Aug 11th, 2009

Thailand won’t extradite suspected arms dealer

Thailand won’t extradite suspected arms dealerNYT, August 11, 2009
…According to the U.S. indictment, Mr. Bout told the agents he could deliver 700 to 800 surface-to-air missiles, 5,000 AK-47 assault weapons, millions of rounds of ammunition, land mines, C-4 explosives and unmanned aerial vehicles. The weapons, he allegedly told the agents, would be airdropped into the jungles of Colombia “with great accuracy.”
…In fighting the extradition request, Mr. Bout claimed that agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration violated Thai law by apprehending him on their own before calling in the Thai police. Chamroen Panompakakorn, Mr. Bout’s lawyer, also says the undercover D.E.A. agents were also carrying firearms in contravention of Thai law…

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RP-Thailand ties marred by irritants

RP-Thailand ties marred by irritants BW, August 10, 2009
[The full version is still in the Google cache.]
…Protests that shut down Bangkok’s main airport late last year unexpectedly became the source of some friction with Manila, when a Malacaang spokesman and an administration senator said such an incident wouldn’t happen in the Philippines because Filipinos have matured politically. Bangkok protested and reminded Philippine officials of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ policy of non-interference…

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Bangkok dangerous?

Bangkok dangerous? Bangkok Post, August 9, 2009
Reports on the internet and in the foreign media suggest Thailand is a very scary place, with murders and maimings happening daily, but that is far from the truth…

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KP migrated to Thailand: Colombo

KP migrated to Thailand: Colombo Hindu, August 8, 2009
The Sri Lankan Army on Friday said LTTE chief KP migrated to Thailand in 1991 after undergoing plastic surgery and got married there…

Act of state terrorism: SL’s aim is to hunt down and kill Pathmanathan, not capture him TamilEelam News Service, August 8, 2009
…Sri Lankan authorities, after initially reporting the arrest of their most-wanted in Thailand on Thuesday, have since declined to say in which country he was captured. Thai and Malaysian authorities have both denied he was arrested in their countries…

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Celebrated and flamboyant Thai pathologist may make appearance

Celebrated and flamboyant Thai pathologist may make appearanceThe Star, August 7, 2009
Talk is rife that Thailand’s celebrated leading forensic pathologist Dr Pornthip Rojana-sunand may make an appearance at the inquest into the death of Teoh Beng Hock on Monday…

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Japanese plan for Don Mueang airport

Japanese plan for Don Mueang airport Bangkok Post, August 7, 2009

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Tamil Tiger ‘leader’ arrested in Thailand

Tamil Tiger ‘leader’ arrested in Thailand – CNN, August 6, 2009

New Tamil Tiger leader KP arrested in Thailand, brought to ColomboThailandnews,  August 7, 2009
…He was believed to have earned millions of dollars procuring weapons for the Tigers and running smuggling operations from bases across the region including Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar.
Security experts say he had multiple passports…

Sri Lanka questions new LTTE chief ‘KP’: report Press Trust of India, August 6, 2009
Tamil Tigers’ new chief Selvarasa Pathmanathan, who was Tamil Tigers’ new chief Selvarasa Pathmanathan, who was arrested in Thailand, has been brought back to Sri Lanka and the authorities are grilling him at an undisclosed location, a media report said today…

Tamil Tiger leader “not arrested in Thailand”Asia News Network, August 7, 2009
…The source said that he was whisked from Kuala Lumpur back to Sri Lanka for further questioning.
…Meanwhile, Thailand’s Special Branch police chief Theeradej Rodphothong said the LTTE head was captured in Singapore, not in Thailand.
Lt Gen Theeradej noted that Thailand was mentioned in the news report because the LTTE head formerly had a Thai wife and he usually moved among three Southeast Asian countries – Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore…

[Let’s just say that this is a highly sensitive issue.]

