ASEAN summit kicks off in Thailand

BBC: “Asean opens with economic agenda” The 10-member Association of South East Asian nations (Asean) has started a summit meeting in Thailand. They will discuss how to address the impact of declining global demand on their export-dependent economies. This is the first summit since Asean implemented a charter making it a legal entity more like […]

Wearing red and yellow in Thailand

Time: “How Not to Make a Political Fashion Statement in Bangkok” Last year, a swarm of yellow-clad demonstrators massed in Bangkok, taking over the international airport and virtually paralyzing the Thai capital for a week. Today, the color of protest is red. As bigwigs from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) began gathering at […]

Thai translations of Oscar-winning movie titles

Thai 101 has an amusing collection of (mostly) literal Thai translations of 2008 Oscar-winning films: Thai titles for western films are sometimes corny, sometimes spoilery, and always entertaining. Especially when you translate them back into English. They have a style of their own. Most typically, a subtitle is added to give local viewers a better […]

(New) anti-government protests in Bangkok

Here are some recent stories about the newest wave of anti-government protests ((The term “anti-government,” of course, doesn’t mean what it did a few months ago. Before PM Abhisit assumed office, that phrase was applied to the PAD protesters. Now it’s used to describe the so called “red shirts” — the UDD and other Thaksin […]

Rohingya on CNN’s “World’s Untold Stories”

CNN will air an episode beginning tonight (Tues., Feb. 24) of “World’s Untold Stories” dedicated to the Rohingya abuse issue. From CNN.com: Myanmar’s Rohingya Minority They are an impoverished and persecuted minority living in a remote part of one of the world’s most repressive nations. And they are risking their lives to leave. Next week’s […]

Thai economy slips

BBC: “Sharp decline in Thailand economy” Thailand’s economy shrank at a record pace in the last three months of 2008 amid plummeting exports and tourism. The economy shrank 6.1% in the October to December period from the previous quarter, the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) said. This was the largest contraction since records […]

Siam Sunray: Thailand’s new “national cocktail”

Guardian: “Thailand launches national cocktail to lure tourists” When tourism has taken a self-inflicted battering, the temptation might be to have a drink to drown your sorrows. Thailand is going a step further: it has invented a new national cocktail, which it hopes will help visitors forget the hangover from the disastrous airport shutdowns late […]

Australian author who insulted Thai royal family pardoned

CNN: “Author jailed for insulting Thai king freed” An Australian author imprisoned last month for insulting the king and crown prince of Thailand was on his way home Saturday after receiving a pardon from the king. Harry Nicolaides, 41, was arrested last August over his 2005 book titled “Verisimilitude.” The book includes a paragraph about […]

Audio Slide Show: Kolkata (Calcutta), India

A and I are back in Bangkok now after four exceptional days in Kolkata (Calcutta) India. Here’s a 2 minute, 20 second audio slide show I’ve put together with some images and sounds I captured in the city. ((My previous audio slide shows about anti-government protests here in Bangkok can be found here and here.)) […]

Newley.com: Gone Fishin’

I won’t be posting anything here until the middle of next week. See you then. (Image via.)