War of words over Chiang Mai tourist deaths report (video)

When New Zealand 60 Minutes reporter Sarah Hall wrapped her arms around a tearful Emma Carter in the final seconds of its To die for episode on the death of her daughter, Sarah Carter, few people could be forgiven for thinking that the evidence was overwhelming. That chlorpyrifos poisoning was to blame, and Chiang Mai […]

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 […]

Thainess, the economy & the 2011 Thailand general election

Thainess, the economy & the 2011 Thailand general election

The culmination of more than three years of political unrest which have cost at least 150 lives are due to come to a head next Sunday (July 3) in Thailand when the government of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva will seek its first mandate from the electorate to rule the Southeast Asian kingdom of some 66 […]

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 right) 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 […]

War on drugs a failure says international group (video)

Almost 100 years after the League of Nations (LON) 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 […]

Thailand dismisses chlorpyrifos as cause of Chiang Mai hotel tourist deaths (video)

Thailand public health authorities have dismissed claims made by New Zealand 60 Minutes that the widely-used chemical agent chlorpyrifos is behind the deaths of a number of tourists at the Downtown Inn in Chiang Mai earlier this year. The New Zealand current affairs programme, supported by United Nations scientist Dr Ron McDowall, made the claim […]

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

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

One year after the violent military crackdown against red-shirt 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 of more than 90 people last April and May. Joining the gathering at the Ratchaprasong protest […]

Behind the scenes at Miss Tiffany’s Universe 2011 (gallery)

Behind the scenes at Miss Tiffany’s Universe 2011 (gallery)

The 27th Miss Tiffany’s Universe transgender beauty pageant came to a conclusion at a gala ceremony in Pattaya, Thailand, on May 6. As hair was being styled, eyelashes applied, and lips glossed in the backstage dressing room, outside the pageant venue members of the Miss Tiffany’s cabaret cast mingled with the audience and tourists, receiving […]

Who killed Seh Daeng (เสธ แดง)? (gallery)

Who killed Seh Daeng (เสธ แดง)? (gallery)

One year ago today as red-shirt (เสือ้แดง) protesters hunkered down behind fearsome looking bamboo and tire barricades blockading about 8 sq.km (about 3 sq.miles) of the central Bangkok business district, one of the protest movements most colorful figures was assassinated on the street. Surrounded by heavily armed Royal Thai Army (RTA) (กองทัพบก) troops, RTA specialist, […]

Chiang Mai tourist death hotel mystery remains, governor slams foreign media report

Chiang Mai tourist death hotel mystery remains, governor slams foreign media report

Mystery still surrounds the deaths of six foreign tourists and a Thai tourist guide who stayed at The Downtown Inn in Chiang Mai earlier this year with Provincial Governor ML Panadda Disakul criticising foreign media for exaggerating news that the Dow Chemical Co. product chlorpyrifos was found in the room of dead New Zealand woman, […]

Dow chemical’s chlorpyrifos pesticide found in Chiang Mai tourist death hotel

Dow chemical’s chlorpyrifos pesticide found in Chiang Mai tourist death hotel

An investigation conducted by New Zealand’s 60 Minutes current affairs program titled To Die For has found high levels of chlorpyrifos pesticide in the Downtown Inn, the Chiang Mai hotel linked to the deaths of at least seven tourists earlier this year (See: Lost smiles in LOS as Thailand travel tragedies website goes live). 60 […]