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  • Fake Russia Connection? Cybercrime Takedown Reveals Assumptions Were Wrong

    07/21/2017 2:29:18 PM PDT · by deplorableindc · 13 replies
    During AlphaBay's two-year reign as the world's largest online black market, many observers believed the eBay-style site owed its success to being headquartered out of reach of U.S. authorities behind a re-emerging Iron Curtain. The Russia explanation seemed obvious until the site was busted this month. Court documents and official statements released this week say the site actually was run by Canadian citizen Alexandre Cazes, who lived in Thailand, had bank accounts in Switzerland and Liechtenstein and owned properties in Cyprus and the Caribbean. The FBI said in a statement its work "to seize AlphaBay’s servers and shut down the...
  • China lawyer's family says US helped them flee

    05/08/2017 8:29:02 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 6 replies
    Stuck in a Bangkok jail with a deportation order against her, Chen Guiqiu waited with dread over what seemed certain to come next. A Thai immigration official showed her surveillance video of the jail entrance, where more than a dozen Chinese security agents were waiting. Within minutes, Chen feared, she and her two daughters would be escorted back to China, where her husband, prominent rights lawyer Xie Yang, was held on a charge of inciting subversion - and where punishment for attempting to flee surely awaited her. After weeks on the run, Chen was exhausted, and so was her luck....
  • Aircraft carrier debacle offers a lesson on the submarine (Thailand)

    05/01/2017 8:22:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Nation, Thailand ^ | May 02, 2017
    Will a new vessel we don’t need and can’t afford end up, like another infamous purchase, as a tourist attraction? Further details have emerged from the Royal Thai Navy about its planned Bt13.5-billion purchase of a Yuan-class S26T submarine from China. But fundamental questions are still being ignored. And the irony was palpable when senior Navy officials chose HTMS Chakri Naruebet – Thailand’s only aircraft carrier – as the location for Monday’s press conference about the sub deal. When the military staged a coup in May 2014 to topple the civilian government, the Navy was all but assured of realising...
  • Trump confers with Asia allies on North Korea nuclear threat

    04/30/2017 4:17:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Brainerd Dispatch ^ | April 30, 2017 | Reuters
    U.S. President Donald Trump is stepping up outreach to allies in Asia to discuss the North Korean nuclear threat and make sure all are "on the same page" if action was needed, a top White House official said on Sunday. White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said Trump would speak to the leaders of Singapore and Thailand on Sunday, after North Korea test-launched another missile that Washington and Seoul said was unsuccessful but which drew widespread international condemnation. The telephone calls follow Trump's conversation on Saturday night with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. A week ago, Trump spoke with the...
  • The chunky monkey! Macaque nicknamed 'Uncle Fatty' gorges on tourists' food in Thailand

    04/28/2017 8:31:34 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 18 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | Updated: 07:59 EDT, 28 April 2017 | Kelly Mclaughlin
    The 33lb long-tailed macaque weighs twice the normal weight of a macaque Nicknamed 'Uncle Fatty', the monkey was fed by tourists in a Bangkok market Wildlife officials took him in for a health check and monkey 'fat camp' He has been put on a strict diet and made to run a around with other animals They say the money is not sick and that they want him to return to the wild An obese monkey in Thailand is being sent to a fat camp after ballooning to twice the normal weight for his species - by gorging on food from...
  • Thailand approves $393-mln purchase of Chinese submarines

    04/24/2017 11:27:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Apr 24, 2017
    Thailand's cabinet has approved the first of three planned submarine purchases from China worth $393 million, a government spokesman said on Monday. The plan to buy the three Chinese-built submarines worth 36 billion baht ($1.05 billion) was confirmed in July, signalling warming ties with the regional superpower since relations with the United States cooled after a May 2014 military coup. The first submarine purchase was approved last week. "The cabinet approved one submarine purchase on April 18," spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd told Reuters, adding that a budget of 13.5 billion baht ($393 million) has been earmarked for the Yuan Class S26T...
  • Lindsay Lohan Spotted Wearing a Burkini in Thailand

    04/06/2017 2:08:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 49 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Thursday, 6 April 2017
    The 30-year-old actress, Lindsay Lohan, has published several photos of her in the Islamic swimsuit known as the Burkini. In these photos that were taken in Phuket, Thailand, last week, Lohan was spotted wearing a Burkini from head to toe before she was seen paddle boarding. According to her Instagram, Lindsay Lohan headed to Thailand for a week, after she had been in Dubai for a family visit. The 30-year-old-actress had already announced that she is studying Islam and the Quran. She stated that she has found peace in it, saying that no one can convert to a new religion...
  • Gay Columbia student: Western freedoms are ‘violence’ on par with (non-Western) homophobia

    03/31/2017 6:48:44 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    College Fix ^ | March 30, 2017 | Dave Huber
    It really is difficult to take modern college goers seriously these days. It’s worse when the ultra-politically correct inanity comes from the Ivy League. Writing in the Columbia Spectator, Chanatip Tatiyakaroonwong argues that the many freedoms enjoyed by the Western world are a “white lie” (the title of his op-ed) — a “different, yet equally appalling, form of violence” compared to the overt homophobia of his native Thailand.
  • Wild Thai Tiger Cub Footage Sparks Hope for Endangered Species

