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  • This is what happens when you insult the new Thai king

    10/17/2016 9:29:20 PM PDT · by LouieFisk · 45 replies
    NY Post ^ | October 17, 2016 | Natalie O'Neill
    A woman accused of insulting the kooky crown prince of Thailand was publicly humiliated and forced to grovel beneath a portrait of the country’s late king, according to reports Monday. Police officers dragged Umaporn Sarasat, 43, to the portrait of King Bhumibol Adulyadej outside a police station and forced her to kneel before it Sunday — as 500 onlookers shouted wildly, according to a video posted by the Times of London.
  • King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand dies

    10/13/2016 9:37:54 PM PDT · by cba123 · 6 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/14/2016
    King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, who ascended to the throne 70 years ago, has died at the age of 88
  • Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej dies at 88

    10/13/2016 11:20:54 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | October 13, 2016 | By Angela Dewan, CNN
    Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, a revered and unifying figure who embodied the nation in his 70-year reign, has died aged 88. Here's the latest: • Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn is the king's appointed successor • Thousands gathered at the hospital, shouting "Long live the king!" • Civil servants are ordered to wear black clothes for one year in mourning from Friday • US President Obama described the king as a man of "grace and warmth" The announcement came in a statement from the Royal Palace read on state TV Thursday, and followed a days-long outpouring of support since the king...
  • Thailand - Nation in mourning

    10/13/2016 10:07:47 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 16 replies
    Bangkok Post ^ | Oct. 13 , 2016 | Bangkok Post
    Nation in mourning
  • Thailand's king, world's longest-reigning monarch, dies

    10/13/2016 5:08:59 AM PDT · by reed13k · 25 replies
    AP ^ | 13 Oct 2016
    Yahoo article based on AP
  • Thailand and Malaysia discuss building border wall to enhance security and curb trafficking

    09/10/2016 11:16:02 PM PDT · by djsunzi · 9 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Saturday, 10 September, 2016, 1:25pm | REUTERS
    The leaders of Thailand and Malaysia agreed on Friday to boost security cooperation and consider building a border wall to combat transnational crime and smuggling, an idea that appears to be gaining popularity elsewhere in the world. People-trafficking and the smuggling of contraband, including drugs and petrol, have flourished along the Thai-Malay border for years until a crackdown by Thai officials on human traffickers caused some of the routes to shut down last year. Analysts say separatist insurgents operating in Thailand’s deep south use Malaysia as a base to launch and plan their attacks.
  • Thailand blasts target Phuket and Hua Hin tourist spots

    08/11/2016 9:07:13 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 30 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12 August 2016
    A series of blasts across Thailand targeted the tourist towns of Hua Hin, Phuket and other locations, leaving at least three dead and many injured. They came hours after twin bombs killed one person in the seaside resort town of Hua Hin, near the capital Bangkok. On Friday, the town was hit again by multiple blasts. Two explosions were also reported in the popular tourist destination of Phuket.
  • Thai activists charged over 'military torture' report

    07/26/2016 11:36:10 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 1 replies
    BBC World News ^ | 7-26-20116 | BBC
    Three Thai human rights activists have been charged with criminal defamation over a report alleging torture by soldiers in southern Thailand. Allegations of military abuses in the south, home to a longstanding Muslim insurgency are nothing new. But there has been a sharp increase in the use of criminal defamation laws against government critics in recent years, BBC correspondent Jonathan Head says. Rights groups condemned the charges. The trio face up to two years in prison if found guilty of defaming the military, and a further three years if they are found to have violated the country's computer crimes act.
  • Thai navy eyes China as it seeks approval to buy first submarines in 65 years

    07/02/2016 8:05:40 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 02, 2016
    <p>BANGKOK – Thailand’s navy will seek Cabinet approval to purchase its first submarines in 65 years, the country’s defense minister has said.</p> <p>Prawit Wongsuwan, who is also deputy prime minister, said Friday that the submarines will cost 36 billion baht ($1 billion) in total, with payments to be made over 10 years. He said the first of the Chinese-made Yuan class S26T submarines will be purchased out of the 2017 budget.</p>
  • Thai man almost loses home to monster monitor lizard

