Bangkok Protests: Audio Slide Show

Here’s a 1 minute, 42-second audio slide show I just created after spending a few hours snapping photos and recording audio at the site of massive anti-government protests here in Bangkok today. Protesters are rallying against Thailand’s Prime Minister, Samak Sundaravej. The protests has been organized by the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), which accuses […]

Bangkok Protests

AP: “Protesters lay siege to Thai television station” Bloomberg: “Thai Protesters Storm TV Station in Bid to Oust Samak” Reuters: “Thai PM says losing patience with anti-govt protests” And Bangkok Pundit is live-blogging the protests.

The Economist on Medical Tourism — and a New Blog from the NYT

Living here in Bangkok, where legions of medical tourists can be seen at the city’s private hospitals, this Economist article resounded with me: “Globalisation and health: Importing competition”: Health care has long seemed one of the most local of all industries. Yet beneath the bandages, globalisation is thriving. The outsourcing of record keeping and the […]

What I’ve Been Reading

From the world’s greatest journeys to blogging geekery to funny accents, here’s a list of some material I’ve been enjoying online over the past months but haven’t had time to link to until now: Travel: — Wanderlust: GOOD magazine “maps out history’s greatest journeys, from Magellan to Kerouac” — World Hum interview: “Paul Theroux: Invisible […]

Maya Angelou on Adversity

Maya Angelou on adversity: I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. (Via Kottke.)

Messi’s Argentina Advance in Olympics

Speaking of football (soccer), here’s a New York Times interactive feature called “An Argentine Advance.” It’s about Argentina’s pint-sized playmaker Lionel Messi (Wikipedia page, highlights on YouTube) and his team’s dominant performance at the Olympics yesterday. The masterful Argentines beat rivals Brazil 3-0 (match report here) to book their place in Saturday’s final against Nigeria. […]

Yahoo English Premier League Fantasy Football

If you’d like to join our annual Yahoo English Premier League Fantasy Football (soccer) group, you can find more info on the game here. It’s free. And entertaining. If you’re interested, email me (newley [at] and I’ll give you our group name and password. The deadline to compete in the first week is…before today’s […]

Hello from Saigon

Followers of my dispatches on Twitter will know that my brother C and I have been in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and the surrounding area all of this week. I have many things to say about this great city. I really love it. And I shall be sharing some images of people, sights, and […]

“Journalist seeking paycheck? Try India” Journalist seeking paycheck? Try India: As U.S. newsrooms shrivel, India’s are booming. And they’re hiring, not firing reporters and editors. If ever there was a time to take pity on America’s journalists, this would be it. The U.S. news industry is bleeding jobs. According to the American Society of Newspaper Editors, 2,400 journalists left […]

President Bush’s Bangkok Speech

President Bush’s foreign policy speech here in Bangkok this morning focused on China and Myanmar. Wall Street Journal: U.S. President George W. Bush expressed his concern about the fate of political dissidents in China and his determination to bring an end to the “tyranny” of the military regime in Myanmar a day before he is […]