Feb 14th, 2009

Thai girls

Circa 1900 postcard: A Siamese girl, a Bangkok girl, a Bangkok damsel, a native nurse

Thai girls – February 14, 2009


(Source: postcard 1906)

1906 postcard: Siamese women Bangkok

1940 postcard: Swarngchitt Kruhanont, Miss Thailand 1940 – Chia Khee Seng Store, Bangkok Thailand

1969 travel booklet: See You In Thailand in 1969

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Lunch with the FT: Abhisit Vejjajiva

Lunch with the FT: Abhisit VejjajivaFinancial Times, February 13, 2009
Thailand never used to have an image problem. Put to one side the occasional negative story about sex tourism and heroin-trafficking and the country has been successfully marketed as the idealised Oriental paradise: exotic, beautiful, warm, welcoming and unthreatening…

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Where’s reimbursement for time stuck in Thailand?

Travel Q&A: Where’s reimbursement for time stuck in Thailand?Inside Bay Area, February 13, 2009
…That’s about $57 per person per day.
Figuring out how to apply for that refund has been tough. Finding no details on the official Thai tourism Web site or the government news site, we contacted the U.S. division of the Tourism Authority of Thailand. The New York office thought the offer had expired; the Los Angeles office marketing manager said she had never been informed of the reimbursement program but has now been told it ended Dec. 30…

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Increase in AIDS cases in Thailand prompts action by civic groups

Increase in AIDS cases in Thailand prompts action by civic groupsVoice of America, February 13, 2009
…Thailand United Nations AIDS Country Coordinator, Patrick Benny, says while the forecast of 12,000 is much lower than the 120,000 new infections Thailand was reporting each year a decade ago, trends do point to a rising incidence within key vulnerable groups…

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When allies drift apart

When allies drift apartAsia Times, February 13, 2009
When a Thai court last year refused to turn over an Iranian national United States authorities claimed was part of a missile parts smuggling operation, it marked the first-ever failed extradition between the two long-time strategic allies…

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The project of road construction line A B and E


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It reads: Department of Rural Roads, road construction office
Road construction: The project of road construction line A B and E
The Tak’s Office the Public Works and Town and Country
Planning, the length of 5265 kilometer
Hired company: Phra Nakorn Sri Ayuthaya Commercial and Industrial Co., Ltd
Contact begins on September 3, 2008
Due date of contact ending February 13, 2009
Budget: 177,000,000.00 baht
Construction supervision team Monchai Prasithiwong Civil Engineer head (level 7)
Visuth Thongthab – Civil engineer
Phone number 0-5553-4115
www. Project-maesodroad.com
The project operation relies on the tax income from the public
The picture on the right side shows the scenery along the road side following the project plan.

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Thai military leaders tour Cobra Gold headquarters

Thai military leaders tour Cobra Gold headquartersStars and Stripes, February 13, 2009
…”The great benefit that the Royal Armed Forces get out of Cobra Gold is the preparation for operations, especially peacekeeping operations which they can then apply in internal security efforts.”
Amid a blend of field uniforms from five Southeast Asian nations, Kanchanawat met participants of the staff-level mock United Nations crisis scenario being played out in the fictional country of “Arcadia…”

[Originally the title of this article was “Cobra Gold exercise aids Thai security”]

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NBT: We interrupt this broadcast to give you trash

NBT: We interrupt this broadcast to give you trash The Nation, February 12, 2009
…Of course, they couldn’t hoodwink anybody. It was a flop from Day One. News was not only slanted, it was meant to serve as a fortress against any political opponents. With Satit’s predecessor Jakrapob Penkair in charge, the station promptly became a machine for Samak’s political witch-hunt…

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Thailand’s stubborn fugitive

Thailand’s stubborn fugitiveFar Eastern Economic Review,  February 11, 2009
…According to Mr. Phongthep, nothing short of a fundamental change will bring meaningful peace to Thailand’s political landscape. “I think we have to bring back a system that is acceptable to most of the people. We have to bring back the system that is correct according to internationally accepted standards and we have to make the people in Thailand realize that we cannot just live in this country and do what we like without considering the ways that people should follow to live peacefully together,” he said…

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UNHCR warned over Angelina Jolie’s criticism on Rohingya

UNHCR warned over Angelina Jolie’s criticism on RohingyaThe Nation, February 11, 2009
Thai government has warned UN High Commission for Refugees that Rohingya boat people’s presence in Thailand is sensitive issue and it and its guests should not mention about the issue, Thai Foreign Ministry’s senior official said Wednesday…

Boatpeople ‘ugly as ogres’ Straits Times, February 11, 2009
Myanmar’s senior official in Hong Kong has described the Rohingya boatpeople as ‘ugly as ogres,’ as a high-profile refugee case has highlighted…

Myanmar’s outrageous racism excusedAsia Sentinel, February, 2009
The reputation and so-called solidarity the Association of Southeast Asian Nations hit a new low this week…

The tone of this article somehow reminds us of this: Being Offended Stuff White People Like, May 28, 2008

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All about Ladda Tammy Duckworth

All about Ladda Tammy Duckworth Wikipedia, February 11, 2009

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Police: Man’s fatal stabbing could be related to Thai lottery

Police: Man’s fatal stabbing could be related to Thai lottery Pioneer Press, February 10, 2009

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Warrant: Slain St. Paulite was Thai lottery middleman

Warrant: Slain St. Paulite was Thai lottery middlemanMinneapolis Star Tribune, February 10, 2009

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Honda CRM250 blasts along Sukhumvit highway, Rayong

