Sep 30th, 2009

Police in Kenya seize Bangkok-bound ivory

Police in Kenya seize Bangkok-bound ivory AFP, September 30, 2009
Kenya police are looking for the people behind a shipment of 684 kilogrammes of ivory seized at Nairobi’s main airport and destined to Bangkok…

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Chehalis woman arrested at Sea-Tac, accused of kidnapping son 13 years ago

Chehalis woman arrested at Sea-Tac, accused of kidnapping son 13 years ago Q13 FOX Seattle, September 30, 2009
…Once Sudderth got to Thailand, Werner says prosecutors faced a dead end. That’s because the country has no parental kidnapping law. Last week, the FBI says Sudderth contacted the U.S. Embassy, telling them she wanted to take her son back to Washington…

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Bangkok Noir

Bangkok Noir – September 30, 2009
Michael writes: I would like to inform you about a book, making by a German favorite writer and artist. The author, Mr. Roger Willemsen is a… romantic traveler. His book “Bangkok noir” with photos of Mr. Tooten (lives in Bangkok for years), is a intimate look at the people and city…
From the book website: But above all, Willemsen and Tooten let themselves drift through the night itself, open to everything that night life has to offer in this metropolis of many faces. The result is a magnificent nocturne, composed of literary images of night and photos of suggestive, often intimate power. Bangkok’s nightlife has never displayed more colors than in Bangkok Noir.

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Victory for the Bhumjaithai Party


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Victory for the Bhumjaithai Party – September 30, 2009

This photo (above) was taken moments after the Bhumjaithai Party’s new banner was unveiled on a billboard above Rama 9 Road. This is the day after the party’s controversial bus project was approved by the cabinet.

The billboard (above) reads: For better quality of life for the people – [under the Bhumjaithai Party logo] Populist policy – happy society
* Dustless road
* 1 village, 1 sport court [meaning every village should have a small park for athletics]
* [this is] the work that we intend to do for the happiness of the Thai people


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Suthep: Bus approval not a pay-offBangkok Post, September 30, 2009
…”It is also not a birthday present for Newin Chidchob,” he said…

Earlier: The NGV busses – July 30, 2009
The billboard (above right) 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
[(From July 30, 2009) 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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Thai Media Project – September 2009

More: Unlocking
the Thai world: Thai-language newspaper headlines

The two weekend rallies and a jewel heist – September 19, 2009

Right: Komchadluek, September 21, 2009 –
The caption reads: Fight against each other – The police beef up security to prevent the villagers from Tambon Saothingchai in Kantaralak district in Sisaked province throwing things at PAD protestors who head to the Phra Viharn National park and to also to stop the clashes between the groups. Two are reportedly critically injured and many others suffered minor injuries on September 19, 2009.

Komchadluek, September 21, 2009

The headlines read (above top left): Stealing 65 million worth of diamonds – Foreign gang troubles the Bangkok Jewelry Fair
(above bottom right): Red shirt fights the rain to gather at the Royal Plaza – Maew VDO links asks for compromise – Stop the plan to invade the Si Sao residence [Prem’s residence in Bangkok] – Prem stays at the military campsite

[More than the Red Shirt and PAD rallies, the Thailand language press and the public has been talking about the robbery at the Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair at Muang Thong Thani this weekend.

Despite this happening on Saturday and being front page headlines in the Thai-language press and on TV since then, both The Nation and Bangkok Post have ignored this story so far.

Update: Mud points out this story has now appeared in the overseas press. It is odd when the latest Bangkok breaking news in English is from an AP report carried on a Boston newspaper website: $1.7 million in jewels stolen in Bangkok heist"From what I can tell, this could be the biggest gem theft ever reported to Thai police," said police investigator Lt. Ekkaman Lueruang.]



Daily News, September 21, 2009

PAD queues up at the Pha Moedaeng Mountain announcing a manifesto to ask for the return of the Prea Vihear and declaring a peoples’ war

From Prachathasana (Prachathad), September 12-18, 2009

The cover reads: Thaksin, stop pressuring [harming] your children and wife!
The words across the red ban symbol read: Movement in politics
The white letters on the student read: [She] wants every side to talk based on reason.

[This magazine is a counter publication to Thaksin’s Voice of Taksin and is operated by associates of Newin who controls the Bhumjaithai Party in the government coalition. It has a layout and color scheme similar to Red Shirt publications.

This cover refers to comments by the People’s Network for Elections in Thailand President Gen. Saiyud Kerdthed who recently urged Thaksin to stop his movement in politics and not to generate further breakup in the society. Thaksin’s movement in politics is seen as causing troubles to his wife and family.]

