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  • Traveling to Thailand? Don't Bring '1984'

    08/07/2014 5:54:19 PM PDT · by bamahead · 22 replies
    Reason ^ | Aug. 6, 2014 | Elizabeth Nolan Brown
    An in-flight magazine for travelers to Thailand offers some friendly advice on how to win friends and influence people in a country led by military junta. "Despite being under miliary control, Thailand is very safe for tourists," chirps the magazine copy, shared by Twitter user @joe_black317 this week. But for "good measure" you might want to take a few minor precautions, such as avoiding the color red, refraining from taking selfies with soldiers sans their consent, and for godssakes ditching your dystopian novels on the plane. "Don't carry George Orwell's dystopian novel 1984," the Philippine Airlines magazine warns in tip...
  • Jihad in Thailand: 3 Thai police murdered coming from mosque peace initiative

    07/11/2014 4:11:31 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 6 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | July 11 2014 | Pamela Geller
    Musli outreach and interfaith homicide. Our SIOA journalist in Thailand writes: “A deputy commander and two other police officers of Krong Penang police station in Yala Province were ambushed and murdered tonight (Thursday July 10, 2014) by Muslim terrorists as they returned from visiting a local mosque during a Ramadan peace initiative by police. The radio reports that the deputy police commander was a Muslim. The other two were probably Muslim judging by their names in Thai. This mosque was not Deputy Police Lt Colonel Adinant Ismaael’s normal mosque. He was there for community outreach. Ramadan is a very dangerous...
  • New species found: walking catfish, Beelzebub bat and two-legged lizard

    07/11/2014 12:47:52 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 07-10-2014 | Staff
    From a devilish-looking bat to a frog that sings like a bird, scientists have identified 126 new species in the Greater Mekong area, the WWF said in a new report detailing discoveries in 2011. But threats to the region's biodiversity mean many of the new species are already struggling to survive, the conservation group warned. "The good news is new discoveries. The bad news is that it is getting harder and harder in the world of conservation and environmental sustainability," Nick Cox, manager of WWF-Greater Mekong's Species Programme, said.
  • Modi targets counterterrorism as a key policy

    06/21/2014 7:07:04 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 7 replies
    The National ^ | June 21, 2014 | Harsh V Pant
    While his government’s focus remains squarely on domestic issues, Mr Modi is also charting a rather ambitious foreign policy course. He has already visited Bhutan and his future destinations over the next few months are likely to include Japan, Brazil, Southeast Asia, Australia and Nepal. Meanwhile, the Chinese foreign minister has saluted the new Modi government for injecting “new vitality into an ancient civilisation”.
  • Thailand’s rampant trafficking may carry price (slave labor)

    06/13/2014 2:10:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 13, 2014 5:04 AM EDT | Margie Mason
    He was too sick to eat, and Min Min Chan’s chest ached with each breath he sucked. It didn’t matter: The Thai captain warned him to get back on deck and start hauling fish onto the trawler or be tossed overboard. As a 17-year-old slave stuck in the middle of the sea, he knew no one would come looking if he simply vanished. Less than a month earlier, Chan had left Myanmar for neighboring Thailand, looking for work. Instead, he said a broker tricked and sold him onto the fishing boat for $616. He ended up far away in Indonesian...
  • The Military Coup in Thailand Is Putting the U.S. in an Awkward Position

    05/24/2014 9:23:08 AM PDT · by mgist · 18 replies
    New Republic ^ | 5/23/14 | shulberg
    In 1961, Congress passed the Foreign Assistance Act, Section 508 of which states that the U.S. must cut aid to countries in which a “duly elected head of government is deposed by military coup” until the resumption of civilian rule. On Thursday, in Thailand, a duly elected head of government was deposed by military coup. Two days after instituting martial law, General Prayuth Chan-ocha declared that the military was taking over the government and suspending the Constitution. That means the U.S. must cut aid to Thailand, right? Not necessarily. In a statement later Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry said:...
  • US cuts military aid to Thailand after coup

    05/23/2014 7:33:32 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 29 replies
    BBC World News ^ | May 23 , 2014 | BBC
    The US has suspended $3.5m (£2.1m) in military aid to Thailand and urged the country's army to restore civilian rule "immediately". Washington also urged tourists to cancel trips and halted non-essential visits by US government officials. The move came as former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra spent her first night in military custody.
  • Thailand coup d'état as military seizes power

