Fiscal policy may end Thai ‘chaos’ - Gulf News, April 24, 2007
…The military-installed government’s initial decision to terminate populist schemes created by Thaksin Shinawatra, the ousted former prime minister, had created hardship for rural Thais, Chalongphob admitted.
“Monies that should be going to the grassroots were not going there, and therefore they have been severely affected,” he said…
Ten steps to close down an open society - HuffingtonPost, April 24, 2007
Last autumn, there was a military coup in Thailand. The leaders of the coup took a number of steps, rather systematically, as if they had a shopping list. In a sense, they did. Within a matter of days, democracy had been closed down: the coup leaders declared martial law, sent armed soldiers into residential areas, took over radio and TV stations, issued restrictions on the press, tightened some limits on travel, and took certain activists into custody.
They were not figuring these things out as they went along. If you look at history, you can see that there is essentially a blueprint for turning an open society into a dictatorship…
Shitdisco on playing Thailand: “They asked us how long we wanted to go for… two months!” - drownedinsound.com, April, 2007
So what does a festival in Bangkok look like? Lots of crusty white dudes and over privileged gap year students called Cynthia monging about on pills to the dance-rock revolution?
“Actually, It was a real indigenous crowd at the festival – 10,000 people watching our stage. It’s a bit daunting – it was the biggest gig we’ve ever played, and I ran around not sure what to do with myself, and during the set I naturally managed to fall over.”
"Grievance Center – Royal Thai Police" -
April 21, 2007
Above is one of the many billboards around town that are part of a police public relations campaign.
It reads: Grievance Center – Royal Thai Police –
Threatened? – Not getting justice? –
Inform clues about drugs, vice, influential [persons], crimes
at P.O. Box 1234 –
rongmuang Bangkok 10000
or inform [by calling]: 1194 –
General information… Royal Thai Police
Complete timetable of railways in Thailand in English-
April 21, 2007
Dr. Volker Wangemann writes: The great work is done. After two long months I’ve finished now the new EXCEL-file with the title “COMPLETE TIMETABLE OF RAILWAYS IN THAILAND.” This is a very big and long file(1.45 MB and 185 pages in a printer friendly version)! For the first time ever the railway enthusiasts and the normal passenger now will have in his own hands a complete timetable which then will show every passenger train in Thailand with every station/stop,line and timings. It was a real ambitious project, as you couldn’t get a complete timetable in Roman characters in Thailand from the SRT before. I do hope that the readers of your side will make a lot of use of these timetables and I do hope that the like the work…
What happened to Movieseer.com? -
April 21, 2007
Thailand’s Movieseer.com can been offline since April 15 (at least).
Don notes: The Movie Seer website has been down all week. Have you heard why? The times are always wrong — except strangely not for the three Siam Square theaters and The Emporium — but it was a useful list of what was on in town.
On Friday we called the Movieseer office and an anonymous worker said they did not know the site was down. When asked if they were still in business they said yes.
"Not a miracle" – Thairath, April 21, 2007
The caption reads: Not a miracle:
Photo of students of Ban Nongsanoh School, Smphur Chaingsaen, Nakornpathom. These photo are taken one after the other. Above, the background did not have so much light and the lower, the background was black and there was a circle that looks like Jatukamramathep [the popular amulet]. It is thought that this photo was put together with another one to make this image. [Newspapers like Thairath and Daily News often feature photos with anomalous or ghost images on their front pages.]
"A mean conman is in town" –
April 20, 2007
Michael Rastrup Smith writes: I am a correspondent of Danish National TV, TV2 Denmark, based in Bangkok.
I earlier did a 45 mins. TV documentary on a very nasty Danish conman Mogens Christensen, who operated out of Thailand.
He left, but now he is back again setting scams up in Bangkok, so I decided to make a warning on my weblog.
Thai film survives the Singapore Snip - Bangkok Post, April 20, 2007
Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s “Syndromes and a Century,” features scenes of a monk playing a guitar and another monk playing a game…
Earlier: Free Thai Cinema Movement Petition
The racist legacy of a name - Bangkok Post, April 19, 2007
…While the inclusive Siam is more in line with our pluralistic society, the word Thailand gives ownership to only the ethnic Thais while alienating other ethnic groups as ”the outsiders”.
