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  • The Seven Thunders are coming into view !

    07/30/2011 4:41:35 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 26 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ,bible ^ | 7/30/11 | Jedediah
    The Seven(7) thunders are coming into view , As Isaiah( Seer) witnessed (coals of testimony of Jesus Christ) and Ezekiel (Intercessor) Knew , The voices speaking together "AS ONE" , The Head of The Menorah , JESUS God's one and only Son , For The table has been set for the feast , The Bride entreated to come and take a peek , A look at what is about is about to be whole , The Bells of righteousness are about to sound, Raining down Heaven all around , The Coals of Testimony plainly in view , Burning with a...
  • Introduction: Asia's bloodiest insurgency

    07/28/2011 10:12:21 PM PDT · by americanophile · 11 replies
    Global Post ^ | July 27, 2011 | Patrick Winn
    PATTANI, Thailand — Dawn smolders above this seaside city in Thailand’s southern borderlands. Troops already occupy the streets in force. Skinny conscripts with assault rifles patrol through the fog. German Shepherds sniff for bombs in the brush. This is the hour of paranoia. Come mornings, gunmen slip through curtains of jungle foliage lining the roadside. They kill cops. Army officers. Teachers traveling to class. Kids sometimes. To stoke maximum horror, they decapitate Buddhist monks with machetes. As oblivious backpackers party up the coast, an Islamic rebellion roars on with no end in sight. The attackers’ prey? In local jihadi parlance,...
  • Southeast Asia’s underwater bazaar

    07/26/2011 6:05:23 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies · 1+ views
    The Jakarta Post ^ | 07/26/2011 | Ristian Atriandi
    Southeast Asia’s underwater bazaar Ristian Atriandi Supriyanto, Singapore A scan of recent naval procurement by Southeast Asian navies points to the fact that submarines top their shopping lists. Thailand and the Philippines have been talking the talk to add submarines to their fleets. Thailand plans to buy six ex-German Navy Type-206 submarines. Despite facing domestic criticisms against the plan, Bangkok believes the US$257 million purchase will be money well-spent. The Thai Navy argues that the underwater warships are needed to patrol the Andaman Sea and Gulf of Thailand and catch up with neighboring navies’ modernization. The Philippines, too, has recently...
  • Chinese Energy Policies Harming Neighbors

    06/23/2011 7:39:02 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 1 replies
    OilPrice.com ^ | 22/06/2011 | John Daly
    China’s omnivorous energy requirements have been attracting increasing attention as of late, as Beijing attempts to secure any and all sources of power for its growing industrial base. Nowhere is this more noticeable than Beijing’s policies in the South China Sea, where Chinese assertions of sovereignty are unsettling the Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei, all of whom have counter claims on the various shoals and islets. China’s landward neighbors are also feeling the hot breath of Beijing’s mandarins, however, most notably its economic rival India, with whom China fought a brief war in 1962 in the Himalayas over...
  • (Buddhist) Schoolboy killed and 'religious teacher' held in South-related violence

    07/16/2011 10:20:50 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    The Nation ^ | July 16, 2011
    A schoolboy was killed and two bystanders were injured when an unknown gunman shot the student before opening fire at people shopping at a market in Pattani yesterday morning. ... an attack by southern insurgents on a Buddhist religious day as the motive. Pattani Governor Nipon Narapitakkul said that he believed the attack was a result of the region's unrest, where insurgents harm Thai Buddhists to incite disunity and distrust between Thai Buddhists and Muslims in Panare district, which is made up of 60 per cent Buddhists and 40 per cent Muslims. More than 4,500 people have been killed and...
  • Muslim for a Month

    07/12/2011 4:18:58 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    New Vision ^ | Sunday, 10th July, 2011 | Gwynne Dyer
    GHANDI, born a Hindu, once said: “I am also a Christian, a Muslim, a Buddhist and a Jew.” Most people will never achieve such enlightenment (or spout such pious tripe, if you are of a less reverent turn of mind). But such thinking certainly creates an opening for innovative programmes like “Muslim for a Month.” No, really. There is an organisation that invites people of other religions or none to come to Istanbul and live as Muslims for a month. Well, not a month, exactly: the nine-day “Explorations” programme costs $900 and the 21-day “Ruminations” programme costs $1,890. “We like...
  • Politician Accused Of Bribing voters – With Noodles…..