Honda CRM250 blasts along Sukhumvit highway, RayongYouTube, February 10, 2009

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Park reopens on Thai-Cambodian border

Park reopens on Thai-Cambodian borderUPI, February 9, 2009

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Human rights office in Southern Thailand raided

Human rights office in Southern Thailand raided The Irrawaddy, February 9, 2009
…The rights group on Saturday had responded to the military’s warning to government agencies of alleged infiltration of NGOs by challenging the army to produce evidence and charge wrongdoers.
In a statement, it called on the army “to stop threatening the work of activists who are helping people in the region whose rights are violated or abused…”

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Thai police net Colombian burglary gang

Thai police net Colombian burglary gang M and C, February 9, 2009
…’Sometimes, security guards are lenient when seeing foreigners,’ Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lieutenant-General Suchat Muankaew said. ‘But now they had better be strict…’

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Protest graffiti on building


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Protest graffiti on building – February 8, 2009
This photo is from Amphur Maesod in Tak Province. It reads: The bastard black man is going to destroy my building. His whatever speech is meant to destroy my building. My building’s worth is 4 million but he gives me about 1 million and a little. If this is the asset of your fucking parents, what would you think? Where is the fuck fairness of the matter?

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Mystery Briton is key witness in Merchant of Death arms sting

Mystery Briton is key witness in Merchant of Death arms stingTimes, February 8, 2009
…Even before Bout’s plane touched down, more than 50 Thai police, tipped off by the DEA, were staking out the Sofitel hotel where he had planned to meet his fake Farc clients. Amid the publicity that Bout’s arrest attracted, Smulian’s role went initially unnoticed. There were some reports that the Briton was also arrested in Bangkok, but other sources claim he was picked up later in New York…

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Like Phuket, long ago

Like Phuket, long ago The Age, February 7, 2009

The Rebirth of Phuket The Age, February 7, 2009

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Q and A: Thailand’s former PM Thaksin Shinawatra

Q and Thailand’s former PM Thaksin Shinawatra Time, March, 2009
…Last time you spoke with TIME in January 2007, you said you were finished with politics and that you would retire. What changed?
[My political opponents] have been bullying me politically nonstop since then. I already declared that I wanted to retire. I wanted to spend my life with my family. But they were bullying me. The rule of law is not there [in Thailand]. The democratic process is not there. That is too much. All of my supporters urged me: ‘you have to come and fight back politically.’ They want [Thailand] to come back to a mature democracy…

From Not the Nation: Thaksin raising army of orcs
…”This is nor ordinary army,” explained army chief Anupong Paojinda. “These U-rak-thai do not fear sunlight or the seniority of puu yai. They cannot be placated by Buddhist abstractions about karma, or by casting spells of nationalism. Even our royalist amnesia weapons have no effect on them. In other words, they are not human. Or at least not Thai.”
…Privy Council head Prem Tinsulanonda has been entrusted with the defense of Dusit and the residence of His Majesty. Appearing for a press conference on the Makkawan Bridge, Prem, dressed in a long white robe and sporting a newly grown white beard, explained his strategy by raising his gnarled wooden walking staff and pounding it into the pavement. “They shall not pass!” he exclaimed, as the bridge cracked beneath his feet. Two reporters from Channel 7 and one from Al-Jazeera were injured when the bridge collapsed into the klong.

No Thaksin blog post? – March 6, 2009
We also note Thaksin has missed his monthly blog post which came out on the 6th of each month like clockwork.

Earlier: Thaksin’s latest blog entry – buildingbetterfuture.org, February 6, 2009
From his secret location, Thaksin releases his second blog entry: Literacy is key to competing in a rapidly changing world

So far these rather generalized articles seem to be coming out on the 6th of each month.

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In Defense of Thailand

In Defense of ThailandThailandnews,  February 6, 2009
…Americans should take a moment to acknowledge Thailand as a member in good standing of the democratic club that is America’s system of alliances in East Asia and the Pacific…

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Koh Lanta: Like Phuket without mass tourism

Koh Lanta: Like Phuket without mass tourism Cyber Diver News Network,  February 6, 2009
A tuk-tuk driver is squashing a black scorpion on the road during a brief tropical downpour, the chilli from fiery tom yum soup is burning my tongue and the Andaman Sea is lapping…

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Boffins reject climate claims

Boffins reject climate claimsBangkok Post , February 6, 2009
…For example, water-related agencies had failed to come up with sustainable means of water resource management because they thought floods and drought were caused by climate change which were beyond their ability to deal with, the physicist said…

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Obama look-alike found in Saraburi

Obama look-alike found in SaraburiTOC, February 6, 2009

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Convertible tuk-tuks for the US market

Convertible tuk-tuks for the US market – February 6, 2009
Thanks to David for pointing this out.

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Chatuchak Night Market

Chatuchak Night Market – February 6, 2009
Thai press is reporting that from February 20, 2009 Chatuchak Market will be open on Friday night.

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Unknown Thai train


(Photo: Collection of Dick van der Spek)

Unknown Thai train – February 6, 2009
Anyone have any details about this train?

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Looking for Bob (Robert) Morris

Looking for Bob (Robert) Morris – February 5, 2009
We are looking for Bob (Robert) Morris who contacted us in 2005 about his father who had moved to Bangkok. If anyone has any information on contacting Bob (Robert) Morris, please let us know.

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Thailand’s Wild East

Thailand’s Wild EastTime, February 5, 2009
…Locals work the nearby ranches, occasionally dressed in Wild West outfits likely inspired by American soldiers who passed through during R&R from the Vietnam War…

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