Discount airlines in Asia: Low cost, high risk?

Discount airlines in Asia: Low cost, high risk? - New York Times, December 30, 2007
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The Thai Yankee

The Thai YankeeMySinchew, December 30, 2007
…Then he embraced his mother Yome, a tanned Thai lady from whom Damon inherited his cheekbones. “She is very fast. Now you know why I am fast,” Damon proudly said of Yome, who was an athlete when she was young…

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Thailand’s ambush gangs worry New Year travellers

Thailand’s ambush gangs worry New Year travellers - Earthtimes, December 30, 2007

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Selecting upright senators

Selecting ‘upright’ senators – translated and summarized from Matichon, December 29, 2007
A committee is currently looking into the selection of ‘appointed’ senators in advance of a deadline set for this task on January 2. The committee is comprised of the following: The Constitutional Tribunal Chairman, the Electoral Commission (EC) Chairman, the Chairman of the Ombudsman’s Office, the National Counter-Corruption Commission Chairman, the Chairman of the Auditor-General’s Office, a Supreme Court judge and a Supreme Administrative Court judge. After the conclusion of this selection process, the EC will be forwarded a list of suitable individuals from many organizations & walks of life, and will have about one month to examine this list. Some of the 150 senators will be selected by an electoral process, while others will be appointed by the above-mentioned process.
I wish to comment that the process of selecting senators is likely to generate some doubt in the minds of the public, if it is not clearly explained to them. The selection of ‘upright’ senatorial appointees will severely test the abilities of the seven committee members, if they are to conduct the process with both impartiality and fairness.

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What were the best movies in Thailand this year?

What were the best movies in Thailand this year?Cinematical, December 29, 2007

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Thai generals in fear after tycoon’s victory

Thai generals in fear after tycoon’s victory - Times Online, December 29, 2007

Manchester City’s chairman, the ousted Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, will face arrest on criminal charges if he returns home, despite a stunning election success by his political allies last week…

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Somsak Raksuwan’s Political Monsters

Above: "Oh!…Suwannabhumi"

Somsak Raksuwan’s Political Monsters - December 29, 2007
Somsak Raksuwan’s “Political Monsters” is on at the Jamjuree Gallery on Phayathai Road until January 3, 2008.

Earlier: The Art of Corruption

Above: "The Prototype"

Above: "Guns and Roses"

Above: "Monster No. 500"

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Who betrays the people?

Who betrays the people? – translated and summarized from Komchadluek, December 28, 2007
The negotiation between political parties seems to have been finalized. The People Power Party (PPP) sent certain offers to minor parties to persuade them to join its party in a bid to have the power to form the government. The PPP has more chances to form the government than the Democrat Party as it won as many as 233 seats in the recent election. How the coalition government will benefit the people we still do not know. What we know is that some politicians can say one thing and do the other if they are tempted by benefits and money. Thailand is not developing because the people never learn a lesson. They are still deceived by some two-faced politicians.

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The Nation tribute

The Nation tribute - December 28, 2007
Update: The Nation wrote and explained the material was placed online mistakenly and kindly requested that we remove this from 2Bangkok.com. So, to be a good neighbor, we removed the info in question…
This is reminiscent of the "The CNN.com incident" when prewritten obituaries of living people where exposed online.

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A nation must be a real nation

A nation must be a real nation – translated and summarized from Krungthep Turakit, December 27, 2007
The interim government does not seem to care much about people’s living over the past five to six months. The inflation rate jumped by three percent during this period, while the global oil price almost hit 100 dollars per barrel. The Surayud administration was initially well-received by most Thai people as it helped reduce political stress. However, most Thais have turned to focusing on their living problems. That is why the People Power Party got the highest number of seats in the general election despite strong opposition against the party. The author wants to see a real nation with a government which has clear administration policies and will restore the people’s confidence.

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Top military commanders thumping in defiant of reprisal

Another charming "Engrish" headline: Top military commanders thumping in defiant of reprisals

The Nation, December 27, 2007

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Online New Year traffic reports

Online New Year traffic reports

The Nation, December 27, 2007
…To get traffic information, they can access http://traffic.thai.net and
see the density of traffic shown in red, yellow or green.