    07/09/2011 6:28:53 PM PDT · by sussex · 3 replies
    The Aged P.com ^ | 10/07/11 | The Aged P
    The party she leads won a sweeping victory in the recent Thai election but Yingluck Shinawatra has been accused by her political opponents of bribing voters by handing out free noodles during the campaign.
  • Thailand Votes For 'First Female PM'

    07/03/2011 7:04:11 AM PDT · by markomalley · 42 replies
    Sky News ^ | 7/3/11
    Thailand's prime minister has conceded defeat to the opposition party in national elections, paving the way for the country to have its first female leader. Yingluck Shinawatra, who is the younger sister of ousted PM Thaksin Shinawatra, is set to become PM, in what is seen a victory for a red-shirted political movement. Television footage showed Ms Yingluck swarmed by flashing cameras and journalists after exit polls showed her Puea Thai (For Thais) party winning a clear majority of the 500 seats in parliament. The election comes five years after a military coup divided Thailand and saw violent clashes on...
  • Thaksin's 'clone' sister electrifies rural Thais (1st female PM of Thailand?)

    06/21/2011 6:08:32 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 7 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | 20 JUN 11 | PHIBUN MANGSAHAN
    PHIBUN MANGSAHAN, Thailand – The woman who could become Thailand's first female prime minister kicks off every campaign stop asking electrified crowds if they miss her brother — a billionaire ex-premier overthrown by the military five years ago. "If you love my brother," Yingluck Shinawatra asks in a carefully choreographed routine, "will you give his youngest sister a chance?" As this fractious Asian nation edges closer to July 3 elections and what many fear could be another era of unrest, the answer, at least in this rural opposition heartland northeast of Bangkok, is a roaring "YES!" every time. The 44-year-old...
  • Thailand says religious tattoos taboo

    06/01/2011 6:15:27 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | Wednesday, June 1, 2011 | Agence France-Presse
    Thailand has ordered a crackdown on foreign tourists having religious images tattooed on their bodies while visiting the kingdom, official media said Wednesday. Tattoos with images such as of the Buddha may offend Thai people, Culture Minister Nipit Intarasombat was quoted as telling reporters. He said his ministry had asked regional governors, particularly in tourist hotspots, to inspect tattoo studios and ask them not to use religious patterns, according to the state-run National News Bureau. It said he would push for a law banning people from etching sacred images onto their skin.
  • Thailand arrests American for alleged king insult

    05/28/2011 8:14:02 AM PDT · by nerdwithagun · 12 replies
    Associated Press via Yahoo ^ | May 27 2011 | TODD PITMAN and SINFAH TUNSARAWUTH
    BANGKOK – Thai authorities said Friday they arrested an American citizen on charges he insulted the country's monarchy, in part by posting a link on his blog four years ago to a banned book about the Southeast Asian nation's ailing king. The man is also suspected of translating, from English into Thai, portions of "The King Never Smiles" — an unauthorized biography of King Bhumibol Adulyadej — and posting them online along with articles he wrote that allegedly defame the royal family, said Tharit Pengdith, who heads the Department of Special Investigation, Thailand's equivalent of the FBI.
  • Thai bomb attack in south kills 2 Buddhist monks ( ROP )

    05/19/2011 10:52:39 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies · 1+ views
    ap ^ | 05/16/11
    Thailand's army says suspected Islamic insurgents set off a roadside bomb in the country's restive south, killing two Buddhist monks. ... More than 4,200 people have been killed in predominantly Buddhist Thailand's three Muslim-dominated southern provinces since an Islamist insurgency erupted here in 2004.
  • Baby leopards, panthers, bear rescued from luggage at Thailand airport

