US, Thailand: A conflicted alliance

US, Thailand: A conflicted alliance - Asia Times, August 8, 2008
...Thai government insiders also contended that Bush failed after heavy foreign ministry lobbying to arrange a meeting with King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who was in residence at his seaside palace in Hua Hin, about 200 kilometers south of Bangkok. Government sources say that's because Hua Hin's airport lacks the runway facilities to accommodate Bush's jet. The 80-year-old and highly respected monarch notably did not opt to travel to Bangkok to greet Bush...

Renowned Thai artist takes on property developers - AFP, August 11,2008
...He has even opened his home up as a museum, school and meeting place for fellow artists to share his passion for the kingdom's creative history.
Bangkok developers, however, rarely think twice about cultural heritage when they throw up skyscrapers, and now a 32-storey condominium is threatening to dwarf Chakrabhand's house of cultural treasures in the up-and-coming Ekkamai area.
But like a growing number of individuals, Chakrabhand is determined to fight the rampant development that many say is threatening the city's character...

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