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Shootings Escalate in Trigger-Happy Thailand

– BANGKOK – On the afternoon of July 11, 2017, six or seven gunmen dressed in military outfits arrived at the home of a village chief in the subdistrict of Ban Klang, in Thailand’s Krabi province. Pretending to be government officials, they demanded entry to search the property and warned the chief’s family not to […]

July 18th, 2017 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Animal Protection Groups Say Elephant Tourism is ‘Fuelling Cruelty’

– A young elephant at a venue in Thailand. They are used as a backdrop for selfies, ridden and forced to entertain tourists by playing football, painting, riding tricycles, throwing darts and dancing– BANGKOK – An animal protection group wants tourists to know – that elephant you are thinking about riding during your vacation in […]

July 6th, 2017 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Murder Babes: A Grisly Killing that Made Thailand Re-Examine its Own Media Culture

– KHON KAEN – They became known as the “murder babes” — three Thai women in their 20s who went on the run after killing and dismembering a young bar worker. Thai media became obsessed with the case, elevating the suspects to celebrities until they turned themselves in and confessed to the murder. While the […]

July 1st, 2017 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Why Do We Love Thai Women So Much?

– No, this isn’t some tawdry sex-pat rumination. It is merely a short discussion about what it is we men find so appealing about the women that populate this magical country. And when I say “men”, I don’t just mean foreign men. During my nearly two decades of living in Thailand I’ve never met a […]

June 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

US Embassy in Bangkok Helps Chinese Human Rights Lawyer Flee to America

– BANGKOK – Stuck in a Bangkok jail with a deportation order against her, Chen Guiqiu waited with dread over what seemed certain to come next. A Thai immigration official showed her surveillance video of the jail entrance, where more than a dozen Chinese security agents were waiting. Within minutes, Chen feared, she and her […]

May 8th, 2017 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

China’s Huge Dam Projects Choking the Mekong River

– A river is born high in the Tibetan Plateau, before snaking its way 3,000 miles south and emptying itself into the South China Sea. On its journey, it passes through six countries, sustaining their ecosystems and local economies, its fisheries providing a lifeline for 60 million people in its lower basin. The Mekong changes […]

May 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Donations Pour in to Save Elephant Foundation in Lampang, Thailand

– LAMPANG – What is believed to be the world’s first elephant hospital has been saved from closure after more than 20 million baht in donations streemed in from elephant lovers all over the world. Since the founder of the Friends of the Asian Elephant Foundation, Soraida Salwala, announced the organisation’s closure early last week due […]

March 18th, 2017 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

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