    05/13/2011 11:08:40 AM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Thailand News ^ | 5/13/11
    Baby leopards, panthers, bear rescued from luggage at Thailand airportThailand News.Net Friday 13th May, 2011 (Source: Globe and Mail) Authorities at Thailand's international airport arrested a first-class passenger Friday whose suitcases were filled with baby leopards, panthers, a bear and monkeys. The animals had been drugged and were headed for Dubai.The man, a 36-year-old United Arab Emirates citizen, was waiting to check-in for his flight at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport when he was apprehended by undercover anti-trafficking officers, who had been monitoring him since his black market purchase of the rare and endangered animals, according to the FREELAND Foundation, an...
  • THAILAND: Muslims behead a 9-year-old boy (WARNING: Graphic Images)

    05/09/2011 12:58:54 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 43 replies
    Bare Naked Islam ^ | May 9, 2011 | Staff
    WARNING! There images are extremely graphic! Then they hanged or beheaded the rest of his family. Yet another example of Muslim on Buddhist violence in a country where Muslims are only a small minority. Live Leak - More than than 4000 people from police and teachers to monks and children have been killed in the past 7 years by Muslims in southern Thailand, but hardly a word in the mainstream media. In Southern Thailand Muslim gunmen continue killing and threatening innocent citizens. The Muslim insurgents have threatened to kill 20 teachers and have distributed fliers that said, “WANTED: 20 Deaths...
  • Thai Navy to Swap German Submarines for Korean

    04/21/2011 6:08:35 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Naval Technology ^ | 21 April 2011
    Thai Navy to Swap German Submarines for Korean 21 April 2011 The Royal Thai Navy is considering purchasing two South Korean submarines instead of six second-hand German submarines, Thai Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon has said. The defence minister's proposal for two new Hyundai-built Type U-209 Class diesel-electric submarines could cost over THB40bn ($1.32bn) and will require a tied-over budget spanning years. The navy has agreed to the proposal as long as the new South Korean submarines were based on German technology, a navy source said. "But if that costs more than 40bn-50bn baht, the government may not approve it and...
  • What is this? see link for pic

    04/11/2011 7:57:16 AM PDT · by Bulwinkle · 58 replies
    My son and has girlfreind bought it...but don't know what it is.
  • Thailand reported near submarine deal with Germany

    03/27/2011 10:26:48 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Thailand reported near submarine deal with Germany Mar 28, 2011, 3:56 GMT Bangkok - Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has approved a plan for the Royal Thai Navy to purchase six secondhand submarines from Germany for 7.7 billion baht (257 million dollars), a newspaper reported Monday. The U-206 Class subs, which are intended for missions in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, would constitute Thailand's first submarine fleet, to be commanded by Rear Admiral Suriya Pornsuriya, the Bangkok Post said. The Thai navy has had submarines on its wish list for many years. It commissioned its first aircraft...
  • Obama demanding gay rights support at UN body

    03/22/2011 8:09:54 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 35 replies
    GOPUSA.com ^ | March 22, 2011 | Bradley Klappe
    Although it is not in the form of binding resolution, the American push for U.N. action has helped win over a handful of new countries to the cause. A resolution could be brought to a vote later this year. The issue of gay rights has polarized nations at the U.N. for years. And despite growing acceptance for homosexuality in Western nations and parts of Latin America, lawyers say there is still a gap in human rights treaties for the protection of gays against discrimination and mistreatment. "We are very concerned that individuals continue to be killed, arrested and harassed around...
  • Arms Race Sparked by China?

    03/13/2011 9:23:18 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Irrawaddy ^ | March 13, 2011 | Simon Roughneen
    Arms Race Sparked by China? Simon Roughneen, March 13, 2011 China's announcement of a 12.7 percent hike in military spending for 2011 could add impetus to a preexisting arms-buying spree in Southeast Asia, after a year in which Beijing's growing assertiveness over disputes such as the South China Sea alarmed a number of countries in the region. Overall, military or defense spending has increased by 50 percent in Southeast Asia since 2000, according to data compiled by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). After a partly conciliatory meeting between Hu Jintao and U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C....
  • Dual citizenship could force Thai leader from office

