Grief trucks


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Grief trucks - January 26, 2008
Narut sends this interesting photo of a fleet of trucks parked off a Bangkok side street.

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“Please dress in a formal manner”


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"Please dress in a formal manner" - January 26, 2008
Left: Sign in the Immigration One-Stop Shop.

CB was one of many to point out: Regarding the lovely sign in the One Stop Shop, you missed the obvious point that what they really objecting to is low class dark skinned people. It’s correct to be a yellow Chinese Thai guy.

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Yongyuth, the Refrigerator Man

RewardsNa Ban Bangkae by Bancha Kamin, Poojadkarn, January 25, 2008

Left: Throw at this house, you will get a minister position. [A reference to protesters’ attack on Prem’s house in July, 2007 implying those who kept up the fight against the military and Prem will be rewarded in a new PPP government.]

Right: Attack this refrigerator, you will get the chairperson of parliament position.

[This refers to Yongyuth’s role in leading a police team that raided a suspected drug dealer’s house in Ayuthaya in 2004. The police “raid” on the house consisted of showering the house with bullets as Thai police normally kill drug suspects instead of apprehending them to prevent testimony that implicates the police in the drug trade.
The elderly couple who lived in the house survived by hiding behind a refrigerator. The bullet-riddled appliance became a symbol in the press of the authorities’ abuse of power and earned Yongyuth the nickname “Yongyuth, the Refrigerator Man.”]

Yongyuth, the Refrigerator ManThairath by Chai Ratchavat, January 26, 2008

People call out to the chairperson of the house: Your respectful Chairperson of Parliament!

[The MPs hide behind refrigerators when calling on House Speaker Yongyuth famed for his involvement with a bullet riddled refrigerator (see above)]

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Thanks for the PMship!

Thanks for the PMship!Poojadkuan, January 25, 2008


Mak [Samak] pushes Bang [Gen. Sonthi] to be a military minister as a gift for chasing Thaksin and making Mak to be the PM


[Samak rewards Gen. Sonthi for his bungled attempts to stop Thaksin which resulted in the PPP regaining power and allowing Samak to be PM.]
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Welcome home – Thakino Pikku

Welcome home - Matichon Weekly, January 25-31, 2008

It reads: Welcome home – Thakino Pikku

"Pikku" is the title for a monk and "Thankino" is the supposed name for Thaksin as a monk. The head monk would give each new monk a new monk-like name based on their given name.

From King Mongkut, who spent 27 years in a monastery after being outmaneuvered for the throne, to dictator Thanom Kittikachorn, whose return as a monk sparked student protests and the massacre of left-wing students, Thais have used the monkhood as a source of protection.

 

At the bottom left of the cover it reads: Let’s run away.
[The sentence is a title of a recent Thai comedy movie. The speaker of the sentence should be a monk, considering the second person pronoun Yome]
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New mother’s death preventable: coroner

New mother’s death preventable: coronerThe Age, January 25, 2008
…The Siriwans decided to have their child in Melbourne rather than Thailand, where Ms Siriwan was a Thai Airways air hostess, to get the best possible care.
But after the natural birth of her daughter Nerissa, Mrs Siriwan bled heavily, and when her condition deteriorated, her obstetrician Maurice Lichter ordered her transfer to another hospital for a hysterectomy.
But this was delayed by about 20 minutes when Dr Lichter realised the Siriwans did not have private health insurance.
He switched the transfer to Monash Medical Centre, despite Mr Siriwan telling Dr Lichter he would pay for whatever treatment his wife needed, Ms Spanos said in her findings.
Despite having a hysterectomy once arriving at Monash Medical Centre, Mrs Siriwan died there at 2.15pm…

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Ministry of Public Health to issue complete smoking ban on February 11th

Ministry of Public Health to issue complete smoking ban on February 11th - PRD, January 25, 2008

…The new stipulation will completely ban smoking in pubs, bars, restaurants, all types of markets both indoor and outdoor including Chatuchak market, flea markets and all publicly accessed area’s both air conditioned and non-air conditioned. The clause will take effect on February 11th…

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Army warns dispute could have repercussions

Army warns dispute could have repercussions - Bangkok Post, January 25, 2008
The Defence Ministry is concerned about Cambodia’s tough stance on seeking World Heritage listing of Preah Vihear, the ancient Khmer ruins on the Thai-Cambodian border. Defence Ministry spokesman Pichasanu Putchakarn said Cambodia has ignored the government’s suggestion the two countries jointly propose the historical site for Unesco listing.
If Cambodia does it alone, it is feared that Thailand may lose its land around the ancient sanctuary, which has yet to be demarcated, he said…

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Huge airport sculpture to be moved for fire safety reasons

Huge airport sculpture to be moved for fire safety reasons - Bangkok Post, January 25, 2008

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Lust or gluttony: Which sin brought you to Bangkok?

Lust or gluttony: Which sin brought you to Bangkok? - Vancouver Westender, January 25, 2008

…It’s a shame that Bangkok’s reputation is often framed by the prominence of its notorious clubs and bars. In a perfect world, Bangkok would be most famous for something else you can pick up on the street — the best variety of wonderful, cheap food anywhere in the world. It’s almost miraculous…

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“We are a good partner” – Tesco public relations campaign

“We are a good partner” – Tesco public relations campaign - January 25, 2008

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Nation Group to sell office buildings

Nation Group to sell office buildingsThe Nation, January 25, 2008
The Nation Multimedia Group (NMG) is selling both its head-office building and the Nation Tower on Bang Na-Trat Road, valued at a combined Bt1.38 billion…

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Calling on the speaker

Calling on the speaker - Phujatkhan, Na Ban Bangkae by Buncha/Kamin, January 24, 2008

People call out to the chairperson of the house: Your respectful Chairperson of Parliament!
On the speaker’s chair is a shoe with
a small sign that reads "Thaksin’s shoes"
There is reference here to Thakisn’s behind-the-scenes organizing of the political situation, but again we are not sure of the exact point or joke. Anyone have an idea?

