Leicestershire English teacher abandoned by Kasem Bundit University, Bangkok

Leicestershire English teacher abandoned by Kasem Bundit University, Bangkok

A Leicestershire English teacher’s commitment to his Thai students may cost him his life after falling ill in Bangkok, Thailand and then finding his employer, a private Bangkok university, hadn’t made the obligatory contributions it had been deducting from his salary to the country’s Social Welfare Fund, which guarantees medical cover for all legally employed […]

Thaksin royal pardon has Thailand coup watchers on alert as the 9s line up again

Thaksin royal pardon has Thailand coup watchers on alert as the 9s line up again

After just 106 days in office the coming days promise to be a tense period for the government of Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra (‡∏¢‡∏¥‡πà‡∏á‡∏•‡∏±‡∏Ň∏©‡∏ì‡πå ‡∏ä‡∏¥‡∏ô‡∏߇∏±‡∏ï‡∏£), with conditions approaching ideal for the Royal Thai Army (‡∏Ň∏≠‡∏á‡∏ó‡∏±‡∏û‡∏ö‡∏Ňπч∏ó‡∏¢) to mount the country’s 19th coup d’√©tat since absolute monarchy rule was abolished 79 years ago. Already the subject […]

Jatuporn to be Yingluck’s first test on clean Thailand government

Jatuporn to be Yingluck’s first test on clean Thailand government

For the past three years one of the most familiar faces at red-shirt rallies across Thailand has been that of United Front for Democracy (UDD) co-leader and former Pheu Thai Party (PTP) MP Jatuporn Prompan, now languishing in the Bangkok Remand Center and threatening to become the first real test of how clean the newly […]

Leaked cable shows USA influencing Thai law & justice system for 60 years

Leaked cable shows USA influencing Thai law & justice system for 60 years

A confidential US Government cable allegedly sent by former American ambassador to Thailand Eric John (pictured at left) to US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton provides an interesting insight into how embedded US agencies are in the Southeast Asian kingdom and the role the super-power has had in manipulating domestic Thai policies. Labelled “Embassy […]

Red-shirts return to Ratchaprasong for anniversary of deadly 2010 crackdown

Red-shirts return to Ratchaprasong for anniversary of deadly 2010 crackdown

This story was updated at 6:45pm May 27, 2011. Additional/ edited text in blue type. One year after the violent military crackdown against red-shirt (‡πć∏™‡∏∑‡∏≠‡πâ‡πŇ∏î‡∏á) anti-government protesters in the heart of the Bangkok business district more than 10,000 of the groups faithful gathered at the Ratchaprasong intersection today, May 19, 2011, to mark the deaths […]

The secret kidnapping of David Rohde – How did the NY Times muffle the media?

The secret kidnapping of David Rohde – How did the NY Times muffle the media?

Last week Pulitzer Prize winning and The New York Times (The Times) journalist, David Rohde escaped from seven months of Taliban captivity ‚Äì without the world ever knowing he was held hostage. Rohde, along with local reporter Tahir Ludin and their driver, Asadullah Mangal, were abducted in Logar, outside Kabul, Afghanistan, on November 10, 2008, […]

Red the new yellow as protesters back on Bangkok streets

Red the new yellow as protesters back on Bangkok streets

Less than three months after thousands of yellow-shirted ‚Äúanti-government‚Äù protesters seized Thailand’s main international airport stranding hundreds of thousands of foreign tourists, protesters are again on the streets of Bangkok. More than 10,000 red-shirted ‚Äúpro-democracy‚Äù protesters have surrounded Thailand‚Äôs Government House in an attempt to pressure the government of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva into dissolving […]

Pakistani receives life sentence for murdering Thai: Australian gets four years for killing American

Pakistani receives life sentence for murdering Thai: Australian gets four years for killing American

Just two days after the Chiang Mai Provincial Court handed down a four year sentence to 61-year-old Australian William Thomas Douglas for the March 2008 murder of American tourist Gary Bruce Poretsky, Thailand’s Court of Appeal was affirming a life sentence for a Pakistani man convicted for murdering a Thai woman in 2006. Mohammad Arif […]

Family of murdered American tourist call for Thailand travel boycott (Updated June 14, 2010)

Family of murdered American tourist call for Thailand travel boycott (Updated June 14, 2010)

This story was updated at 23:25 April 19, 2011 Additional material in red text The family of an American tourist murdered in the popular Northern Thailand tourist destination of Chiang Mai have reacted angrily to Monday‚Äôs provincial court ruling that means his killer will serve less than three years in jail and called on Americans […]