    02/28/2011 9:07:27 AM PST · by westcoastwillieg · 17 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 2/28/11 | Phil Boehmke
    Late last week during a debate in Parliament, Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejajjiva publically admitted his dual citizenship for the first time. The 46 year-old Thai/British citizen has been prime minister since December of 2008 (the youngest prime minister in nearly 60 years) after a political career that began with his election to Parliament at the youthful age of 27. Until last week Abhisit had successfully concealed his British citizenship.
  • Lucky man marries thai twins simultaneously

    02/23/2011 11:37:59 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    Stranger Worlds ^ | June 8, 2009
    After Mr Wichai (Tao), aged 24, from Samut Songkram province, who earns his living by dealing in old goods, got married to gorgeous twins Ms Sirintara and Ms Thipawan 22, he vouched his sincerest 'equal love' for both of them! Mr Wichai, just yesterday, got married in a grand ceremony to both twins simultaneously. On being interviewed by Thai Rath reporters, Mr Wichai declared wholeheartedly that he didn't see much problem in having to perform tiresome marital duties with two wives. In the engagement ceremony before the wedding dress gallery, Mr Wichai successfully offered a dowry of eight baht of...
  • Pilots itching to fly latest Gripens, seen as a new force in the region(Thailand)

    02/22/2011 7:53:06 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Nation, Thailand ^ | February 23, 2011
    Pilots itching to fly latest Gripens, seen as a new force in the region Published on February 23, 2011 After a long wait for the much-heralded Swedish-made Gripen jet fighters to be commissioned, Royal Thai Air Force pilots are now itching to fly the new aircraft that will replace vintage F-5 fighters. The Gripen, with the designated code of JAS-39 C/D, has technological advantages 30 years ahead of even the US-made F-16 fighters, the newest aircraft in the RTAF, according to Wing Cmdr Natthawut Duangsoongnern. One of six pilots who underwent the basic flight course on the Gripen, Natthawut said:...
  • Bush's Policy on Argentina Signals Shift in Approach

    01/04/2002 8:05:46 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 9 replies · 1+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 01/05/2002 | JOSEPH KAHN with DAVID E. SANGER
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 4 — Seven years ago this month, President Bill Clinton's economic advisers told him Mexico was hours away from economic default and perhaps chaos on the streets. Mr. Clinton ordered an unpopular multibillion-dollar bailout, over the objections of Congress, but with the support of a prominent Republican governor, George W. Bush of Texas. When Argentina barreled toward a similar default in recent weeks, it was Mr. Bush who had to make the bailout call — and his decision was to let Argentina suffer the consequences of its own economic mismanagement. His aides argue that the circumstances were somewhat ...
  • Thai couples break World Record for longest kiss

    02/14/2011 8:31:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 02/14/2011
    Fourteen couples have taken part in a kissing competition for Valentine's Day at Pattaya City, Thailand. Seven have surpassed the previous record of 32 hours 7 minutes and 14 seconds, set in Germany in 2009, and are now competing against each other. The couples began kissing at 11pm GMT on Saturday and have remained with locked lips without sitting nor sleeping ever since. Competitors are allowed to eat, drink and use the lavatory, provided they do not break their embrace. The pair that manages to maintain their kiss the longest will receive a diamond ring worth 50,000 baht (£1,016) and...
  • Thai airline hires transsexual flight attendants

    02/09/2011 3:04:23 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 43 replies
    Chicago Tribune/Tribune newspapers ^ | February 9, 2011 | Josh Noel
    Does the P.C. stand for "politically correct?" The Sydney Morning Herald has reported that P.C. Air, a Thai airline startup, is making a point to hire transsexual flight attendants. The airline has recruited six so far and plans to look for more. "I think these people can have many careers, not just in the entertainment business, and many of them have a dream to be an air hostess. I just made their dream come true," airline executive Peter Chan told the Herald.
  • Fresh Thai-Cambodia clash kills 1 before new truce