    05/22/2014 5:06:06 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 34 replies
    BBC News ^ | 5/22/2014 | BBC
    Thailand's army chief has announced that the military is taking control of the government. The coup came after two days of inconclusive talks between the main political factions. Thailand has been in political turmoil for months. On Tuesday the army imposed martial law. A curfew has been declared, effective across the country from 22:00 to 05:00 local time. Political party leaders, including opposition leader Suthep Thaugsuban, were taken away from the talks venue after troops sealed off the area......
  • White House vows CIA will not stage fake vaccine programs

    05/20/2014 7:13:58 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 17 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 5/20/14 | afp
    Washington (AFP) - The White House has promised the United States will not use vaccination programs as cover for spy operations -- after the move was attempted during the hunt for Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.
  • Large number of Chinese troops seen heading for China-Vietnam border

    05/19/2014 1:30:16 PM PDT · by traumer · 40 replies
    A large number of People’s Liberation Army troops have reportedly been spotted heading towards the China-Vietnam border as tensions between the two countries continue to escalate, reports Hong Kong’s Sing Tao Daily. Sing Tao Daily is generally considered to be aligned to Chinese state media. Thousands of Chinese nationals living or on business in Vietnam have already fled the country amid anti-China riots, which were sparked by a tense standoff between Chinese and Vietnamese naval ships near a Chinese oil rig in disputed waters off the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea on May 4. The Chinese foreign ministry...
  • Thailand army declares martial law

    05/19/2014 4:08:39 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    BBC News ^ | may 19, 2014
    The army in Thailand has announced the imposition of martial law amid political crisis "to keep law and order". The army has also granted itself wide-ranging powers to enforce its decision. The military said it had taken the action to preserve peace and order. The move comes after a long-running political crisis, and escalating tensions between the government and the opposition.
  • Laos military plane crash has political consequences

    05/17/2014 3:41:13 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    dw.de ^ | 17.05.2014
    They included Defense Minister Douangchay Phichit and his wife. Douangchay was also one of the country's deputy prime ministers and a high-ranking member of its Politburo, the main decision-making body for the country's all-powerful Communist Party, which has ruled the single-party state since 1975. The economically poor, landlocked country has a population of seven million. Others killed included Minister of Public Security Thongbane Sengaphone, Vientiane Governor Sukhan Mahalad and at least one other senior ruling party official. Information about the crash, and those on board, came from Foreign Ministry spokesman Sek Wannamethee in neighboring Thailand. Lao National Television showed images...
  • Bombings in Thailand's restive south injure 9

    05/06/2014 3:42:43 AM PDT · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 5 replies
    AT YAI, Thailand -- Bombs exploded at a police station and a convenience store in a tourist city in Thailand's violence-plagued south Tuesday, injuring nine people, police said. The first bomb exploded in front of a 7-Eleven store near a school in Hat Yai city, wounding two men and three women, police Col. Passakorn Klanwan said. The second explosion went off about 15 minutes later in the parking lot at the main Hat Yai police station, injuring four others, he said. Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/05/06/4100476/9-injured-in-bombings-in-thailands.html#storylink=cpy
  • Video: Man Cooks Himself in Pot... Without Burning Himself

    04/14/2014 11:59:20 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, April 14, 2014
    A video showing an elderly man “cooking himself" in a pot filled with boiling water has been reported by a Russian TV channel. The man in the YouTube video looks like he is making a big dish of soup with vegetables and people gather around him waiting for a taste. The TV channel discloses that is a ritual held every year in the town of Yamaga, Thailand. The 71-year-old man, identified as Kenzo Koya, has been doing this ritual for several years. He says in the beginning he was affected by the heat which left burns on his body, but...
  • MH370 skirted Indonesia to avoid radar: report

    04/06/2014 8:53:21 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 33 replies
    NDTV ^ | April 6, 2014 | World | Press Trust of India
    Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 flew around Indonesian airspace apparently to avoid detection after vanishing from radar screens on March 8, a media report said today, suggesting the possibility of a more sinister reason behind the jet's disappearance..... After reviewing radar data provided by neighbouring countries, investigators have now found that the jetliner curved north of Indonesia before turning south toward the southern Indian Ocean, CNN quoted a Malaysian official as saying. The official also suggested the possibility of a more sinister reason behind MH370's disappearance a month ago. The plane's flight path clearly showed that someone on the plane was...
  • World War Two bomb kills seven in Bangkok

