Nov 18th, 2009

Rare crocs found hiding in plain sight in Cambodia

Rare crocs found hiding in plain sight in CambodiaThe Associated Press, November 18, 2009
…DNA taken from 69 crocodiles housed in the moats of the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center showed nearly 50 percent were Siamese crocodiles, which until recently were believed to have become extinct in the wild…

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Violence down 28 percent in Thailand’s deep South, army says

Violence down 28 per cent in Thailand’s deep South, army saysEARTHtimes.org, November 18, 2009 
Violent incidents have declined 28 per cent this year in Thailand’s predominantly Muslim deep South thanks to the army’s hearts and minds campaign in the troubled area bordering Malaysia, the region’s army commander claimed…

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Cambodia takes reins of Thai-owned firm as row deepens

Cambodia takes reins of Thai-owned firm as row deepens Reuters, November 18, 2009

Thai aviation staff bannedAFP, November 18, 2009

Samart builds Cambodian empire without Thaksin’s helpThe Nation, November 19, 2009
And KI adds: Sun Chanthol, a former Funcinpec minister, defected to join the CPP following Funcinpec’s demise. He is now a minister without portfolio in Hun Xen’s regime. What The Nation failed to mention is that Samart’s Siam Cement plant is a joint venture with Cambodia’s Khaou Chuly group and Khaou Chuly happens to be Sun Chanthol’s father-in-law.

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More on pre-Khmer Rouge Cambodian films

More on pre-Khmer Rouge Cambodian filmsBangkok Post, November 18, 2009

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PB Air: “All flights suspended”

PB Air: “All flights suspended” – November 18, 2009

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Writers who make up details about Thailand

Writers who make up details about Thailand – November 18, 2009
It is an open secret that many writers (and this includes guide book writers) report on Thailand from afar while claiming to actually be here.
Noel points out this gem: A bizarre, dreamed up description of Patpong From Maxim Magazine in an article about David Carradine’s death:
…A vast open-air sex market, the Patpong is a 20-minute walk from the hotel, past the U.S. and British embassies; an X-rated bazaar that looks like a psychedelic Bourbon Street. This is where they filmed The Deer Hunter to simulate wartime Saigon. The Patpong is divided into Soi 4, which is predominantly gay; Soi Cowboy, a note-perfect re-creation of pre-Disney Times Square, designed to cater to the Western tourist; and Nana Plaza, which is where they keep the kink. Girls in baby-doll nighties with numbers around their necks loll on red-velvet cushions behind a wall of glass, like a giant aquarium. In a far corner a Thai guy with a cash register on a rickety wooden table rings up the sales. Looking for answers at the dodgy Nana Hotel, I meet a striking-looking child bride who calls herself A. She pours herself into my lap. Like everyone I talk to in the Patpong, she doesn’t know anything about Carradine, but for 10,000 baht (roughly $300 in U.S. currency) she will come back to my hotel, tie me up, choke me, and stay the night. I take a rain check…

We bet they blame this on the editors.

More on writer Mark Ebner’s made-up article on ThailandThe Shark Guys, November 18, 2009
His flight was followed, he says, “by a teeth-rattling cab ride through the smog-choked, sweltering squalor of metro Bangkok, dodging rickshaws and limbless sidewalk cripples begging for change…”

More on the Carradine/Maxim pieceGlobal Post, November 24, 2009
This may one of the first articles point out the absurd Carradine article. The author Patrick notes: …Despite the volume of facts he got wrong, and the general absurdity of his tone, the guy DID come to Bangkok. It would almost be less embarrassing if he DIDN’T. This piece went beyond misunderstanding into full-fledged lying — I’m thinking of the “child bride” bit in particular…

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When Thailand and Cambodia cooperated on tourism

When Thailand and Cambodia cooperated on tourism – November 18, 2009
Above is the cover of a brochure from a joint tourism campaign between Cambodia and Thailand from 2000. As far as we can tell, this may have only been used during a German tourist convention. There was initially a plan to have all the nations in this region pool their tourism advertising, but only Thailand and Cambodia ended up following through. The image is a hint at what could be if the nations in the region cooperated as opposed to competing against each other for tourists wanting to come to the region.


