Does Sydney have better Thai food than Thailand?

From the Sydney Morning Herald: Wake up, Sydney, and smell the lemongrass. Do you know what’s under your collective nose? Anyone who has lived away from this city for any time suffers withdrawal symptoms for Thai chicken curry, deep-fried snapper with sweet chilli sauce, pad thai noodles or Thai beef salad, whether from Longrain, Chat […]

TIME magazine on Thai PM Abhisit

Just wanted to point out that the current TIME magazine has a story about PM Abhisit. The headline, appropriately enough, is “Man in the Middle,” and the piece describes the current state of the Thai political crisis and Abhisit’s place in it. in the new Lonely Planet: Thailand has earned a mention in the new Lonely Planet Thailand guide book. This humble blog is listed under the heading “The Inside Scoop,” on page 107. It’s part of a round-up of “informative or entertaining” Thailand blogs. And in the Sights section of the Bangkok chapter, on page 139, you’ll also find a brief […]

Australian dust storm in the WSJ, IHT, and Bangkok Post

Interesting sight this morning: All three of the newspapers we receive featured front page images of yesterday’s remarkable dust storm in Australia. An AP story about the storm is here, Wikipedia has some info here, and you can find more images from the always-excellent Big Picture photo blog here.

Thailand sports news: Robson in, Rafa out

Just wanted to draw your attention to two Thailand sports stories: A conclusion to the Peter Reid saga: Ex-Manchester United midfielder Bryan Robson is the next coach of the Thailand national soccer team. BBC has the details, and here’s more from the Nation and the Bangkok Post. Tennis news: Rafael Nadal has pulled out of […]

Images and videos from Saturday’s Red Shirts protest

Here are a few images I snapped at Saturday’s red shirt protest here in Bangkok. (Back story is here and here.) There are a few more in the full set on Flickr. And below are two short videos. I shot these on my Nokia E71 cell phone amid the pouring rain, with a clouded lens, […]

Reds and yellows protest in Thailand

Yesterday’s red shirt protest here in Bangkok attracted some 30,000 demonstrators. Despite concerns about the potential for violence, the rally was peaceful. has details here. Meanwhile, on the Thailand-Cambodia border, yellow shirt demonstrators fought with local residents near the Preah Vihear temple. Here’s a BBC News report with video of the clashes. I spent […]

Explaining today’s red shirt rally

The Bangkok Post has details on today’s planned red shirt rally here in the Thai capital. For a big picture look at why the anti-government demonstrators are gathering, I suggest this CSM story: “Briefing: Why Thai protesters are taking to the streets again.”

The role of the military in Thai politics

Political analyst Thitinan Pongsudhirak — whose recent story about the national police chief saga I mentioned yesterday — has another Bangkok Post opinion piece worth reading. It’s about the role of the military in Thai politics. You can find it here. Timely reading, as tomorrow (Sat., Sept. 19th) is the three year anniversary of the […]

Thai PM Abhisit, Thaksin, and wrangling over the national police chief

Thai PM Abhisit Vejjajiva An important political story in Thailand at the moment is the ongoing tussle over appointing a new national police chief. Here’s a summary of what’s happening — and why it matters. First, some background: Thailand’s police force became a highly politicized body during exiled former PM Thaksin Shinawatra’s 2001-2006 tenure. Thaksin […]