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  • Thailand - Nation in mourning

    10/13/2016 10:07:47 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 16 replies
    Bangkok Post ^ | Oct. 13 , 2016 | Bangkok Post
    Nation in mourning
  • Thailand blasts target Phuket and Hua Hin tourist spots

    08/11/2016 9:07:13 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 30 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12 August 2016
    A series of blasts across Thailand targeted the tourist towns of Hua Hin, Phuket and other locations, leaving at least three dead and many injured. They came hours after twin bombs killed one person in the seaside resort town of Hua Hin, near the capital Bangkok. On Friday, the town was hit again by multiple blasts. Two explosions were also reported in the popular tourist destination of Phuket.
  • Thai activists charged over 'military torture' report

    07/26/2016 11:36:10 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 1 replies
    BBC World News ^ | 7-26-20116 | BBC
    Three Thai human rights activists have been charged with criminal defamation over a report alleging torture by soldiers in southern Thailand. Allegations of military abuses in the south, home to a longstanding Muslim insurgency are nothing new. But there has been a sharp increase in the use of criminal defamation laws against government critics in recent years, BBC correspondent Jonathan Head says. Rights groups condemned the charges. The trio face up to two years in prison if found guilty of defaming the military, and a further three years if they are found to have violated the country's computer crimes act.
  • How to learn 30 languages

    05/31/2015 8:01:33 PM PDT · by Cronos · 88 replies
    BBC ^ | 29 May 2015 | David Robson
    Out on a sunny Berlin balcony, Tim Keeley and Daniel Krasa are firing words like bullets at each other. First German, then Hindi, Nepali, Polish, Croatian, Mandarin and Thai theyve barely spoken one language before the conversation seamlessly melds into another. Together, they pass through about 20 different languages or so in total. It can be difficult enough to learn one foreign tongue. Yet Im here in Berlin for the Polyglot Gathering, a meeting of 350 or so people who speak multiple languages some as diverse as Manx, Klingon and Saami, the language of reindeer herders in Scandinavia....
  • Thai woman flips out over rude Chinese tourists (video)(Not actual title - See first comment)

    03/19/2015 7:10:53 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 29 replies
    YouTube,com ^ | 3-16-2015 | Thaivideo Today
    Author- I don't own the video. I just added subs. See video origins below: 片源看下面: Chinese only . . . 12/3/58 CREDIT: ขอบคุณคลิปแนะนำจาก @Nan Paweena Morasu [Language Warning]
  • Thailand coup d'tat as military seizes power

    05/22/2014 5:06:06 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 34 replies
    BBC News ^ | 5/22/2014 | BBC
    Thailand's army chief has announced that the military is taking control of the government. The coup came after two days of inconclusive talks between the main political factions. Thailand has been in political turmoil for months. On Tuesday the army imposed martial law. A curfew has been declared, effective across the country from 22:00 to 05:00 local time. Political party leaders, including opposition leader Suthep Thaugsuban, were taken away from the talks venue after troops sealed off the area......
  • Thailand protest leader gives PM 'two-day ultimatum'

    12/01/2013 11:30:00 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 27 replies
    BBC World News ^ | 1 December 2013 | Jonathan Head
    Thai protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban says he has met PM Yingluck Shinawatra and given her two days to "return power to the people". Mr Suthep said the meeting had been held under the auspices of the military and there was no compromise. [snip]They say Ms Yingluck's administration is controlled by her brother, exiled ex-leader Thaksin Shinawatra, and they want to replace it with a "People's Council".
  • Thais zero in on having Asean's best air force

    09/22/2013 11:07:54 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Bangkok Post ^ | 19 Sep 2013 | Wassana Nanuam
    Thais zero in on having Asean's best air force The deployment of 12 newly delivered Gripen fighters at Surat Thani air base enables Thailand to get closer to its goal of becoming one of Asean's best air forces. The 12 jets _ four single-seat Gripen 39Ds and eight twin-seat Gripen 39Cs _ that were procured from Sweden along with two Saab 340 airborne early warning and control aircraft and a Saab 340B transport...
  • Just Wait til We Get Home

