Year on, Thailand’s “good coup” gets failing grade

class="tr4">Year on, Thailand’s “good coup” gets failing grade - Reuters, September 19 2007

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‘To Return to a Democratic Thailand’ by Thaksin Shinawatra

href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB119015623106831667.html?mod=googlenews_wsj">Commentary:
‘To Return to a Democratic Thailand’ by Thaksin Shinawatra
class="tr2"> – WSJ, September 19, 2007
…One year before, I had been overwhelmingly re-elected
as prime minister of Thailand. Thanks to the people of my nation, I was
the first leader in the near 100-year history of Thailand to be not
just democratically elected, but democratically re-elected. Under my
administration, we had cut poverty almost in half, provided universal
access to affordable health care for the first time, balanced the
budget and paid off our debts to the International Monetary Fund. In
addressing the United Nations, I intended to emphasize to the world the
success and maturity of our democracy.
I was never able to deliver my remarks, however, because I awoke on the
morning of Sept. 19 to the news that my government — and Thailand’s
democratic constitution — had been overthrown in a military coup.
The coup came as a shock to me and to most Thais. Democracy appeared to
have become well entrenched in Thailand following adoption of the
Constitution of 1997. Also known as the “People’s Constitution,” this
charter was universally acclaimed as the most democratic constitution
in the history of Thailand…

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Disgraced Scientist Moves Research Base to Thailand

Disgraced Scientist Moves Research Base – AP, September 19, 2007
Disgraced cloning scientist Hwang Woo-suk has relocated
his research base to Thailand to avoid the ethical disputes his work
would cause in South Korea, a scientist close to Hwang said Wednesday.
Hwang and some 10 associates have been working at a national university
laboratory in the southeast Asian country since June, said Park
Se-pill, a Cheju National University professor and well-known stem cell
scientist.
Park declined to further identify the university, but added that the
school is providing active support for Hwang…

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Crown Property Bureau Razes Suan Lum Under New “Profit Insufficiency Theory”

NottheNation: Crown Property Bureau Razes Suan Lum Under New “Profit Insufficiency Theory”
…“Obviously we’re delighted that the Crown Property Bureau is following the noble and wise Profit-Insufficiency Theory,” said Central Pattana president Kobchai Chirathivat. “We at Central Pattana have been advocates of it for years. Making money is what matters, and having more money makes you better than those who don’t. This is the heart of Thai culture and the CPB exemplifies it better than anyone…”

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Murals on public housing by the expressway

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Murals on public
housing by the expressway
- September 18, 2007

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On-Two-Go statement

On-Two-Go statement - September 18, 2007
Ton notes: I’m sure you’re getting emails galore about the plane
crash down in Phuket, but I just wanted to href="http://www.fly12go.com/">point something out from the One-Two-Go
website. I had expected an apology statement, and below is how it
has been translated in English. Not sure who issued this statement –
is it me, or is “corpse transportation” a rather inappropriate direct
translation from a cultural perspective?

From
the site
:
…For any inquiries such as
names of passengers on board, how to pick up passenger’s relatives to
the point of accident including responsibility of corpse
transportation, please directly contact the following One-Two-GO
hotline numbers.

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Something about China Airlines Flight 611 in 2002

Something about China Airlines Flight
611 in 2002
- September 18, 2007
Martin writes: I am a regular reader of 2Bangkok and just wanted to
point out, that I remember a fatal accident of a 747 of China Airlines
in 2002  in the Straits of Taiwan and know that Orient Thai
Airways was named in the news of being somehow involved. After some
research I found the following article at href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China_Airlines_Flight_611">Wikipedia.
Orient Thai Airlines had a purchase contract of an old 747 Boeing Jet
from China Airlines subject to fly for them from June 2002. The jet was
built in 1979 and used by China Airlines. During the last flight of
this plane for Chinese Airlines on 25th May 2002,  the plane broke
apart due to metal fatigue just after taking off in Hong Kong.
The purchase contract with Orient Thai Airlines was canceled after
that, which was supposed to pay 1.4 Mln US$ for the plane. I always
remembers this accident, when visiting the Donmuang Airport, after
seeing Oriental Thai Airlines and One-Two Go.

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Thailand accused of deliberate abuse of N. Koreans

href="http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSBKK3284120070918">Thailand accused of deliberate abuse of N. Koreans -
Reuters, September 18, 2007
…North Koreans being held in Bangkok launched a hunger
strike in April over conditions at the detention centre.
More than 300 women, including babies, children and the sick and
elderly, were crammed into cells sufficient only for 50-100 people and
with only four toilets between them, Kim said.
The treatment reflected an apparent policy decision by Thailand’s
military-appointed government to try to stem the flow of refugees
entering the country, he said…

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Plan for sea canal puts Hindu belief in sharp relief

Plan for sea canal puts Hindu belief in sharp reliefWashington Post, September 18, 2007
…The Indian government began dredging the shallow
ocean bed two years ago and is now poised to break apart Adam’s Bridge,
whose demolition is necessary to allow ships to traverse a direct route
between the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. But the project has
become entangled in a complex web of resistance from environmentalists,
fishermen, political parties and Hindu activists…

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Regional perspective: One year after September 19: bad casting

href="http://nationmultimedia.com/2007/09/17/opinion/opinion_30049179.php" class="tr4">Regional
perspective: One year after September 19: bad casting – The Nation, September 17, 2007
…Thailand is under a curse. We have tried to do
good things in bad times and bad things in good times. The outcome is
obvious. There is no paradigm shift – only a new vicious circle is in
the offing.

