Thailand FA chief Worawi: cleared by FIFA

To follow up on previous posts regarding England’s failed World Cup bid, the cancelled Thailand-England friendly, and allegations against Football Association of Thailand President Worawi Makudi, I wanted to point out a Retuers/Bangkok Post story today. It says: Thailand’s Worawi Makudi and three other Fifa executive committee members accused by former English FA chairman David […]

WSJ: “Thaksin’s Sister Pulls Ahead in Thai Polls”

Today’s WSJ notes that: Fugitive billionaire Thaksin Shinawatra’s bold move to name his youngest sister as a candidate for prime minister appears to be changing the complexion of Thailand’s coming elections–and might provide the controversial politician a ticket home after nearly three years in exile. Initial opinion polls suggest Yingluck Shinawatra is now leading the […]

More on American citizen arrested on lese majeste charges

An update to my post from Friday: In a May 27 story, the New York Times calls the arrest “the latest in a string of cases…” As I mentioned on Friday, there are also stories from the BBC and Reuters. Today’s Bangkok Post says the man faces a “new security charge”: A Thai-born man with […]

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American arrested on lese majeste charges

A quick note to point out a story that has just emerged today. The AP reports: An American has been arrested in Thailand for allegedly insulting its monarchy, a serious offense in this Southeast Asian nation punishable by up to 15 years in jail. The U.S. Embassy confirmed the arrest but gave few details. There’s […]

Observations on “The Hangover Part II”

Update: Bill Clinton is said to have visited the set, but apparently did not film a scene. So scratch the bit about that portion being edited out. Just briefly, here are eight tweets I recently wrote containing a few observations about “The Hangover Part II,” which I saw last night. The film, as you may […]

Coming soon to a (Chinese) market near you: Malaysian durians

The AP reports that Malaysia is set to begin exporting durians to mainland China, “challenging Thailand’s virtual monopoly on shipments of the spiky, stinky delicacy that many Southeast Asians hail as ‘the king of fruits’”: The breakthrough Tuesday for Malaysia’s durian growers comes after Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao visited Kuala Lumpur last month and formally […]

Thailand’s GDP rises 3% for quarter

The WSJ‘s lede sums up the new data: Thailand’s economic growth accelerated in the first quarter, but at a slower pace than market expectations, driven by strong domestic demand and record exports, though the natural disasters that hit Japan in March could trim the expansion in the April-June period. The BBC notes that the economy […]

Thai Airways to launch budget airline next year

MCOT says Thai Airways will launch a low-cost carrier in April, 2012: The new airline has not yet been given a name. “Thai Silk”, “Thai Wings” and “Thai Fly” were initially offered for selection by the public and THAI staff. And: Mr Ampon added that the board, meanwhile, approved the extension period of THAI and […]

Reuters on Yingluck Shinawatra and potential perjury charges

A Reuters story from yesterday says talk of potential perjury charges against Yingluck Shinawatra “deepens uncertainty” over the July 3 election: Just days after Yingluck Shinawatra was chosen to lead Thailand’s opposition party in coming elections, she could be headed for a legal standoff over a case at the heart of a coup that toppled […]