…They just have to download the software from http://map.longdo.com/m and
install it in their phone to see the overall traffic map and check
traffic status and accident information while on the move via the
phone’s GPRS network…

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“I AM 6000 baht short…”


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"I AM 6000 baht short…" – December 27, 2007

This oddly grim and slightly too old grifter is pulling a traditional scam that allegedly is quite profitable. The photo was taken outside of MBK.

His sign reads: I am 6000 baht short to go back home HOLLAND. Can you help me?

Then it lists suggestions for donations: 20, 50, 100, 500 , 1000 baht, etc.

A thread on this photo is here.

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Thai student mugged by teenage gang

Thai student mugged by teenage gang - Scotsman, December 26, 2007

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2000 tigers possible in Thailand, study says

2000 tigers possible in Thailand, study saysScience Daily, December, 2007
Thailand’s Western Forest Complex — a 6,900 square mile (18,000 square kilometers) network of parks and wildlife reserves — can potentially support some 2,000 tigers…

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Commission’s yellow cards and red cards could prevent another coup

Commission’s yellow cards and red cards could prevent another coup – translated and summarized from Komchadluek, December 25, 2007
If the September 19 coup was a school examination, members of the coup would not pass the exam. The interim government does not seem to have any achievements. Some people therefore miss the previous premier [Thaksin].
People are wondering if the army will allow old power clique to regain its power. High-ranking military officials like Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratglin and army chief Gen. Anupong Phaochinda have not said much about this. Supreme commander Gen. Boonsang Niampradit said he would accept if the People Power Party does form the government.
The yellow cards and red cards to be rightfully issued by the Election Commission will ban candidates who offer money to voters. They could also prevent another coup that might be staged. Defense Minister Gen. Boonrawd Somtas wants everybody to follow rules in a bid to prevent turmoil. We [the authors] expect the Election Commission to issue at least 25 yellow and red cards. That would make the forming of the new government easier. We are just wondering if the party will simply accept that. [If the People Power Party would accept being pushed out of forming a government because of excessive red cards.]

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Thai General Elections – December 23, 2007

Top above: Daily News, December 24, 2007 – PPP wins – Samak brags he will form the government – Banharn joins Pua Paendin

Above: Daily News, December 25, 2007 – Parties fighting for control – divided into two groups – Banharn unlikely to join PPP – claiming he focuses on peace

Post-election headlines

Above: Komchadluek, December 25, 2007 – Banharn links up with minor party – indecisive to decide which party he will join – Samak declares he will be the next PM

Above: Thairath, December 25, 2007 – PPP surprises public – Four parties join Samak

Above: Khaosod, December 25, 2007 – PPP wins less than half of all seats – PPP wins 228 seats – Thaksin calls to congratulate Samak


Big People Power Party win – December 24, 2007

Thaksin proxy: People Power Party ready to form coalition government – TNA, December 23, 2007

Democrats in shocksweep in Chon Buri
[Changes in Pattaya: This is one of the few interesting election stories not connected with
the PPP vs Democrat struggle. In Chonburi the ruling Khunpluem family has lost all their MP seats to the Democrats. Chonburi has been the fiefdom of the Khunpluem clan and has been governed as if were a separate country. Reform and rule of law issues in Chonburi--particularly Pattaya--will now likely be addressed.]

US praises ‘free and fair’ vote

Chalit promises: No military coup

Thai Elections Could End Country’s Political CrisisNPR

or
Thailand readies for poll unlikely to end divisionsReuters

2Bangkok YouTube channel: Samak as PM?
2Bangkok YouTube channel: Samak Sundaravej’s statement
2Bangkok YouTube channel: Are the Democrats aggressive enough?

On the forum: Weird ballots


This cracker from Not the Nation: General Prem To Cast His 10 Million Votes Tomorrow


Past articles about likely Prime Minister Samak

By 7pm on December 23, incredibly, every single election poster had been taken down to conform with election rules. A far cry from the scene the day before.

All the election-related photos, cartoons and links are being kept here: ThaiElections.com


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By 7pm on December 23, incredibly, every single election poster had been taken down to conform with election rules. A far cry from the scene the day before.



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New year’s message - January 8, 2008
Left: It reads: Hello New Year 2008 – Working people – Pradermchai Boonchuaylua, Bangkok council member and the team of council member of Huaykhwag district


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Thanks billboard - January 8, 2008
The billboard reads: Thirachai Vuthitham (Pae) – Happy New Year 2008 – Every vote from you will be appreciated and memorized. We eternally serve the nation.