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How to promote “chivalry”

How to promote “chivalry” – August 6, 2009
Amusing wrap-around advertising supplement in the August 5 Post and ASTVManager. It features fake news items showing examples of people’s selfishness and corruption. Inside the solution to this behavior is revealed to be drinking Chivas to create “chivalry.” Interesting how not being corrupt is defined as being chivalrous. There is also a website.

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Sugar shortage due to hoarding by traders and smuggling to Thailand

Sugar shortage due to hoarding by traders and smuggling to ThailandBernama, August 5, 2009
Hoarding of sugar by traders and smuggling to Thailand have contributed to the shortage problem.
Perlis Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism Ministry director Mohd A. Aruwan Abdul Aziz said the high price of sugar in Thailand led to rampant smuggling across the border…

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Thailand, Cambodia to speed up single visa scheme

Thailand, Cambodia to speed up single visa schemeBernama, August 5, 2009

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Fake products


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Fake products – August 5, 2009
It reads: Buying duplicated [fake] products is same as buying products from robbers

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The World’s Worst Daughters: Pinthongta Shinawatra

The World’s Worst DaughtersFP, August 4, 2009
…Bad behavior: When Pinthongta Shinawatra became the richest stockholder in Thailand in 2004, few observers were surprised. Before Thaksin was deposed in a military coup in 2006, his family benefited tremendously from the rampant nepotism during his five-year term as prime minster, with his own children netting millions.
Along with her brother Pangthongtae, she made a large profit by buying 329.2 million shares in a Thai communications company for 1 baht each from one of the family’s offshore holding company, and selling them for almost 50 times their value to a Singaporean company.
The ensuing transaction netted $464 million, and Pinthongta’s father kept the transaction hidden from Thai tax officials…

Also: From 2010: Before Red Shirt rally, Thaksin children withdraw more that 10 billion baht in cash
Also: From 2010: Shinawatras withdraw B1bn cash – Accounts siphoned ‘to avoid tax levy’

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US authorities set duties on some Thailand bags

US authorities set duties on some Thailand bagsPlastics News, August, 2009

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Resilient Thailand forges ahead

Resilient Thailand forges aheadBusiness Times, August 3, 2009
…Still, even amid Thailand’s worst political crisis, casual visitors, tourists and business people go about their business undisturbed…

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Defence laptop lost in Bangkok

Defence laptop lost in BangkokThe Age, August, 2009
…A Thai police report said Lieutenant Commander de Maskens had left his five-star Banyan Tree Hotel at 2am, travelling to the red-light district of Nana Plaza in Sukhumvit Road. He returned to the hotel accompanied by a Thai person just before 3am.
The report said the officer appeared drunk and disoriented when he arrived, awakening at 7am to find his notebook computer, a mobile telephone, an iPod, his passport and credit cards missing…

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Big odd Myanmar box

Big odd Myanmar box ArmsControlWonk, August 3, 2009
Over the past couple of days, I’ve been emailing with a couple of colleagues about this very odd building in Myanmar (nee Burma)…

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Thailand investigating suspected North Korea-Myanmar nuclear link

Thailand investigating suspected North Korea-Myanmar nuclear linkNew Kerala, August 3, 2009
The Thai government is investigating suspected nuclear collaboration between Myanmar’s military regime and North Korea following media reports here that Myanmar is building a secret nuclear reactor with Pyongyang’s help…

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Incredible Thai Etan trucks

Incredible Thai Etan trucksBoingBoing, August 2, 2009

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The red’s petition day – The day of the war outbreak

Nation Weekend, August 1, 2009
The cover reads: The red’s petition day – The day of the war outbreak

Matichon Weekly, July 31, 2009
Twitter war – Mark vs Maew [Abhisit vs Thaksin]

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Red Publications – August 2009

Red publications index

Red News – August 17, 2009
The unusual and perhaps innovative usage of the Thai “red” movement by Thaksin makes for an unlikely paring. On the front cover of August’s Red News (right) is Sae Dan, an old "red" activist. On the back cover (left) is Thaksin, seen by many as the ultimate capitalist. Several monthly and weekly “red” publications started distribution in Bangkok and around the country in July–all featuring Thaksin prominently.
The cover reads (in part): Surachai Danwattananusorn (Surachai Sae Dan) – Many reds know him by the name “Surachai Danwattananusorn” that derives by the change of surname “Sae Dan” or his old full name “Surachai Sae Dan” –
The man who leads fashion of red star hat –
The man who fights for whole real democracy firmly –
And who does not deviate in the middle of the path!

