Hillary Clinton Arrives in Myanmar

The WSJ reports: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Myanmar on Wednesday on a historic mission to gauge whether the government’s recent steps toward reform are real, even as dissident groups stepped up their efforts to keep the U.S. from lifting sanctions soon. Ever since Myanmar’s new government launched a series of limited […]

Infographic: How Does Thailand’s Flooding Compare to other Disasters?

Thanks to reader D for passing along this infographic showing the scale of Thailand’s ongoing flooding. The graphic was created by David McCandless, of the well known data visualization site Information is Beautiful. For a bigger image — and to see how Thailand’s flooding compares to other disasters, click through to the The Guardian’s DataBlog. […]

Notes from Commerce Minister Kittiratt’s FCCT Talk

Last night Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong gave a talk at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT) on the country’s economy following the floods. The FCCT site has more info on Kittiratt and provides some background information on the talk. Below is what I tweeted last night. I have no […]

Thai government: “Liking” or “Sharing” on Facebook Could be a Crime

A quick follow-up on my post yesterday about Thailand’s latest lèse-majesté case, in which a man has been sentenced to 20 years in jail for sending SMS messages deemed offensive to monarchy: Today’s Bangkok Post reports: People who press “share” or “like” buttons on Facebook in response to lese majeste-related content can violate the Computer […]

Thailand’s Latest Lèse-Majesté Case: 20 Year Sentence for Insulting SMS Messages

The AP reports: Thailand’s criminal court sentenced a 61-year-old man to 20 years in prison Wednesday for sending text messages deemed offensive to the country’s queen. The court found Amphon Tangnoppaku guilty on four counts under the country’s lese majeste and computer crime laws, sentencing him to five years imprisonment for each charge. Lese majeste […]

7 links

Some Thailand-related, some not: “Solitude and Leadership” — The American Scholar “The Umbrella Man” — short Errol Morris documentary for The New York Times. “Thai Leaders Hold Out for Thaksin’s Return” — Wall Street Journal. “A Discipline Problem: Paterno Fought Penn State Official Over Punishment of Players” — Wall Street Journal “Defendant Says Khmer Rouge’s […]

Thailand flooding update November 22, 2011: Waters draining slowly

Just briefly: I have received emails asking for an update on the flooding situation here in Thailand. So here goes: Summary In short, there’s not much new to report. Waters are reportedly draining slowly from affected areas, which are generally Bangkok’s western and northern outskirts. This Nov. 12 WSJ map shows that the parts of […]

No pardon plan for Thaksin, government says

The death toll from Thailand’s record flooding has risen above 600, the government says. But both the Bangkok Post and The Nation newspapers are leading with non-flooding news this Monday morning. The government had reportedly been attempting to arrange a royal pardon for controversial former prime minister Thaksin. But the headlines today tell us that […]

Thailand flooding update November 18, 2011: Floodwaters receding, but suffering continues

Here’s the latest as of 7:30 p.m. today, Fri. November 18, 2011. Note: There have been two interesting non-flooding-related developments here in Thailand and within the region recently. First, the Thai government has reportedly discussed a pardon that could allow Thaksin to return. And second, President Obama said today that Sec. of State Clinton will […]

Thailand flooding update November 16, 2011: All dry in 2 weeks?

Here’s the latest as of 1 p.m. today, Wed. November 16, 2011: Note: I have not come across any interesting new maps or images in recent days, so this post, along with future ones, may simply include links to notable news stories. Remember that for previous summaries of the situation, maps, images, etc., see the […]