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Happy new year from a Bangkok council member - January 10, 2008
Thanks – Wish brothers and sisters in Klong Toey happiness throughout the year 2008 – Koranit Ngamsukonwattana, Bangkok council member of Klong Toey



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For the nation – December 23, 2007

Left: This Puea Pandin poster reads: This life is for the nation – Kitiwattana Pokmonti – For the nation, for happiness and unity of the Thai people


Vote for an honest PM – December 23, 2007

Right: This Democrat Party poster reads: Vote for an honest PM


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Above: It reads: Puea Pandin Party – Please vote for No. 7, 8, 9 – 43 inspirations for the happiness of people in the deep south

Election photos from Yala – December 22, 2007
Our man in the Deep South notes: The election this year in the deep south is not vigorous. Not so many posters. They are only on the roads and intersections… The party that interests people are the PPP, Democrats and Puea Pandin.


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Above: It reads: U-pe Village would like to declare that
1. will go on the path to a democratic life
2. will vote for our rights fully
3. will not buy and sell votes
Vote for the good person to get into parliament


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Above: It reads: Luemu School – All children ask parents to vote – 23 December vote for the good person. 8.00-15.00


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Above: This Pracharaj poster reads: Sanoh Tienthong – Peaceful nation, happy people


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Above: This green Rum Jai Thai Chat Pattana poster reads: Please vote for No.10 Hassun, No.11 Chanon, No. 12 Dorif


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Above and below: Dr. Has reports: Today [December 22] the officers received the election boxes and equipment. These photos show the activities of officers who come to get the boxes and cards in Amphur Krongpinan, Yala.


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Mascots at Central Lat Prae - December 22, 2007
Above: Mascots at Central Lat Prae promoting election and anti-vote buying awareness.


No. 17 - December 22, 2007

Right: An make-shift ad for a minor party candidate…


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Credit card debt - December 22, 2007
Right: It reads: Select the wrong party, repeat [the same] people. Thai Rak Thai government, credit card debt all over. Vote the Democrat Party to solve the crisis of the nation


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Help us win half of the seats… - December 22, 2007
Left: It reads: Solving Crisis. No time for more quarrel. Help us win half of the seats and the economy will recover. People Power Party – No. 12.


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Election poster - December 20, 2007

Chart Thai Party – Bangkok, Unit 1
Dr. Mano Mettananto Laohawanit, Ph.D. – No. 10
Kusuman Patchimsawas – No. 11
Aran Phantumajinda – No. 12
Dusit, Phra Nakon, Pomprab Satru Pai, Samphantawong, Bangrak, Pathumwan, Rajdhevi.



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Something for everyone - December 19, 2007

It reads: Ruam Jai Thai Chat Pattana Party – No. 2
People with a salary of 20,000 baht at most won’t be taxed.
Allowances
Parents allowance – 50,000 baht
Disabled person allowance – 30,000 baht
First-time home buyers under installment purchase contracts will get a tax discount of 300,000 baht.
New SMEs to be exempted from taxes for five years, existing SMEs to get a 5-10% tax discount.
Traditional convenience stores to get 95% tax reduction.
Baby Bond – Children under 18 to get one-million-baht fund for education.



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More from the Artist Party - December 19, 2007

It reads: Save energy, stop destroying nature, cancel unfair FTAs, and grow a fair economy.
Artist Party – No governing principle is the best.



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Voting - December 19, 2007
It reads: Please use your right to vote in the general election on December 23, 2007.


Democrats - December 18, 2007
Please vote for us all:
No. 4 – M.L. Abhimongkol Sonakul
No. 5 – Orn-anong Karnchanachusak
No. 6 – Chermmas Junglertsiri


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The Artist Party - December 17, 2007
People, I know what you are thinking about.
The Kingdom is going to be in trouble.
The Artist Party. No governing principle is the best.



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Banharn - December 14, 2007
It reads: Chart Thai Party – Making ideas reality – Please vote for No. 13 – Party List



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Easy to study at Chula – December 12, 2007

It reads: Please vote for No. 36, Dr. Thep Wechwisit.
Free tuition programs for people above 18 will be easy.
* Don’t have a father who is the Prime Minister;
* Don’t want to cheat on the entrance exam;
* But want to enter Chulalongkorn University.
Vote for me and I’ll encourage the Parliament to offer anyone an opportunity to study at Chulalongkorn University.