    04/02/2014 7:16:14 PM PDT · by fso301 · 56 replies
    BBC ^ | 4/2/14 | Sunaina Gulati
    A suspected World War Two bomb has exploded in a Bangkok scrap yard, killing at least seven people and injuring 19. Workers were using a blow-torch to take the bomb apart and detonated it in the process, officials say.
  • Malaysia MH370 and Sumatra seismic event

    03/19/2014 7:41:39 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 7 replies
    Tectonic Summary Re-analysis of Proposed Submarine Aircraft Crash Site for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370 Map of Seismic Analysis of Proposed Submarine Aircraft Crash Site The University of Science and Technology of China has announced a possible location for the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370 based on two seismic recordings (stations KUM and IPM of the Malaysia National Seismic Network; see map). The proposed site is in the Gulf of Thailand (orange hexagon on map). The time of the event reported by the Chinese was 2:55 AM (on 3/8/2014, which equates to 18:55 UTC time on 3/7/2014).
  • Thai military radar data bolsters belief that Flight 370 changed its path

    03/18/2014 6:38:16 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | Jethro Mullen and Mariano Castillo
    New information from the Thai government bolsters the belief that missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 took a sharp westward turn after communication was lost. The Thai military was receiving normal flight path and communication data from the Boeing 777-200 on its planned March 8 route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing until 1:22 a.m., when it disappeared from its radar. Six minutes later, the Thai military detected an unknown signal, a Royal Thai Air Force spokesman told CNN. This unknown aircraft, possibly Flight 370, was heading the opposite direction. Malaysia says the evidence gathered so far suggests the plane was deliberately...
  • Missing MH370: Search Extended Up to Kazakhstan, Down to Indian Ocean

    03/15/2014 1:55:46 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Malaysia Star ^ | 3/15 | Michelle Tam
    The search for MH370 enters a new phase based on new satellite data received, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. He told a press conference on Saturday that the search and rescue operations at the South China Sea has ended and all assets will be focussed on two new corridors. “A northern corridor stretching approximately from the border of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan to northern Thailand, or a southern corridor from Indonesia to the southern Indian Ocean,” he said. Najib said based on satellite data, MH370’s last communication with the satellite was in one of two possible corridors. Najib said the...
  • MH370 flew as low as 1,500m to avoid detection, says paper

    03/16/2014 9:30:37 PM PDT · by Meet the New Boss · 103 replies
    The Malaysian Insider ^ | 17 March 2014 | The Malaysian Insider
    As the search for the missing flight MH370 enters its 10th day with few clues as to its whereabouts, the New Straits Times said today the Boeing 777-200ER dropped 5,000 feet (1,500m) to evade commercial radar detection. In an exclusive story, the government-backed paper said investigators analysing MH370’s flight data revealed that the 200-tonne, fully laden twinjet descended 1,500m or even lower to evade commercial (secondary) radar coverage after it turned back from its flight path en route to Beijing. snip Investigators poring over MH370’s flight data had said the plane had flown low and used “terrain masking” as it...
  • Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Iranian Middleman Asked Thai Agent to Book Tickets ...

    03/10/2014 9:14:45 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 42 replies
    IBTimes ^ | March 10, 2014 | Gianluca Mezzofiore
    Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Iranian Middleman Asked Thai Agent to Book Tickets on Stolen Passports By Gianluca Mezzofiore March 10, 2014 12:24 PM While the search for the missing Beijing-bound Malaysia Airlines flight continues, the mystery surrounding the two passengers who used stolen passports to board flight MH370 intensifies. The Financial Times exclusively reported that the Thai travel agency that booked the tickets for the men had been asked to by an Iranian middleman. It is fairly common for fraudulent documents to be used on regional flights for illegal immigration or drug smuggling but the fact that the aircraft...
  • Fishermen Plane Sighting a Tip or False Lead in MH370 Hunt?