More old Bangkok photosPantip.com, November 30, 2009
Many, many old photos of Bangkok on this Pantip thread. About a third of these photos are from 2Bangkok, but there are plenty of others you probably have not seen before.

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Thai police arrest African ivory traffickers

Thai police arrest African ivory traffickersThailandnews.net, November 17, 2009

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Police: PAD blast caused by grenade

Police: PAD blast caused by grenade Bangkok Post, November 16, 2009

Small blast at PAD rally Manager, November 15, 2009

Four hurt by firecracker at Thai protest: organiser AFP, November 16, 2009

“The Thai People’s Declaration to the World”
Manager, November 15, 2009

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Follow up from the American family reported by Khmer Intelligence

Follow up from the American family reported by Khmer Intelligence KI, November 16, 2009
“We hope at some point to find the right people to go to with this information. As you know, Cambodia receives close to $1 BILLION in foreign aid, much of it for health care. When the world discovers NONE of that money or medicine actually makes it to the people who need it, things may change. Even telling this story puts us in more danger, but we came to Cambodia to help the people, not to buy Camrys for corrupt doctors. When Ho Noun came to visit us, the staff at Baray-Santouk heard she was coming and washed the walls in the front rooms, and hired people from the village to pose as patients so it looked like they were functional. It was a good ploy, because no one ever really checked. Somehow and somewhere, we’ll find the right people who are interested in where all that money goes. Maybe then, the people who need the help can actually get it…”

Earlier: Tragedy of an American family in Cambodia

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Saturday afternoon – Police raid software shops


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Saturday in Bangkok – November 14, 2009

Saturday afternoon – Police raid software shops – Above: Police officer taking an evidence photo of a pirate software shop at Mahboonkrong

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Railway wharf Songkhla

Railway wharf Songkhla
Earlier: Songkhla rail wharf
Also: The Songkhla train stationWalking the Songkhla lineThe Songkhla to Hat Yai rail line

 

“Bangkok – A sledge”

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Thaksin’s TV Network


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Thaksin’s TV network – November 13, 2009
The billboard reads: Today – www.voicetv.co.th – Watch VOICE TV – do you? [Meaning something like “Have you already watched VOICE TV? The Voice TV building is strategically located on the other side of the street from government TV on Weepahwahdeerangsit Road, no doubt to create the impression that VoiceTV is the real voice of the people and government TV is not. The entire nearby area from Suthisarn to the Lad Prae intersection was one of the strongholds of the taxi-based red shirts in April as taxi drivers congregate around the “taxi radio” station near the Lad Prae intersection.]

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Cambodia accuses Thai national of spying

Cambodia accuses Thai national of spyingAP, November 13, 2009
…Siwarak Chothipong, a 31-year-old employee of the Cambodia Air Traffic Service, which manages flights in the country, was accused of stealing Thaksin’s flight schedule and sending it diplomats at the Thai embassy in Phnom Penh, said National Police Deputy Chief Lt. Gen. Sok Phal…

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The weird jackfruit

The weird jackfruitKhaoSod, November 12, 2009
The caption reads: The weird jackfruit – The jackfruit of local villagers in Suphanburi province that has a strange appearance that looks like Shiva Lingam [the Hindu phallic symbol of creative power]. The owner reveals that the tree was planted 5 years ago and this is the first time it produces fruit. Villagers flock to make wish for their lucky lotto numbers.
[This photo is on the front page above the masthead. The background seems to be Photoshopped in.]

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Corruption Perceptions Index 2009

Corruption Perceptions Index 2009Transparency International, November, 2009
Thailand is 84 tied with El Salvador, Guatemala, India, and Panama.

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Richard Lloyd Parry and Thaksin Shinawatra accused of lese majeste

Richard Lloyd Parry and Thaksin Shinawatra accused of lese-majesteTimesOnline, November 11, 2009

Siamese spatTimesOnline, November 11, 2009

Thaksin sends protest letter to ‘The Times’The Nation, November 11, 2009

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Navin at the Fat Fest


Navin explains: …It was the 9th Fat Fest this year Nov 7-8 at Munagthongthani. As you may know this is the annual music festival produced by Fat Radio FM 104.5 the festival also includes art and this year they asked me to do a project and the result is a series of billboards 12 meters high and 300 meters long in total!

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Navin at the Fat Fest


Navin at the Fat Fest – November 7-8, 2009

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