    Conservationists on Tuesday hailed the discovery of a new breeding population of tigers in Thailand as a “miraculous” victory for a sub-species feared wiped out by poaching. Images of four mothers and six cubs, captured by camera traps in an eastern Thai jungle throughout 2016, confirm the presence of what is only the world’s second known breeding population of the endangered Indochinese tiger. The last such tiger family was seen 15 years ago in a western forest corridor along Thailand’s border with Myanmar. ”The extraordinary rebound of eastern Thailand’s tigers is nothing short of miraculous,”
  • Orangutans are dressed up and made to box each other (tr)

    03/13/2017 9:30:41 AM PDT · by bar sin·is·ter · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | MArch 13, 2017 | Rod Ardehali
    Orangutans are dressed up and made to box each other to entertain visitors at a Thai zoo leading to animal rights activists demanding it is shut down A zoo in Thailand is profiting from 'orangutan boxing' where apes appear to fight for the amusement of locals and tourists. The supposed good-natured show - which takes place at Safari World in Bangkok - has been criticised by animal rights activists who say it should be shut down. One tourist who saw the display condemned the zoo for exploiting the incredibly intelligent primates.
  • Family of murdered British backpacker urge Thai authorities to be 'lenient' when sentencing killers

    03/11/2017 6:10:09 PM PST · by BBell · 29 replies
    http://www.mirror.co.uk ^ | 3/3/17 | MATTHEW DI SALVO
    David Miller and Hannah Witheridge were brutally bludgeoned to death with a wooden hoe while walking along the beach at nightThe family of a murdered British backpacker are hoping authorities will "show leniency" when sentencing them for their horrific crimes. Despite losing their son David Miller, 24, who was killed alongside Hannah Witheridge, 23, the family are hoping the killers will receive a long jail sentence to reflect on their crimes as opposed to the death sentence. The young backpackers were killed in a savage attack in September 2014 while walking back to their hotel along a beach in Koh...
  • The River of Life flows from Grace not works[Charismatic Caucus]

    02/20/2017 2:28:16 PM PST · by Jedediah · 12 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles, Bible ^ | 2-17-17 | Jedediah
    My River flows for you my children and not by any works of your hands but it is by my Grace , if nothing else was done by you " Behold I AM complete in my sacrifice for all " ,therefore die to self and just allow Me to be your first fruit in and through all for I AM your very breath and spirit ! Now just abide in Me " The Vine" and allow Me to love on you where you are right now by just releasing your yoke of works to Me for I AM your Glory...
  • The Water, The Spirit and The Blood !

    02/17/2017 8:12:12 AM PST · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    Holy Spirit,Bible, The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 2-17-17 | Bible , jedediah
    Your soreness is a sign of spirit loss , so come drinking my Spirit "For I AM refreshing", and renewal "IS" yours for the taking when you learn to just receive ! So Take on Me through receiving deep within My Blood as your water and My bread as your food for as you truly fast the Earth I shall "restore' all that has been lost and stolen from you for I and The Father work "As One" . "So just agree with Me and all shall be restored to you " as I ( (( Rise Up )) )...
  • Buddhists Do Not Like Muslims

    02/04/2017 7:37:14 AM PST · by pinochet · 30 replies
    A story that has not received much attention, is the growing hostility towards Muslims by Buddhists in Thailand and Burma. After the killing of 20 Buddhist monks by Muslims, a leading Thai Buddhist monk called for Buddhists to defend themselves against Muslims http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/prominent-buddhist-monk/2497804.html
  • Cockfighters reap Year of Rooster bonus in Thailand

    01/29/2017 9:29:10 PM PST · by where's_the_Outrage? · 2 replies
    Yahoo ^ | January 29, 2017 | natasha howitt
    BANGKOK (Reuters) - Prized birds faced off in front of thousands of spectators at a stadium near Thailand's capital on Sunday as celebrations for the Year of the Rooster brought a windfall for some. Although cockfighting is banned in many countries on grounds of animal cruelty, it is a lucrative business in Thailand as well as a popular pastime. Sunday's top bird sold for over $70,000. "This year is a very good year for us. It's the year of the golden rooster. The value of the roosters has gone up," said Banchej Changyai, 55, who was running the contest south...
  • Vanity - Request to stop the "BH" b0tthurt meme / joke / references

    01/03/2017 8:23:16 AM PST · by fishtank · 73 replies
    Freerepublic ^ | 1-3-2017 | Fishtank
    Just a request for the new year: It's time to reconsider the all-too-frequent use of the term "b0tthurt". I'm not saying the mods need to ban it, but WHY DO FREEPERS USE A WORD THAT PROBABLY CAME FROM THE DEVIANT COMMUNITY???
  • Thailand seeks to develop military production facilities with China

    12/21/2016 8:00:00 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 21, 2016 | Thanarith Satrusayang
    Thailand and China are in talks about building military production facilities in Thailand, a Thai defense ministry spokesman said on Wednesday, the latest sign of warming relations between China and America's oldest ally in Asia. Relations between Thailand and the United States cooled following a May 2014 military coup that the Thai military said was necessary to end months of unrest, including street protests that led to the ouster of an elected government. The United States has said relations cannot return to normal until democracy is restored. The generals running Thailand have promised an election for 2017.
  • 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...