    03/18/2014 5:00:52 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 25 replies
    ABC News via Yahoo News ^ | 18MAR2014 | Bob Woodruff
    Fishermen from this village believe they may have seen the missing Malaysia Airlines flight on the night it disappeared flying low over the Gulf of Thailand. It's not clear whether what they saw was flight MH370 or whether it is the latest in a string of false leads in the search for the missing plane, but if true it would suggest that the plane may have flown low to avoid radar, what is known as "terrain masking." On March 8 flight MH370 disappeared from radar as it flew north over the Gulf of Thailand towards Vietnam en route to Beijing....
  • Thailand Gives Radar Data 10 Days After Plane Lost

    03/18/2014 10:17:23 AM PDT · by maggief · 32 replies
    AP ^ | March 18, 2014 | THANYARAT DOKSONE
    Thailand's military said Tuesday that its radar detected a plane that may have been Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 just minutes after the jetliner's communications went down, and that it didn't share the information with Malaysia earlier because it wasn't specifically asked for it. A twisting flight path described Tuesday by Thai air force spokesman Air Vice Marshal Montol Suchookorn took the plane to the Strait of Malacca, which is where Malaysian radar tracked Flight 370 early March 8. But Montol said the Thai military doesn't know whether it detected the same plane.
  • Has there been a military cover-up over missing jet? [Short title]

    03/18/2014 3:55:02 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 18 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | March 18, 2014 | Danield Miller
    Asian military officials may be staging a mass cover-up over missing flight MH370, because they do not want to expose gaping holes within their countries' air defences, a leading aviation expert has suggested...[SNIP]...Now Thailand's military say they detected a plane at 1.28am, eight minutes after MH370's communications went down, heading towards the Strait but didn't share the information because they were not asked for it.
  • This week in Muslims threatening to stab a professor and setting a dead teacher on fire ( Ohio & )

    03/17/2014 8:59:40 AM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 03/15/2014 | Eric Owens
    An Oberlin College professor has filed a lawsuit because, she claims, another professor on the Oberlin faculty has harassed her and created a hostile work environment for female employees for years. The plaintiff is Eunjung An, professor of French and cinema studies ... comparative literature professor Ali Yedes informed an unnamed Oberlin employee last year that he had helped his nephew obtain a student visa to the United States expressly to “stab and kill someone from his department.”.. Yedes serves as the school’s “Muslim Religious Life Affiliate (Islamic Center of Cleveland).” .. An’s lawsuit claims that Yedes has been engaged...
  • Four possibly flew with false ID aboard missing Malaysia Airlines plane

    03/09/2014 5:58:02 AM PDT · by wtd · 158 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 9, 4:20 AM | Simon Denyer, Robert Barnes and Chico Harlan
    Saturday European officials indicated two of the people on board were using passports that had been stolen in Thailand. On Sunday Malaysia’s transport minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, said Malaysian intelligence officials were also checking the identities of two other passengers, according to The Associated Press. “All the four names are with me and have been given to our intelligence agencies,” Hishammuddin said, according to The AP. “We do not want to target only the four; we are investigating the whole passenger manifest. We are looking at all possibilities.”
  • Missing plane highlights Phuket's stolen passport trade

    03/08/2014 7:45:46 PM PST · by texas booster · 26 replies
    WAtoday Western Australia ^ | March 9 2014 | Lindsay Murdoch
    Investigations into the stolen passports of two passengers listed on missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 have swung to the Thai resort island of Phuket, where there is a thriving stolen passport racket. Police in Malaysia have also viewed CCTV footage of the passengers on the flight, specifically looking for images of two men listed as Italian Luigi Maraldi and Austrian Christian Kozel. Mr Maraldi, 37, was surprised to see his name on the passenger manifest because he was in fact holidaying in Thailand. He rang his father, Walter in Cesena, Italy, according to Italian press reports. “Ciao, dad,” the younger...
  • Stolen European passports on missing plane

    03/08/2014 8:32:29 AM PST · by bryan999 · 47 replies
    <p>MILAN (AP) — Foreign ministry officials in Rome and Vienna confirm that names of two nationals listed on the manifest of the missing Malaysian airlines flight match passports reported stolen in Thailand.</p> <p>Italy's Foreign Ministry said Saturday that an Italian man whose name was listed as being aboard is traveling in Thailand and was not aboard the plane.</p>
  • The Math That Predicted The Revolutions Sweeping The Globe