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Southern Violence Statistics – September 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 – September 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: police officers, others, army officers, agriculturists, merchants and businessmen, laborers, unknown (no data), housewives, volunteer defense guards, students and college students, village headmen, other officials, unemployed, Islamic religious leaders, fishermen and marine transport workers

Source: Deep South Violence-related Injury Surveillance statistics

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Hare in the moon


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Hare in the moon – September 29, 2009
Billboard for bathroom fixtures featuring the “hare in the moon”

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US officials have tried to arrest Roman Polanski around the world since 1978

US officials have tried to arrest Roman Polanski around the world since 1978Times Online, September 29, 2009
…October 2005: submitted an Interpol Red Notice to Thailand after learning that Mr Polanski was visiting…

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Thailand is world’s largest maker of lenses

Thailand is world’s largest maker of lensesThe Nation, September 29, 2009
Thailand is the world’s largest manufacturer of optical lenses, accounting for 22 per cent of global output, even though manufacturers have to import all their raw materials…

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AMC threatens to quit Congo in row over ‘rebel links

AMC threatens to quit Congo in row over ‘rebel links’Times, September 29, 2009
…In response to the criticism, AMC said that Thaisarco, its tin smelting subsidiary in Thailand, which purchases tin ore from Congo, would not enter into further contracts with suppliers unless it had the support of the United Nations and campaign groups for a certification scheme. After a UN report last year on illicit trading by rebel groups in Congo, Thaisarco began to develop a certification scheme with ITRI, the tin industry organisation, aimed at verifying the origin of shipments of tin ore…
[Thanks to Danny for pointing this out.]

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Thai bride of tax advisor who stole 2m from old woman gambles it away

Thai bride of tax advisor who stole 2m from old woman gambles it awayDaily Telegraph, September 26, 2009
…Mr Castle told the court: “His Thai bride then embarked on a spending and gambling spree and spent the lot of the money in casinos in Bangkok…”

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Foreign in-laws honored for contribution to Thai community development

Foreign in-laws honored for contribution to Thai community developmentThailandnews, September 26, 2009
Three foreign men and their Thai wives were honored for special contributions to community development in northeast Thailand late Friday…

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An arranged wedding to promote Thai jungle tourism


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An arranged wedding to promote Thai jungle tourism thai-blogs.com, September 25, 2009

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2Bangkok in Lonely Planet

2Bangkok in Lonely Planet – September 23, 2009
Don reports: The new Lonely Planet Thailand came out last month (13th edition, published August 2009), and 2Bangkok gets two mentions, both of them in the Bangkok section.
Page 107, in the boxed text entitled “The Inside Scoop”: Several Bangkok residents, both local and foreign, have taken their experiences to the ‘small screen’ and maintain blogs and websites about living in Bangkok. Some of the more informative or entertaining include: 
2Bangkok (www.2bangkok.com) News sleuth and history buff follows the city headlines from today and yesterday.
Page 180, in the boxed text entitled “The War on the Gem Scam”:Want to know more or want to report a scam? Visit www.2bangkok.com and navigate to the ‘Gem Scam’ page for five years’ worth of tracking the phenomenon, or go to Thai Gem Scams Group (www.geocities.com/thaigemscamgroup) for photos of touts who troll the temples for victims.

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Thaksin is Thailand’s 16th richest man

Thaksin is Thailand’s 16th richest manThailandnews.net, September 23, 2009
Despite being on the run, ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra remains among the richest persons in Thailand…

2009: Thailand’s 40 richest

2009: Thailand’s very richest

Bill’s excellent adventure
William Heinecke’s empire has taken some hits, but the fun-loving optimist travels on…

Americans abroad

2008: Thailand’s 40 richest

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Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link photos

Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link photos – September 23, 2009
[Thanks to Frankie for pointing this out.]

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The Economist banned in Thailand again

The Economist banned in Thailand again – September 23, 2009
This week’s print edition of the Economist is being withheld from circulation. This is the fourth time this year.

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Last shares give Sheikh Mansour total control of Manchester City

Last shares give Sheikh Mansour total control of Manchester CityGuardian, September 23, 2009
[Thanks to Mud for pointing this out.]
…Thaksin, who was reported over the weekend to have been refused entry to Dubai, has denied financially supporting the takeover of Portsmouth being conducted by Sulaiman al-Fahim, who originally brokered ADUG’s takeover of City. A Premier League spokesman confirmed last night that the league is still awaiting for confirmation that Fahim’s Portsmouth deal has been concluded and has not yet received evidence about where his money is coming from.