    01/09/2013 10:50:50 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 12 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 09 January 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    Obama (pretending to like girls)with Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra... h/t Speedunque
  • Thailand: Senator 'accidentally' kills secretary (with an Uzi)

    08/13/2012 10:15:11 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 21 replies
    Bangkok Post ^ | 8/13/12
    A senator for Mae Hong Son has told police he accidentally shot and killed his personal secretary with a submachine gun in a restaurant in Phrae province, a duty officer at Wang Chin police station said on Monday. Senator Boonsong Kowawisarat The shooting occurred at a restaurant in Wang Chin district of the northern province on Sunday night, Pol Lt Choosak Poonsawat said. Boonsong Kowawisarat, 55, and his personal assistant Chanakarn Detkard, 46, were travelling to Bangkok in the senator's car and stopped for dinner at a restaurant on a local road in moo 2 in tambon Mae Keng, Phrae....
  • Thai floods hit motor and hi-tech supply chains

    10/25/2011 3:29:22 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Thai floods hit motor and hi-tech supply chains Published: 25 October 2011 Flooding in Thailand, reckoned to be the worst for fifty years, is disrupting supply chains for a number of major manufacturers. Heavy monsoon rains since July have affected large areas of the country and is now starting to affect Bangkok. More than 360 people have died in the flooding. Toyota has production plants at Samrong, Gateway, and Ban Pho plants. It halted production at the three plants on 10th October as a result of parts-supply delays, although the plants themselves had not been affected. That decision is to...
  • Goodbye, Thai Nazi: Darawan Charoenrat of Kanomwan (Houston TX Thai food legend dies)

    07/10/2010 11:30:46 AM PDT · by Ready4Freddy · 4 replies
    Houston Press ^ | Thu., Jun. 10 2010 | Nishta Mehra
    You may not have even known the restaurant by its proper name, Kanomwan. And it's even more likely that you did not know its proprietor's real name, either-- Darawan Charoenrat. For eaters "in the know" for the last decade or more, both have simply been called Thai Nazi, or the restaurant was called Telephone Thai. Last week, Houston's infamous Thai Nazi died, and Kanomwan is, at least for now, closed. If it seems curious to mourn a man with such a nickname (a play on Seinfeld's "Soup Nazi"), you probably weren't a Kanomwan regular. Though Charoenrat was often brusque, barking,...
  • Thai Police Force Takes Monkey On The Beat

    04/01/2010 10:36:36 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 7 replies · 466+ views
    Sky News ^ | April 2, 2010 | Tom Bonnett
    A Thai police force has begun taking a monkey, dressed in police uniform, on patrol each day to help improve relations with Muslim separatists. The five-year-old pig-tailed macaque was adopted after policemen in Yaha province in southern Thailand found him injured with a broken arm. Trainers taught Santisuk, which means peace in Thai, to pick up coconuts and he now helps residents collect the fruit.
  • Seized North Korean arms 'bound for Iran'

    12/21/2009 9:25:28 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 423+ views
    Space War ^ | 12/21/2009 | Staff Writers Via Space War
    A planeload of North Korean arms seized in Bangkok was reportedly bound for Iran, which has been buying up large amounts of weaponry in recent months as it braces for a possible onslaught by Israel, and possibly the United States. Mystery has shrouded the destination of the Georgian-registered Ilyushin Il-76 cargo plane that was found be to carrying 35 tons of arms, including surface-to-air missiles and rocket launchers, in 12 crates when it was detained during a refueling stop on Dec. 11 following a tip-off from U.S. intelligence. The five-man crew, all former Soviet air force members from Belarus and...
  • NKorean weapons were bound for Mideast: US spy chief