    02/24/2014 10:13:24 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 47 replies
    Motherboard ^ | February 19, 2014
    It's happening in Ukraine, Venezuela, Thailand, Bosnia, Syria, and beyond. Revolutions, unrest, and riots are sweeping the globe. The near-simultaneous eruption of violent protest can seem random and chaotic; inevitable symptoms of an unstable world. But there's at least one common thread between the disparate nations, cultures, and people in conflict, one element that has demonstrably proven to make these uprisings more likely: high global food prices. Just over a year ago, complex systems theorists at the New England Complex Systems Institute warned us that if food prices continued to climb, so too would the likelihood that there would be...
  • 3 dead in attack on Bangkok anti-gov't protesters

    02/24/2014 6:01:23 PM PST · by nuconvert · 8 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | February 23, 2014
    Two young siblings and a woman were killed in an apparent grenade attack against anti-government protesters occupying an upscale shopping area of Thailand's capital on Sunday, the latest violence in a months-long political crisis that is growing bloodier by the day.
  • Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's Statement on charges over the Rice Pledging Scheme

    02/20/2014 11:40:42 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 3 replies
    P.M. Shinawatra official Facebook press release ^ | Feb. 20 , 2014 | Yingluck Shinawatra
    Respected fellow Thai citizens and dear rice farmers, I wish to begin by reaffirming that over the past two years since being appointed Prime Minister, I have been committed to serve the people of Thailand with honesty, integrity and every determined effort, as I have always been conscious of the mandate entrusted to me by the Thai people. I shall therefore not let them down; in particular the responsibility to protect the interests of the Thai people and uphold our democratic system with His Majesty the King as the Head of State. [snip] My fellow Thai citizens, I wish to...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Rocket, Meteor, and Milky Way over Thailand

    02/12/2014 3:16:02 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    NASA ^ | February 12, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Can the night sky appear both serene and surreal? Perhaps classifiable as serene in the above panoramic image taken last Friday are the faint lights of small towns glowing across a dark foreground landscape of Doi Inthanon National Park in Thailand, as well as the numerous stars glowing across a dark background starscape. Also visible are the planet Venus and a band of zodiacal light on the image left. Unusual events are also captured, however. First, the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy, while usually a common site, appears here to hover surreally above the ground. Next, a...
  • Forecasting Tsunami Threats Through Layers of Sand and Time

    03/19/2008 2:45:31 PM PDT · by blam · 27 replies · 475+ views
    Newswise ^ | 3-19-2008 | Dalhousie University
    Forecasting Tsunami Threats Through Layers of Sand and Time Map Of The Bay Of Bengal The catastrophic Indian Ocean event in December 2004 that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries – including 15,000 in India – was hardly a one freak occurrence. It could happen again. Newswise — Azhii peralai: from the deep … large waves. This is the expression for ‘tsunami’ in Tamil, the oldest language in southern India. For an ancient dialect to have its own phrase for destructive waves triggered by earthquakes, the people of Tamil Nadu likely experienced tsunamis periodically through the centuries, says Halifax...
  • Ukraine Delivers Main Battle Tanks to Thailand

    02/06/2014 12:38:36 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 05/02/2014
    KIEV, February 5 (RIA Novosti) – Ukraine has delivered the first five main battle tanks to Thailand of a 2011 order worth over $200 million, a state-run arms exporter said Wednesday. The shipment is part of an order of 49 Oplot-M tanks to be put in service with the Royal Thai Armed Forces in the near future. The Ukrainian tanks arrived at the port of Sattahip on Tuesday and will undergo additional acceptance trials, Ukrspetsexport said in a statement. The Oplot is armed with a 125-mm smoothbore gun, a 7.62-mm coaxial machine gun and a 12.7-mm anti-aircraft machine gun. The...
  • China cancels Thailand rice deal amid probe

    02/04/2014 9:11:24 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 11 replies
    BBC World News ^ | Feb 4 , 2014 | BBC
    The Ministry of Commerce said the Chinese government pulled out of the the deal to buy 1.2 million tonnes of rice because of an ongoing probe. Thailand's Anti-Corruption Commission is investigating PM Yingluck Shinawatra over a rice purchase policy. The policy has been a factor in the anti-government protests that have sparked Thailand's political crisis. The deal with China would have been the first stage of what the Thai government was hoping to be a larger shipment of rice this year. [ snip ] The rice purchase scheme, introduced by Ms Yingluck's governing Pheu Thai party, has seen the government...
  • Protesters vow to annul Thai vote, step up rallies

