Some of this year’s most popular posts

As 2010 comes to a close, here’s a quick re-cap of this year’s most popular Newley.com posts. Due to the events in Thailand over the past several months, it will come as no surprise that many of the more than 61,000 people who visited Newley.com in 2010 accessed material related to the red shirt protests […]

Thailand-related holiday gift suggestion: The Sound of Siam

Here’s a gift suggestion for Thailand enthusiasts — or lovers of eclectic music — on your holiday shopping list: The Sound of Siam: Leftfield Luk Thung, Jazz and Molam from Thailand 1964 -1975. From the record company’s Web site: As Soundway’s entry point into the Asian music world, The Sound of Siam CD and double […]

My new Chronicle story on Singapore’s first residential colleges

I’ve got a new story in the global edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education. The headline is “A Singapore University Plans Its First Residential Colleges.” Here’s how it starts: Many of the world’s leading Western universities are reaching out to the East, setting up campuses and forging relationships in Asia. But one renowned Asian […]

Roger Arnold wins award for reporting on Red Shirt protests

I’m a few weeks late in noting this, but I wanted to point out that Bangkok-based journalist Roger Arnold has won the 2010 Rory Peck Trust award for his video news reporting. The awards, which were given out last month, go to freelance cameramen and camerawomen. Roger captured some compelling footage for the Wall Street […]

Reuters on Thai troops, red shirt clashes, and civilian deaths

A Reuters story running today: “Exclusive: Probe reveals Thai troops’ role in civilian deaths”: The Thai military played a larger role in the killing of civilians during political unrest in Bangkok this year than officials have acknowledged, leaked state documents seen by Reuters show. A preliminary state probe into political violence in April and May […]

World Cup bids, England, and the (apparently) cancelled Thailand friendly

As you’re probably aware, the 2018 and 2022 World Cup host countries were announced on Thursday. Russia won 2018 and Qatar was awarded 2022. There are many fascinating issues to discuss, but given the focus of this blog, I wanted to zero in on one interesting element: the Thailand connection. Some background: Prior to the […]

Are the best new Thai chefs farang?

That’s the provocative title of an upcoming event at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT) that I look forward to attending. It’s on Mon., Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. here in Bangkok. The announcement on the FCCT site helps put the issues — which I’ve mentioned before — into perspective: You have only to […]