Thinking of Thaksin – December 12, 2007
A ClubThaksin sticker: Economy on the downswing… Thinking of Thaksin.
Below is a sticker for the People Power Party.


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Pracharaj Party - December 4, 2007

Left: Royal People Party [Pracharaj] – Please vote for Sombat Metanee, No. 9, an MP candidate on a proportional-basis for Bangkok, Nontaburi and Samut Prakarn. [This was Snoh's party before he jumped to Chart Thai which made Pracharaj a minor party.]



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No. 19 - December 4, 2007

Left: Pramuan Rujanaseri – Please vote for Prachamati Party, No. 19 – Party List [This is a minor party.]



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Ruam Jai Thai Chart Pattana Party – December 4, 2007

[The appearance of one of these candidates is unusual. Anyone know why this is?]

Thais United National Development Party [Ruam Jai Thai Chart Pattana]
Choose as you wish for Bangkokians
No. 25: Pornsak Srilaman
No. 26: Bun-anan Piampongsan
No. 27: Weerayut Potharamik
For Zone 3: Lad Phrao, Huay Kwang, Wang Thong Lang, Din Dang.


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Banharn! - December 3, 2007

It reads: Chart Thai Party -“Making ideas become reality.”
Please vote for No. 13 – Party-list MPs



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Democrat promises - December 3, 2007

99-day practical intensive plan

1. Free tuition fees and free textbooks, study supplies, and uniform, starting May 2008

2. Setting up a sufficiency economy fund. Initial budget of 1-2 million baht to be allocated to each tambon.

3. Setting up a special organization to solve problems in the south.

4. Using 15 first electricity units for free (up from 5 units at the present).

5. Canceling contribution to oil fund for diesel and gasohol.

Please choose the Democrat Party to form the government. No. 4


DemocratSociety.com - December 1, 2007
How does a 43-year-old aristocrat connect with youth? With a website full of crazy skateboarding images and a “chat with P’ Mark” section



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Young generation - November 30, 2007

Left: Chart Thai Party – Party list Vote number 13
If you do not vote for young generation. If no young generation volunteer for the public. When Thai politics will improve? Vote number 10, 11, 12
Apikiat Jenpanitch (Bo) and team
Young generation, we can do, we’re honest
Constituency 2: Yannawa, Bangkolaem, Satorn, Klongtoey, Watana



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Keeping promises – November 30, 2007
Left: Everyone can make up any good policies, but the people who keep their words are in the People Power Party. Please vote for us, People Power Party, No. 12.



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Time to clean the political parasites – November 30, 2007
Left: Chart Thai Party – Party list Vote number 13
"It is time to clean the political parasites"
Vote number 10, 11, 12 – Apikiat Jenpanitch (Bo) and team – Young generation, we can do, we‘re honest [The drawing is a bottle of vermicide medicine to remove intestinal parasites.]



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The return of Leena Jang - November 29, 2007
After several false starts, colorful character Leena Jang is running under the Palang Pandin Party.

Above left: Could you vote for Leena using the white ballot? [The "?" represents the vote for her.]
Please vote for Leena Jang to give her a chance to be an MP for the 4th area of Bangkok

No. 34 (Leena Jangjanya) Leena Jang

A female fighter for social justice.

Above right: Laksi, Bang Sue, Jatujak, Phyathai

No. 34 (Leena Jangjanya) Leena Jang

A lawyer for poor people who are treated unfairly.

Earlier: Leena Jang was famously disqualified during the 2004 Bangkok Governor election


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Above: No. 34 (Leena Jangjanya) Leena Jang



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"We volunteer to be your voice" - November 29, 2007

Chart Thai Party
Party list vote number 13
“We volunteer to be your voice”
Vote number 10, 11, 12
Apikiat Jenpanitch (Bo) and team
Young generation, we can do, we‘re honest
Constituency 2 Yannawa, Bangkolaem, Sathorn, Klongtoey, Watana


New generation - November 28, 2007

Democrat Party

People of the new generation, determined and expert in economics

10 – Boonyod Sungthinthai, an independent news reporter

11 – Atthawit Suwanphakdi, an economic layer

12 – Sakonthee Phakdisakul, a social lawyer

MP candidates for Bangkok

Bang Sue, Laksi, Jatujak, Phyathai

Please vote for us.