English-language editorial from Northern Post Red, August 8, 2009

Scenes from Thaksin’s 60th birthday celebrations – Red News, August, 2009

Northern Post/Red Alliance, August 8-14, 2009
The cover reads:
09-09-09 – Wicked code – Aristocrat seizes the country – Auspicious time – The smell of coup begins again!
[This refers to September, 9 2009 and the tendency to place importance on "auspicious" dates and times.]

Aristocrats seize the country (again) – Watch closely on the condition of the Reds to present more than 5 million names seeking HM King’s pardon and that the aristocrat will claim that they are protecting the throne including the legal case of rubber plant corruption

The headline reads: Great Nuisance

Thaksin will help youTruth Today,
August 11, 2009
Words at the left above the truck: Price of agricultural products drop
Words on the gas pump: Price goes up.
Local man being attacked by the gasoline hose says: Help me.
Prime Minister Abhisit at right says: Wait until Thaksin comes to help you grass-rooted people

From Truth Today, August 11, 2009 – The article headline reads: The auspicious day for Satan 666:
Abhisit-Thep (Tuak) reveal performance –
The 666 code refers to the declaration of 6 month report on performance on August 6 with 6 coalition parties. A source reveals earlier that some astrologers warn about the mystery of the 666 number that possibly brings bad luck to the Democrat ruling government. Earlier Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva expressed his disbelief to the astrologers’ concern.

From Truth Today, August 11, 2009 – The title of the article: Puey Ungpakorn – The legend of Thammasat University

Truth Today, August 21-24, 2009
The title reads: Offered [presented humbly] a legal case [petition] to HM King or grabbing HM King’s power?

Truth Today, August 21-24, 2009
The title reads: Economic War – Defuse the time bomb of Thailand

Red Station by Jatuporn Promphan, Truth Today, August 21-24, 2009
The title reads: The end of the government [if they] dare to abolish the people’s petition

From Voice of Taksin, August 1-15, 2009

Voice of Taksin, August 16-31, 2009

The title reads: 26 August, 2008
The birthday of Prem, the aristocrat (royal aide)
PAD are joyful ["Perm-Pree" in Thai refers to joy but the word is spelled with incorrect spelling letter to make a pun that adds the name "Prem" to the word]
Pee on the Government House [grounds] [this refers to the PAD occupation of Government House]
Invade the N.B.T.
Attack the Finance Ministry

Voice of Taksin, August 16-31, 2009

The words written on the monk’s fan reads: Never return [referring to death – meaning Prem should die and never return or we are better off without him]
The title reads: Prem never returns – 26 August, the whole land is black [meaning people wear black to mockingly commemorate the birthday of Privy Councilor Prem]

Voice of Taksin, August 16-31, 2009

The title reads: Even prostitutes almost go bankrupt
Voice of Taksin, August 16-31, 2009

Column: Kom Kwam Kit [sharpen thought] Jit Polajan
The title reads: Decoding who tried to kill Sondhi Lim?

Truth Today, August 21-24, 2009
The title reads: Offered [presented humbly] a legal case [petition] to HM King or grabbing HM King’s power?
 The underlined words on the document in black says [the Office of His Majesty’s Principal Private Office] will pass every petition to the government for offering suggestion to His Majesty the King.
[The document is alleged to be a press announcement from the Office of His Majesty’s Principal Private Office. The cover is used to justify the submission of a petition to the King’s secretary by the Red Shirts.]