    12/20/2009 11:59:09 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 426+ views
    Space War ^ | 12/20/2009 | AFP via Space War
    An illicit North Korean arms shipment seized in Thailand last week was destined for the Middle East, the head of US intelligence said Friday. About 30 tonnes of sanctions-busting weapons were confiscated in Bangkok on Saturday but it had remained unclear where the North Korean shipment was headed. "Teamwork among different agencies in the United States and partners abroad just last week led to the interdiction of a Middle East-bound cargo of North Korean weapons," Dennis Blair, the director of national intelligence, wrote in a commentary in the Washington Post. Blair's reference marked the first public comment by the administration...
  • Thai Ginger Restaurant Owner Arrested (Pad Thai & Sham Marriages)

    06/23/2009 8:00:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 682+ views
    Puget Sound Business Journal ^ | Tuesday, June 23, 2009
    An owner of the local Thai Ginger restaurant chain was arrested Tuesday morning and is due to appear in federal court in Seattle on various immigration-related charges for allegedly arranging sham marriages. In an indictment unsealed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Seattle, Varee Bradford, who operates the Thai Ginger restaurants, and Porramin Tangchaiwanna, known as Golf, were charged with conspiracy to commit immigration fraud. Bradford was charged with several additional counts of fraud relating to immigration documents. According to the indictment, the two offered to pay employees of Thai Ginger $15,000 to $25,000 to enter into sham marriages with...
  • Thai Chillies Trigger London Chemical Scare

    10/03/2007 10:56:48 AM PDT · by blam · 13 replies · 672+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-3-2007 | Sally Peck
    Thai chillies trigger London chemical scare By Sally Peck Last Updated: 12:38pm BST 03/10/2007 Police cordoned off three streets and firefighters smashed down a door after reports of a chemical attack on a busy shopping street in London's Soho. Chalemchai Tangjariyapoon was cooking 9lbs of chillies But instead of a terrorist attack or a toxic leak, all police found was a Thai cook preparing chilli sauce. Emergency workers wearing protective breathing masks were called to D'Arblay Street on Monday evening after members of the public detected an acrid cloud of smoke. A Hazardous Area Response Team was dispatched and specialist...
  • European Faces Jail For Insulting Thai King

    03/12/2007 7:47:06 PM PDT · by blam · 102 replies · 1,206+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3-12-2007 | Chaing Mai
    European faces jail for insulting Thai king By A Special Correspondent in Chiang Mai Last Updated: 2:15pm GMT 12/03/2007 A Swiss man today admitted five charges of insulting Thailand's revered king by spray-painting posters of the monarch on the evening of his birthday. Oliver Jufer is facing up to 15 years in prison Oliver Jufer, 57, who has been held in prison for more than three months, appeared at Chiang Mai provincial court in shackles and a brown inmate's uniform, for a secret session. Members of the public and journalists were barred from the hearing, and earlier court officials told...
  • Government lifts martial law in capital, 40 provinces

    11/29/2006 10:42:29 AM PST · by correctthought · 229+ views
    Bankok Post ^ | 11/29/06 | ANUCHA CHAROENPO
    The government yesterday decided to lift martial law in Bangkok and 40 other provinces including the capital's immediate neighbours. However, 35 provinces remain fully or partly under martial law due to security concerns including drugs, illegal trade and the government's suspicions about potential threats from supporters of deposed prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The government's decision came one day after the Council for National Security (CNS) forwarded its recommendation that martial law be lifted in 48 provinces and retained in 28 other provinces, including Bangkok. Yesterday's cabinet resolution to partially lift martial law will not take effect until there is royal...
  • Thailand's timetable

    10/27/2006 3:42:28 PM PDT · by John Carey · 7 replies · 281+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | October 27, 2006 | Editorial Staff
    Thailand's interim government has set up an ambitious timetable to achieve both full restoration of democracy and public approval of a redrafted constitution within one year of the military coup that toppled Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The coup, which ousted the prime minister while he was at the United Nations in September, elicited a warranted condemnation from Washington. The onus will remain on Thailand's appointed government to faithfully follow the timeline, which outlines the path back from military rule to liberal democracy. The coup arose out of a "political stalemate," claimed Ambassador Virasakdi Futrakul during a meeting with editors and...
  • UN: Thailand is potential nuclear power

