Thai Parliament: It’s all systems go

A follow up on my post yesterday about the Election Commission deadline: It’s all systems go, with Parliament set to open Monday. The AP, via the WSJ, says: Thailand’s Election Commission has certified enough winners of this month’s election for the new Parliament to convene Monday as scheduled. Today’s Bangkok Post has more details: The […]

Thailand: EC deadline for certifying candidates is Aug. 1

Reuters reports today that: Thailand’s election authority was racing on Wednesday to endorse dozens of winning candidates from the July 3 general election to pave the way for a new parliament to convene and select a prime minister, tentatively expected in early August. So far, 402 of the 500 winners have been approved by the […]

Off topic: calories, carbs, and a new long-term study on weight gain

I’m interested in nutrition, and a New York Times story that ran last week caught my eye. The piece looks at a new study on diet and weight gain that was conducted by experts at Harvard. The researchers followed nearly 121,000 non-obese men and women for 12 to 20 years. The study tracked the subjects’ […]

Thailand: 17 killed in 3 army helicopter crashes

The AP notes that: A third Thai military helicopter has crashed near the country’s forested border with Myanmar in just over a week, killing three soldiers Sunday and bringing the toll from all three accidents to 17 AFP also has a story. The Bangkok Post says the Bell 212 fleet has been grounded. A third […]

Now on Bizarre Thailand

A quick note to point out that Bizarre Thailand: Tales of Crime, Sex and Black Magic, a book by old Thailand hand and all around good guy Jim Algie, is now available on The book’s official site has info on its contents and details on Jim’s interesting background. I understand that the book’s first […]

Off topic: Analyzing the US federal deficit and GDP to debt ratio

I wanted to point out two excellent resources for explaining some of the macroeconomic issues related to the debt ceiling standoff in Washington at the moment. The first is a dispassionate piece from that examines U.S. federal spending versus income. The current problem is represented in this graph: The red is outlays — or […]

WSJ on Yingluck’s EC endorsement: more MPs needed for parliament to convene

The WSJ says today that: Thailand’s official vote monitor confirmed this month’s election of Yingluck Shinawatra, but more approvals will be required before her party can assume power and she can take office as the nation’s first female prime minister. The Election Commission… …hasn’t yet confirmed some other parliamentarians, leaving legal obstacles that could mean […]

It’s official: Election Commission endorses Yingluck

A brief item this afternoon from the official MCOT new agency says it’s official: Election Commission endorses second batch of 12 MPs-elect including Abhisit, Yingluck, Suthep; Red Shirt winners remain suspended The Bangkok Post has more.

NYT on ICJ Preah Vihear ruling

The New York Times says: The top judicial body of the United Nations on Monday sought to defuse tensions at a Southeast Asian flash point, ordering Cambodia and Thailand to withdraw troops from a disputed temple and establishing a demilitarized zone along their mountainous border. The piece also contains a couple of graphs of helpful […]

ICJ: Thailand, Cambodia troops should withdraw from Preah Vihear

There’s news today from the U.N.’s International Court of Justice on the Preah Vihear temple. The BBC says: The UN’s highest court has ordered Thailand and Cambodia to withdraw troops from a disputed border region near an ancient temple complex. And: The court said both sides must allow access to observers from the regional bloc […]