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Young generation - November 28, 2007

Chart Thai Party
Party list vote number 13
Vote for the young generation team for new politics
Vote number 11, 10, 12
Apikiat Jenpanitch (Bo) and Team
Young Generation, we can do, we ‘re honest
Constituency 2: Yannawa, Bangkolaem, Satorn, Klongtoey, Watana



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Pink shirts - November 25, 2007
It reads: Ruamjaithai Chartpattana Party – Vote for Somkid for quality life for Bangkok residents – Vote Number
26  Boonanan Pienpongsarn – 25 Pornsak Srilamoon – 27 Weerayuth Pohtaramik – Constituency 3 – Ladprao, Huay Khwang, Wangthonglang, Dindaeng
["Somkid" refers to Somkid Jatusripitak, banned TRT exec. Although the 111 TRT executives were banned from campaigning, this poster was being driven around on a truck on November 25.]


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Smells – November 27, 2007

[The three-person constituencies somewhat limit the creativity of election posters this time around, but Chart Thai gets points for its creative presentation.]

Chart Thai Party – Party list Vote number 13
"We cannot bear any further soap opera in politics.
It does smell bad, do you agree?"
Vote number 10, 11, 12
Apikiat Jenpanitch (Bo) and team
Young generation, we can do, we’re honest
Constituency 2 – Yannawa, Bangkolaem, Satorn, Klongtoey, Watana



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Puea Pandin Party – November 26, 2007

The poster reads: Puea Pandin Party
For the Nation, Defend Religion, Worship the King
Vote Our Party, For the happiness of Thai People
– people will have enough money to consume and save
– the law will be justice
– society will be secured
– warm family
– no fighting and argument
– good health and get free medical treatment
– trade will be flexible
– concern for the environment
– preserve Thai culture and tradition
For the happiness of Thai people



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Machima Thippathai - November 26, 2007

It reads: Machima Thippathai
Mr. Prachai Lealpairath, the leader
Mr. Thanapon (Mahin) Tonboonperm no.13
Ms. Vajjana Sutas Na Ayudha no.14
Dr. Rattanaporn Thammakosol no.15
Candidates for Dindang, Huaykwang, Ladphao, and Wangthonglhang



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Election poster - November 24, 2007

It reads: Palang Prachachon Party – Unity, Compromise, Attempt to rehabilitate the economics and accomplish every policies.
No.7 Mr. Chalearmchai Jeenavijarana
No.8 Ms. Suppamas Issarapakdee
No.9 Mr. Kawee na Lampang
The candidates for Jatujak, Laksee, Bangsue, and Phayathai
[Party leader Samak is at the top of the poster.]



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For Thais’ happiness - November 22, 2007
It reads: For Thais’ happiness, please vote for Payomrasi Rueksamran, Number 1; Chartporn Assarak, Number 2; and Dr. Waranyu Sujiworapanpong, Number 3 to be members of the Parliament for the Dusit, Phra Nakorn, Pomprab, Pathumwan, Bang Rak, Sampanthawong, and Rajathewi areas.



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Democrat poster - November 21, 2007
It reads: People come first. Democrat Party – M.L. Apimongkol Sonakul, Number 4, Orn-anong Kanchanachusak, Number 5, and Chermmas Juenglertsiri, Number 6. Please vote for us all. – Dusit, Phra Nakorn, Pomprab Satrupai, Sampanthawong, Bang Rak, Pathumwan, Rajathewi Areas.



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Democrat election poster - November 17, 2007
It reads: People come first – Democrat Party – Area 3: Din Dang, Huaykwang, Want Thonglang and Ladprao – Peerapan Saleeratwiphak No. 7 – Thana Chirawinij No. 8 – Dr. Sansern Samalapha No. 9 – It is our honor to serve you – Experienced, hard-working and never forget the people



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Cast your vote - November 17, 2007
It reads: Cast your vote for democracy’s sake. General election on December 23, 2007. From 08:00 am to 03:00 pm.



