Bangkok Shutdown” march on Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, Thailand

Yuriko Koike, Japan’s former defense minister and national security adviser, was Chairwoman of Japan’s Liberal Democrat Party and currently is a member of the National Diet. In her article titled “Who Lost Thailand?” published on 15th January 2014, Ms. Yuriko Koike writes “Thailand, Southeast Asia’s most developed and sophisticated economy, is teetering on the edge of the political abyss. Yet most of the rest of Asia appears to be averting its eyes from the country’s ongoing and increasingly anarchic unrest. That indifference is not only foolish; it is dangerous. Asia’s democracies now risk confronting the same harsh question that the United States faced when Mao Zedong marched into Beijing, and again when Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ousted the Shah in Iran. Who, they will have to ask, lost Thailand?”

As a long time expatriate resident of Thailand there are quarter tones joined as chords that resonate in unison, 21st century composers in sympathetic dissonance, emanating from the trading partner-ships whistling through troubled waters in the East China Sea, the stage of Japan’s dispute with China to the smaller vessels hauling materials on a variety of other covert Whistle-blowers and covered junks conducting business, whilst traveling up and down the Mekong River, a vital chord flowing with life, connecting China, Burma (Myanmar), Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam. From the river’s banks life is bottled up and exchanged in merchandise that ripples through many states, the birth places of many indigenous peoples from Qinghai, Tibet, Yunnan, Shan, Luang Namtha, Bokeo, Oudomxay, Luang Phrabang, Sayabouly, Vientiane, Vientiane, Bolikhamsai, Khammouane, Savannakhet, Salavan, Champasak until eventually the remaining silt branches out and spills into various points and exits Vietnam somewhere between the Gulf of Thailand and the South China Sea, where sabre-rattling and posturing continues to spread outwards.

The Mekong Delta (Vietnamese: Đồng bằng Sông Cửu Long or in English often transliterated to mean the “Nine Dragon river delta”) could be accurately described as a rather gradual fertile river delta and unlike Japan it is not close to any submarine abyss. Continuing movement on the subduction zone associated with the Japan Trench is one of the main causes of tsunamis and earthquakes in northern Japan, including the megathrust Tōhoku earthquake and resulting tsunami that occurred on 11 March 2011.

People marching during "Bangkok Shutdown" on Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, Thailand

Despite the “Bangkok Shutdown” the Chao Phraya River continues to flow smoothly through Bangkok, known fondly as the “City of Angels” of the Far East and as with all rivers on the planet it too eventually meets a large body of water to empty into… and waterways are the veins of sustenance for life in all forms, and often are diverted, reformed, dammed and flooded, by natural forces as well as by human beings … as the seasons ebb and flow, the climate changes and prevailing winds of change wreak havok on agriculture and commercial business interests alike, there remains a natural inclination for things to remain in balance.

Perhaps, in a wider context the expressed perspective from Ms. Yuriko Koike shows how much Western ideologies have influenced and shaped the Japanese economy and the Japanese people’s opinion since the United States of America decidedly dropped Nuclear weapons of mass destruction on Hiroshima and Nagasaki back in August 1945? On August 15, six days after the bombing of Nagasaki, and seven days after the Soviet Union’s declaration of war, Japan announced its surrender to the Allies, signing the Instrument of Surrender on 2nd September 1945, commonly acknowledged as officially ending World War II. The bombings’ role in Japan’s surrender and their ethical justification are still debated.

People marching during "Bangkok Shutdown" on Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand: “Occupy Bangkok” Begins – Published 13th January 2014 is a very interesting and well-balanced account of what’s happened over the last decade to bring about the current protests in Bangkok Thailand being staged against the present Government that was elected by a majority vote supported by a well-financed regime leader living in exile that has used “Thaksinomics” as a political tool to amass a personal fortune; Taksin Shinawatra is himself supported by very strong wealthy global banking powers that want a larger share of the Kingdom’s valuables as well as those of other neighboring countries that have developed more slowly but are also are full of natural resources and deeply fertile environmental jewelry.