    02/06/2011 3:52:17 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    AOL News/AP ^ | 5/2/11 | Sopheng Cheang
    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -Renewed fighting between Cambodian and Thai troops along the countries' disputed border killed a Thai soldier Saturday and sent thousands of people fleeing before military commanders agreed on the second cease-fire in two days. The fiercest border clashes in years also damaged a landmark 11th century temple near a strip of disputed land that Thai nationalists have seized on as a domestic political issue. At least five people have died in two days — one civilian and one soldier from Thailand and one civilian and two soldiers from Cambodia, according to officials from the two countries. Each...
  • Rebels kill Buddhist couple, children in Thai south

    02/01/2011 10:33:32 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 1, 2011 | Surapan Boonthanom
    Suspected Muslim separatists shot dead a Buddhist family of four in Thailand's deep south, police said on Tuesday, the latest attack in an escalation of violence in the region. The killings followed a bloody raid on an army camp and a big roadside bombing in the past 12 days that were believed to have been carried out by ethnic Malay Muslim rebels seeking autonomy from predominantly Buddhist Thailand. The bodies of the Buddhist couple, their daughter, 15, and 7-year-old son were found in a forest in Yala, one of three Muslim-dominated provinces bordering Malaysia where more than 4,300 people have...
  • Newly-formed Thai airline recruits 'Ladyboys' as air hostesses

    01/28/2011 9:55:20 AM PST · by vimto · 22 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 01/28/11 | Ian MacKinnon
    PC Air, which has yet to take to the skies, selected three "Ladyboys" in its first round of hiring this week to promote equal opportunities for what is dubbed the "third sex" in Thailand. Peter Chan, the new airline's boss, is enthusiastic about his groundbreaking move because of the opportunities it would afford transsexuals. "I think these people can have many careers – not just in the entertainment business – and many of them have a dream to be an air hostess," he said. "I just made their dream come true. Our society has changed. It's evolution. I'm a pioneer...
  • Revolutions, walk-outs and fatwas

    01/17/2011 8:41:13 AM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 01/16/2011 | BARRY RUBIN
    Recent events in Tunisia, Lebanon and Egypt spell a dangerous new trend in the region. There have been major developments in Tunisia, Lebanon and Egypt, each of which is of tremendous importance. In Tunisia, a popular uprising fueled by unemployment, economic suffering and long-term discontent has overthrown the dictator, but not necessarily the dictatorship. In 55 years of independence, the country has been governed by two dictators, the current one being Zine al-Abedin Ben Ali, who has been president for 23 years and was a key power in the regime even before that. Is this going to spread? Does it...
  • US Torture: Voices from the Black Sites (Left Gearing Up for "War Crimes" Trials)

    03/31/2009 3:56:39 PM PDT · by mojito · 22 replies · 695+ views
    New York Review of Books ^ | April 9, 2009 | Mark Danner
    ....With the help of the American trauma surgeon, Abu Zubaydah's captors nursed him back to health. He was moved at least twice, first, reportedly, to Thailand; then, he believes, to Afghanistan, probably Bagram. In a safe house in Thailand the interrogation began: "I woke up, naked, strapped to a bed, in a very white room. The room measured approximately [13 feet by 13 feet]. The room had three solid walls, with the fourth wall consisting of metal bars separating it from a larger room. I am not sure how long I remained in the bed. After some time, I think...
  • Red-hot torture

    09/16/2006 1:08:58 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 18 replies · 1,533+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | Saturday, September 16, 2006 | By Bill O'Reilly
    Thanks to the New York Times, we now know the dreaded torture methods the sadistic CIA used on captured Al Qaeda big shots shortly after the 9/11 attack. I warn you: Reading this column any further will subject you to unvarnished brutality. According to a front-page article in the Times on Sunday, Sept. 10, Pakistani authorities captured Abu Zubaydah, Al Qaeda's personnel director, a few months after the terror attack five years ago. Zubaydah, wounded in the confrontation, was turned over to American authorities and whisked away to Bangkok, Thailand, where FBI interrogators began questioning him. According to unnamed sources...
  • Aussie 'attacked' by Thai elephant guide

