See you in 2012

I won’t be posting anything here until the week of Jan. 9. You might catch me on Twitter before then, though. If you’re looking for something to read, check out the recent stories I link to from my Journalism page. Or click over to the Popular Posts page for evergreen posts. I hope you […]

NYT on Thailand and Lèse-Majesté

More on the issue of Thailand’s lèse-majesté laws, which I mentioned in my last two posts: The New York Times has a story today summing up the situation: At the entrance to a neighborhood in Bangkok’s garment district, residents have posted an unambiguous message on an archway decorated with an image of Thailand’s king. “If […]

Yesterday’s Royalist Protest at U.S. Embassy

To follow up on my post regarding recent discussion of Thailand’s lèse-majesté laws, I wanted to share this Bloomberg story from yesterday: Hundreds of Thai royalists called for U.S. Ambassador Kristie Kenney to “get out” of the country after a State Department official questioned the conviction of an American for insulting King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Siam […]

Thailand’s Lèse-Majesté Laws: Very Much in the News

Just a quick note to point out that Thailand’s lèse-majesté laws, which make it illegal to insult the royal family, are very much in the news these days. Here’s a cell phone photo of today’s Bangkok Post front page: The main story seen above — “Royalists step into lese majeste row” — says: The controversy […]

No Posts for the Next Week

I won’t be posting anything here until Dec. 15 at the earliest. In the meantime, I may be on Twitter, but dispatches there will likely be few and far between. Thanks, as ever, for reading. More soon. Image via.

U.S. Citizen Gets Two-and-a-Half Year Jail Sentence for Insulting Thai King

The AP reports: An American who translated a banned biography of Thailand’s king and posted the content online while living in Colorado was sentenced to two and a half years in a Thai prison Thursday for defaming the country’s royal family. The verdict is the latest so-called lese majeste punishment handed down in the Southeast […]

Off topic: Did You Say You’d Like to See an Advertisement Featuring Life-Sized Cutouts of Manchester United Players Hawking Malaysian Mister Potato Brand Potato Chips?

Well, then, today’s your lucky day: Spotted this afternoon at Bangkok’s Chidlom BTS Sky Train stop. Thanks to A for the tip. Yes, that’s the Red Devils’ Park Ji-Sung holding a can of Mister Potato brand chips, flanked by a wai-ing Javier Hernandez and Wayne Rooney. (More details on the promotion, in case you’re curious, […]

Self promotion: New WSJ Southeast Asia Real Time Story on Thailand Tourism and the Floods

I have a new story today at the WSJ‘s Southeast Asia Real Time blog. It’s called “Despite Floods, Thailand Poised for Tourism Record,” and begins: Thailand’s vital tourism industry has suffered terribly from the massive floods that continue to drain slowly from Bangkok’s suburbs. Remarkably, however, the country is poised to set a record for […]

Thai King Speaks on 84th Birthday

The AP says: Thailand’s king called for his countrymen to unite in response to the worst floods in half a century. The revered monarch spoke on Monday to mark his 84th birthday and amid deep political divisions plaguing the country. King Bhumibol Adulyadej spoke at the ceremonial Grand Palace for about five minutes after being […]

Off topic: “RE TWEET ME” T-shirt for Sale in Bangkok

I wanted to share this cell phone picture of a T-shirt I spotted at a market in Bangkok’s Silom neighborhood last night. Yes, it says “RE TWEET ME.” Further proof — as if any were needed — of Twitter’s global influence. Naturally, I Tweeted the pic, and Twitter user @_JustMelissa posted the excellent image below […]