In the most recent general election Thailand‘s people voted to put Thaksin Shinawatra‘s sister Yingluck Shinawatra, a member of the Pheu Thai Party, and the 28th and current Prime Minister of Thailand following the 2011 general election into lead a new Government of Thailand. Yingluck is Thailand’s first female Prime Minister and at 45 is the youngest Prime Minister of Thailand in over 60 years.  A Statement delivered by Yingluck Shinawatra, H.E. the Prime Minister of Thailand on the dissolution of the House of Representatives was delivered on 9 December 2013. Many people in Thailand are now protesting against the regime’s manipulation of the country’s legislatures, its infiltration of Government structures and large corporations who have benefited from Thaksinomics.

There is an expressed feeling that the pillars of Government have been abused to such a degree that it has become unacceptable and unconscionable to remain in the shadows. The links in the Thailand: “Occupy Bangkok” Begins – Published 13th January 2014 article also lead to other interesting articles too.

Then on the same day my attention is directed to another article, written by William Pesek, a columnist writing for Bloomberg based in Tokyo, Japan. And this makes me ask the rhetorical question, which more aptly put is an observation: Who Won Japan?

Bloomberg should be ashamed to publish such an article. William Pesek’s views are way too polarized and filled with silly ignorant inaccurate general “sound bite” statements and phrases, such as are contained in “The choice is between Egypt and South Korea. It’s time for Thailand’s 67 million people to decide whether they want to live in a constant state of chaos and socioeconomic stasis (like Egypt), or to move up the economic ladder, Korea-style. The only way democracy works is if a critical mass of the people trust it. In Thailand’s case, that means building credible and independent institutions that provide checks and balances for elected officials. Only strong judiciaries, anti-corruption arms and networks of government watchdog agencies can ensure accountability.” … This, simply put is trashy journalism at its worst and Bloomberg should be careful to call it a “Bloomberg View”.

Bangkok Needs More Bread, Fewer Circuses” By William Pesek
January 15, 2014 11:26 AM EST – Uploaded by UUID:7953017 at 1/15/2014 11:23 AM

William Pesek is based in Tokyo and writes on economics, markets and politics throughout the AsiaPacific region. His journalism awards include the 2010 Society of American Business Editors and Writers prize for commentary.

Since joining Bloomberg in 2000, Pesek’s columns have appeared in the International Herald Tribune, the Sydney Morning Herald, the New York Post, the Straits Times, the Japan Times and many other publications around the world. Pesek began his journalism career writing for the American Banker and Bond Buyer newspapers. He also worked for Dow Jones Newswires, where he wrote the daily credit markets column for The Wall Street Journal. Pesek earned a bachelor’s degree in business journalism from Bernard M. Baruch College-City University of New York.
Reference: http://www.bloomberg.com/view/bios/william-pesek/

The future for the peoples living in Thailand, the Governance of Thailand, it’s prosperity and the prosperity of Thailand’s South-East Asian neighbors is all at stake and will be affected by how things are perceived and the reaction of people not only in Thailand but also throughout the world. Why? Because, trading, imports and exports, for Thailand and ASEAN is contingent upon keeping the rivers flowing, water being proportioned in a balanced and respectable way for life to be sustainable and peaceful.

We pray for a process that will be as painless and as death-free as possible … we are living in interesting times… and we have a ways to travel yet… floods, droughts, come rain and shine, survival is a matter of adapting to change.

Thank you for taking the time to read my article, and here’s wishing you a safe, healthy and successful 2014 as we approach the Chinese Year of the Horse.

Blessings,
James With

PS After writing this article, the following articles were brought to my attention:

By Lewis M. SimonsCan Thailand Avoid Another Coup?“published 16th January 2014 formerly as “Thailand’s Grave Future”

By Credible Reform, Not Shutdown, Needed to End Thailand’s Political Standoff” – 15th January 2014

By @charliecamp6ellThe Nightmare Gets Worse For Embattled Thai PM Yingluck” – 17th January 2014

By Veera Prateepchaikul, Former Editor, Bangkok Post – Opinion “Corruption Award Goes to Rice Scheme”  – 17th January 2014
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By Voranai Vanijaka in Bangkok Post – Opinion Commentary “With all sides wrong, There can be no right” – 19 January 2014
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By Thin Lei Win Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation “Shutdown Protests in Bangkok ratchets up risk of violence and coup, ICG warns” on Tuesday, 14 Jan 2014 07:00 AM & “The din of misogyny at Bangkok protests” on Friday, 17 Jan 2014 10:29 AM