    06/16/2016 3:38:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    Yahoo ^ | June 16, 2016 | Alicia Tan
    What do you do when you witness your house being broken into by a freakishly huge monitor lizard? Record the whole incident down of course. Attanai Thaiyuanwong was in for a rude surprise on Sunday when he arrived back at his home in Nonthaburi, Thailand, to find an unwelcome visitor trying to get into his house. The intruder was a giant monitor lizard, that looked as tall as an adult human, was standing upright on its hind legs with its mouth around the door knob.
  • Thailand's Nok Air sorry for pilot joke about crashing plane carrying ousted PM Yingluck

    06/13/2016 3:49:36 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies ^ | Jun 13, 2016, 5:00 pm SGT | afp
    The pilot's comments were made in a social media chat group used by Nok Air pilots that was later leaked. In it a pilot posted a picture of Yingluck about to board their Nok Air flight over the weekend. One chat member responded with "We have prey on board". Another then added "CFIT". CFIT is an aviation acronym for "controlled flight into terrain", a term used to describe when a pilot unintentionally crashes a plane that has no technical problems. Panthongtae Shinawatra - the son of Yingluck's brother Thaksin Shinawatra, who was toppled as premier by a 2006 coup -...
  • Biological male awarded girls high school all-state track honors

    06/07/2016 1:28:35 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 34 replies
    The College Fix ^ | June 5, 2016 | Staff
    Some female high school runners are questioning the fairness of the Alaska state track meet results after a biological male made it to the finals in the 100 meter and 200 meter dashes. Haines High School senior Nattaphon Wangyot, an immigrant from Thailand, was born male but identifies as female. She was allowed to compete on girls’ teams because the Alaska School Activities Association allows individual districts to decide how to handle transgender athletes on teams. Haines’ policy states “For the purposes of gender identification for interscholastic activities, the district will consider the gender identity based on the student’s consistent...
  • Thai man attacked by snake that slithered up through his toilet

    05/26/2016 7:54:11 AM PDT · by libstripper · 81 replies
    Associated Press (via Fox News) ^ | May 26, 2016 | Associated Press
    BANGKOK – A Thai man is recovering from a bloody encounter with a 10-foot python that slithered through the plumbing of his home and latched its jaws onto his penis as he was using a squat toilet.
  • During the Vietnam War, the U.S. Sent Updated World War II Bombers to Hit Laos

    05/24/2016 10:59:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 100 replies
    War is Boring ^ | May 23, 2016 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    More than four decades after the fall of Saigon, Washington is still holding on to various classified details about its fight in Southeast Asia. Among the Pentagon media arm’s still-secret records are photos and video of updated World War II-era bombers the U.S. Air Force sent to hit Laos. In May 1966, pilots and crews from the 603rd Air Commando Squadron brought eight B-26K Invaders from their base in Louisiana to Nakhon Phanom Air Base in Thailand. Desperate to stem the flow of troops and supplies flowing down the Ho Chi Minh Trail from North Vietnam, the flying branch had...
  • Thailand to Buy Battle Tanks from China

    05/20/2016 11:30:09 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 30 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | Prashanth Parameswaran
    Thailand’s military has inked an agreement with China to purchase tanks from the Asian giant, officials said earlier this week. Thai officials have confirmed that the Royal Thai Army (RTA) has formally signed a pact to buy the MBT-3000 main battle tank produced by China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO). Deliveries are expected to begin before the end of the year and continue within a two-year timespan. If the deal is realized, it would make Thailand the first known export customer of the MBT-3000, also referred to as the V-4. Specifics on the agreement, including the number of tanks to be...
  • Bangkok Racist Tape That Changed Leicester's Fortunes

    05/03/2016 11:14:15 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, May 03, 2016
    Offending video featured three young players engaging in explicit actsIt was billed as a goodwill trip and a chance to unwind after a heroic relegation escape, instead Leicester City's close-season Thai tour became the turning point in their improbable title charge - all thanks to a racist sex tape. The offending video featured three young players including James Pearson, son of then manager Nigel Pearson, engaging in explicit acts with a group of Thai women in a Bangkok hotel. Filmed by the players in May 2016, the footage of the sniggering men soon ended up in the British tabloid...
  • 1,000 year old Hindu 'Shiva linga' unearthed