    02/03/2014 1:28:20 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 6 replies
    AP ^ | Feb 2 , 2014 | THANYARAT DOKSONE
    Thai protesters vowed Monday to stage larger rallies in central Bangkok and push ahead their efforts to nullify the results of elections that were expected to prolong a national political crisis. Despite fears of violence, voting proceeded peacefully in 90 percent of polling stations Sunday. The protesters forced polling booths to close in Bangkok and southern Thailand, disenfranchising millions of registered voters. As a result, not all Parliament seats will be filled and a series of by-elections are required to complete voting, extending political paralysis for months.
  • Shots, blasts as Thai protest rivals clash on election eve

    02/01/2014 11:40:07 AM PST · by mojito · 1 replies
    AFP/Google ^ | 21/1/2014 | William Davies
    Explosions and heavy gunfire rattled Bangkok Saturday as pro- and anti-government protesters clashed on the eve of controversial Thai elections seen as unlikely to end a cycle of violence in the kingdom after months of opposition rallies. Bystanders, security personnel and journalists raced to take cover in a shopping mall after a masked gunman man began spraying bullets from an assault rifle during confrontations between government supporters and opposition demonstrators, according to an AFP reporter. At least six people were injured as a busy intersection in a northern suburb of the capital was turned into a battle zone with volleys...
  • Thailand declares state of emergency in Bangkok

    01/21/2014 5:42:38 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 12 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | Jan 21, 2014 | Flora Bagenal
    Thai authorities declared a 60-day state of emergency in Bangkok that will begin Wednesday. It comes amid growing discontent among pro-government farmers.
  • Singer of black metal band 'stabbed to death by fan' for tarnishing Satan

    01/20/2014 9:30:11 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 17 replies
    Samong "Avajee" Traisattha, 36, was discovered by his wife lying in a pool of blood in his living room The singer of a black metal band has been stabbed to death for tarnishing Satan. Samong "Avajee" Traisattha, 36, was discovered by his wife lying in a pool of blood in his living room. The lead singer and bassist of Surrender of Divinity had earlier welcomed a fan of the band into his home in Thailand. His wife Jaruvan Surapol, 34, told cops she left to put her children to bed but when she returned an hour later on January 8...
  • What does Bangkok explosion mean for antigovernment protests?

    01/17/2014 6:49:04 AM PST · by nuconvert · 12 replies
    Demonstrators have been attempting to 'shut down' Bangkok since Monday. Dozens were injured today as violence escalated after days of relative calm. An explosion during an antigovernment march in Bangkok today wounded at least 36 and raised concerns about escalating violence after the protest movement appeared to be losing steam in recent days.
  • Thai protesters target ministries, threaten bourse

    01/13/2014 8:00:38 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan. 15 , 2014 | Apornrath Phoonphongphiphat
    Protesters trying to topple Thailand's government said they would tighten the blockade around ministries on Tuesday and a hardline faction threatened to storm the stock exchange, while many major intersections in the capital Bangkok remained blocked. The turmoil is the latest chapter in an eight-year conflict pitting the Bangkok-based middle class and royalist establishment against the mostly poorer, rural supporters of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, a former premier who was ousted by the military in 2006. Many ministries and the central bank were forced to work from back-up offices on Monday after protesters led by...
  • Thailand's 'red villages' eye Bangkok protests

    12/19/2013 12:53:28 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 2 replies
    BBC World News ^ | 18 December 2013 | Jonathan Head
    People in the north-east repeatedly expressed frustration that they had to stay put, and watch the Bangkok protesters trying to overthrow the government they elected.
  • Thai protesters cut power, water to PM's offices

    12/12/2013 6:23:13 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 1 replies
    AP ^ | Dec. 12 ,2013 | GRANT PECK and SINFAH TUNSARAWUTH
    Anti-government protesters in Thailand cut off electricity to the prime minister's office compound on Thursday while their leaders met with businesspeople to explain why they want to oust the caretaker government before upcoming elections.
  • Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941: Major victory for Japan

    12/08/2013 3:25:13 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 47 replies
    communities.washingtontimes ^ | December 6, 2013 | Dennis Jamison
    The sinister surprise attack against the naval base at Pearl Harbor by the Japanese Imperial Military is recognized by historians as one of the most successful sneak attacks in military history. While many Americans initially thought the Empire of Japan intended to attack the United States mainland – Californians along the coastal areas felt especially vulnerable – the real targets were in Southeast Asia: Hong Kong, Siam, Malaya, Thailand, and the Philippines, as the first of many. The attack upon the naval base at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, shocked America and the world. While Americans were still reeling,...
  • Thailand protest leader gives PM 'two-day ultimatum'

