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  • Lawsuit demands San Francisco museum forfeit artifacts allegedly stolen from Thailand

    10/28/2020 8:51:06 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    The U.S. government is demanding a San Francisco museum give up claims to two religious relics allegedly stolen from Thailand, the U.S. attorney’s office announced Tuesday. A civil complaint filed Monday in federal court seeks the forfeiture of two 1,500-pound hand-carved sandstone lintels the government contends were looted from ancient temples in Thailand. The lawsuit says the items illegally made their way to a private collector in the United States and were donated to the city- and county-owned collection of the Asian Art Museum. Thailand began investigating after the Thai consulate general in Los Angeles saw the lintels on display...
  • Thai protest leaders play cat and mouse with police as thousands rally

    10/19/2020 6:21:36 AM PDT · by Twotone · 9 replies
    The Guardian ^ | October 18, 2020 | Rebecca Ratcliffe
    Wearing hard hats and dressed in black, thousands of people rallied in Bangkok on Sunday, using Hong Kong-inspired tactics to defy the authorities and demand that the prime minister resign and the power of the royal family be curbed. The government is struggling to control an unprecedented student-led movement that began on university campuses and has since spread to streets across the country. Protesters have risked long jail sentences to breach the country’s ultimate taboo and call for reforms to the monarchy, demanding that the institution be answerable to the people. They also want wider democratic reforms including a new...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Friday 10/16/2020 Newsdump Friday

    10/16/2020 10:00:20 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 1 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 10/16/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    Orthodox Jewish religious schools (yeshivas) carry on in spite of New York state orders to shut down in coronavirus "hotspots".... In Israel new less strict coronavirus lockdown rules laid out.... Today police in Thailand trying to put down anti-monarchist protesters with stinging liquid fired from water cannons.... Turkey firing a missile today along its northern coast in what is believed to be a test of the Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile system..... European Union leaders condemning "unilateral actions and provocations" by Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean.... In a Paris suburb a decapitation attack on a middle school teacher the attacker shouting...
  • Police In Bangkok Use Water Cannon To Break Up Anti-Government Protests

    10/16/2020 9:07:26 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    NPR ^ | October 16, 2020·5:00 PM ET
    Riot police in Bangkok used water cannon and charged crowds to disperse thousands of protesters in the Thai capital, a day after the government officially banned street rallies demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, a new constitution and reform of the country's monarchy. Mostly students defied a government ban on gatherings in the capital on Friday imposed a day earlier after protesters halted and jeered a motorcade transporting King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida. It was an unprecedented display of displeasure for the royal couple in a country where people are taught to revere the monarchy and where...
  • The world's richest king, his mysterious fortune and the protesters who want answers

    10/13/2020 7:17:36 AM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 5 replies
    LA Times ^ | Oct 13, 2020 | Shashank Bengali
    The crown prince of Thailand’s third marriage unraveled in lurid headlines: The princess was stripped of her titles, her parents and brothers jailed over vague corruption allegations, her uncle purged from his senior police post. Then the heir to the throne had to finesse a divorce settlement. Luckily for the prince, he had access to one of the largest royal fortunes in the world, a secretive holding company laden with stakes in blue-chip Thai companies and prime land in the heart of Bangkok. The company covered the payment, reportedly close to $6 million. Two years later, in 2016, the prince...
  • “Bloody” Gina: Trump’s Nominee for CIA Director

    03/19/2018 12:07:55 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 35 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-19-18 | Wordsmith
    “We did call her Bloody Gina. Gina was always very quick and very willing to use force. Gina and people like Gina did it, I think, because they enjoyed doing it. They tortured just for the sake of torture, not for the sake of gathering information.”-John Kirakou I would take anything John Kirakou says with a grain from the salt pit.  I question his credibility. What does anyone really know about Gina Haspel, President Trump's nominee to be the next director of the CIA? Not a heck of a lot. So far what we have is media and ideology-driven hysteria:...
  • 'Waterboarding broke al Qaeda captive in 35 seconds,' says former CIA agent defending torture