    04/24/2016 4:54:58 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 33 replies
    Bangkok Post (and the jokes keep writing themselves) ^ | Friday, April 15, 2016 | Nutjaree Rakrun (seriously?)
    An ancient Hindu phallic symbol believed to be more than 1,000 years old has been found at a local temple in Tha Sala district. Anat Bamrungwong, director of 14th Regional Office of the Fine Arts Department in Nakhon Sithammarat, said Thursday the shiva linga or Hindu phallic symbol is believed to be about 1,300-1,400 years old. Hinduism thrived in Surat Thani and Nakhon Si Thammarat around the 10th-12th centuries, Mr Anat said... The shiva linga has a base which is about 47cm wide and 1 metre long. Its base has flowers carved in relief which in the Tawaravadee style, Mr...
  • Thailand slips deeper into China's embrace

    03/07/2016 1:38:49 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    The Straits Times ^ | MAR 7, 2016 | Tan Hui Yee
    Thailand's navy wants to buy a submarine - and China's offer looks tempting. It is not only cheaper than the rest, but reportedly includes technology transfer and training. That, in a nutshell, describes the kind of friendship that China extends to the Thai military government now - a relationship smoothed by appealing deals unattached to the political doctrines championed by much of the Western world. Work on the Sino-Thai railway project that will give the trans-Asian rail network a sea outlet broke ground last December. Chinese and Thai air forces held their first joint exercise last year, shortly after Thailand...
  • Obama bans US imports of slave-produced goods

    02/24/2016 3:54:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 24, 2016 6:21 PM EST | Martha Mendoza
    President Barack Obama signed a bill Wednesday that includes a provision banning U.S. imports of fish caught by slaves in Southeast Asia, gold mined by children in Africa and garments sewn by abused women in Bangladesh, closing a loophole in an 85-year-old tariff law that has failed to keep products of forced and child labor out of America. An expose by The Associated Press last year found Thai companies ship seafood to the U.S. that was caught and processed by trapped and enslaved workers. As a result of the reports, more than 2,000 trapped fishermen have been rescued, more than...
  • Abortionist Flees to Thailand as More Women Accuse Him of Sexual Abuse

    02/16/2016 10:38:03 PM PST · by Morgana · 7 replies
    Operation Rescue ^ | February 16, 2016 | Cheryl Sullenger
    Boston, MA — The Boston Globe is reporting that two more women have come forward to accuse former Planned Parenthood abortionist Roger Ian Hardy of sexually molesting them at a fertility clinic where he once worked. Roger Ian Hardy was forced to surrender his Massachusetts medical license in January 2014, after 18 witnesses came forward in 2004 to testify against him about his inappropriate sexual behavior not only with his patients, but also female members of his staff. This salacious scandal covered in technicolor-detail in a three-part expose published by the Boston Globe. Now the Globe is also reporting that...
  • No escape? China's crackdown on dissent goes global

    02/12/2016 7:47:24 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | 8:25 PM ET, Thu February 4, 2016 | Ivan Watson, Pamela Boykoff, Kocha Olarn and Judy Kwon
    Last October, two members of a small exile Chinese opposition political party -- Jiang Yefei and Dong Guangping -- were arrested by Thai police. Several weeks later, despite protests from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the two men were extradited to China and promptly thrown in prison. Since the extradition of Dong, his wife, Gu Shuhua, and daughter fled Thailand for Canada. Speaking from Toronto, she says Dong's capture has devastated her small family. "The Chinese government put pressure on my husband for so long that he ran away [from China]. Why did they still need to chase...
  • Prominent Buddhist Monk Fans Anti-Muslim Sentiment in Thailand

    02/09/2016 2:26:02 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 08 Feb 2016 | Panu Wongcha-um
    Bangkok-based Buddhist monk Maha Aphichat is among a growing group of Thai monks who feel their religion is under threat from Islam.Anti-Islamic sentiment is brewing in Thailand, spurred-on by Buddhist monks who feel that their religion is under threat from Islam. This fear mongering has been exacerbated by the ongoing political conflict within Thai Buddhism, the 12-year-old armed-insurgency in Thailand’s deep south, and the growing influence of Buddhist radicals in neighboring Myanmar. Bangkok-based Buddhist monk Maha Aphichat is unafraid of speaking his mind. The 30-year-old gained notoriety last October, after he urged Thai Buddhists on social media to burn down...
  • Large metal chunk investigated after washing onto Thai beach (MH-370?)