Northern Post Red, August 22-28, 2009
The cover reads: [If] Thaksin dies… the red [shirt movement] ends… the un-man [likely meaning Privy Councilor Prem] believes so –
Killing Zone… get the killing target! –
Thaksin’s lovers must read [pages] 5-7-8-9

World watch (Sai ta Lork) by Jakrapob Penkiar, Naew Ruam (Northern Red Post), August 22-28, 2009
The headline reads: Thaksin returns home?


Farang Perspective – Naew Ruam/Northern Red Post, August 29, 2009

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Permission to link

Permission to link – July 31, 2009
Something quaint from the Bangkok Post help page: Question: I am writing to ask permission to LINK to a Bangkok Post article to post on our site.
Answer: We wish to see how you will present the link > on your web page first. Please send the reason and a screenshot to: Web Master

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Supernatural Thailand

Supernatural Thailand Global Post, July 31, 2009
…Beliefs about Newin are so widespread that, when soldiers briefly detained him after the most recent coup, they acted on a senior officers’ orders to strip the politician and remove his magic amulets…

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Thirty-five documentary properties added to UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register

Thirty-five documentary properties added to UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register ArtDaily, July 31, 2009
…Archival Documents of King Chulalongkorn’s Transformation of Siam (1868-1910) (Thailand): Present-day Thailand owes much to the policies and reforms carried out by King Chulalongkorn the Great of Siam (1868-1910). The documents record social policies such as the emancipation of slaves by peaceful and legal means, the abolition of gambling, the establishment of a public school system and the reform of the Buddhist Sangha, as well as the promotion of agricultural production, the market economy, and financial and fiscal institutions. These measures contributed to Siam’s ability, exceptional during the age of Western colonialism, to retain its independence…

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Slain Cochrane man’s brother seeking justice in Thailand

Slain Cochrane man’s brother seeking justice in ThailandCalgary Herald, July 30, 2009
…”I really commend him for going to Thailand and seeing all this through, especially under the circumstance,” she said Wednesday.
But the stories she’s heard about what’s happening in Thailand have her frustrated.
“It’s just like a nightmare, really. It’s like some movie you’d see someplace. It’s surreal,” she said.
And people are always asking Richard about his brother’s insurance money.
“Everybody, from the police to everybody, is interested in the insurance policy,” Richard said…

[Interesting reader’s comment below the article that seems to reflect what we have heard about Aussies being warned against heading to “dangerous” Thailand and to just stay home where it is safe and civilized: As long as people continue to have this perverse desire to travel to these places of very questionable reputation, this stuff will continue to happen. I have never understood why there is all this brouhaha when the stuff hits the fan in these backwaters. What are people expecting exactly? I know strange things can happen anywhere, but I would rather stick to someplace that has some semblance of law and sensible people and there’s a long enough list to keep travelers happy...]

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Police alerted to Friday rally of red shirts

Police alerted to Friday rally of red shirts Bangkok Post, July 30, 2009

State-run media outlets to remind about improper petition for a royal pardonThe Nation, July 30, 2009

Pardon fight gains pace – Pressure grows on PM to stop petition drive Bangkok Post, July 30, 2009
…He said some privy councillors who were former military top brass had questioned why the government and the military were doing nothing to stop the red shirts from submitting the petition.
They viewed the petition as an attempt to possibly drag the monarch into politics and put pressure on him.
A Privy Council source said Gen Prem had raised the issue of the red shirts’ petition at the Privy Council meeting on Tuesday. However, the Royal Household Bureau yesterday denied the council had discussed the issue.
The bureau’s comments were seen as an attempt to protect the Privy Council from attack for interfering in politics…

Red-shirts gather at Sanam Luang Bangkok Post, July 31, 2009
…A UDD source said the last day of the signature gathering campaign for the petition would get underway at noon and end at midnight. Thaksin was expected to phone in to address his supporters tonight…

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My dad is very cool


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My dad is very cool – July 30, 2009
The billboard reads: Cheer up Dad – Win the fight with alcoholic drinks for me to see – Stop drinking alcoholic drinks during the Buddhist Lent for your children… for your family
The boy is saying: My dad is very cool

