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 […]

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 (Nov 5) by international humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (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 […]

Thailand FM: Thais need educating that foreigners visiting Thailand are not targets

Thailand FM: Thais need educating that foreigners visiting Thailand are not targets

The image of Thailand’s high-value tourism industry has taken a battering courtesy of the country’s foreign minister, Surapong Tovichakchaikul, who said a campaign is needed to educate Thai people that foreigners visiting the kingdom are worth a lot of money and are not targets. The comments, published in The Bangkok Post, along with a proposal […]

Drug-resistant malaria on Thailand-Burma border grows by 3,335% (video)

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 per cent 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 […]

Betrayal in the land of smiles — the death of Gareth Paul Davies

Betrayal in the land of smiles — the death of Gareth Paul Davies

The death of Leicestershire English teacher Gareth Davies is one of the most needless deaths to have occurred in Thailand in several years and in the final analysis amounts to nothing more than a betrayal in the ‘land of smiles’, as Thailand so often likes to refer to itself. With the 2015 Asean Community (AC) […]

Leicestershire English teacher Gareth Davies dead‚ British ambassador defends lack of intervention

Leicestershire English teacher Gareth Davies dead‚ British ambassador defends lack of intervention

Forty-seven-year-old Leicestershire English teacher Gareth Davies has died in Bangkok just days after his impassioned pleas to be transferred from a provincial Thailand hospital were answered, while British Ambassador to Thailand, Asif Ahmad, continues to defend the British Embassy in Bangkok’s lack of intervention. Mr Davies was transferred to Bangkok’s Rajavithi Hospital late on Friday […]

Get me out of here pleads Leicestershire English teacher Gareth Davies

Get me out of here pleads Leicestershire English teacher Gareth Davies

A gravely ill English language 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 […]

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 […]

Bangkok terrorism alert a face-losing embarrassment by Thai government (updated Jan 20, 2012)

Bangkok terrorism alert a face-losing embarrassment by Thai government (updated Jan 20, 2012)

A Bangkok terrorism alert issued by the American embassy in Bangkok and at least 14 other nations which has been continually downplayed and criticised by Thailand officials is gaining credibility day-by-day, while proving to be an increasingly face-losing embarrassment for the country and its political leaders. A report today by the highly respected award-winning intelligence […]

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, with conditions approaching ideal for the Royal Thai Army (RTA) to mount the country’s 19th coup d’état since absolute monarchy rule was abolished 79 years ago. Already the subject of strong […]