    12/14/2010 10:47:06 AM PST · by Charlespg · 15 replies
    daily telegraph ^ | December 14, 2010 | aap
    AN enraged Thai elephant trainer beat an Australian tourist with a hooked stick after the man criticised him for using elephants to milk cash from tourists, Thai police said.
  • Thai police link forgery arrests to huge terror cell

    12/02/2010 4:53:19 AM PST · by csvset · 10 replies
    DAWN ^ | 2 dec 2010 | AFP
    BANGKOK: Two Pakistanis and a Thai woman arrested on suspicion of making fake passports for al Qaeda linked groups were part of criminal networks tied to “many terrorist attacks”, Thai police said Thursday. The arrests in Thailand formed part of an international operation to stamp out a huge cell that has been linked to the 2008 attacks in Mumbai and the Madrid train bombings in 2004. Pakistanis Muhammad Athar Butt, 39, and Zeeshan Ehsan Butt, 29, and Thai national Sirikanlaya Kijbumrung, 25, were arrested in Thailand on Tuesday as they attempted to flee into Laos. “They are suspected of being...
  • Sukhoi Wins $300 Million Thai Order

    11/29/2010 2:18:40 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | 11/15/2010 | The Moscow Times
    Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company won a $300 million order from Orient Thai for 12 of Russia’s first major passenger planes since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Itar-Tass reported, citing the Thailand-based airline. Sukhoi agreed to deliver 12 of the mid-range Sukhoi Superjet 100 airliners before 2014, the news service reported from Bangkok. Orient Thai plans to use the aircraft on domestic flights, gradually replacing its current fleet, the report said, citing Orient Thai chairman Kajit Habanananda. The airline may hire Sukhoi to maintain the fleet, he said. Delivery of the first two planes is planned for November next year,...
  • What's with the recent trend of tagging non-relevant articles with palin or sarahpalin?

    11/29/2010 12:17:57 PM PST · by Anamnesis · 34 replies
    Vanity | Vanity
    What's with the recent trend of tagging articles with palin or sarahpalin that have nothing to do with Sarah Palin? If your article has nothing to do with Palin, please don't tag it as such. It's bad enough that journalists use her name to get hits to their articles or as a cheap source of writing material. We don't need that attitude here too. Just because people want to increase traffic to their posts, doesn't mean they should tag their posted articles with palin or sarahpalin. This just clutters the keyword/tagging system.
  • Thailand signs for more Gripen fighters, anti-ship missiles

    11/23/2010 7:51:28 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Flight International ^ | 23/11/10 | Craig Hoyle
    Thailand signs for more Gripen fighters, anti-ship missiles By Craig Hoyle Thailand has signed a planned follow-on order for Saab-produced fighter and surveillance aircraft and added anti-ship missiles to its air force's future inventory. A new agreement covering the supply of six more Gripen Cs and a second Saab 340-based airborne early warning and control system aircraft was secured in Stockholm on 23 November. It was signed by Royal Thai Air Force commander in chief Air Chief Marshal Itthaporn Subhawong and Gunnar Holmgren, director general of Sweden's Defence Materiel Administration (FMV). © Peter Liander/Gripen International Thailand has previously ordered six...
  • 2,000 aborted fetuses found in Bangkok temple (Were hidden to conceal illegal abortions)

    11/19/2010 10:22:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies · 1+ views
    BANGKOK - On the grounds of a Buddhist temple, dozens of white plastic bags lay in carefully arranged rows. Each sack was knotted at the top and contained the remains of a fetus. Thai authorities found about 2,000 remains in the temple's mortuary, where they had been hidden for a year -- apparently to conceal illegal abortions. A strong stench had drawn police to the temple in Bangkok's old city Tuesday...
  • Thailand extradites alleged arms dealer (to the US)

    11/16/2010 2:48:59 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 3 replies
    A notorious arms dealer who has been the subject of an extended diplomatic tug of war between the United States and Russia has been extradited from Thailand aboard a US government jet. Viktor Bout is a former Soviet air force pilot and alleged KGB agent, who is accused of running arms into just about every major armed conflict and insurrection - from Sierra Leone to Afghanistan - for the past 20 years. The burly Russian's luck ran out when he was caught in a sting operation by US agents posing as guerillas from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC)....
  • Bill Clinton Films Cameo for The Hangover Part II