    10/17/2006 8:47:06 AM PDT · by correctthought · 36 replies · 568+ views
    Bangkok Post ^ | 10/16/06 | Bangkok Post
    Thailand was named as a potential nuclear power in a report this morning by the head of the United Nations nuclear agency. Speaking at a conference on tightening controls against nuclear proliferation, Mohamed ElBaradei said as many as 30 countries could soon have technology allowing them to produce atomic weapons "in a very short time" - and listed Thailand among them. Mr ElBaradei, chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency and winner of the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize , called the countries "virtual new weapons states." It was unclear and not explained how Thailand got onto the list, since it...
  • Thai Army Chief Agrees To Talks With Muslim Rebels

    10/05/2006 1:41:40 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies · 552+ views
    AP) BANGKOK, Thailand The military has agreed to hold talks with Muslim rebels involved in a bloody insurgency in southern Thailand, the powerful army chief said Thursday, reversing a policy of the elected government deposed in a coup last month. Gen. Sondhi Boonyaratkalin, who led the bloodless Sept. 19 coup against former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, said that officials from certain rebel factions had contacted a top army officer and requested talks. He did not indicate if any date had been set. "I have agreed to the talks," Sondhi said. "I stress that these will be talks, not negotiations." Wan...
  • Smile please, we're having a coup

    09/25/2006 9:19:56 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 17 replies · 1,262+ views
    AFP ^ | 09/25/06
    Thai soldiers presented the smiling face of the military coup, posing for photographs with hands held high in mock surrender in an apparent charm offensive by their leaders. Thai media reported that troops had been told to "keep smiling," and newspapers were filled with pictures of soldiers demonstrating weaponry to curious crowds. Troops handed over their berets and guns to locals as schoolchildren gathered to peer into their tanks on their way to school, according to news reports. The Bangkok Post said coup leader General Sonthi Boonyaratglin and an army radio programme had both urged the troops to smile to...
  • Coup leaders urge Thai soldiers to smile

    09/24/2006 11:30:55 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 5 replies · 2,729+ views
    AP - Yahoo ^ | September 24, 2006
    Military coup leaders in Thailand often called the "Land of Smiles" apparently don't want to ruin that image. They've ordered soldiers to smile. Army radio broadcasts are reminding soldiers to be friendly and courteous, especially to children and anyone who wants to take pictures with them...
  • Thai school students pose with Thai soldiers

    09/22/2006 9:30:28 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies · 655+ views
    AP ^ | 09/22/06 | Wichai Taprieu
    Thai school students pose with Thai soldiers on an armored vehicle manning a street in the northern Thai province of Chiang Mai, the hometown of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra who was ousted from a coup Friday, Sept. 22, 2006. Family members of deposed Thaksin are still in Thailand amid speculation that they stayed behind to protect his vast assets against possible confiscation by the country's new military rulers, officials and local media said Saturday. (AP Photo/Wichai Taprieu)
  • Thai coup leaders ban political activity

    09/21/2006 8:09:59 PM PDT · by verum ago · 9 replies · 521+ views
    Irish Examiner ^ | 9/22/06 | not listed
    THAILANDS new military leaders yesterday moved to tighten their grip on power, restricting political activities and taking over legislative powers as former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra broke his silence on his ousting, saying that he would be taking a deserved rest. With Thaksin laying low in London after his Tuesday night overthrow, the coup leaders moved to place the tycoon-turned-politicians vast assets under scrutiny, amid mounting calls for his prosecution for alleged corruption. In Bangkok, a spokesman for the coup group which yesterday released the official English translation of its name, the Council for Democratic Reform under Constitutional Monarchy...
  • Thai PM begins new regime in exile

