Autocratic States Stage Elections, Claim Legitimacy - Epoch Times, February, 2008
…In 2007, countries like Bahrain, Jordan, Nigeria, Russia, and Thailand, are passing themselves off as “democratic” by merely holding a vote, while engaged in election fraud, severe repression, intimidation and violence against persons of opposition parties, and threats and harassment towards the press…
Chronic failure in Thai police: HRW - The Nation, February 7, 2008
…Police brutality and abuses have characterized government efforts to suppress drugs in Thailand in recent years. HRW documented extrajudicial killings and other serious human rights violations in the context of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s notorious "war on drugs" (see the report at http://www.hrw.org/reports/2004/thailand0704/thailand0704.pdf).
Despite the killing of more than 2,000 people, to date there have been no criminal prosecutions of the perpetrators, many of whom are believed to include police officers…
Call for strict monitoring of ‘love nests’ for youngsters - Bangkok Post, February 7, 2008
[Don’t miss this article…]
…’Authorities should strictly monitor and prevent premature sex in these locations throughout the year,” she said. ”The sale of condoms at grocery stores also encourages sex among youngsters.”
Media hype surrounding Valentine’s Day had encouraged teens to skip classes to engage in sexual activity, she said.
SRT: The Maeklong line and Maeklong railway market - Australian Transport Discussion Board, February, 2008
Thai coach takes swipe at FIFA over late suspensions – Guardian, February 6, 2008
… “They have no accumulated yellow cards. Do you think it’s fair? We submitted the list of players a month ago. Is this football or politics?”…
Malaysian arrested for cheating Thai businessman - Malaysian National News Agency, February 6, 2008
Communist police ambush Thai firm – intellasia.net, February 6, 2008
[This is apparently an opposition news site–plainly evident from the selection of verbs in the list of featured stories:
For a Thai zinc oxide company, venturing into Vietnam’s provincial backwater has proved fatal after being ambushed by the communist country’s economic police.
After spending millions of dollars and years of setbacks and prolonged delays in setting up a zinc oxide factory in the poor and remote province of Bac Kan, production finally started in January 2007 at the Viet Thai Zinc Industry Joint Venture Co with output destined for export.
But no sooner had the company finally had its very first consignment cleared by customs and sent to a warehouse in the port city of Hai Phong, the economic police swooped in and seized Viet Thai’s goods at the warehouse claiming “economic violations”…
And an earlier claim: Vietnam loses former investment lustre to Thailand
Nurse as Deputy Finance Minister -
Na Ban Bangkae by Buncha/ Kamin, Manager, February 5, 2008
Left: Samak says: I can’t stand how we have a nurse to be the Deputy Finance Minister.
Right: Why? How about a cooking teacher being the PM?
This cartoon pokes fun at the nominee nature of the government with unsuitable figures holding positions only because they are standing in for banned TRT politicians.
In the left panel, Samak complains about Ranongrak Suwanchawee, whose experience is in the nursing profession, being appointed as Deputy Finance Minister. Suwanchawee was no doubt appointed because she is the wife of banned Thai Rak Thai executive Pairote
In the right panel it is pointed out that Samak, who has his own cooking show, is now PM.
Small children - Arun, Kurngtepturakit, February 5, 2008
On the backpack: Dek Chai Apisit [Dek chai = is a male child. Apisit is the youthful head of the Democrat Party] On the hat: Head of the room.
On the bus: Small children vehicle
The person leaning out the window is Prachai. He holds a bag that reads: Dek chai Prachai He says: Stop, stop. Pick up one more of my friends.
We are not sure of the meaning here, other than to link youthful Apisit, who lost out in the last election, with former Machimathipathai leader Prachai Liewpairat who also ended up out of the government and who has been called the “baby politician“.
Samak’s plan to divert Mekong water panned – Isan scheme feasible, say experts, but costly - Bangkok Post, February 5, 2008
…Under the plan, water from the Mekong river would be diverted through underground tunnels.
Reservoirs would be built and water pipelines laid down to transport water to farmland.
…Montree Chantarawong, campaign coordinator of the Bangkok-based Towards Ecological Recovery and Regional Alliance (Terra), said the Samak government should learn from the previous Mekong-Chi-Mun water diversion project which aimed to divert water from the Mekong to the Chi and Mun rivers.
The project was shelved as it caused widespread soil salination.
The region has a vast area of salt deposits which would wreak havoc upon farmland in those areas near waterways or reservoirs…
Top court rules Ultraman is not Thai - AFP, February 5, 2008
…The judges found Sompote did not contribute any creativity to the Ultraman character when it was first created more than four decades ago, the official said…
TAT to update Wiki content on Thailand – Bangkok Post, February 5, 2008
…The Wiki Mission for Thailand will attempt to involve travellers in improving and editing all of the information about Thailand on Wikipedia.org and Wikitravel.org.The TAT also aims to help members of the local travel and tourism industry by allowing them to post details of their travel products, deals and related information online…
Above: It reads: Everything is possible for anyone. Just give them a chance.