    01/24/2016 5:21:56 AM PST · by don-o · 15 replies
    AP ^ | 1/24/16 | GRANT PECK
    BANGKOK (AP) - A large chunk of metal that could be from an aircraft washed ashore in southern Thailand, but Malaysian authorities on Sunday cautioned against speculation of a link to a Malaysia Airlines flight missing almost two years.
  • Thailand: Islamic Terrorism Loses Its Luster

    01/09/2016 7:23:33 AM PST · by fella · 6 replies
    Strategy page ^ | 9 Jan 2016
    The separatist violence in the south continues to decline and was lower in 2015 than in any year since the unrest turned nasty in 2004. There were only 674 incidents of separatist violence, which was 14 percent less than in 2014. The number of people killed (246) was down 28 percent from 2014. The average annual deaths down there has been 545. The decline has been the trend for several years as there were 456 deaths in 2013. Opinions differ about why there is less violence down there. The government credits the efforts of 70,000 soldiers and police in the...
  • Will Thailand Buy Russian T-90 Tanks?

    01/05/2016 4:51:58 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | January 04, 2016 | Franz-Stefan Gady
    Thailand is considering buying an unknown number of Russian-made T-90S or MS main battle tanks (MBT). According to the website Defence Blog, a Thai delegation visited the Russian city of Nizhny Tagil, the site of the largest main battle tank manufacturer in the world. The Royal Thai Army delegation expressed interest in both the T-90(M)S and the T-14 Armata MBT – dubbed “Russia’s deadliest tank” (See: “It’s Official: Russia’s Deadliest Tank Will Be Ready for Battle in 2020”). However, the export version of the T-14 MBT is still in the development stage and would not be ready in time to...
  • Global supermarkets selling shrimp peeled by slaves

    12/14/2015 7:50:28 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 16 replies
    Every morning at 2 a.m., they heard a kick on the door and a threat: Get up or get beaten. For the next 16 hours, No. 31 and his wife stood in the factory that owned them with their aching hands in ice water. They ripped the guts, heads, tails and shells off shrimp bound for overseas markets, including grocery stores and all-you-can-eat buffets across the United States. After being sold to the Gig Peeling Factory, they were at the mercy of their Thai bosses, trapped with nearly 100 other Burmese migrants. Children worked alongside them, including a girl so...
  • Russian intelligence warns Thailand ISIS militants infiltrated country

    12/09/2015 1:30:31 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 7 replies ^ | 12/04/2015 10:56 | REUTERS
    Russian intelligence warns Thailand ISIS militants infiltrated country By REUTERS 12/04/2015 10:56 Ten Syrians linked to Islamic State entered Thailand in October to attack Russian interests, Thai police said in a leaked document citing information from the Russian Federal Security Service. In the document, Special Branch police urged an intensification of security around "target areas that Russian authorities are concerned about", including venues associated with allies that have taken part in attacks on IS in Syria. Russia began air strikes in Syria on Sept. 30 and has stepped up attacks in recent weeks. An IS affiliate claimed responsibility for downing...
  • Teen Brothers Busted On Pimping Counts (Boys, 15 and 17, ran prostitution ring)

    10/27/2015 1:14:15 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 67 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | 10/23/2015 | Staff
    A 15-year-old Washington boy and his 17-year-old brother operated a prostitution ring that employed underage hookers who kicked back money to the duo’s mother, according to investigators.The accused pimps--Dionte Hunter and his older brother Thaishaun--are locked up on felony charges stemming from the prostitution business, which operated from their Spokane home.According to an October 20 court filing, Dionte’s involvement in the prostitution operation began when the 4’ 10”, 100-pound defendant was still 14. The Hunter brothers (Thaishaun is at left) are pictured in the adjacent Facebook photo.Police first learned that the brothers were turning out several women via ads...
  • Weird Animal With 'Body of Buffalo and Head of Crocodile' Baffles Everyone

    10/11/2015 10:15:05 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 59 replies
    Express ^ | Tue, Oct 6, 2015 | Selina Sykes
    A REMOTE village has become the scene of a real-life sci-fi film after a strange creature was discovered.With scaly skin and calf-like hooves, the bizarre animal looks like a genetic mutation between a buffalo and a crocodile. The creature, which was found in Thailand, appears to have the rough, scaly head of a reptile and limbs and hooves of a mammal. It is not the first time a genetic cross between two species has been found, but it is one of the most unusual animals spotted. The animal died soon after birth, according to a local website, but is believed...
  • Weird animal with 'body of buffalo and head of crocodile' baffles everyone [Thailand?]