    09/20/2006 8:07:11 PM PDT · by correctthought · 5 replies · 382+ views
    The Australian ^ | 9/21/06 | Richard Lloyd Parry, David Brown and Richard Beeston
    Thai PM begins new regime in exile Richard Lloyd Parry, David Brown and Richard Beeston September 21, 2006 THAILAND'S deposed Prime Minister began a new life as a political refugee in London last night, where he started to rally supporters and took the first steps towards establishing a government in exile. As the leader of the military coup tightened his grip over the country and announced that a new Prime Minister would be appointed in two weeks time, Thaksin Shinawatra touched down at Gatwick from New York. He was accompanied by several aides and was expected to be joined by...
  • Thailand: After the Coup, Life Goes on(vanity)

    09/20/2006 5:51:09 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 38 replies · 776+ views
  • Thai Commander Takes Over After Coup

    09/19/2006 12:02:57 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 147 replies · 7,020+ views
    BANGKOK, Thailand - The Thai military launched a coup against Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Tuesday night, circling his offices with tanks, seizing control of TV stations and declaring a provisional authority pledging loyalty to the king. The army commander took over the government and declared martial law. An announcement on Thai television declared that a "Council of Administrative Reform" with King Bhumibol Adulyadej as head of state had seized power in Bangkok and nearby provinces without any resistance. "The armed forces commander and the national police commander have successfully taken over Bangkok and the surrounding area in order to...
  • Pesticides trigger (Thai) restaurant explosion

    09/15/2006 8:09:02 AM PDT · by Niteranger68 · 5 replies · 402+ views
    News 14 Carolina ^ | 9/14/06 | Lisa Reyes
    CHARLOTTE -- A University-area restaurant employee was treated for minor injuries following an explosion Wednesday night. An employee of the Thai House, in the Grand Promenade shopping center, stayed after hours to do some cleaning and the explosion was triggered when the employee set off 20 aerosol pesticide defoggers too close to the pilot light of a gas stove. When it was contacted by the pilot lights on the gas equipment, it caused sort of a spontaneous explosion, said property manager Mark Hanna. Firefighters at Station 27, which is within walking distance of the restaurant, say they felt the explosion....
  • Violence and vendettas in Thai south

    08/07/2006 4:23:48 AM PDT · by Republicain · 5 replies · 215+ views
    BBC News ^ | 08/07/2006 | Kate McGeown
    Thailand's far south is caught up in a separatist insurgency that has claimed the lives of 1,300 people in less than three years. In the first of a series of articles from the region, the BBC's Kate McGeown looks at how the violence is affecting local people. Every day Maikhao Maungrong and Dayoh Daeyo sell their produce side-by-side in Narathiwat market. Over the years they have got to know each other well, whiling away the time by gossiping about their lives. They also share a common concern about the attacks going on around them - the bombings, shootings and other...
  • Large weapons cache found (Thailand)

    03/24/2006 9:49:09 AM PST · by ASA Vet · 12 replies · 398+ views
    The Bangkok Post ^ | 24 March 2006 | Post Reporters
    Nakhon Ratchasima _ Police raided an isolated hut in a national park yesterday seizing a large cache of weapons and ammunition and arresting a man accused of supplying arms to separatists in the deep South. The operation in Tab Lan National Park, in Khon Buri district, followed a tip-off that firearms were being smuggled into the country from Cambodia, police said. The weapons were said to have been shipped through Sa Kaeo's Ta Phraya and Aranyaprathet districts and were about to be sent to the restive South. Police said they arrested Somsak Thawornrat as he attemped to flee and seized...
  • Save Myanmar: Rape claim at refugee camp