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First election poster - November 10, 2007
Above: This is the first 2007 election poster we have seen in Bangkok. It reads: Matchima Prachatippathai Party – 15. Thailand’s economy is in trouble. Professionals are in need. Please vote for Prachai Leophairatana.



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Election billboard - November 9, 2007
It reads: Thailand – General election scheduled for December 23, 2007. Use your right to save the nation.



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Anti-vote buying billboard - November 6, 2007
Left: Taking bribes [vote buying] is bad
Right: Electoral fraud violates the law and damages the nation



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Political party billboard- October 27, 2007
Above: Puea Pandin Party – We will rebuild the transportation system to be better and provide skytrain to as many people as possible. We will grow the trees to make Bangkok become a green city within four years. Furthermore, we will get rid of drugs and provide Thai people more security and safety for your life and assets. Select Puea Pandin Party for your happiness.



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Political party billboard class="tr2">- October 12, 2007
It reads: “For the land – For the happiness of the Thai people”
Motherland party [and in the smallest type] Strengthen the nation,
maintain religion and respect the royal throne for the Kingdom



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Changing billboard class="tr2">- October 6, 2007
Above (until September 30): Faster is better
[crossed out] – Better is faster – Thais unite to promote sufficiency
lifestyle


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Above (from October 1): An
alternative and answer for Thai society – Ruam Jai Thai Chart Pattana



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The “threatening billboard” gone in 5
days
- October 3, 2007
Just a note that the billboard threatening the return of a prominent
figure in November (below) was only up for 5 days before being replaced
with a more innocuous Democrat Party billboard (above). It is likely
that the original billboard was considered too provocative in the
current political situation–even though it was only advertising an
upcoming movie.
The Democrat Party billboard reads: Textbooks, school uniforms and
school supplies provided for free. Free tuition fees until college.
People come first. Democrat Party

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Earlier: The return of…? - September 8, 2007
The black billboard reads: Watch carefully! World image maker will come
back this November.
This has been a typical advertising tactic–put up a black and white
billboard with a vague but menacing message–in this case implying that
Thaksin will return in November. As in the past, it is most likely that
this is a billboard advertising a new movie.

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Don’t just be a ‘paper tiger’!

Don’t just be a ‘paper tiger’! - translated and summarized from Thai Rath, December 24, 2007
The Chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC) has admitted that the organization was not in a position to issue ‘red cards’ to parliamentary candidates in advance of the December 23 General Election. He also said that it had been impossible to mount investigations into electoral malpractice in such a short space of time, and that far more evidence was needed before red cards could be issued against erring politicians.
This columnist believes, however, that the EC has had plenty of time to investigate electoral malpractice and to initiate legal proceedings against the lawbreakers.
In the wake of this election, the EC will now have a full thirty days to decide whether candidates will receive yellow or red cards. The commission must act decisively if it wishes to be seen as having fulfilled its most important allocated role. I would like to warn the EC that it is in danger of being perceived as a ‘paper tiger’.

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Orange bats?

Orange bats? - The Nation, December, 2007
Local villagers show colourful bats they found in Chachoensao’s Muang district on Tuesday.

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STEALTH STRIKE on SOI 3

STEALTH STRIKE on SOI 3 - Bangkok Post, December 23, 2007
…They (the gang members) are the biggest problem for us and a burden on Thailand. Many live here illegally," said the Pol Maj-Gen. "In the past, the drug trade was controlled by Thai pushers who sold to foreigners, but right now it is the other way around. People from West African countries sell cocaine, marijuana and crystal methamphetamine, widely known as ‘ice’, to Thais. In fact, they sell it to everyone, including some of the Middle Easterners who stay in large numbers on Soi 3…"

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CIA chief to drag White House into torture cover-up storm

CIA chief to drag White House into torture cover-up stormSunday Times, December 23, 2007
…The tapes recorded the interrogations of Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, two suspected Al-Qaeda leaders, over hundreds of hours while they were held in secret “ghost” prisons. According to testimony from a former CIA officer, Zubaydah was subjected to waterboarding, a form of torture that simulates drowning, and “broke” after 35 seconds. He is believed to have been interrogated in Thailand. The tapes were destroyed in 2005. Both men are now held in Guantanamo Bay…

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“Get happiness, get a Sanwa”