    10/05/2015 8:01:07 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 46 replies ^ | Updated 15:25, 5 Oct 2015 | By Kirstie McCrum
    Confusing genetic creations happen all the time, but this is one of the most unusual animals seen in a long time Images have been shared of a most unusual creature spotted in a remote village - and it's the stuff of sci-fi movies. The strange animal appears to have the scaly, rough head and skin of a reptile such as a crocodile. However, on closer inspection, it's also got the body, limbs and hooves of a mammal such as a calf.
  • Herhold: A Father's Three-Decade Search For His Kidnapped Son

    09/30/2015 1:17:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 09/26/2015 | Scott Herhold
    Late in the evening of March 17, 1981, a rickety Vietnamese river boat embarked on an ocean journey to Thailand, carrying 27 people in a desperate attempt to find a new life. A day and a half at sea, they were picked up by a Thai fishing boat, which they saw as salvation. Instead, the new vessel brought them a plague of robbery, kidnapping and starvation. When they were set back aboard their own disabled craft several days later, only 25 Vietnamese remained. Two infants -- a boy of five months, a girl of 11 months -- were kept by...
  • Bangkok Erawan Shrine bomb: Main suspect is in custody

    09/25/2015 6:51:11 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 11 replies
    BBC World News ^ | 9-25-2015 | BBC
    Thai police say a man they arrested over a deadly bombing at Bangkok's Erawan shrine is indeed the bomber, contradicting earlier statements. A police spokesman said the man - earlier named as Adem Karadag - was the figure in a yellow shirt seen on CCTV leaving a bag at the shrine. Thai police had earlier said neither of two men in their custody were the main suspects for the 17 August attack. The motive for the bombing, which killed 20 people, remains unclear.
  • Thai police say Bangkok bombing suspect fled to Turkey

    09/14/2015 7:57:01 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    A key suspect in last month’s bombing at a Bangkok shrine that killed 20 people has fled to Turkey, Thai police said on Monday, in another indication that the attack could be the work of members of China’s ethnic Uighur minority who have sympathizers in Turkey. Police had previously said the man, carrying a Chinese passport in the name Abudureheman Abudusataer, may have directed the Aug. 17 bombing of the Erawan Shrine. Investigations revealed that he left Thailand on Aug. 16 for Bangladesh, and police speculated that he might have gone to China. “He departed Dhaka on Aug. 30 for...
  • Mystery fireball seen blazing across Bangkok sky caught on film

    09/07/2015 4:04:31 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 29 replies
    ABC (Australia) ^ | 2015-09-07
    Mystery fireball seen blazing across Bangkok sky caught on film Posted about 2 hours ago A mystery fireball seen blazing across the sky in northern Bangkok has been captured on film. A dash cam captured the moment the fireball, thought to be a meteor, was seen over the Thai capital this morning. The film shows a bright ball of flames move across the sky for a few seconds like a shooting star. Locals took to social media to report sightings of the mystery blaze. There has been no official confirmation of what caused the fireball. However, local media reported that...
  • Shooting star seen on 7-Sep-2015 (YouTube video @30 seconds in)

    09/07/2015 5:23:38 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 14 replies
    YouTube ^ | 9/7/15 | Porjai Jaturongkhakun
    Middle of the day, somebody's dashcam, very bright and clear. Meteor appears at the 30 second mark. Amazing how good cameras are today. Video at source
  • Police arrest Erawan bomb suspect

    08/29/2015 2:13:03 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 13 replies
    Bangkok Post ^ | 29 Aug 2015 | TERRY FREDRICKSON
    Thai police have arrested a young man in connection with the Erawan shrine bombing. He reportedly holds a Turkish passport. According to the report, Thai police raided an apartment on Soi Chueam Samphan 11 in Bangkok's Nong Chok district about two o'clock this afternoon, arresting its occupant. The reports also say bomb-making equipment was found, including ball-bearings very similar to those used in the Erawan shrine bombing. Post Today reports that national police chief Somyot Poompanmoung said plainclothes police were instrumental in tracking down the suspect and that others were involved in the plot, possibly some Thais.
  • Bangkok bomb: Thai authorities suspect Uighur link to Erawan shrine attack

