The events of the last two weeks in Myanmar bear considerable similarity to events a little over 19 years ago in a country that became synonymous with the abject failure of the UN, and defined the word “genocide” for the 20th century ‚Äì Rwanda. While the one million people butchered in Rwanda is a relatively […]
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 (‡πÄ‡∏™‡∏∑‡∏≠‡πâ‡πÅ‡∏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 […]
One year ago today as red-shirt (เสือ้แดง) protesters hunkered down behind fearsome looking bamboo and tire barricades blockading about 8 sq.km (3 sq.miles) of the central Bangkok business district, surrounded by heavily armed Royal Thai Army (RTA) (กองทัพบก) troops, one of the protest movements most colorful figures, RTA specialist, Major-General Khattiya Sawatdiphon (ขัตติยะ สวัสดิผล), affectionately […]
"Sadistic" Malaysian employer Yim Pek Ha sentenced to 18-years jail for abusing maid: Released on bail
In August 2007 I wrote Death of maid in Malaysia highlights endemic foreign worker abuse which chronicled the widespread abuse of domestic foreign workers (commonly referred to as maids) by Malaysian employers. Death of maid in Malaysia highlights endemic foreign worker abuse focused on the murder of 24-year-old Indonesian domestic worker Kunarsih, who used just […]
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 […]
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 […]
A 61-year-old former Perth resident will serve just two years and nine months imprisonment for the murder of a 46-year-old Hawaii resident in the northern Thailand city of Chiang Mai after making a cash payment of Bt100,000 (US$2,955) to a woman who claimed to be the girlfriend of the victim in a trial that lasted […]
A 61-year-old Australian man has appeared in a preliminary hearing of the Chiang Mai Provincial Court over the shooting death in March of an Hawaiian tourist. William Thomas Douglas, formerly of the Western Australian suburb of Willetton, is charged with the murder of 46-year-old Gary Bruce Poretsky at the Keari restaurant on March 23rd. At […]
William Thomas Douglas, a former resident of Willetton in Western Australia, surrendered to Thai police on Saturday one and a half hours after he is alleged to have shot and killed Hawaiian resident Gary Booth Poretsky in a Chiang Mai restaurant following an altercation. After the hearing Douglas said he had “no regrets” over killing the American, who was visiting Thailand on a two week trip to receive dental treatment in Bangkok where high quality dentistry is considerably less expensive than in the US or Europe.
A 60-year-old former Perth resident faces the death penalty in Thailand after he was arrested over the fatal killing of a 46-year-old Hawaii resident in the northern Thailand city of Chiang Mai over the weekend. William Thomas Douglas, who claims to be a Vietnam War veteran, handed himself in to Chiang Mai police one and a half hours after shooting dead 46-year-old American tourist Gary Booth Poretsky in an all-night Thai restaurant popular with local Chiang Mai citizens. Douglas said he disliked American’s and thought ‘they talk down to everyone and consider themselves better than everyone.