Update on red shirt protests and state of emergency

Here are five Thailand-related links for your edification as the red shirt protests grind on here in Bangkok:

  1. Thailand Blocks Protesters’ Sites, MediaWSJ Asia
  2. Does Thailand’s Military Answer to the Government? —
  3. The End of the Thai Fairy Tale — op-ed in the WSJ Asia. ((Note: this link may be subscriber-only, depending on how you access it. Consult Google News, or look for a copy of the print paper.))
  4. Clash of Symbols — Andrew Marshall. ((By the way, if you’re not reading Andrew Marshall’s blog, you should be.))
  5. And last but not least, Snackpolitik: Protesting in ThailandThe Atlantic

For ongoing news, you can consult the Bangkok Post or The Nation.

And to fulfill your Twitter needs, here’s a list I’ve compiled of more than 80 Thailand-related Twitter-ers. This list is comprised of individuals and various news sources.


What I’ve been reading

Eight links that have caught my eye of late:

  1. Bangkok Under Fire on Immigration Policy” — WSJ
  2. Why Thailand still uses discredited bomb detectors” — CSM
  3. FACTBOX — Key political risks to watch in Thailand” — Reuters
  4. The Mekong: A River And A Region Transformed” — NPR special series
  5. Typos may earn Google $500m a year” — New Scientist
  6. Dolly, Rejection and Radiohead Journalism” —
  7. Booking a Flight the Frugal Way” — NYT‘s Frugal Traveler
  8. The Vintage Mac Museum — Motohiko Narita

Nine links to share

Some So many links to share. So little time. Herewith, several items that have caught my eye of late:

  1. Economist: “Laid-off lawyers, cast-off consultants.
  2. AFP: “Diehard Thaksin loyalist paints rural Thailand red.”
  3. GlobalPost: “Thailand: Amid coup buzz, Thai army chief heads to Pentagon.”
  4. WSJ: “Last Taboo in English Football: Playing Footsie With Mate’s Mate.”
  5. The Atlantic: “What Makes a Great Teacher?
  6. NY Magazine: “The Rise of Dog Identity Politics.”
  7. NY Times: “James Patterson Inc.
  8. “Three lessons on what’s really important.”
  9. Economist: “Barack Obama’s first year: Reality bites.

Suggested weekend reading

Some links that have caught my eye of late:

See you next week.


Miscellaneous links

Six miscellaneous, non-Thailand links that have caught my eye of late:

  1. 30 Best Blogs of 2009
  2. NYT: The Big Economic Stories of 2009, and What’s to Come
  3. Economist: Network effects: How a new communications technology disrupted America’s newspaper industry — in 1845
  4. Foreign Affairs: Al Elegy for Journalism? The Colorful Past and Uncertain Future of Foreign Reporting
  5. World Question Center 2010: How is the Internet Changing the Way You Think?
  6. NYT: Why Twitter Will Endure

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 baby croc painted like a panda.
  • The Economist has a good story about Iran’s growing influence in Latin America: “Iran and Latin America: Ayatollahs in the backyard.” Ecuador watchers won’t want to miss this snippet:

    To see how Iran’s foreign policy works in smaller, ideologically sympathetic Latin American countries, take Ecuador—a country that has such dire problems raising money after defaulting on its debt that it can easily be swayed by cash from foreign governments. Ecuador is thinking of joining Nicaragua and Venezuela in recognising the independence of the breakaway Georgian territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in the hope of getting Russian government loans.

    This month an Iranian delegation was in Quito, Ecuador’s capital, to discuss loans for hydroelectric power plants, one of the 25 bilateral agreements signed when Rafael Correa, Ecuador’s president, visited Iran last year. Ecuador badly needs the plants: it was forced to start rationing power this month.

  • And speaking of the Andes, here’s the WSJ on what appears to be Bolivian President Evo Morales’s re-election: “Evo Morales Appears to Win Bolivia Vote; Second Term Expected to Bring More Ambitious Economic Changes; Ruling Party Poised to Take Over Senate
  • And finally, the Economist has an obit for Thai PM Samak Sundaravej, whose passing I mentioned earlier.

More soon. Don’t think the draw for World Cup 2010 has escaped my attention…


A few non-Thailand links

Here are a few non-Thailand related links that I wanted to pass along, just quickly, before the week comes to a close:

That’s it. See you next week.