Monthly Archives: June 2012

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 at Democracy Monument in central Bangkok by late afternoon, many from Thaksin strongholds in the north and northeast, meeting in a festive atmosphere under light police presence.

And:

The red shirts chose June 24 for their latest gathering as it marks the anniversary of a revolution that brought an end to absolute monarchy in 1932.

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

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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 a jingle with the number you dial for delivery: 1112.

Hence, the play on 112 and the (likely unintentionally misspelled) reference to “fast derivery.”

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 track record is excellent,” says Chamlong, co-leader of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), whose yellow-clad members shut down Bangkok’s international airport in 2008.

“We have the ability to overthrow another government again if need be.”

That last claim might have rung hollow before June 1, when thousands of protesters from the long-dormant PAD blockaded the Thai parliament.

Worth a read.

14 Links

Some Thailand-related, some not:

  1. Special Report: Plight of Muslim minority threatens Myanmar Spring — Reuters
  2. Thai Youth Seek a Fortune Away From the FarmThe New York Times
  3. India’s Historic Outreach to MyanmarThe Atlantic/Asia Society
  4. Michio Kaku: The Cheapest Way to Terraform Mars — The Big Think/YouTube
  5. Moderation as the Sweet Spot for ExerciseThe New York Times/Well blog
  6. Thai Parliament Puts Off Two Sensitive DebatesThe Wall Street Journal
  7. Why We Don’t Believe in ScienceThe New Yorker
  8. South Carolina’s Pension Push Into High-Octane InvestmentsThe New York Times
  9. Robert Carlock walks us through highlights from 30 Rock’s six seasons so far — The A.V. Club
  10. The 22 rules of storytelling, according to PixarEmma Coats/io9
  11. Expatriates Find an Affordable Welcome in EcuadorThe New York Times
  12. 14 Must-Know Tips & Tricks for Mac OS X — OSXDaily
  13. Part of this world, part of another — Letters of Note: Gene Wilder on his “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” entrance.
  14. Video embedded above and on YouTube here: “Un enfant de 5 ans remplaçant au foot.”

(Previous link round-ups are available via the links tag.)