    02/08/2006 8:21:35 PM PST · by ZayYa · 2 replies · 279+ views
    The Irrawaddy ^ | 08 Feb 2006 | Shah Paung
    The Karen Women's Organization is investigating allegations that a 14-year-old Burmese Karen girl was raped by a Thai soldier on Monday, one day after Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra had visited her refugee camp. KWO officer Ler Pwe, who has taken responsibility for the case, told The Irrawaddy that the rape occurred near the Mae La refugee camp on the Thai/Burmese border, when the girl, who had only been at the camp for one month, was out herding goats with her 7-year-old brother. A Thai soldier is believed to have approached the pair, raped the girl twice and offered 30...
  • N Korea 'kidnapped Thai woman'(Thailand starts an investigation)

    11/07/2005 3:58:21 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 443+ views
    BBC News ^ | 11/07/05
    N Korea 'kidnapped Thai woman' Anocha Panjoy's family have not seen her for nearly 30 years Thailand's government is investigating claims that a Thai woman missing since 1978 was kidnapped by North Korean agents and is now living there. Relatives of the woman, Anocha Panjoy, were alerted to her possible fate by an article written by a US man who recently left North Korea. Pyongyang has already "informally denied" abducting the woman, said Thai Foreign Minister Kantathi Suphamongkon. North Korea has previously admitted kidnapping Japanese and South Koreans. The missing Thai woman, Anocha Panjoy, 51, lived in Sankampaeng district in...

    10/24/2005 6:38:24 AM PDT · by robowombat · 1 replies · 634+ views
    South Asia Analysis Group ^ | 09. 01. 2004 | B.Raman
    THAILAND & INTERNATIONAL ISLAMIC FRONT by B.Raman Indicators available since March, 2002, that the International Islamic Front (IIF) formed by Osama bin Laden in 1998 has been trying to extend its activities to southern Thailand have now been strengthened by the recent recrudescence of acts of violence in southern Thailand. 2. These indicators spoke of a surprisingly large number of Muslims from Thailand studying in the madrasas of Pakistan, some of them run by the five Pakistani components of the IIF. These components are the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LET), which has now been co-ordinating the activities of the IIF due to the...
  • Malaysia, Thailand swap barbs over Muslim unrest

    10/18/2005 6:01:40 AM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 17 replies · 578+ views
    Reuters ^ | 18 Oct 2005 | Jalil Hamid
    KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Ties between Malaysia and Thailand soured further this week over mounting unrest in southern Thailand, and the Thai foreign minister said on Tuesday the row needed to be quickly resolved. The neighbours are both founder members of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and have long had friendly relations, but an insurgency by Muslims in southern Thailand, which borders Muslim-majority Malaysia, has become a cause for concern. More than 900 people have died in 21 months of unrest in the Buddhist kingdom's south. Rebels killed a monk and two teenagers in a...
  • Thai insurgency backed by 3,000 Libyan-trained militants

    10/13/2005 12:52:53 AM PDT · by injin · 9 replies · 413+ views
    The Nation ^ | Oct 12 , 2005
    Some 3,000 "core militants" received military training in Libya before joining the Islamic insurgency in Thailand's Muslim-majority south, a top general said Wednesday. "The militants have advanced over the last 20 years, as the core members went to receive military training in Libya for four years, just like our soldiers train," General Panlop Pinmanee told a seminar of 100 security officials. "When they returned they became the chief operators in the south. Those militants have (the) same capacity as our commandos. There are 1,000 of them in each province and all together there are 30,000 sympathisers across three provinces," he...
  • Five rangers gunned down at checkpoint Elderly man beheaded in gory revenge killing

    10/05/2005 12:59:44 PM PDT · by injin · 10 replies · 922+ views
    Bangkok Post ^ | Thursday 06 October 2005 | POST REPORTERS
    Five rangers were killed and one seriously wounded at a checkpoint in Narathiwat's Cho Airong district late yesterday. The attack occurred about 6pm when a group of about 10 men arrived in a pick-up truck at a checkpoint on the Yaning-Cho Airong road, police said. When rangers manning the checkpoint walked up to the vehicle, the men opened fire, killing five and seriously wounding one of them. The assailants then fled. In Yala's Krong Pinang district, the decapitated body of an elderly unidentified man was found yesterday by the side of a road. He was apparently the victim of a...
  • Thai PM gives tough questions the buzzer