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"Get happiness, get a Sanwa" - December 22, 2007

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Iraqi team irritated by national anthem mix-up

Iraqi team irritated by national anthem mix-up - Reuters, December 22, 2007
…Asian Cup holders Iraq were confused and annoyed when they were made to listen to the wrong national anthem before their opening match of the King’s Cup tournament in Thailand on Saturday…

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Tata Young: Bangkok bombshell

Bangkok bombshell - Times of India, December 22, 2007
Thai-American pop sensation Tata Young wooed India with her oomph in Dhoom. American actress Ali Larter was paired up with Salman Khan for Marigold. And now we have Lena, a Thai TV presenter who will make her Bollywood debut in Nagesh Kukunoor’s Bombay to Bangkok…

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‘I’m saving Thailand’s gay history’

‘I’m saving Thailand’s gay history’ - Financial Times, December, 2007

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Thai ex-PM said to end exile Feb. 14

Thai ex-PM said to end exile Feb. 14 - AP, December 21, 2007

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Thailand to grant citizenship to 353,000 people

Thailand to grant citizenship to 353,000 peopleStraits Times, December 21, 2007

Thailand will grant citizenship to 353,000 people, mostly hill tribesmen living in the country’s north bordering Myanmar and Laos, coup leader General Sonthi Boonyaratglin said on Friday…

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La Palma elects Thai-American mayor

La Palma elects Thai-American mayor - KTVN Reno, December 21, 2007

Thai American G. Henry Charoen is the new mayor of the tiny Orange County community of La Palma. Charoen is believed to be the nation’s first Thai-American to lead a city…

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The future of the past – Following up on Por Intarapalit’s vision of Bangkok in 2007

The future of the past – Following up on Por Intarapalit’s vision of Bangkok in 2007 - Bangkok Post, December 20, 2007
…In the sky, several cars were flying past the ‘Patcharaporn’ house at rather low levels. There were propellers on their roofs. Sports or private monoplanes flew in scatters here and there not unlike birds. All of a sudden, everybody sighted a huge train, with two tram-like carriages joined together, running at no less than 60-kilometres-per-hour on tracks about ten metres above Sukhumvit Road.
From the ‘Patcharaporn’ house, one could see skyscrapers with at least 20 to 80 stories, the top floors rising into the thick clouds. Fluttering from the top of each building was the tri-coloured national flag. The crowds on Sukhumvit bustled by in a hurry, men in their suits and women in their one-piece outfits. The people of Bangkok looked not so different from the Europeans or Americans.
Nikorn asked his son in a hoarse, shaky voice…
"Tell me, Nop, is this Bangkok or Paris? How come all these cars and planes are flying like dragon-flies?"
"This is Bangkok, Father. This is Bangkok of 2007."
Pai Su Anakhot (Toward the Future), Por Intarapalit, 1967.
…What were the attractions?
– Places, language, food, dress code, commercial billboards, greeting by handshakes and even boxing had literally become Americanised – "except for the presence of national flags, everything looks like New York … which meant Thailand must have progressed rapidly, to become the world’s superpower, on the same par as America."
– Every cabinet minister, "even the one overseeing the ministry of defense", was a civilian. "They served the country diligently, and there was absolutely no corruption."
– Every Thai citizen was well-educated – the two taxi drivers hired by the Samgler gang had university degrees in architecture and engineering; Bangkok boasted about 200 universities and no fewer than 5,000 primary and secondary schools did not charge for tuition, stationery or uniforms (a precise prediction of today’s politicians’ election gimmicks).
– Traffic problems in Bangkok were nonexistent.
– The Thai currency had the same value as the US dollar!
– The Thai economy was rock-solid: Rich oil fields had been discovered and Thailand suddenly became industrialised, producing and exporting everything from clothes to cars, planes and battleships. Heavy machinery was exported to China while China sent agricultural products and hordes of tourists in return. Also, Bangkok no longer had small-scale businesses or street peddlers that would allow developed nations to look down on it…

And a link to the pdf of the Thai-language book is on the forum.

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Ghostly goings on

Ghostly goings on - Phuket Gazette, December 20, 2007

…A number of villages in the district began ramping up anti-ghost measures after residents had been having dreams that people born on Tuesdays and Wednesdays would be taken by the dreaded phi pop.

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