Thailand protests: cabinet meeting cancelled

The BBC has the story of the day here in Bangkok: “Thailand cabinet cancels meeting“: The Thai government has called off its weekly cabinet meeting as thousands of protesters continue to lay siege to government offices in Bangkok. Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has stayed away from Government House since the demonstrations began six days ago. […]

Thailand protests and the economy

Here’s a story in today’s WSJ: “Thai Protests Build on Economic Crisis” BANGKOK — Tens of thousands of antigovernment protesters sang and danced through the weekend outside Thailand’s main government complex, cheering on ousted former premier Thaksin Shinawatra and offering the nation’s new leaders — and others in Asia — a jarring reminder of the […]

Frugal Traveler: how to stay in touch on the road

The New York Times‘s Matt Gross, aka the Frugal Traveler (whose work I’ve praised in the past), has a good post about how to stay in touch cheaply when you’re traveling abroad. He discusses SIM cards (so you can get a local number), Skype (to make voice calls via the Web), and Fring (a service […]

Thai ‘Spider-Man’ rescues autistic boy

BBC (with image): “Thai ‘Spider-Man’ to the rescue” An unusual disguise has helped a Bangkok fireman rescue an eight-year-old boy who had climbed on to a third-floor window ledge, Thai police say. The firefighter dressed up as the comic book superhero Spider-Man in order to coax the boy, who is autistic, from his dangerous perch. […]

Video: Rickshaw ride in Dhaka, Bangladesh

More on my recent Bangladesh trip: Here’s a one-minute video (embedded below) that I recorded while riding in a cycle rickshaw in the capital, Dhaka. As you’ll see, the metropolis teems with activity. In the video, you can hear honking horns and people talking. And then, when we come to a stop, you’ll notice some […]

Thitinan on Abhisit, Thaksin, and Bangkok’s airports

Chulalongkorn University political science professor Thitinan Pongsudhirak has a column in today’s Bangkok Post on the current state of Thai politics: “Censure may serve to strengthen govt” Some snips: After three months in office, the Democrat party-led coalition government of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has defied expectations by holding ground and beginning to consolidate its […]

Mobile phones in Bangladesh

Here’s another image from my recent Bangladesh trip that I wanted to share. This photo is part of the “Faces of Bangladesh” photoset I mentioned yesterday, though I didn’t include it in yesterday’s post. Consider this: In 2009, even dock workers in Bangladesh own mobile phones equipped with cameras. I was exploring Sadarghat, Dhaka’s riverfront […]