Disabled angry over sterilisation - Sin Chew Jit Poh, February 5, 2008
Many physically disabled women have lost their chance to become mothers as, without their knowledge or even permission, they were subjected to sterilisation…
Equal rights and opportunities for men and women - Adhaalathu, February, 2008
[Nothing to do with Thailand, but interesting… Conservative perspective from a Maldives political party.]
…The solution to divorce and the resulting agony to women does not lie in women leaving the children at home and going for work. The causes of divorce are very well known to us. The first and major reason is that men and women are allowed to mix up freely. Husbands and wives have the opportunity to freely mix up with the opposite sex in their offices, at parties and other social and official functions. Husbands usually fall in love with other women, married or unmarried!…
Ruling on email gets a panning - The Nation, February 4, 2008
…He said the Office of the Public Sector Development Commission had conducted a study last year and found that four out of every 10 government officials were using Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo in communicating official matters…
Thailand vs A Sensational Foreign Media – Thai Blogs, February, 2008
[This is the full version of the article that appeared in The Nation over the weekend.]
Yesterday: Is Thailand really so dangerous for foreigners? – The Statesman, February, 2008
Laos: Poultry imports from Thailand banned - Sin Chew Jit Poh, February 4, 2008
Authorities announced a ban on all poultry products
from Thailand last week, in the wake of the most recent outbreak of
avian influenza in several countries in the region…
Ruptures call safety of Internet cables into question - IHT, February 4, 2008
Four undersea communication cables have been cut in the past week, raising questions about the safety of the oceanic network that handles the bulk of the world’s Internet and telephone traffic…
Bangkok’s North Korean restaurant: Edible ‘sunshine’ – The Nation, February 3, 2008
Koreans from North and South laugh warmly together at Bangkok’s only North Korean restaurant, suggesting that the ‘Sunshine’ reconciliation policy really could work…
New govt to extend mass-transit routes - The Nation, February 3, 2008
[Not much about the routes to be extended, but just a sign that mass transit will hopefully come back as a major subject in the new future.]
New Thai PM to take defense minister’s job to deter military
coup - Sin Chew Jit Poh, February 3, 2008
Thailand’s new prime minister said Sunday (3 Feb)
that he will also become the defense minister in a soon-to-be unveiled
Cabinet to deter the military from staging a coup against his government…
Insurgents say they received 100 baht to bomb soldiers - translated and summarized from Thai Rath, February 3, 2008
Pattani Provincial Police Station held a press conference at 11:00 am yesterday to announce their arrest of a suspected insurgent named as Ma-ae Kuli (32) – who already had an arrest warrant issued against him. Ma-ae was charged with bomb-attacking a group of soldiers in front of the Mosque in Yarang District’s Momawi Commune on January 18. The blast claimed a life of one soldier, and wounded two officers. The arrested insurgent admitted that he had carried out the attack in conjunction with five other insurgents: Isma-ae Pa-ohmani, Yako Ali, Abas Ali, Chugifli Vadeng and Isma-ae Kutae.
Ma-ae named the person who detonated the bomb as Yako Ali – who died [of unspecified causes] on January 23. Isma-ae added that Yako had coerced him into carrying out insurgent activities with a promise that he would eventually receive a large sum of money for his activities. After they had carried out their bombing mission, Yako paid the six men only 100 baht each. Isma-ae also made a statement advised the four remaining bombers to report themselves to the police at the earliest opportunity.
Thailand and Laos working on cross border service –
translated and summarized by Wisarut from Post Today, February 2, 2008
Governor of Nong Khai and SRT are making a discussion with Lao Railways Authority about the cross border railway services between Nong Khai and Tha Nalaeng (3.5 km). Now, SRT has sent the equipment for railway traffic as well as the level crossing equipment. They hope that cross border traffic will be open by May 1, 2008.
The cross border service will be the extension of Express 69 which reaches Nong Khai at about 9:00 AM and it will depart from Nong Khai at 9:10 AM and it will reach Tha Nalaeng at 10:10. It will depart as Express 70 from Tha Nalaeng back to Nong Khai at 11:10 AM and may wait for 7 hours to depart from Nong Khai to Bangkok.
Immigration Process will be done within 20 minutes.
The draft of the cross border treaty will be done in the next two weeks using the cross border treaty between SRT and KTMB as a model for the cross border treaty between SRT and LRA (Lao Railways Authority).