    08/19/2015 12:39:49 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    International Business Times ^ | August 18, 2015 | Vasudevan Sridharan
    Bangkok bomb: Thai authorities suspect Uighur link to Erawan shrine attack By Vasudevan Sridharan | International Business Times – 4 hours ago. Thai authorities are investigating whether Uighur militants from far-western China staged the deadly bombing in the Erawan shrine in Bangkok which killed 22 people. Amid the ongoing manhunt for the suspect who left his backpack, police said they were not ruling out any possibility including deported dozens of Uighurs to China sparking widespread criticism. "Police are not ruling out anything including (Thai) politics and the conflict of ethnic Uighurs who, before this, Thailand sent back to China," National...
  • 19 killed, 123 hurt as bomb blast rocks Bangkok tourist attraction

    08/17/2015 1:45:53 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 27 replies
    Bangkok Post ^ | 17 August , 2015 | Bangkok Post
    A bomb explosion inside one of Bangkok’s most popular tourist attractions killed at least 19 people and injured 123 others – mostly foreign tourists – on Monday. Of the 19 dead victims, 12 died at the scene. The figures were based on information released by the Royal Thai Police Office as of 11.20pm on Monday. An improvised explosive device placed inside the Erawan shrine complex at the Ratchaprasong intersection detonated at 6.55pm. The scale of the explosion set motorbikes and taxis ablaze inside the intersection and bowed the iron fence of the Hindu shrine outward. Casualties were immediate , with...
  • Bangkok bomb: Deadly blast rocks Thailand capital

    08/17/2015 6:38:10 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    The BBC's Jonathan Head, who is at the scene, says there is a huge amount of chaos, with body parts scattered everywhere. The attack took place close to the Erawan Shrine in the capital's central Chidlom district. The explosion occurred at about 19:00 local time (12:00 GMT), with police saying it may have been caused by a motorcycle bomb. No-one has yet said they carried out the attack. Some reports said foreign tourists may have been among the casualties.
  • Bangkok bomb: Explosion close to Erawan shrine kills at least 12 people - latest updates

    08/17/2015 6:26:48 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 17 Aug 2015 | Raziye Akkoc, and James Rothwell
    Bangkok bomb: Explosion close to Erawan shrine kills at least 12 people - latest updates Reports of several injuries and 12 reportedly killed after a bomb exploded at the Ratchaprasong intersection in central Bangkok. Follow the latest developments here By Raziye Akkoc, and James Rothwell 2:15PM BST 17 Aug 2015 • A bomb exploded on Monday in central Bangkok • Local media say 12 dead, 25 wounded • Motorcycle bomb, police say • The explosion was near the important Erawan shrine
  • North Korea 'Continues To Lie' About Abduction Of Thai Citizen

    08/11/2015 5:31:14 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    Forbes ^ | 8/11/2015 | Johan Nylander
    North Korea 'Continues To Lie' About Abduction Of Thai Citizen North Korea’s foreign minister said during a meeting in Bangkok on Monday that Thai companies were welcome to invest in his country because Thais are “trustworthy,” but a human rights group says that same quality is exactly what’s lacking in officials from the Hermit Kingdom. Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia Division, said that Pyongyang for decades has been lying to Thailand about the tragedy of a Thai national who was abducted by North Korean agents. “If North Korea is really a true friend of Bangkok, it...
  • Hunt is on for 33 slave ships off coast of Papua New Guinea

    08/01/2015 12:22:08 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 26 replies
    MSN ^ | 8/1/15
    A fleet of at least 30 fishing trawlers crewed by slaves is being hunted off the coast of Papua New Guinea as the true extent becomes apparent of the trafficking of Burmese men by a massive Thai-run criminal syndicate operating throughout the East Indies. Immigration officials have so far intercepted one of the fishing vessels, called the Blissful Reefer, and rescued its trafficked crew. Another 33 Thai trawlers thought to be crewed by slaves are being tracked in fishing grounds off the south coast of Papua New Guinea, known locally as the Dog Leg. The trawlers are thought to be...
  • Japanese journalist pulls a 'Weiner' in Thailand (Actual title)