    11/15/2010 1:54:44 PM PST · by Germanicus Cretorian · 24 replies
    TMZ ^ | November 15 2010 | N/A
    TMZ reports that former President Bill Clinton has filmed a cameo in Thailand for The Hangover Part II. He's joining a growing list of people doing cameos for the sequel, including Liam Neeson and Paul Giamatti. Directed again by Todd Phillips, the comedy stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, Mike Tyson and Jamie Chung. Warner Bros. will release "Part II" on May 26 Read more: Bill Clinton Films Cameo for The Hangover Part II - ComingSoon.net http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=71667#ixzz15OBsMSUZ
  • Just Spoke W/ Very Senior USN Officer. Says MSM and public school-educated citizenry have No Clue.

    11/10/2010 4:08:36 AM PST · by upstanding · 235 replies
    Friends and Fiends | 11/10/2010 | Friends and Fiends
    Just spoke with old friend, very senior retired USN skipper. Says his contacts, many of whom were his "boys," are concerned with how stupid the MSM and Americans are and at how the Internet has fueled rampant ignorance. As I was calling him, he was calling me to call my military and IC friends to have a laugh and share some scotch to ease our aching heads.
  • A Novel Tactic in Climate Fight Gains Some Traction

    11/09/2010 10:14:24 PM PST · by neverdem · 29 replies
    NY Times ^ | November 8, 2010 | JOHN M. BRODER
    WASHINGTON — With energy legislation shelved in the United States and little hope for a global climate change agreement this year, some policy experts are proposing a novel approach to curbing global warming: including greenhouse gases under an existing and highly successful international treaty ratified more than 20 years ago. The treaty, the Montreal Protocol, was adopted in 1987 for a completely different purpose, to eliminate aerosols and other chemicals that were blowing a hole in the Earth’s protective ozone layer. But as the signers of the protocol convened the 22nd annual meeting in Bangkok on Monday, negotiators are considering...
  • Singapore Man Convicted of Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to a Foreign Terrorist...

    10/19/2010 12:09:05 PM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies · 1+ views
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Singapore Man Convicted of Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to a Foreign Terrorist Organization Aided Tamil Tiger Terrorists in the Attempted Purchase of Grenade Launchers, Sniper Rifles, Machine Guns and other State of the Art Firearms BALTIMORE—A federal jury today convicted Balraj Naidu, 48, a citizen of the Republic of Singapore, of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, the Justice Department announced. According to evidence presented at his five day trial, beginning in February 2006, Naidu and his co-conspirators attempted to purchase state of the art weaponry from China,...
  • Thailand requests $700 million F-16 upgrade

    10/06/2010 10:55:37 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    Flight Global ^ | 10/6/2010 | Siva Govindasamy
    Thailand is set to go ahead with mid-life upgrades for some of its Lockheed Martin F-16A/Bs, in a move that will augment its air combat capabilities in the face of ongoing budget constraints. The $700 million upgrade programme that Bangkok has requested for 18 of its F-16s will be conducted in three phases. Six will be modified over a three-year period in each phase, with the individual phases overlapping by one year. Lockheed is the prime contractor, says the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency in its notification to Congress. The mid-life upgrade with modular mission computer programme includes a Northrop...
  • Suspect in Thai Blast Linked to Protest Group

    10/06/2010 9:35:44 AM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies
    (AP) via FOX NEWS.com ^ | October 6, 2010 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "BANGKOK – SNIPPET: "Police said a charred body recovered from the badly damaged building in Nonthaburi province, just north of Bangkok, probably is Samai Wongsuwan..." SNIPPET: ""There is a high probability that this is a bomb-making accident," said Nonthaburi police chief Maj. Gen. Supakit Srichantranon. He said police found bomb-making materials in the apartment, including fertilizer contained in fire extinguishers, electrical circuit boards and high-voltage batteries. Supakit said Samai was a suspect in the blast and in a bombing in the northern city of Chiang Mai. National police chief Gen. Wichean Potephosree told reporters the materials found at the...
  • Charges revealed in international 'honey laundering' conspiracy