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One year after coup, Thai economy mired in uncertainty

href="http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5iR6Mm0AnuZwrDTVxZOtoLeev_tyA"
class="tr4">One year after coup, Thai economy mired in uncertainty - AFP, September 17, 2007
One year after Thailand’s
coup, the kingdom’s economic growth ranks among the lowest in Southeast
Asia as domestic demand and investment have slumped due to political
uncertainty, analysts said….

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The fate of tragic Aaron was set after he shunned Bangkok

href="http://www.independent.ie/national-news/the-fate-of-tragic-aaron-was-set-after-he-shunned-bangkok-1082366.html">The fate of tragic Aaron was set after he shunned Bangkok - Irish Independent, September
17, 2007
The Irish university graduate who died in the Thai air
crash had only boarded the ill-fated flight because he did not like
staying in Bangkok…

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K-girls to be sidelined

href="http://nationmultimedia.com/2007/09/17/national/national_30049192.php"
class="tr4">K-girls to be sidelinedThe
Nation
, September 17, 2007
…Ladda said she sympathised with women working in the
nightlife industry but added that revealing dresses should not be worn
and openly seen in the streets, even though such venues operated late
at night…

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No Blowing Smoke: Poppies Fade in Southeast Asia

href="http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/16/weekinreview/16fuller.html"
class="tr4">No Blowing Smoke: Poppies Fade in Southeast Asia class="tr2">- New York Times, September 16, 2007
…Three decades ago, the northernmost reaches of Laos,
Thailand and Myanmar produced more than 70 percent of all the opium
sold worldwide, most of which was refined into heroin. Today the area
produces about 5 percent of the world total, says Mr. Costa’s agency.
What happened?
Economic pressure from China, crackdowns on opium farmers , and a
switch by criminal syndicates to methamphetamine production, appear to
have had the biggest impact. At the same time, some insurgent groups
that once were financed with drug money now say they are urging farmers
to eradicate their poppy fields…

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First Thai anime cafe may be last

href="http://www.bangkokpost.com/breaking_news/breakingnews.php?id=121765"
class="tr4">First Thai anime cafe may be last class="tr2">- Bangkok Post, September 16, 2007
…The cafe opened in April 2006 and was staffed
primarily by female students from nearby Chulalongkorn University.
Police investigated the shop in July after complaints that minors were
frequenting the cafe and viewing manga with adult content. As a result,
two managers of the cafe were arrested on charges of exposing minors to
obscene manga…

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OCM to Thailand: Don’t act like a novice hos

href="http://thestar.com.my/sports/story.asp?file=/2007/9/15/sports/18897821&sec=sports"
class="tr4">OCM to Thailand: Don’t act like a novice host class="tr2">- Malaysia Star, September 15, 2007
The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) have taken SEA
Games hosts Thailand to task, saying they should not act like a “novice
host”. 
OCM honorary-secretary Datuk Sieh Kok Chi said yesterday that Thailand,
the hosts of five previous SEA Games and four editions of the Asian
Games, should be more professional and not act like novices… 

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Italian Bangkok blog with interesting photos

href="http://mozart2002-today.blogspot.com/">Italian Bangkok blog with
interesting photos
- September 15, 2007

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Harris Black Watch

href="http://www.harrisblackwatch.com/index.html">Harris Black Watch - September 15, 2007
Website about sometime Thailand-resident…

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Coming soon: $10 million for a flat in Bangkok?

Coming soon: $10 million for a flat in Bangkok? - FinanceAsia, September 14, 2007
…The rumour mill in Bangkok is in full swing.
Benjaporn Chatkaew, director of sales and marketing at rival high-rise
Le Raffine, says, “I understand prices start at Bt200,000 there, but go
up as high as Bt400,000 ($12,000)”. Le Raffine is a recently completed
development into which Hong Kong’s hedgies are known to have bought
million dollar palatial duplexes. Prices in top condo developments in
Bangkok cap out at about Bt150,000 per square metre at present, so the
Sukhothai will set a new upper benchmark.
“$12,000 per square metre is outrageous, this is what you get in a very
well located district in Paris, and even in the Champs Elysees,” says
Parisian Richard Bigg of Star Research in Bangkok. “Which one would you
chose if you had the money? Residing in Paris or in noisy Bangkok near
the dump?”…