Reuters Reporting by Pracha Hariraksapitak; Writing by Alan Raybould “Thai government imposes state of emergency in Bangkok” on Tuesday January 21, 2014 4:47pm IST

By Marc Saxer in Social Europe JournalHow Thailand’s Middle Class Rage Threatens Democracy” on Thursday, 23 January 2014

By William Pesek on Bloomberg Opinion “Thailand Is Only the Tip of Asia’s Iceberg” on Friday, January 24, 2014 5:00 AM GMT+0700

By Pradit Ruangdit in Bangkok Post “Suthep: PDRC is ‘’pro-democracy’’ movement” on Friday, 24 January 2014 at 23.25
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By The Sunday Nation Newspaper “Suthep will be arrested soon, should surrender to avoid violence: Chalerm” and “Advance voting to go ahead” on Sunday, 26 January 2014 at 01:00

By Suttinee Yuvejwattana and Anuchit Nguyen in Bloomberg News “Yingluck Rejects Proposal to Delay Feb. 2 Thailand Election” on Tuesday, 28th January 2014 7:03 PM GMT+0700 To contact the reporters on this story: Suttinee Yuvejwattana in Bangkok at suttinee1@bloomberg.net; Anuchit Nguyen in Bangkok at anguyen@bloomberg.net

By David EimerThai red shirts leader says ‘It’s time to get rid of the elite’” on 30 January 2014 at 10:42AM GMT and previously “Anti-government protests escalate in Thailand amid calls for a ‘people’s revolution’” on 26 November 2013 at 12:04PM GMT and “I can back down no further, says Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra” on 10th December 2014 at 9:45PM GMT and  “Thai Prime Minister considers delaying election as anti-government protesters blockade Bangkok” on 13 January 2014 at 12:19PM GMT and “Thai anti-government protesters threaten to kidnap PM” on 14 January 2014 at 3:21PM GMT and

AYI JIHU – Fear Chaser Star Fights Fear, Trafficking & Exploitation!

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Chinese star Ayi Jihu a face that reaches a billion people

The long awaited Ayi Jihu single has finally arrived. The artist referred to as ‘The Chinese Madonna’ has not released a new track for almost a year concentrating and her philanthropic endeavors and her FearChaser® film. Ayi fans have been waiting a long time to see what this trailblazing artist would do next.

It just would not be Ayi Jihu or Shlepp Entertainment if they did anything anyone expected them to do now would it, and once again they stay true to their history and surprise as all again. Not that we should be surprised from a Chinese artist that coins a sentence no other international Chinese artist can right now, ‘Independent, Real Chinese and crossing over’. An artist that has broken the rules and made her own path from day one.

Before we get to the music we wanted to catch up with Ayi about what she has being…

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Global News provides stories, blogs, information and insight on entertainment news from around the world predominantly focusing on Shlepp Entertainment Ltd Media, Artists, News and projects as well as Asian news.

Shlepp Entertainment Ltd is a small, but global, Entertainment Company that continues to diversify as a result of the entertainment markets demands.

Originating solely as a production company, Shlepp was originally founded by Stevie Eagle E and Peter Doc Bielig (Doc B) who were known as EEDB, as well as Stevie E and the NAN respectively. Both Stevie Eagle E and Doc B had successful careers in the music industry independently before they came together, but as a team they excelled both as an act and in writing and production.

Now exclusively owned and led by Stevie Eagle E, Shlepp Entertainment Ltd has expanded to movie, animation, photography, web design, and artist development. Its reputation, combined with a foundation of 30 years of success, makes it a coveted entity in the entertainment industry.

Shlepp Entertainment Ltd is a global company with strong connections in the Asian market. Shlepps Chinese artist, Ayi Jihu, fundamentally changed the way Shlepp Entertainment worked. The focus of Shlepp is to create an opportunity for talented artists to cross over from the Eastern to Western world, and in turn, become an international force. Shlepp’s work with Ayi Jihu has surpassed all others in this area and has successfully established her as the first cross over Chinese R&B Pop artist and icon in history.

Shlepp concentrates on building responsible social icons in a selective, unique way that other labels have not considered. This includes creating association with various philanthropic opportunities upon introduction; in other words, paying it forward is not an afterthought. This has been the model in developing Ayi Jihu. This concept has created a rewarding approach to traditional icon status.