    08/25/2005 3:36:27 PM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 6 replies · 300+ views
    mercury news ^ | 8-25-05 | ap
    BANGKOK, Thailand - Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has long complained of press criticism. But he sought to turn the tables Thursday with a new tactic - sounding a buzzer every time reporters ask questions he deems "not constructive." To the surprise of journalists and colleagues alike, Thaksin raised a handheld buzzer - which displayed an "X" sign - from behind the podium to indicate his disapproval of some questions asked at the first in a new series of weekly news conferences. The button-pushing Thaksin sounded the alarm when a Thai newspaperman asked why the government had failed to seek...
  • Thai leader fumes at Cabinet over penis enlargement op

    08/25/2005 3:34:26 PM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 67 replies · 1,872+ views
    mail & guardian online ^ | 8-25-05 | Sapa-AP
    Thailand's prime minister is trying to ferret out a government minister who allegedly had a penis enlargement operation, saying news of it is affecting the Cabinet's reputation, a news report said on Wednesday. "Who did it? Tell me," Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra asked his ministers at Tuesday's Cabinet meeting, triggering a round of banter and causing some to squirm in their chairs, The Nation newspaper said. Last week, a woman -- being sued for defamation by a clinic after she claimed it gave her
  • Cattle Wed in 2,000-Guest Thai Ceremony

    07/11/2005 3:27:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 2,505+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/11/05 | AP - Bangkok
    BANGKOK, Thailand - Farmer Amphol Wangboon was hesitant to give up his beloved Thong Khaow for marriage until he found her the perfect match and a dowry he couldn't refuse: truckloads of fresh grass, hay, maize and $2,400. So Thong Khaow and her new mate, Thong Kham a pair of rare dwarf Brahman cattle were married Sunday morning in a traditional Thai ceremony featuring a banquet for more than 2,000 human guests in central Sa Kaew province. The animals wore silk outfits and jasmine garlands. Other beasts, including goats, also attended the wedding. Amphol said Thong Kham's owner,...
  • Two Thai rubber workers' throats slashed

    06/24/2005 9:54:50 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 406+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/24/05 | AP - Bangkok
    BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) - Attackers in southern Thailand slashed the necks of a couple, almost severing their heads in the latest killings attributed to Islamic separatists in the region, police said Friday. The couple, Jad Suwanchatri, 52, and his wife, Serm, 51, had stopped their motorcycle to clear a log from a road in Yala province when assailants shot Jad and then cut the throats of the couple, police Lt. Somporn Ritthirat said Friday. The couple's dog, which was in a sidecar, also was slashed to death, he said. The couple were rubber plantation workers, Buddhists and members of a...
  • Beheadings 'Aim To Force Out Thai Buddhists' (ROP)

    06/23/2005 7:42:46 PM PDT · by blam · 11 replies · 404+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-24-2005 | Sebastien Berger
    Beheadings 'aim to force out Thai Buddhists' By Sebastien Berger in Bangkok (Filed: 24/06/2005) Islamist militants in southern Thailand are trying to terrify Buddhist residents into fleeing, its prime minister said yesterday after a man was publicly beheaded. The murder of Lek Pongpla, 34, in Narathiwat province was the fifth beheading in a fortnight and the first to be carried out before a witness. Two men arrived on a motorcycle at the teashop in Cho-Ai-Rong, and one shot the victim in the back before decapitating him and putting the head into a fertiliser sack. The men fled and the sack...
  • Thai lawmaker dies in fall from condo

    06/22/2005 12:43:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 666+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/22/05 | AP - Bangkok
    BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) - A lawmaker from Thailand's ruling party fell to his death Wednesday from his 10th floor apartment, followed a few hours later by a woman with whom he had been quarreling, police said. The body of Attapol Sanitwongchai, a 39-year-old member of the Thai Rak Thai Party, was found on the ground outside his Bangkok condominium, police Lt. Col. Sompatara Thongkomol said. Police are investigating whether Attapol jumped or was pushed, he said. The lawmaker from northeastern Udon Thani province had quarreled with a woman in the apartment before plunging to his death, police said. After Attapol's...
  • Thai man beheaded during lunch hour (Islamic militants suspected.. DUhhh!)