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Proud of Sutthisarn: “Sutthisarn Classic”

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Proud of Sutthisarn: “Sutthisarn
Classic”
- September 14, 2007
We like this…

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7 deadly sins package

href="http://www.novotelbkk.com/accom/index.html">7 deadly sins package - September 14, 2007

Another classic Novotel
ad campaign
… At left is the href="http://www.novotelbkk.com/sloth07.html">“Sloth” package…

Earlier: “Asian
Confusion”

Earlier: “She
knows how to please you…”

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Ultralitigation! Thai businessman wins right to exploit old series

class="tr4">Ultralitigation! Thai businessman wins right to
exploit old series
- The Daily Yomiuri,
September 14, 2007
…The Tsuburaya side claimed the document had been
forged, but Sompote claimed it was authentic. Sompote insisted that
Noboru had offered the contract after he sold the 1973 and 1974 movies
they coproduced to companies in Hong Kong and Taiwan without discussing
the matter with Sompote. Noboru offered the contract as a way of making
up for the profits he didn’t pay to Sompote…

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Arakanese Monks Arrested for Demonstration in Bangkok

Arakanese
Monks Arrested for Demonstration in Bangkok
class="tr2">- Narinjara News, September 14, 2007
… A monk who is a close associate of the two reported
that they were arrested by Thai police 15 minutes after they staged the
demonstration by holding posters in front of Burma’s embassy in
Bangkok.
Thai police first attempted to block them from staging the protest, but
the monks persisted in their efforts. Shortly after, the Thai police
rounded them up and took them to an unknown location, a witness said.
Thai police attempted to disrobe the monks to remove their respected
status, but were advised by Thai monks to follow Buddhist religious
principals. The two monks were sent to Bangkok’s central jail for
illegal foreigners…

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Red Lotus: A Lao movie

href="http://blog.nationmultimedia.com/supalak/2007/09/14/entry-1"
class="tr4">Red Lotus: A Lao movie - The
Nation
blog, September 14, 2007
…An 80 minute movie was produced more than 30 years
ago when the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party newly took the power. It
is the first movie making in Laos during the new regime…

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Something’s fishy about that Thai bikini

href="http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2007/9/13/worldupdates/2007-09-13T135022Z_01_NOOTR_RTRMDNC_0_-295055-1&sec=Worldupdates"
class="tr4">Something’s fishy about that Thai bikini class="tr2">- The Star Online, September 13, 2007
Thai entrepreneurs have developed a way of processing
skins of the tropical tilapia fish to make durable leather…

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Reports on domestic violence cases will be banned

href="http://nationmultimedia.com/breakingnews/read.php?newsid=30048871"
class="tr4">Reports on domestic violence cases will be banned class="tr2">- The Nation, September 13, 2007

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‘Good’ Thai girls enter the boxing ring

href="http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/09/13/africa/thai.php"
class="tr4">‘Good’ Thai girls enter the boxing ring class="tr2">- IHT, September 13, 2007
…Until recently, it was considered very bad luck for a
girl or a woman to enter the boxing ring. Muay Thai is a sport steeped
in superstition, where gold and silver talismans, blessed by Buddhist
monks and engraved with words and symbols, are sometimes imbedded under
the fighter’s skin. The presence of a woman, especially if she
was  menstruating, was thought to cancel the invulnerability
conferred by these and other charms and blessings.
“Each boxer has magic words to protect himself,” said Amnart
Saichalard, a former fighter who now teaches muay Thai at Chulalongkorn
University in Bangkok. He has gold talismans buried under his skin near
his Adam’s apple and in his biceps.
“The belief was that if a woman came too close to the charm you would
bleed more during a match,” Amnart said.
As a concession to tradition, girls these days enter the ring by
crawling under the bottom of four ropes. Boys can climb through the
ropes any way they want…

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‘Padmanathan not detained in Thailand’

href="http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Kumaran_not_detained_in_Thailand_Pranab/articleshow/2367802.cms"
class="tr4">‘Padmanathan not detained in Thailand’ class="tr2">- The Times of India, September 13, 2007
LTTE leader K Padmanathan, an accused in the Rajiv
Gandhi assassination case, has not been detained in Thailand, External
Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said in Bankok on Friday…

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Thailand to change name back to Siam?

href="http://www.travelindustryreview.com/news/6102">Thailand to change name back to Siam? – Travel
Industry News, September 12, 2007
You can sign the petition href="http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?siam2007">here.

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Thai police deny Tamil Tiger leader held in Bangkok

href="http://in.reuters.com/article/southAsiaNews/idINIndia-29477520070912?src=091307_0457_FEATURES_most_read_articles">Thai police deny Tamil Tiger leader held in Bangkok - Reuters, September 12, 2007
Thai police said on Wednesday
there was no truth to reports triggered by an allegation on a Sri
Lankan government Web site that a top Tamil Tiger leader had been
arrested in Bangkok…

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