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 […]
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 […]
Two recent studies of malaria along the Thailand-Burma border show that drug-resistant malaria in the region is increasing at an alarming rate, with one study showing a 3,335 percent increase in the last 10 years. The reports, Emergence of artemisinin-resistant malaria on the western border of Thailand: a longitudinal study published in The Lancet and […]
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 […]
Almost 100 years after the League of Nations first law on narcotics (drugs), the International Opium Convention of 1912, a report released yesterday, June 2, 2011, says the global war on drugs is a failure and governments need to initiate other policies, including legalising marijuana and other currently controlled substances. The report, War on drugs […]
A researcher at Thailand’s Department of Medical Sciences’ National Institute of Health (NIH) has found that a single mosquito can carry two different strains of the dengue fever virus, with larvae inheriting the disease from their mothers. The finding coincides with a warning by the NIH that it expects there to be a serious dengue […]
Once the backbone of the Thai military and later the backbone of the Thai teakwood logging industry, the Thai elephant remains a potent and often encountered symbol in Thailand. On March 13th of each year elephants in Thailand celebrate their birthday on Thai National Elephant Day.
Japanese journalist Kenji Nagai was murdered by a Burma Army soldier in Rangoon. The Government of Burma cannot claim that he was killed by a stray bullet. The video clips clearly show a soldier shooting Nagai from less than one metre away.
Almost 20-years ago massive protests against the Burma Government, known as the “8888 uprising,” resulted in military dictator Ne Win resigning. But not before more than 3,000 people were reportedly killed when Burma Army troops opened fire on protesters. Just as it did with Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, the world will stand by and fail to provide the Burmese people with the real support they need.