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Thailand’s ‘Yellow Shirts’ Appear in Court

  BANGKOK  – Dozens of Thai royalist activists packed a Bangkok courtroom on Monday to face charges relating to their roles in 2008 rallies that paralyzed Thailand’s main airports, stranding thousands of tourists. Almost 100 members of the nationalist People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) “Yellow Shirt” group appeared at the Thai Criminal Court over a […]

April 29th, 2013 | Posted in Regional News | Read More »

Thailand’s Economy is on Fire, But is it too Hot to Handle?

  BANGKOK – As well as dousing each other liberally with water during the recent Songkran festival to mark the country’s traditional New Year’s Day holiday, Thais will have spent freely on parties and celebrations, on making merit, on travel and on consumer and luxury goods Young middle-class shoppers fill the malls in downtown Bangkok, […]

April 29th, 2013 | Posted in Economy & Business | Read More »

Cable Bridge Collapses in Ayutthaya leaves Five Dead and 45 Injured

  AYUTTHAYA – Police say at least four people were killed when a small bridge collapsed near Thailand’s ancient capital of Ayutthaya. Police Col. Jitkasem Sonkham says several motorcycle drivers and their vehicles fell into the Pasak river Sunday while they were crossing the suspension bridge in Ayutthaya province’s Tha Ruea district. Authorities found four […]

April 29th, 2013 | Posted in Regional News | Read More »

Transport Ministry’s Massive Spending Plan Revealed

  BANGKOK – It was one of those moments that investors and analysts in Thailand have been waiting for: insight into the government’s massive Bt2,000bn ($68bn) infrastructure spending plan. But rather than a big press conference, it came in a little-publicized lunch talk by Chadchart Sittipunt, Thailand’s transport minister, to members of the Japan-Thailand Association […]

April 29th, 2013 | Posted in Economy & Business | Read More »

Chiang Rai and the Times of Change – Property Market Report

  CHIANG RAI – The lack of advertising for condominiums in Chiang Rai in northern Thailand is a pleasant surprise for someone who is used to seeing large billboards in Bangkok promoting this project or that, all following largely the same formula of decreasing unit sizes and ‘western style’ architecture and fittings. The north is […]

April 29th, 2013 | Posted in Chiangrai News | Read More »

Belgian National Mah Nle Belly Arrested By Rayong Police for Molestation

RAYONG – A 39-year-old Belgian man was arrested in Rayong on April 26 after the father of an 11-year-old boy reported that his son and a friend were molested in a public park. The suspect was found to have molested other victims on a previous visit.  The boy’s father said that the molestation occurred on […]

April 28th, 2013 | Posted in Tourist in the News | Read More »

US Department of State Reports on Thailand’s Human Rights Practices for 2012

BANGKOK – The US Department of State has released a highly critical report detailing what it regards as Thailand’s human rights failings. The report, released last week, highlighted officials’ impunity and the chronic use of special laws in the deep South as well as others used against political opponents as cause for concern. The department’s […]

April 28th, 2013 | Posted in Regional News | Read More »

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