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Consumer satisfaction left in the hands of bureaucrats

Consumer satisfaction left in the hands of bureaucratsBangkok Post, September 23, 2009
[Thanks to Mud for pointing this out.]
The choice for who wins in 3G is being made now, but not by the consumer. Rather it is being made by certain decision-makers who for some reason unknown to mankind seem to think that betting on 900 MHz somehow makes more sense than 850, even though 850 3G coverage is now widely available in Bangkok. But while that mess is relatively well documented, it pales in comparison to the spectrum clash we have higher up the frequency map…

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U.S. missionaries target a tough sell: Bangkok bar girls

U.S. missionaries target a tough sell: Bangkok bar girls CNNGo, September 22, 2009
[Thanks to Wheeling Circles for pointing this out.]

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Three Latin Americans arrested in US$1.7 million jewel heist from gem fair

Three Latin Americans arrested in US$1.7 million jewel heist from gem fairTNA, September 22, 2009
…Three men arrested as suspects later in Pattaya denied the charges.
Gen Chalong said that the police had investigate the suspects and found suspicious travel records. During their stay in Thailand, they rented a car in Pattaya and drove to Muang Thong Thani every day from September 14 through September 18, according to the GPRS tracking system record from the rental car…

Still not a peep from the local English-language press on this story. Update: The Nation is now reporting the arrests: Three arrested after ‘largest in living memory’ jewel heist
Nor any story on HM The King in hospital that was written locally: Thai king spends fourth day in hospitalAFP, September 23, 2009
Update: The Post is leading with updates on HM THe King’s condition: Nation joins prayer for quick recovery

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Hungry monkeys storm houses in Thailand

Hungry monkeys storm houses in Thailand Rian, September 22, 2009
[Thanks to Mud for pointing this out.]
…As the global economic crisis and political instability has cut visitors to Thailand, wild monkeys, mostly macaques, are attacking villages and even Buddhist monasteries across the country, pilfering everything that can be considered edible…

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The Phuket Mafia

Phuket mafia – September 22, 2009
andrew-drummond.com has a series of hair-raising articles about the recent confrontations between tourists and the Phuket mafia and other incidents related to the “Big Trouble in Tourist Thailand” series: …We filmed the mafia but suddenly we are the criminals apparently. The atmosphere is a little bit hysterical. The Marines are behind me thank god.
The gun incident happened on Phuket when a young marine Jack Tebbott from Leicester was kidnapped by tattooed mafia figures, who control what’s for sale on Phuket’s’ Patong Beach…

Camera director of Big Trouble in Thailand makes “tactical withdrawal”

Foreigner arrested after Big Trouble in Thailand documentary

I apologise to the Thai people but blame the film-makers – JJ (updated)

Swiss couple flee jet ski operator in terror – Chaweng

Thai jet ski boss took cash off the US Marines too

British Royal Marines ready to go to “war” over Thai gun confrontation

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Billboard truck


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Billboard truck – September, 2009
The billboard reads: Music and dance performance to perform on September 21, 2009 with male and female performers Buaphan Thungso and Srijan Weesee. The place of the performance is opposite to the Jakkawarn Cinema in Dindaeng. The performance is be a great performance to be recorded for Northeastern music and dance performance in history.

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Red Shirt flag


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This is one of the main flags used by groups at the Red Shirt rally on Saturday. It reads: Khon Jing Jai Rak Prachathipatai Club [The club of sincere people asking for democracy] FM 94.75 MHz
[“40” stands for the year 2540 or 1997 which is being used to symbolize the 1997 constitution dissolved by the 2006 coup.]

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Taxi driver playing Tetris


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Taxi driver playing Tetris – September 20, 2009

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Trip to Thailand villages raises ethical questions

Trip to Thailand villages raises ethical questionsThe Washington Post, September 20, 2009
…You can see almost anything in the world if you pay enough. So I was startled when a respected trekking company in northern Thailand refused my request to travel to a village of a tribe called the Padaung.
“PLEASE DO NOT SUPPORT THIS VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS!” the company wrote me…

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Red Shirt Convoy


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Red Shirt convoy – 14:42, September 19, 2009
Hundreds of Red Shirt motorcyclists in a convoy near Ratchayothin intersection

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Flyover repair


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Flyover repair – September 19, 2009
The banner reads: Read sorry for the inconvenience – The overpass is under improvement [repair]

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The 2006 Coup in Thailand

September 19, 2006

September 20, 2006

Also: September 20 newspaper front pages
Also: Almost like being there: Photos from downtown

September 21, 2006

Also: Troops at The Nation building
Also: September 21 newspaper front pages

September 22, 2006

September 23, 2006

Saturday morning at the Royal Plaza: Tanks, families, human interest, and Scientologists

Official website: Council for the Democratic Reform

September 24-October 9, 2006



Earlier: November 2005-September 2006: High
tension in Thailand

Also: Hat Yai blasts
Also: 2Bangkok.com exclusive: Conversation with a southern separatist

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