    12/12/2007 6:37:32 AM PST · by UKrepublican · 200 replies · 1,115+ views
    'Waterboarding broke al Qaeda captive in 35 seconds,' says former CIA agent defending tortureUse of the interrogation technique known as "waterboarding" was approved by the White House and gets results, a former CIA agent admitted yesterday. The technique - which simulates drowning - was used against Al Qaeda captives with success, John Kiriakou told a U.S. TV network. The one-time CIA interrogator is the first to speak out about the "torture" methods that have earned President George Bush's administration worldwide condemnation. The White House has denied torture is used on terror suspects, but Mr Kiriakou said waterboarding "broke" one stubbornly...
  • Intel Sources: CIA Director Gina Haspel Banking On Trump Loss To Keep Russiagate Documents Hidden

    10/05/2020 11:09:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 110 replies
    The Federalist. ^ | OCTOBER 5, 2020 | Sean Davis
    Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Gina Haspel is personally blocking the declassification and release of key Russiagate documents in the hopes that President Donald Trump will lose his re-election bid, multiple senior U.S. officials told The Federalist. The officials said Haspel, who served under former CIA Director John Brennan as the spy agency’s station chief in London in 2016 and 2017, is concerned that the declassification and release of documents detailing what the CIA was doing during the 2016 election and the 2017 transition could embarrass the CIA and potentially even implicate Haspel herself. “Haspel and [FBI Director Christopher] Wray...
  • Lost World War II Submarine Is Found in Southeast Asia

    09/21/2020 10:37:42 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 32 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9/21 | Derrick Taylor
    In the murky waters of the Strait of Malacca, about 90 miles south of Phuket, Thailand, four divers discovered a World War II submarine that was scuttled 77 years ago, now teeming with marine life. The wreckage, believed to be the USS Grenadier, was located last October by divers Jean Luc Rivoire, Lance Horowitz, Benoit Laborie and Ben Reymenants, the team announced this month. Over the subsequent six months, the men — one of whom, Reymenants, assisted in the 2018 rescue of the boys’ soccer team that was trapped in a cave in northern Thailand — completed six carefully planned...
  • Crocodile in Thailand caught and cooked after brutal attack

    09/20/2020 12:26:36 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    AsiaOne ^ | SEPTEMBER 18, 2020
    Locals in Rayong's Muang district hunted, killed and then ate a two-metre-long crocodile on Thursday (September 17) after it brutally attacked another resident. Yongyut Hararat, 52, was fishing in a canal when a crocodile suddenly pounced on him and bit off his right arm. The victim was eventually saved from the reptile's death grip when his friends jumped in. Yongyut, who was taken to the hospital immediately, was reported to be in stable condition. The victim's friends, who hunted and killed the crocodile, said they decided to cook and eat the animal out of revenge. Villagers believe the crocodile may...
  • 'Disgusting, sickening': Joe Biden slams Donald Trump for questioning potential running mate Tammy Duckworth's patriotism after she lost both legs in combat in Iraq (Trump is Putin's doggy)

    07/08/2020 12:23:33 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 53 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 07 2020 | EMILY GOODIN
    Joe Biden slammed President Donald Trump on Tuesday night for questioning potential running mate Tammy Duckworth's patriotism, calling it 'disgusting' and 'sickening.' The former vice president did not mince words when it came to his rival for the White House, saying Trump was carried 'around like a puppy in one of those little puppy cages' by Russian President Vladimir Putin and calling Trump's attacks on Duckworth a sign of the 'depravity' in the White House. Duckworth, the Democratic senator from Illinois who lost both legs while serving as a combat pilot in Iraq, is being vetted as Biden's running mate...
  • Tammy Duckworth VP speculation: Senator won't say if Biden should select a black running mate

    07/06/2020 7:05:07 PM PDT · by Libloather · 34 replies
    CNN via MSN ^ | 7/06/20 | Gregory Krieg, Kate Sullivan
    When Joe Biden pledged at the final Democratic primary debate to select a woman as his running mate, Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth was rarely mentioned as a contender. But that is changing as Biden and his campaign move closer to a decision that is expected to come early next month. **SNIP** Biden's announcement that he would pick a woman in March was largely greeted with cheers, but the terms of an intra-party debate over representation at the top of the ticket have sharpened over the past few months. The question now -- one that has been amplified by more than...
  • Supermarkets snub coconut goods picked by monkeys

