“Thaksin to receive award from Bolivian president”

Today’s Bangkok Post has this strange story: Thaksin to receive award from Bolivian President Bolivia’s President Evo Morales was considering giving Thailand’s deposed prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra the Order of Simon Bolivar after he aided Thai people in the grass-root level, improved their living conditions, and settled the International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan. Mr Thaksin […]

Bangkok Protests: Thursday Update

The clashes between police and anti-government protesters here in Bangkok on Tuesday morning left two people dead and more than 400 injured. Order has been restored, but political uncertainty remains. Here are some recent news reports: WSJ editorial: Thailand in Turmoil Two years after the Thai military ousted then-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, the full cost […]

Thai Police Fire Tear Gas at Protesters

Bloomberg: Thai Police Fire Tear Gas to Disperse Protesters, Several Hurt Thai police fired tear gas to disperse protesters who were blocking the Parliament building to prevent Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat from presenting his new administration’s policies. Dozens of people were injured. Thousands of Bangkok residents who have occupied the prime minister’s office since Aug. […]

Ecuador: Voters Approve a New Constitution

CSM: “Ecuador votes to lock in its shift to the left” The overwhelming approval by Ecuadoreans of a new Constitution that gives leftist President Rafael Correa a tighter grip on the economy puts the country firmly on a socialist track similar to Hugo Chávez’s Venezuela. “Today Ecuador decided to found a new country,” Mr. Correa […]

Thai PM Quits (for now) Over Cooking Show

CNN: Thailand’s Constitutional Court ruled Tuesday that the country’s prime minister, Samak Sundaravej, should resign from his post for violating the constitution by hosting a TV cooking show while in office. Tuesday’s ruling against Sundaravej, who has faced weeks of violent street protests, also forces the resignation of his cabinet. Ministers are barred from working […]

Bangkok Protests: Thursday Update

When news spread last night that Thailand’s Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej was to give a radio address at 7:30 a.m. today, rumors swirled that he would use the occasion to announce his resignation. Instead, he refused to cave in. “Don’t even think I am going to quit,” he said. “The country needs a leader, and […]

Thai PM Imposes State of Emergency

A state of emergency has been imposed here in Bangkok after a protester was killed and several were seriously wounded in clashes between anti-government and pro-government demonstrators early this morning. For ongoing coverage, check out: — The Nation — The Bangkok Post Here’s a story from the Straits Times: “Emergency in Bangkok: At least one […]

Bangkok Protests: Monday Update

Here’s a round-up of media coverage regarding the ongoing protests here in Thailand. The most recent news: — There was a small explosion at a police booth here in Bangkok early today (Monday). There were no injuries. — The airport in Phuket has re-opened. — And Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej, who protesters say is a […]

Bangkok Protests: Audio Slide Show

Here’s a 1 minute, 42-second audio slide show I just created after spending a few hours snapping photos and recording audio at the site of massive anti-government protests here in Bangkok today. Protesters are rallying against Thailand’s Prime Minister, Samak Sundaravej. The protests has been organized by the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), which accuses […]