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The NGV busses


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The NGV busses – July 30, 2009
The billboard reads: The Bhumjaithai Party works with intention for the people – populist policy promotes social happiness –
4,000 NGV busses air-conditioned –
12 baht for all round trip – 800 baht for one month trip –
30 baht for all day -600 baht for students for one month – It is time that Bangkok residents have qualified and lower fare public buses

[This bus project is the kind of irregular slush fund project that Thai politics is famous for. Almost all vehicle purchases fall into this category. Noted as irregular in sourcing and pricing, the NGV project was part of the price for Bhumjaithai to break with Thaksin and be the party to counter Thaksin popularity in rural areas.
Now that the Bhumjaithai Party has failed miserably in countering Thaksin influence in the by-elections, their clout in demanding such as project is dissolving and the NGV project is in doubt.
However, after Wednesday’s Privy Council meeting, suddenly a full-blown strategy appeared to counter the Thaksin pardon signature drive–let Bhumjaithai counter the Red Shirt pardon drive with rallies, stickers for taxis, house to house lobbing in the Northeast, and billboards in Bangkok. So perhaps the Bhumjaithai Party has another chance to demonstrate its usefulness.]

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Southern Violence Statistics – July 2009


Map of four provinces in the deep south (Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat) showing numbers of the dead and injured by location.

Southern Violence Statistics – July 2009
Index of violence statistics for the Thai Deep South

This chart shows violent incidents classified by the hour of the day (x-axis) and the province (y-axis). Songkhla=light blue, Pattani=blue, Yala=green, Narathiwat=red, total events=black

This chart shows violent incidents classified by day of the week (x-axis) and the province (y-axis). The days of the week start with Monday on the left. Songkhla=light blue, Pattani=blue, Yala=green, Narathiwat=red, total events=black

This chart shows violent incidents classified by day of the month (x-axis) and the province (y-axis). Songkhla=light blue, Pattani=blue, Yala=green, Narathiwat=red, total events=black

Numbers of violent incidents since January 2004. Across the bottom are the years (2547 is 2004, 2548 is 2005, 2549 is 2006, 2550 is 2007, 2551 is 2008, 2552 is 2009). The blue line shows the number of all violent incidents that took place as reported by the Deep South Coordination Center (counting all incidents both injury and non-injury). The red line shows data according to the Violence-related Injury Surveillance (a form that hospitals, doctors and clinics are supposed to fill out to report violent incidents).

The blue line shows the average monthly level of violent incidents from 2004 up to the present. The red line shows the information provided to the Violence-related Injury Surveillance in the present year. The y-axis shows the numbers of events from 0-300. The x-axis shows the months of the year from January to December (left to right).

The numbers of injured and dead reported from each province where the events occurred (Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla). Black= dead, orange=injured. The CFR (Case Fatality Rate) of each province is above each bar.

The toll of dead and injured (y-axis), classified by the districts where the incidents took place (x-axis). Black= dead, orange=injured.


Map of four provinces in the deep south (Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat) showing the number of violent events by tambon (village). Starting at light yellow, the levels are 1-10, 10-20, 20-30, 30-40, 40-50, and greater than 60.

The numbers of dead and injured, classified by the victims’ profession. Black= dead, orange=injured. From left to right: army officers, police officers, agriculturists, others, laborers, merchants and businessmen, volunteer defense guards, students and college students, unemployed, unknown (no data), housewives, village headmen, fisheries and marine transport, other officials, Interior officials, Education Ministry officials

Source: Deep South Violence-related Injury Surveillance statistics

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Red house

Red housepaknam.com, July 29, 2009
Richard writes: In an old guidebook dating back 150 years, we found a mention of a
Red House alongside the river exactly 2.3 miles south of Paknam.
No-one around here knows anything about this house but on a modern
map we found a village called Ban Khlong Sala Daeng at this exact
spot. This was obviously the location of the red building…

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What will you defend?


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What will you defend? – July 29, 2009
Interesting set of posters from a military recruitment kiosk in Singapore.


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