    08/01/2015 9:57:33 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 14 replies
    Jakarta Post ^ | 8/1/2015 | AFP
    Japanese broadcaster TV Asahi apologised Saturday after its Bangkok bureau chief posted an image of his genitals on a mobile forum set up by Thailand's foreign ministry, which warned of "consequences". A spokesman for the channel said the unnamed employee had been removed from the job due to his "extremely inappropriate" behaviour. The ministry demanded an explanation for the graphic picture that appeared late Monday in the forum, which was set up for foreign journalists working in Thailand. "We deeply apologise to the Thai foreign ministry and other people concerned," the spokesman said, adding the journalist had been urged to...
  • Thailand Bans Foreigners' Use of Surrogates in Midst of Gay Dads Case

    07/30/2015 2:05:13 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 26 replies ^ | July 31, 2015 | John Burger
    America and Spanish man claim Thai woman reneged when she found out their status In the midst of an ugly battle in which two homosexual men are trying to bring a girl out of Thailand to rear her in Spain, the Southeast Asian country is proceeding to ban foreigners’ use of surrogate mothers there. The gay fathers’ case is one of several contentious cases, albeit the highest profile, that has led to the legislative action. Fusion gave some of the background: A child born in Thailand by surrogate last year was left behind after he was born with Down’s syndrome....
  • Is this MH370? US pilot believes he's found wreckage of missing airliner

    05/09/2014 11:26:33 AM PDT · by Renfield · 51 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 4-28-2014 | Lydia Warren
    (Poster's note: I searched by title and keyword and didn't find this already on FR) A pilot from New York believes he has found the wreckage of the missing Malaysia Airline Flight 370 off the coast of Thailand after searching thousands of satellite images online. Michael Hoebel, 60, spent hours trawling through the images made available to the public on a crowd-sourcing website,, before coming across what he believes is the doomed plane. The recreational pilot from Tonawanda said he was shocked to discover that the aircraft, which vanished two months ago, appeared to be in one piece beneath...
  • HORRIFYING: A British Man Was Caught Trying To Smuggle Roasted Baby Fetuses Into Thailand

    07/29/2015 10:24:00 AM PDT · by Cats Pajamas · 33 replies
    A British man of Asian origin was arrested in Thailand after police found him in possession of six human fetuses that had been roasted and covered in gold leaf in a black magic ritual, The Telegraph reports.
  • Trusting Iran to stop terrorism is like inviting an arsonist to join the fire brigade

    07/12/2015 7:32:15 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6:30AM BST 10 Jul 2015 | Dore Gold
    Iran's foreign minister, Javad Zarif, has written an op-ed in the Financial Times which sets forward a distinct sequence for ostensibly resolving the daunting security challenges of the Middle East. First, the P5+1 - the group of powerful nations negotiating with Iran - should come to a deal over its nuclear program. As a result, he argues, Tehran will "open new horizons" and join "the international battle" against "the increasingly brutal extremism that is engulfing the Middle East." The idea that Iran is a partner in the fight against terrorism is not only disingenuous but also absurd. What Zarif is...
  • The Cat Masseuse: Thai Cat Massage Mastery

    07/07/2015 4:58:54 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 9 replies
    Youtube ^ | N/A | N/A
    The most laid back cat ever gets a massage by a beach tourist in Thailand...
  • 22 Years a Slave: Fisherman Survives Beating, Shackling, Years in Jungle

    07/03/2015 10:19:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Global News ^ | 7/3 | Margie Mason
    All he did was ask to go home. The last time the Burmese slave made the same request, he was beaten almost to death. But after being gone eight years and forced to work on a boat in faraway Indonesia, Myint Naing was willing to risk everything to see his mother again. His nights were filled with dreams of her, and time was slowly stealing her face from his memory. So he threw himself on the ground and roped his arms around the captain’s legs to beg for freedom. The Thai skipper barked loud enough for all to hear that...
  • Thailand to buy 3 submarines from China

    06/25/2015 6:52:32 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Bangkok Post ^ | JUNE 26, 2015
    BANGKOK — The Thai navy has picked Chinese submarines costing 12 billion baht (S$447.5 million) each to be commissioned in the force, a source on the procurement committee says. The majority of the 17-strong committee voted to buy three Chinese submarines, saying it was the “best value for money”. The rest were split between submarines from Germany and South Korea. The navy also received offers from Russia, Sweden and France. The source said China beat other competitors as it offered subs equipped with superior weaponry and technology. Its subs are also able to stay underwater longer. Deputy Prime Minister and...