    07/04/2020 8:29:13 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 81 replies
    BBC ^ | 3 July 2020
    The monkeys are snatched from the wild and trained to pick up to 1,000 coconuts a day, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) said The animal rights group said pigtailed macaques in Thailand were treated like "coconut-picking machines". In a statement, Waitrose said: "As part of our animal welfare policy, we have committed to never knowingly sell any products sourced from monkey labour. Male monkeys are able to pick up to 1,000 coconuts a day, Peta says. It's thought that a human can pick about 80. It said it also discovered "monkey schools", where the animals were trained...
  • Pentecost Renewed[charismatic caucus]

    05/29/2020 11:46:58 PM PDT · by Jedediah
    IN A MOMENT A SUDDENLY "Pentecost Renewed" A new wind of "ADD " Venture is coming to you , Prepare for the wind that is blowing through , For what is coming is The One and The Three , All in agreement " The All Of Me " , The gates of hell shall not prevail , For what is coming is a HOLY GALE ! Isaiah 43:18-20 18 “ Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. 19 Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it?...
  • Amphibious Assault Ship USS America Steaming Into South China Sea Amid Fresh Provocation By China

    04/21/2020 7:33:06 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 64 replies ^ | 04/21/20 AT 2:31 AM | By Brittany Vincent
    KEY POINTS USS America is steaming into the disputed waters where a Chinese survey ship is operating The U.S. had previously demanded that China stop its "bullying behavior" China has increase maritime activities in disputed waters amid coronavirus pandemic
  • Trump Signals New US Approach to China With Tough Actions

    05/29/2017 12:14:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | May 26, 2017 | Dean Cheng
    Two developments in the past few weeks suggest that America’s China policy is on a cusp.The more publicly discussed event involves the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Dewey, which conducted a freedom of navigation operation near Mischief Reef in the Spratlys island group.This is the first freedom of navigation action conducted by the Trump administration. It is the first true freedom of navigation conducted since at least 2012.By contrast, the Obama administration had undertaken a handful of “innocent passage” activities in the South China Sea, which failed to demonstrate the critical issues at stake.The actions carried out in the previous administration...
  • Thai Woman Infected With Covid-19 for Second Time

    04/09/2020 2:52:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    AsiaOne ^ | APRIL 09, 2020
    A Chaiyaphum woman has contracted Covid-19 for the second time after having been cured of the virus while she was in Bangkok in the middle of March. The woman, 38, had also returned from overseas in March and was found to be infected with the novel coronavirus. She was admitted to Phyathai 2 Hospital in Bangkok and recovered. Then she decided to return to her hometown. However, from April 3-5 she became sick again and went for a test. The result showed that her throat was infected with Covid-19. Another case was a 42-year-old construction worker who returned from Qatar...
  • King of Thailand self-isolates from coronavirus by hiring out entire luxury German hotel for him and his entourage including a harem of 20 concubines

    03/29/2020 4:41:41 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 29, 2020 | Luke May
    The King of Thailand has taken a harem of 20 concubines with him into self-isolation at a grand hotel in southern Germany, it has been reported. King Maha Vajiralongkorn, also known as Rama X, is believed to have booked out all of the Grand Hotel Sonnenbichl in Bavaria to self-isolate during the coronavirus pandemic. German tabloid Bild reports the 67-year-old has booked out the entire hotel, with permission from the local district council.
  • 'Why do we need a king?' Thais rebel online against revered and powerful monarchy as controversial king stays put at his German second home during coronavirus outbreak

    03/24/2020 6:31:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 23, 2020 | Chris Jewers
    The coronavirus pandemic has led to a rare surge of online posts in Thailand questioning King Maha Vajiralongkorn and the monarchy. On Sunday a government minister subsequently warned that inappropriate posts could lead to jail. Insulting the monarchy is a crime, punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Thailand has been a constitutional monarchy since a 1932 revolution ended absolute royal rule, but the monarchy remains a central part of traditional Thai culture. Some Thais consider the king to be semi-divine.
  • What Country is MIA in the News about Coronavirus ?

    03/22/2020 6:05:56 PM PDT · by urtax$@work · 163 replies
    3-22-20 | myself
    So what country that should be raging with this virus is MIA in all the news coverage...? Hint: Its in Asia and it's very over-populated.