    12/01/2013 11:30:00 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 27 replies
    BBC World News ^ | 1 December 2013 | Jonathan Head
    Thai protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban says he has met PM Yingluck Shinawatra and given her two days to "return power to the people". Mr Suthep said the meeting had been held under the auspices of the military and there was no compromise. [snip]They say Ms Yingluck's administration is controlled by her brother, exiled ex-leader Thaksin Shinawatra, and they want to replace it with a "People's Council".
  • Thailand: Muslim nurses flash victory sign in front of slain bomb squad officer

    10/31/2013 1:04:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 44 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 10/31/13 | Pamela Geller
    bomb squad officer The jihad in Thailand is brutal, vicious, relentless, and yet we hear nothing in the media. Soft targets are their specialty. Schools, banks. automated teller machines (ATMs) ........ thousands slaughtered. And these nurses are giving a victory sign. Moderates unmasked.Thailand: Muslim nurses flash victory sign in front of slain bomb squad officer Blazing Cat Fur (thanks to Chai) A hospital in southern (Muslim) Thailand publicly apologised on Wednesday after a photograph of two of its nurses flashing a victory sign in front of a slain bomb squad officer circulated on the internet (inset). The two (Muslim) nurses...
  • China's Back-Door Natural Gas Supply

    10/26/2013 8:35:46 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 9 replies
    oilprice.com ^ | Thu, 24 October 2013 14:07 | By Dave Forest
    One of the most critical changes in global energy flows happened this week. China inaugurated a 2,500 kilometre pipe to carry natural gas and oil from the Indian Ocean across Myanmar in southeast Asia and into southwest Yunnan province. The gas portion of the line became fully operational this week. The line is expected to carry over 1 billion cubic feet of gas per day into China. The twin oil line is expected to follow. This massive development has several key implications for the global energy balance. Myanmar's significant offshore natural gas reserves (and growing production) now have a "go-to"...
  • India, China, Pakistan, Nigeria on slavery's list of shame, says report

    10/17/2013 3:34:54 PM PDT · by Carbonsteel · 6 replies
    CNN ^ | 10-17-2013 | Tim Hume
    Hong Kong (CNN) -- A new report claiming to be the most comprehensive look at global slavery says 30 million people are living as slaves around the world. The Global Slavery Index, published by the Australia-based Walk Free Foundation, lists India as the country with by far the most slaves, with an estimated nearly 14 million, followed by China (2.9 million) and Pakistan (2.1 million). The top 10 countries on its list of shame accounted for more than three quarters of the 29.8 million people living in slavery, with Nigeria, Ethiopia, Russia, Thailand, Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar and Bangladesh...
  • Nigerian Terror Suspect Flown to New York for Trial...

    09/28/2013 3:53:36 AM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies
    NBCnewyork.com ^ | Friday, Sep 27, 2013 | By Jonathan Dienst
    "Nigerian Terror Suspect Flown to New York for Trial, Accused of Recruiting, Training for Al-Qaida Federal authorities say Lawal Babafemi received al-Qaida money to recruit English-speaking people to engage in acts of terror against America" SNIPPET: "A Nigerian terror suspect accused of trying to help al-Qaida in Yemen was flown to New York to appear Friday in a federal courtroom. Lawal Babafemi is accused of training with members of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula and using his English skills to help publish the terrorist magazine "Inspire." Judge John Gleason ordered Babafemi, also known as "Ayatollah Mustafa," held without bail." SNIPPET:...
  • Hezbollah suspect gets jail term

    09/18/2013 8:26:46 AM PDT · by csvset · 1 replies
    Bangkok Post ^ | 18 September 2013 | Wire
    The Criminal Court on Wednesday sent Lebanese-Swedish man Atris Hussein, believed to be linked to the Hezbollah militant group, to prison for two years and eight months after finding him guilty on charges of illegally possessing restricted chemical substances.Hussein was arraigned in the Criminal Court on Feb 29 last year for violating the weapons control law after police seized nearly 2.8 tonnes of ammonium nitrate and urea-based fertiliser from houses he rented in Samut Sakhon on Jan 16, 2012. The chemicals, which are widely used in the agricultural sector, can be used to make bombs. The court initially sentenced him...