    06/22/2005 9:52:13 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 560+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/22/05 | Rungawree C. Pinyorat - AP
    BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) - Suspected Islamic separatists beheaded a man at a teashop Wednesday and then left his head in a sack on the side of the road, the latest in a series of bold attacks across southern Thailand defying government attempts to restore peace. In separate incidents also attributed to suspected Islamic militants, two bombs were detonated in Narathiwat province, injuring eight people, including two Buddhist monks. Lek Pongpla, 34, a clothes vendor from northern Thailand, was shot twice before two attackers cut off his head in the teashop in Narathiwat's Joh Irong district, said police Lt. Wattana Ketamphai,...
  • Fat Thai police ordered to reduce weight

    06/21/2005 3:11:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 975+ views
    Monterey Herald ^ | 6/21/05 | AP - Bangkok
    BANGKOK, Thailand - Thai policemen with waistlines larger than 40 inches have been ordered to reduce their weight in order to look good when they direct traffic, the police department announced Tuesday. Recent medical examinations of 4,150 police officers in Bangkok found that 49 percent have high cholesterol and are overweight, which is "an obstacle" in directing traffic, said a statement from the Metropolitan Police Bureau. Eighty-eight of the overweight officers whose waistlines ranged between 40 and 49 inches were ordered to join the "Smart Police," a one-month weight-loss program. Participants will have to eat according to doctors' instructions and...
  • Free Aung San Suu Kyi! (Sign-petition)Email General Than Shwe

    06/17/2005 10:23:34 PM PDT · by LwinAungSoe · 6 replies · 970+ views
    Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has been detained for a total of9 years and 237 days Free Aung San Suu Kyi! Email General Than Shwe
  • Open Letter to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee

    06/05/2005 7:46:01 AM PDT · by LwinAungSoe · 3 replies · 354+ views
    Campaign for Democracy in Burma (Finland) | 5 June 2005 | Campaign Committee
    Open Letter to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee Date: 3.5.2005 United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee Case Postale 2500 CH-1211 Geneva 2 Depot Suisse Subject: Request for regaining of losing status and safety of life for POCs (person of concerned) at UNHCR Around 8:45 P.M on 27 April 2005 a group of drunken Thai militias who are guarding our Ban Don Yang refugee camp threatened Mr. Khin Mg Win (NI-50280) with gun at his temporary shelter inside the camp and fired three shots without reason. Khin Mg Win was a member of ABFSU (All Burma Federation of Student Unions)...

    01/22/2005 2:20:43 PM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 14 replies · 757+ views
    Shelbyville Times-Gazette (TN) ^ | 22 January 2005 | Ann Bullard
    For sale or rent: beautiful girls, 7 and 8 years old. Trained to please. There are no such overt signs in the villages of northern Thailand, but word of mouth advertising brings plenty of customers. Selling his young daughter into prostitution can earn a man enough money to build a house and support himself and his family the rest of their lives. To Shelbyvilles Ted and Ann Lewis, parents of two daughters, such actions are incomprehensible. They, the Rev. Bryan Nerren and others from Bedford and nearby counties have stepped up to do something about it. That something is helping...
  • Thai rescuers save trapped dolphin

    01/05/2005 12:36:44 PM PST · by LauraleeBraswell · 16 replies · 618+ views ^ | January 5, 2005 | Reuters.
    KHAO LAK, Thailand (Reuters) -- Rescuers have saved a dolphin swept over a Thai beach by the tsunami that devastated shores around the Indian Ocean, but failed on Wednesday to find her calf in a filthy lake left behind by the giant wave.