Coinciding with the release of her latest single “It’s Magic”, Ayi Jihu has recently been appointed as an Ambassador for SISHA (South East Asia Investigations into Social and Humanitarian Activities). SISHA is a registered Australian not-for-profit organisation that strives to ensure justice and the protection of human rights for victims of human trafficking, bonded labour, physical and sexual assault and other forms of exploitation and oppression in South East Asia. SISHA is a non-religious, non-partisan and non-governmental organisation.
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Shlepp Entertainment & TRI-US Entertainment have joined together in creating, developing & producing the Ayi Jihu Fear Chaser Chronicles, a franchise property developed and initiated from Ayi’s own life story, in an epic battle between Hope and Fear … One girl holds the key to victory!

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“A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.” Mahatma Gandhi

On the Road in Yangon

The Road Less Traveled … But not for long!

In a week that saw Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the first Indian Prime Minister visit Burma in a quarter of a century, the previous Indian Head of State being Mahatma Gandhi, and recognized pro-democracy advocate, now a newly appointed Myanmar Government Minister, Aung San Su Kyi taking her first international trip in 24 years, it now seems apparent that long expected development will begin to unfold very rapidly in Myanmar.

However, the road ahead still displays pitfalls and challenges of navigation … Douglas Clayton and the team of experts from Leopard Capital has been intensely studying the region in terms of investment for some time now. This recent interview touches on prevalent risks and the bold moves being made:


Douglas Clayton, CEO Leopard Capital – Investing in Myanmar

Foreign companies have been conducting business in Burma for a long time; even during the ‘dark ages’ the vast natural resources of Myanmar have been eagerly sought. It now appears light will not only emerge from the tunnel, but will become brighter and more consistent …

The Strand Bar - Yangon, Myanmar

Luxury is maintained at The Strand Bar – Yangon, Myanmar – powerful generators out of sight and sound provide back up lighting

With the assistance of new Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) being directed to focus on sectors in dire need of development, the Government is now calling on companies to invest into alternative areas and away from natural resources sector. This recent article gives more information: Burma Govt Wants Investment Focus Away from Natural Resources

One of the concerns for corporations and business entrepreneurs in terms of investing into Myanmar has been the historical role of the Burmese military; This may be about to change; Myanmar’s Defense Minister, Hla Min has recently stated that the Government charter is open for this important consideration, thus reducing the military’s role in Government at this progressive time in history.

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Buddhist Monks hailing a taxi in Yangon, Myanmar


On a recent vist to Yangon, Myanmar – the country formerly know as Burma – it was clearly evident that the ‘old guard’ is changing rapidly! Myanmar sits at the crossroads of Asia’s great civilizations of India and China, and looks out onto the vast Indian Ocean next to Thailand.
Myanmar, Yangon Schwedagon Pagoda

Myanmar, Yangon Schwedagon Pagoda


One of South East Asia’s largest and most diverse countries, Myanmar stretches from the sparkling islands of the Andaman Sea in the south right up into the Eastern Himalayan mountain range. Myanmar offers all the traditional delights of Asia in one fascinating country; virgin jungles, snow-capped mountains and pristine beaches, combined with a rich and glorious heritage spanning more than two thousand years.

Spectacular monuments and ancient cities attest to a vibrant culture that is still home to 135 different ethnic groups. The country’s tourism infrastructure boasts five star properties, intimate boutique hotels and family guest- houses in all the major centers, as well as stunning mountain and beach resorts. Myanmar also boasts one of the lowest tourist crime records in the world, so visitors can rest assured their holiday will be carefree from start to finish.

Myanmar, Yangon Schwedagon Pagoda at night

A recce of some of the hotels and clubs in the downtown area of Yangon revealed a vibrant scene where wealthy locals intermix with high paid expatriates, business travelers and tourists in after hours establishments, which generally close at around 1am. These are distinct from the more traditional KTV, karaoke and singing show venues that are the preference for locals and the younger upwardly mobile generations on rising incomes. There exists ample opportunity to have playing in selected venues.

Investment into the country is booming, and greater changes will transform the capital into a vibrant bustling city … for more on these changes this recent article is worth the read … Burma Needs to Take Stock of the Market.

… More to come on my “In-Roads Insights” … Stay well, keep healthy!