This is why we see the hill peoples in the North and along the western borders as non-Thais, although their ancestors probably lived here long before ours. The same with the ethnic Malay Muslims in the deep South.
Because we see them as outsiders, we feel they are not entitled to have the same rights. We feel it is perfectly alright to treat them as we see fit. We think it is okay to impose the secular culture on the pious Muslim communities, to evict forest dwellers from their ancestral homes, to exploit their natural resources at our whim, to subject migrant workers to back-breaking work with little pay, or to keep their children from receiving an education.
Because we have been brainwashed to believe that we ethnic Thais are sole owners of the land, we feel indifferent to other ethnic groups’ sufferings. In the process, we have become tacit accomplices in the exploitation.
"In The Name Of The Devil – I’m Just one dust in Thailand." - April 19, 2007
This blog lists 2Bangkok under "Taboo Link." It’s better than being under the "Poor Link" section like Manager is or "Amateur News" like Matichon.
GET vs Krungthep Thanakom -
April 18, 2007
A reader forwards this interesting press release and adds: The company’s website is www.honuatech.com. Honua is the new name of the
company in America, but contract was signed as Global Environmental.
CONTACT: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Global Environmental Technologies
Krungthep Thanakom Company Goes to Trial in USA
Managing Director Testifies that Krungthep Thanakom Company is Private
Honolulu, HI, USA –April 15, 2007– For Immediate Release
The Krunghtep Thanakom Company, Ltd. will go to trial in Honolulu, HI, USA
against Global Environmental Technologies, “GET.” GET has filed suit in
the United States Federal Court aging alleging breach of contract. GET
alleges that it signed a USD 4.3 million purchase order agreement with
Krunghtep Thanakom to replace Bangkok’s aging medical waste incinerators
with environmentally safe autoclaves and a pyrolysis system. According to
GET, the existing Bangkok incinerators were not compliant with current
environmental standards, and the Krunghtep Thanakom Company and Bangkok
Metropolitan Administration wanted to replace them.
Mr. Amorn Kitchawengkul, Managing Director of the Krunghtep Thanakom Company
is appearing in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA to represent Krunghtep Thanakom. The
trial is scheduled to start on April 17th and Mr. Kitchawengkul arrived in
Hawaii on April 11th.
GET alleges that Krunghtep Thanakom signed the purchase order agreement on
October 21, 2003. GET further alleges witnesses saw the governor of
Bangkok, as the representative of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s
99% ownership of the Krunghtep Thanakom Company, direct Mr. Kitchawengkul to
sign the purchase agreement.
GET alleges that prior to the contract signing the Bangkok Metropolitan
Administration and Krunghtep Thanakom were represented interchangeably to
GET. Mr. Kitchawengkul has testified that Krungthep Thanakom is a private
company. He also testified that Krungthep Thanakom is 99.98% owned by the
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration. This clearly highlights the need to
determine whether Krungthep Thanakom is a private or public entity. GET is
interested to learn of this determination, because if the Krungthep Thanakom
Company is found to be public, then the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration
may become responsible for any damages awarded to GET.
announced on two more Thai-Lao bridges - TNA,
April 17, 2007
Thailand and Laos affirm that no obstacles will be
encountered in building the third and fourth Thai-Lao ‘friendship’
bridges respectively. Both will be completed in 2011 as planned…
Thais tepid about changing name back to Siam - Bangkok Post, April 17, 2007
[One of the humorous comments in the petition: "Siam is shorter to write. Thailand is too long and wastes ink."]
Historian Charnvit Kasetsiri says he has not given up in his bid to change Thailand’s name back to Siam, despite a lukewarm public response to the idea. Mr Charnvit launched his campaign online at www.petitiononline.com/siam2007 two weeks ago, seeking public support to have the name Siam restored in the new constitution…
More successful seems to be the Free Thai Cinema Movement Petition
Asian celebrity vloggers robbed in Thailand – send2press.com, April 17, 2007
The three members of the popular online show Huge In Asia (www.hugeinasia.com) were robbed of their camera and film equipment yesterday in central Chiang Mai, the trio claims. Local officials have not yet identified any of the culprits but say that an investigation is underway…