WSJ: Abhisit says he’ll dissolve House by Friday

A Wall Street Journal story today: Thai Prime Minister to Call Election BANGKOK—Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said he plans to dissolve the House of Representatives by Friday and call what he described as a landmark election for the Southeast Asian country, which has been plagued by deep and sometimes deadly political divisions. The piece […]

Reminder: Twitter list of Thailand journalists and commentators

Just a quick note, in these times of ongoing Thailand-Cambodia clashes, that I maintain a public Twitter list of Thailand journalists and commentators. There are currently 40 members. You’ll find print and TV reporters, both foreign and Thai, as well as various writers, bloggers, and other observers here. The list is, I hope, a helpful […]

Al Jazeera: “Thai-Cambodia clashes continue despite truce”

Al Jazeera English today: Thai-Cambodia clashes continue despite truce A brief cease-fire between Thailand and Cambodia has broken down, shattering hopes for a quick end to the border conflict as the two sides exchanged fire for an eighth day and the death toll rose to 16.

AP: “Thailand, Cambodia cease-fire reached after week”

The AP today: Thailand, Cambodia cease-fire reached after week PHANOM DONGRAK, Thailand – Thai and Cambodian military commanders agreed to a cease-fire Thursday after seven days of artillery duels killed 15 people, Cambodia said. Thailand did not immediately confirm it, but the contested border was quiet most of the day.

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Austin Bush talks about Bangkok street food

In Jake Warga’s recent radio piece on “PRI’s The World,” Austin Bush discusses Thai street food. Worth a listen. (Image: Jake Warga/”PRI’s The World.“)

NYT on fermented fish dishes and cancer in Isaan

A New York Times story from yesterday: In Thailand, Love of Food Carries Deadly Risks LAWA, THAILAND — The villagers in this poverty-stricken farming community are passionate about their food, especially the traditional varieties of fermented fish that one aficionado describes as tasting like heaven but smelling like hell. It can be a fatal attraction, […]

WSJ editorial: “Thailand Going Rogue”

Just briefly, following the story I pointed out yesterday, here’s more from the Wall Street Journal. This is an editorial today on the ongoing Thailand-Cambodia clashes and Thai domestic politics: Thailand Going Rogue Fighting over the disputed territory surrounding the Preah Vihear Temple along the Thai-Cambodia border resumed last Friday, with both sides trading artillery […]

WSJ on Thailand-Cambodia clashes and Thai elections

Today’s WSJ: Thai-Cambodia Border Dispute Adds to Election Worries A simmering border conflict between Thailand and Cambodia has killed at least 10 soldiers over the past three days and also threatens to complicate a heated political environment in Bangkok, where rumors are swirling about military coups or other ways to block planned elections. And: The […]

Reuters story on upcoming elections: “odds favor Thai PM”

A Reuters story from Friday: When television broadcasters suddenly went off the air in Thailand recently, many people thought it could only mean one thing: the start of a military coup. Authorities were quick to assure the public the three-hour blackout on April 21 was the result of a faulty satellite, not a putsch. But […]