No posts until Oct. 11

I won’t be posting anything here until Oct. 11. In the meantime, you might catch me on Twitter, but dispatches there will likely be minimal. A few administrative reminders: I occasionally post material to my public Facebook page. You can “like” the page to connect with me there. You can sign up to receive RSS […]

WSJ on Thaksin, Yingluck, and the military

Today’s WSJ reports on what exiled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has been up to of late. The story touches on Thaksin’s recent travels, Yingluck, and the administration’s relationship with the military: BANGKOK—Former Thai leader Thaksin Shinawatra is taking a more visible role in Thailand and across Asia, stirring renewed tensions between the country’s powerful […]

WSJ on U.S. companies investing in Laos

There’s an interesting story over at the Wall Street Journal‘s new Southeast Asia Real Time blog about U.S. companies investing in Laos. The lede: It has Southeast Asia’s smallest economy. Per capita incomes are only $990, a fraction of levels in nearby Thailand and Malaysia. Yet Laos appears to have something American companies want. In […]

Thailand rice pricing: analysis from the FT and Forbes

The FT and Forbes have recently run stories on Thailand’s controversial plans to pay farmers above-market rates for rice. In short, farmers say the price hike is a necessary for them to make a fair wage. Exporters say their margins are already thin, and that by making Thai rice more expensive, the government will price […]

Self-promotion: Channel NewsAsia story on haze in Southeast Asia

Update, September 27, 2011: I disabled the embedded video because it seemed to be available only as an auto-playing file. But you can still access it at the link below. Go to the Embedded above Channel NewsAsia site to see a TV story I did yesterday for Channel NewsAsia. It’s about an Association of Southeast […]

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Yes, It’s Really Rushdie on Twitter — The Wall Street Journal‘s India Real Time blog What if the Secret to Success Is Failure? — New York Times Magazine Vladimir Putin, Action Man — The Atlantic‘s In Focus blog News Trends Tilt Toward Niche Sites — New York Times Antoine Dodson Saves My Class — The […]

Strange image of Yingluck on front page of today’s Nation

File under: Yet another post about interesting Bangkok English language newspaper occurrences: The front page of today’s Nation newspaper features this strange image of Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. It’s unclear to me if it’s a photoshopped image or an illustration. The image accompanies what seems to be this story, which begins: The Cabinet yesterday […]

WSJ on what the U.S.-Taiwan jet deal could mean for the S. China Sea dispute

An interesting story in today’s Wall Street Journal looks at what the U.S.-Taiwan jet issue means for the South China Sea dispute and China’s relations with Southeast Asian nations: The Philippines and Indonesia shook off any concerns over a U.S. decision to forego selling new fighter jets to Taiwan, despite fears it could signal a […]

Thailand flooding: Sept. 2011

UPDATE: For more recent news on the flooding here in Thailand, see this October 11, 2011 post. According to an MCOT story yesterday, flooding here in Thailand has killed 112 people, and 26 provinces “remain under floodwaters.” Since late July, storms and annual monsoon rains have caused the Chao Phraya and other rivers to overflow, […]

Acid attack near Bangkok’s Asoke BTS station?

The Bangkok Post reports today that: A foreign woman artist, Elizabeth Briel, reported on Twitter on Friday that she and her husband had acid sprayed at their faces at the Asoke skytrain station last night. She said the acid was directed at them from the stairway leading to the station near Robinson shopping mall. Mrs […]