Self-Promotion: My New WSJ Southeast Asia Real Time Story on NASA Cancelling Thailand Plan

The story is here, and begins: The U.S.’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA, says it has cancelled its plan to use Thailand’s Vietnam War-era U-Tapao airbase for an atmospheric research study because Thailand’s government has put off granting its approval. For reference, my earlier story on U-Tapao is here.

Reuters on Yesterday’s Red Shirt Rally

Reuters reports: Thailand’s “red shirts” turned out in force on Sunday to warn the judiciary they will not stand by if a plan to amend the constitution is rejected, a rewrite critics say is aimed at allowing exiled former premier Thaksin Shinawatra to come home. And: According to police estimates, 35,000 red shirts had gathered […]

Self-Promotion: New WSJ Southeast Asia Real Time Story on NASA, Thailand, and the U-Tapao Airbase

The story is here, and begins: Plans for the U.S. government to expand its use of a Thai military airbase have created a stir in Thailand, with domestic politics likely playing a significant role in the controversy, according to a Thailand security expert.

Red Shirt 112 Sticker Evokes Pizza Company Logo

Related to my last post… @Anasuya found this notable sticker today at a Red Shirt event here in Bangkok. Yes, it refers to lèse-majesté — Article 112 of the Thai criminal code — and is modeled on…the Pizza Company logo. Pizza Company restaurants are popular and widespread here in Thailand, and their advertisements often include […]

Self-Promotion: New WSJ Southeast Asia Real Time Story on Runway Repairs at Suvarnabhumi

The story is here, and begins: Runway repairs at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi international airport are causing flight delays, and a global airline association says carriers and passengers could be significantly affected in the weeks ahead.

Reuters on Chamlong and Thailand’s Yellow Shirts

Reuters reported yesterday: The elderly man dressed in homespun cotton looks like a kind-hearted grandfather from a rural Thai soap opera. But it would be unwise to underestimate Chamlong Srimuang, a key figure in Thailand’s turbulent recent history, or the “yellow shirt” army he commands. “We have successfully overthrown three prime ministers, which proves our […]

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Some Thailand-related, some not: Special Report: Plight of Muslim minority threatens Myanmar Spring — Reuters Thai Youth Seek a Fortune Away From the Farm — The New York Times India’s Historic Outreach to Myanmar — The Atlantic/Asia Society Michio Kaku: The Cheapest Way to Terraform Mars — The Big Think/YouTube Moderation as the Sweet Spot […]

Self-Promotion: New WSJ Item on a Unique Villa in Cha-Am

I have a Wall Street Journal House of the Day piece online today. The headline is “Room for the Helipad in Thailand.” It begins: This Thai villa has two guest houses, an outdoor pavilion that can be converted into a helipad and comes with a lifetime membership to a Jack Nicklaus golf course. Click through […]