How the Paris Attacks Were Planned

Don’t miss this story from my colleagues in France about the remarkable ease with which the Paris attacks earlier this month were planned and executed. Online hotel booking services, easy movement across borders, etc. The nut graf: The account emerging from French officials, witnesses and those who interacted with the suspected terrorists shows how the operation hinged […]

Aunt Cece and Her Pecan Pie Make Their WSJ Debut

Longtime readers will recall that I have blogged, in past years, about my Aunt Cece’s pecan pie. I absolutely love it. And I make a point to bake one every Thanksgiving. I’m happy to say that her fantastic dish figures in this story I wrote for WSJ Expat about connections that folks who live […]

WSJ: Abhisit says he’ll dissolve House by Friday

A Wall Street Journal story today: Thai Prime Minister to Call Election BANGKOK—Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said he plans to dissolve the House of Representatives by Friday and call what he described as a landmark election for the Southeast Asian country, which has been plagued by deep and sometimes deadly political divisions. The piece […]

WSJ editorial: “Thailand Going Rogue”

Just briefly, following the story I pointed out yesterday, here’s more from the Wall Street Journal. This is an editorial today on the ongoing Thailand-Cambodia clashes and Thai domestic politics: Thailand Going Rogue Fighting over the disputed territory surrounding the Preah Vihear Temple along the Thai-Cambodia border resumed last Friday, with both sides trading artillery […]

Two WSJ stories: New ASEAN hoops league, and NK weapons crew

Two Thailand-related stories that I was too busy to post on Fri., but which I wanted to point out: WSJ: “Long Shot: The New Asean Basketball League Tries to Win Over the Thais.” Sports has always had its share of lovable long shots, plucky underdogs that fans pull for despite the odds, or even because […]

So much to link to, so little time

Lots of good Economist and WSJ stuff to link to, and so little time. But here goes: A fantastic Thailand story from the WSJ: “How to Make a Croc Look Cuddly: Paint It Like a Panda; Bears From China Are a Hit in Thailand, Prompting Makeovers of Local Animals.” Contains a wonderful image of a […]

China-Myanmar pipeline project

WSJ: “Myanmar’s Neighbors Advance Pipeline Project” HSIPAW, Myanmar — China and its neighbors are moving ahead on a multibillion-dollar oil-and-gas pipeline project that promises to greatly enhance the financial strength of Myanmar’s military regime and boost its political clout in Asia. That promise comes as the U.S. is seeking new ways to weaken Myanmar’s regime, […]

Replicating a first class Pan Am 747 cabin — in a garage

Wall Street Journal: Fliers nostalgic for the golden era of air travel might want to book a trip to Anthony Toth’s garage. Mr. Toth has built a precise replica of a first-class cabin from a Pan Am World Airways 747 in the garage of his two-bedroom condo in Redondo Beach, Calif. The setup includes almost […]

Australian dust storm in the WSJ, IHT, and Bangkok Post

Interesting sight this morning: All three of the newspapers we receive featured front page images of yesterday’s remarkable dust storm in Australia. An AP story about the storm is here, Wikipedia has some info here, and you can find more images from the always-excellent Big Picture photo blog here.

WSJ on yellow shirts as a political party

WSJ: “Thai Protest Group Votes to Form a Political Party” PATHUM THANI, Thailand — Members of Thailand’s yellow-shirt protest movement voted to form a political party, creating a potentially influential force as the country struggles to pull itself out of recession. Tens of thousands of members of the People’s Alliance for Democracy — a movement […]