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  • Palace photos show Thai king, royal consort visiting prisons, sweeping floors

    01/12/2021 3:16:42 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    AsiaOne ^ | JANUARY 11, 2021
    Thailand's palace has released photographs of King Maha Vajiralongkorn visiting prisons with his royal consort, Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi, as the royal family steps up public appearances following mass protests demanding reforms to the monarchy. In a segment on the nightly royal bulletin on state and private TV channels on Saturday (Jan 9), the king and his consort - restored to her position last year after having been disgraced and stripped of her titles - are shown inspecting projects in jails across Thailand. They are photographed sweeping floors and speaking to officials during the last two months of 2020, and the segment...
  • Heroic couple who fought to get dogmeat off the menu and devoted lives to helping strays

    01/06/2021 8:06:36 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Metro (U.K.) ^ | Rhian Lubin
    EXCLUSIVE: Animal Hero award winners John and Gill Dalley helped ban the eating of dog and cat meat in Thailand and were a driving force behind the Soi Dog Foundation, tackling the problem of stray dogs and catsWhen you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. OurPrivacy Noticeexplains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time. When John Dalley held his dying wife Gill in his arms one last time, he made a promise...
  • Worst flood in 50 years affects more than 500,000 people in southern Thailand

    12/06/2020 7:01:17 AM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 18 replies ^ | 12/4/20 | Julie Celestial
    Widespread, severe flooding has killed at least nine people and affected 210 000 households or more than half a million people in southern Thailand, officials reported Friday, December 4, 2020, describing the situation as the worst they have seen in 50 years. A state of emergency has been declared for Nakhon Si Thammarat Province, where all the fatalities occurred. Thailand's Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) said another person reportedly went missing. The youngest victim was a child aged five. DDPM added that the affected provinces are Surat Thani, Phatthalung, Trang, Songkhla, Pattani, Narathiwat, and the worst-hit, Nakhon Si...
  • Thai protesters move to Bangkok suburbs

    11/28/2020 7:40:31 AM PST · by where's_the_Outrage? · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 28, 2020
    BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai anti-government protesters demonstrated in Bangkok’s outskirts on Saturday with a duck parade and speeches demanding the removal of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, a new constitution and reforms to the monarchy. Protests have been stepped up this week despite threats by Prayuth, a former junta ruler, to use all available laws against protesters who break them and charges of insulting the monarchy against several protest leaders. Protesters are seeking the removal of Prayuth, accusing him of engineering an election last year to keep power that he seized from an elected government in a 2014 coup. He has...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Sunday 11/8/2020

    11/08/2020 9:41:53 PM PST · by Nextrush · 9 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 11/8/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    First tonight a quick analysis of the political situation. There are still legal challenges and still vote counts underway in a number of states with recounts set to begin in others in the coming days. States have not certified the Presidential candidate who won yet. This weekend in the Newsdump period specifically late Saturday morning voted were produced in Pennsylvania to lead both the mainstream media and former Vice-President Joe Biden to proclaim victory with foreign leaders nd former presidents reinforcing the notion along with corporate CEO's... Former Republican President George W. Bush offer his congratulations to Joe Biden and...
  • Pornhub is shuttered in Thailand as Ministry blocks access online to its 10th largest market in the world

    11/05/2020 5:02:36 PM PST · by dynachrome · 23 replies
    Thai Examiner ^ | 11-2-20 | James Morris and Son Nguyen
    Thailand has closed the worldwide sex site Porn Hub for violating the country’s Computer Crime Act. The move follows a warning last week from Deputy Prime Minister, Prawit Wongsuwan, that action would be taken against sites encouraging young people in Thailand towards ‘improper’ behaviour.
  • Same sex couples marry in mass military wedding -- a first for Taiwan's armed forces (CNN)

    10/30/2020 6:04:20 AM PDT · by Salman · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | October 30, 2020 | CNN via Reuters
    Taoyuan, TaiwanTwo women became the first military officers to marry their same-sex civilian partners at a mass military wedding in Taiwan on Friday, marking another landmark for LGBTQ+ rights in Asia. The island's Defence Ministry called it an "open and progressive" move and gave its blessings to all 188 couples married during the annual mass wedding in Taiwan, considered a beacon of liberalism in Asia. "I am hoping to boost the visibility of homosexuals so that people understand we are also just part of everyday life," said major Wang Wi, who cried after receiving her marriage certificate at the ceremony...
  • Lawsuit demands San Francisco museum forfeit artifacts allegedly stolen from Thailand

    10/28/2020 8:51:06 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 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...