Dec 9th, 2009

Choose the path…

“Choose the path…” – December 9, 2009
This vintage Thai Red Cross postcard reads: Choose the path – life with death [living in death -showing a festering, insect-ridden swamp] – life with happiness [living in happiness]

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We’re sick of the Ministry of Culture

We’re sick of the Ministry of CultureBangkok Post Blogs, December 09, 2009

…Our Ministry of (non)Culture is incredibly creative in cooking up unnecessary scandals due solely to their Jurassic outlook, authoritarian leanings and the staunch refusal to live in the real world. The straw that breaks a camel’s back… is the latest incident that took place this week: Two web posters, one of them my source, were threatened with a lawsuit by one of the Culture Ministry’s well-known watchdogs (she’s human, by the way) after they posted critical messages on the popular Pantip web forum disparaging the antediluvian policies of our inglorious ministry. The messages, for instance, discussed the regressive tendency of the ministry as well as its dogged refusal to encourage cultural diversity by sticking to the narrow-minded definition of what Thai culture is. My source cited a name in his comments: Ladda Tangsupachai, the watchdog chief who has a low opinion on modern art, love songs, non-Thai fashion, and so on…

The FaceBook group: We’re sick of Ministry of Culture in Thailand

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Burma threatens Thailand’s stability: Bangkok Governor

Burma threatens Thailand’s stability: Bangkok GovernorThe Irrawaddy, December 9, 2009
…Thailand’s Burma policy appears contradictory and lacks a coherent overall strategy, according to observers, who suggest Burma’s ruling military are siphoning off the revenues from Burma’s natural resource exports for both personal use and to finance the same massive military budget that is now causing concern in Bangkok…

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Stop the horror with soap and water!


Stop the horror with soap and water! – December, 2009
Poster in Singapore promoting the washing of hands.
The English version reads: Stop the horror with soap and water! Part of a government campaign.

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How to make a croc look cuddly: Paint it like a panda

How to make a croc look cuddly: Paint it like a panda WSJ, December 9, 2009
Pieter notes: For the “everything to do with Thailand” category…

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Attack in the Deep South

Kolok reports: 1 died [later this rose to 3 dead] and 11 were injured in the militants’ gun and bombing attack at a restaurant in Sungaipadee district.
At 6:45 am on December 9, 2009, the police team from the Sungaipadee police station in Narathiwat province, together with the Narathiwat 33 bomb disposal unit, rushed to inspect the local restaurant on Jarusathien Road in the municipality of Tambon Paluru, where a militant gun attack occurred. Then militants detonated a 5 kilogram bomb that was hidden in the motorcycle in the area. The explosion injured 12 bystanders and one later died from the injury. The investigation indicated that two militants on their motorcycle opened gunfire using an HK gun into the local restaurant before escaping. Then militant gang used a mobile device to detonate the bomb in the motorcycle which was parked in the area earlier leading to 12 injuries.

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One soldier and one militant dies in the Battle in Bacho – December 23, 2009
Kolok reports: At 12:50 on December 23, 2009, a team of 12 soldiers from the Marine Corps from Chulabhorn camp in Narathiwat’s Muang district, led by Vice Admiral Thongchai Yaemchuti, traveled to inspect the RKK militant’s hideout in Banbulga village in Tambon Kayormatee in Narathiwat after sources informed them that a militant gang planed to stage violent attacks during the new year’s celebration.
When the two cars of the authorities reached the road of the Banbulga village, 100 meter away from the Tambon Kayormatee administrative organization, militants opened fire on the soldiers. A team from the Narathiwat 32 task force was dispatched to reinforce.
28-year-old soldier Pithak Meemuang suffered severe injury to the chest and died later after being rushed to Bacho Hospital. Bacho Police Chief Police Colonel Chamlong Ngamnet suffered injury from a wound on his right arm.
A militant, identified as 28-year-old Salavee Saloh, residing at the house number 104 in Moo 5 in Tambon Kayormatee in the district, died in the gunfight (above). The authorities seized evidence such as a .38 pistol, bullets, three mobile phones and battery charger, and cash.

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Monarchies and political systems discussed in Bangkok

Monarchies and political systems discussed in Bangkok The Irrawaddy, December 8, 2009
…All four countries feature lese-majeste laws, which sit in the statute books alongside robust freedom of speech and expression regulations. In the case of European countries, these include the European Court of Human Rights and the Council of Europe…

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Ban Tai, Kanchanaburi, Thailand, Sortie 684BN RAF

Ban Tai, Kanchanaburi, Thailand, Sortie 684BN RAF 0556, Frame 4003The National Collection of Aerial Photography, December, 2009
Hamish explains: Photographs taken by British aerial reconnaissance teams during WWII are being made public for the first time. They include, as one would expect, lots of pictures of mainland Europe, but the link above shows an aerial shot of railway bridges over the Kwai Yai. This appears to be the only Thai picture at present but they promise more in due course…

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HM The King’s 82th Birthday

Thai newspapers from December 7, 2009 showing large photos from HM The King’s appearance and brief address on December 5.

From Matichon Weekly, December 4-10, 2009 – Hand in hand

HM The King’s 82th birthday – December 5, 2009
December 5 is the birthday of His Majesty King
Bhumibol Adulyadej. During this national holiday, buildings and trees are decorated with lights and people stroll the streets with their family and
friends. It is also Thai Father’s Day. It is a tradition for Thai
businesses and publications to offer their birthday wishes to their monarch.

This year and last, the King has not given his annual birthday address to the nation. Her is something about the address from a past year:
2004: HM The King’s annual address to the nation

From Siamrath, December 4-10, 2009 – Long live the King

From Nation Weekend, December 4, 2009 – There is only one in the world

From Daily News, December 5, 2009 – Celebrating the great and auspicious day

From ThaiRath, December 5, 2009 – TV pool broadcasts live the King’s attending the meeting – [people] Cherish HM King’s prestige from the Siriraj Hospital to the Amarintravinijchai royal Throne Hall – Ratchadamneon Road magnificently decorated – Queen of England sends birthday message

From Than Setakit, December 3-5, 2009 – Under HM King’s royal prestige – 82 [age of the King] – Long Live the King, reconciliation to the nation – [is]gift of the land

From Post Today, December 4, 2009

From Matichon, December 5, 2009

From Komchadluek, December 3, 2009
The headline reads: Celebrating 9 days and 9 nights for December 5th [HM the King’s birthday] the great and auspicious day

From Komchadleuk, December 5, 2009 – The world altogether celebrates HM King’s birthday – Queen Elizabeth sends a royal message to celebrate HM King’s birthday – The Royal Household Bureau announces end for signing wishes to celebrate HM King at the Siriraj Hospital on December 5th – Well wishers are to sign names at the Sala Sahathai Samakom Pavilion at Grand Palace – Ratchadamneneon Road magnificently decorated – Celebrating HM the King – Many people join the celebrating fair on Ratchadamneon Road

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