Thailand’s illicit dog meat industry

Here’s an interesting GlobalPost video about the illicit, mafia-run dog meat industry in northeast Thailand. (The video is graphic, so view it with caution.) The story is part of series on the topic. Here are the rest of the dispatches.

Slideshow: A day in the life of a Bangkok soup vendor

Steven Pettifor has a slideshow on the BBC News site that’s worth checking out. It’s called “In pictures: Bangkok soup vendor’s working day.” (Via Austin)

Happy Thanksgiving

I’ll be writing more about this soon, but I wanted to share a quick cell phone pic of my contribution to this year’s Thanksgiving festivities. Yes, that’s what you think it is: My attempt at re-creating my Aunt Cee Cee’s Cece’s ((Update: correction made Nov. 27. For shame. I’ve been spelling my Aunt Cece’s name […]

Google Maps Thailand expands functionality

As this Youtube video (embedded below) explains, Google Maps Thailand now incorporates data from Bangkok’s public transport organizations and suggests modes of transport other than driving. I can’t verify it yet, but the new functionality should allow users to get walking, driving, and mass transit directions to various destinations in the Thai capital. CNNGo has […]

Thaksin’s new alias: Takki Shinegra?

When Thailand’s exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra bought Manchester City FC in 2007, some of the club’s fans began referring to him Frank, as in Frank Sinatra. Now there’s this item in today’s Nation: Thaksin’s new name : Takki Shinegra Runaway ex-PM Thaksin Shinawatra has used new name in his passports issued by some […]

Heads up: New taqueria coming to Bangkok

Bangkok-based foodies, take note: A new Mexican restaurant is coming to town — the soon-to-open La Monita Taqueria. I dropped by today, and though I’ve yet to sample the food, the establishment seems promising. A few weeks back, I noticed that @LaMonitaBkk was following me on Twitter. I did a little poking around, and the […]

Thailand’s ex-PM Samak dies

AP: Former Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej dies BANGKOK — Samak Sundaravej, a firebrand politician who briefly served as Thailand’s prime minister but was ousted for simultaneously getting income as host of a popular TV cooking show, died of cancer Tuesday. He was 74. Samak died at Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok after a long […]

Thailand’s PB Air ceases operations

A quick Thailand-specific aviation note that may of of interest: PB Air has ceased operating. The company’s Web site has a simple statement saying that “all flights are suspended until further notice,” but no reason for the stoppage is given. 2Bangkok.com noted this news on Nov. 18, and I was curious to know what happened. […]

Obama and Abhisit at APEC

WhiteHouse.gov has this brief video (embedded below) of President Obama speaking after he met with ASEAN leaders at APEC in Singapore on Sunday. Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva appears in the video, and Obama thanks him at the end.

Red shirts to rally from late Nov.?

Reuters: Prolonged Thai rally in Nov Fugitive former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s supporters announced plans on Tuesday for a prolonged street protest beginning in late November and lasting until the government steps down and calls elections. It would be the first protracted demonstration by the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) since their […]