    09/01/2010 5:32:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies · 2+ views
    NewsCore ^ | 9/1/10 | staff
    The Federal Government announced charges today against a ring of foreign corporations and executives who conspired to bring antibiotic-laden Chinese honey illegally into the US, in an attempt to avoid paying millions in fees. A federal grand jury in Chicago indicted top executives of German food conglomerate Alfred L Wolff GmbH, and several of its affiliated companies for allegedly importing more than $US40 million in Chinese honey, but saying it originated elsewhere in order to avoid paying duties of nearly $US80 million that were levied on Chinese honey.
  • A Finger in Every Pie : Victor Bout and Igor Sechin connection

    08/27/2010 12:38:23 PM PDT · by Kabud · 4 replies · 1+ views
    financialsense.com ^ | 27 Aug 2010 | JR Nyquist
    On 3 December 2007 a curious item appeared in the Russian media. It concerned Igor Ivanovich Sechin, a Russian political figure close to then President Vladimir Putin. Kommersant [2] featured a quote from Oleg Shvartsman, head of the Financial-Industrial Group: "For us, the Party is represented by the power bloc headed by Igor Ivanovich [Sechin]." This statement was offered in response to a journalist's question about Shvartman's strategic task of velvet re-privatization. "Who set this task for you?" asked the journalist. Shvartsman's extraordinary answer slipped inadvertently from his post-Soviet lips: "The party! (laughing)." On 3 December 2007 a curious item...
  • Japanese politician launches attack on 'River Kwai' Britons

    08/26/2010 8:34:54 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 33 replies · 1+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/26/2010 | Chris Irvine
    Politician tipped as a future Japanese prime minister has said the British are not very likeable, but admitted the way British prisoners marched in The Bridge on the River Kwai demonstrated their best qualities. Ichiro Ozawa, the former secretary-general of Japan’s ruling Democratic Party, also said he values US democracy but dismissed the American people as “simple-minded”. Ichiro Ozawa The 68-year-old veteran politician, who resigned as the second most important official in the ruling party in June after coming under fire for campaign finance scandals, reportedly said: “I don’t like British people,” before praising British democracy and their discipline, citing...
  • 603-Pound Thai Woman Leaves Home On Forklift

    08/26/2010 12:45:07 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 26 replies
    AP via WTAE ^ | August 26, 2010 | THANYARAT DOKSONE
    BANGKOK -- A 603-pound (274-kilogram) woman believed to be the heaviest in Thailand left her apartment for the first time in three years Thursday with the help of Bangkok city hall and a forklift. Neighbors of 40-year-old Umnuayporn Tongprapai contacted the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority when they learned she needed medical attention to remove a tumor in her right leg.
  • Archaeological findings throw light on trade links with south-east Asia

    08/23/2010 5:00:42 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    DNA India ^ | Monday, August 23, 2010 | unattributed
    Several archaeological materials excavated from various sites in Thailand have been found to be "stunningly" similar to ones found in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh throwing light on trade with south east Asian countries centuries ago, a senior Archaeologist said. Many materials including seals used by Kings, beads, and pottery with brahmi inscriptions were of Indian origin and these could be assigned to second-third century AD, D.Dayalan, superintending archaeologist, Temple Research Project, New Delhi, told PTI. "Quite interesting among the findings is a gold plaque with brahmi letters.The letter found on the plaque like "ti" (in looped form) is found...
  • Thailand Will Extradite 'Merchant Of Death' To U.S.

    08/20/2010 9:35:18 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 5 replies
    NPR ^ | 8/20/10 | Scott Neuman
    After years of American diplomatic pressure, a Thai court on Friday ordered suspected Russian arms trader Viktor Bout to be extradited to the U.S. to face charges of conspiracy and terrorism — drawing strong protests from Moscow. Bout, nicknamed the "Merchant of Death," is described as one of the world's most prolific arms traffickers, allegedly selling weapons to dictators and in conflict zones in the Middle East, Africa and South America from the 1990s until his arrest in 2008.