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Fighting for the speaker’s chair

Fighting for the speaker’s chair - Arun, Krungtepturakit, January 24, 2008
The caption says something like "War of Angels." We are not quite sure that the point or joke is here. Anyone have an idea?
CB was quick to point out: The soap opera about bitchy air hostesses that is generating a lot of comment is called “Songkhram Nang Fah” which means “War of Angels” (I’d translate it as “Angels at War” or  “Warring Angels”). Air hostess have for obvious reasons always been called angels and “nang fah” is literally “Sky Lady” anyway. So it’s a joke that the politicians are obviously no angels.
And futher adds: Interestingly, the Bangkok Post translates "Songkhram Nang Fah" as "Air Hostess War" while The Nation chooses "Battle of Angels". Without the underlying Thai, it looks like two different shows…

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Thanks from the People Power Party


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Thanks from the People Power Party - January 24, 2008
It reads: People Power Party thanks all the votes for Sutha Chansang, Mana Kongwuttipanya, Sawang Ruekjaran, and the Party.

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Bangkok Dangerous skyline

Bangkok Dangerous skyline - January 24, 2008
Wise Kwai notes: Maybe other 2Bangkok readers can discern any Bangkok buildings on the new Bangkok Dangerous poster. I sure can’t.

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Thailand: Good riddance

Thailand: Good riddanceEconomist, January 24, 2008
The blundering soldiers who deposed Thailand’s prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, in 2006 seem at last to have got something right. This week saw the restoration of an elected government following last month’s election. Barring further mishap, the country seems back on the road to liberal multiparty democracy…

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Steam Trains in Thailand

Steam Trains in Thailand -
Thai Blogs, January 24, 2008

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‘I Little Slave': An Interview With Bounsang Khamkeo

‘I Little Slave': An Interview With Bounsang Khamkeo - World Press Review, January 24, 2008

Bounsang Khamkeo survived seven years in the secret jungle prisons of the Communist Pathet Lao with the idea that one day he would survive to bear witness…

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BTS likely to miss 2008 targets

BTS likely to miss 2008 targets - Bangkok Post, January 24, 2008

Anat Arbhabhirama, an adviser to the BTS board, said this year would be the first since the skytrain opened almost eight years ago that daily passenger totals would rise by less than 10%.
At present, roughly 420,000 passengers use the two Skytrain lines on weekdays and 300,000 to 350,000 on weekends, he said…
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RIGHTS-THAILAND: War on Drugs Massacre

RIGHTS-THAILAND: War on Drugs Massacre - Officials Scot-Free – IPS, January 24, 2008

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Could Thailand use a magazine like this?

Could Thailand use a magazine like this? - Ajarn MC, January, 2008
…IHT has a good article on Tehelka, a weekly magazine in India that investigates corruption. Maybe Thailand could use a magazine like this…

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Strange fruit in Kalasin

Strange fruit in KalasinPrachatai, January 23, 2008

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Muhammadiyah: Thai govt should use soft power in dealing with the South

Muhammadiyah: Thai govt should use soft power in dealing with the SouthAntara News, January 23, 2008

…Din said, the soft power approach can be made by sending propagators who can convey enlightenment in their propagation.
The propagators, he said, will deliver sermons to emphasize that Islam is a religion of peace, justice and development…

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Viet Nam’s road project to ease traffic woes choking economic expansion

Viet Nam’s road project to ease traffic woes choking economic expansion – ADB, January 23, 2008

Faced with an inefficient and costly transport system and the growing needs of a rapidly expanding economy, Viet Nam plans to complete a major road project that will help decongest its largest city and economic hub…

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Condoning rape in Thai TV dramas

Condoning rape in Thai TV dramas - Bangkok Post, January 23, 2008
…The most serious concern is the depiction of rape in drama, which somehow appears to be a new trend for this industry. At least three productions – one has gone off the air and one is currently being broadcast – involve male lead characters resorting to rape as a means of revenge or punishment.
The storyline of the three romances is much the same: the lead character is so angry and frustrated with the woman he wrongly takes to be “bad” and so rapes her in order to “punish” her.
Only when he finds out that the victim is actually good and innocent (a virgin, too) does he fall in love with her and tries to win her heart through many travails. It’s also typical that the female loves him back, disregarding the man’s anger management problem. Then it’s a happy ending.
Another similarity is that these productions are likely to be smash hits. Likhit Kamathep, which has just ended, enjoyed huge ratings. Popular actress Ann Thongprasom starred as the lead, who carries the child of her lawful husband’s son after she is raped…

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Ice cream vendor


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Ice cream vendor - January 23, 2008

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“Dead end Road”


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"Dead end Road" - January 23, 2008

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Thai army council cedes power to Thaksin

Thai army council cedes power to ThaksinFinancial Times, January 22, 2008

[We are not sure, but it seems that "cedes power to Thaksin" headline was quickly changed (although it still appears on some regional feeds this morning). In any case, it is probably truer than the author realizes.]

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Lessons of democracy from Sikkim

Lessons of democracy from Sikkim - The Nation, January 22, 2008

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