Does Thailand’s Failure To Communicate Mask A Bigger Problem?

Does Thailand’s Failure To Communicate Mask A Bigger Problem?

Last week Thailand Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs General Tanasak Patimapragorn failed to join his counterparts from Indonesia and Malaysia at the conclusion of a mini summit in Kuala Lumpur to discuss the plight of thousands of Rohingya and Bengalis believed to be afloat on the Indian Ocean. This is the most […]

Thailand Internal Security Act shows rattled Thai Government

Thailand Internal Security Act shows rattled Thai Government

Just a little more than two-and-a-half years after anti-government street protests brought the centre of Bangkok to a stop for 64 days ahead of a bloody military crackdown, Bangkokians are again living under the Thailand Internal Security Act, highlighting a government rattled by the first major anti-government rally since taking office . The government of […]

Backflip on Thailand TPP membership talks

Backflip on Thailand TPP membership talks

In an apparent backflip on a proposed Thailand TPP membership application Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said on Saturday that she will not be discussing an application to join the controversial Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact with US President Barack Obama when he visits the country on Sunday. Last Monday the Thai cabinet agreed to […]

Thailand’s TPP application threatens to overshadow Presidential visit

Thailand’s TPP application threatens to overshadow Presidential visit

Bangkok is abuzz at the imminent visit of freshly re-elected US President Barack Obama on a whirlwind three-nation tour to shore up US support in the region, however trade discussions threaten to overshadow the stated purpose of the visit, a courtesy call to mark 180 years of Thai-US relations. While details such as the number […]

Someone is harassing MSF in Rakhine State Myanmar, but it’s a secret who

Someone is harassing MSF in Rakhine State Myanmar, but it’s a secret who

When it comes to bizarre media releases it’s hard to go past one issued today by international humanitarian organisation M√©decins Sans Fronti√®res (MSF), breathlessly titled MSF prevented from reaching most communities affected by violence in Rakhine State (formerly Arakan State), western Myanmar. The press release, issued by MSF Bangkok, states: “As MSF medical teams work […]

Call for inquiry into death & treatment of Kasem Bundit University English teacher Gareth Davies by British Embassy Bangkok & employer

Call for inquiry into death & treatment of Kasem Bundit University English teacher Gareth Davies by British Embassy Bangkok & employer

The brother of a Leicestershire English teacher who died in Bangkok yesterday is calling for an inquiry into the British Embassy Bangkok’s handling of the matter, in addition to an inquiry by the Thailand Government into his employment by Kasem Bundit University. Speaking from his home in Devon, Mr Michael Davies said the manner in […]

Get me out of here pleads Leicestershire English teacher Gareth Davies

Get me out of here pleads Leicestershire English teacher Gareth Davies

A seriously ill Leicestershire English teacher in Thailand, Gareth Davies, has phoned friends and relatives begging to be transferred from the provincial hospital he is warded in, complaining of neglect and abuse by hospital staff. Mr Davies, from the Leicestershire village of Glennfield, accepted a teaching position at Kasem Bundit University last year, but when […]

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