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No Human Rights Violations Because No Violence?

Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 4:57 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Coup-installed junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha said he does "not violate any human rights" because he is not using violence to enforce his edicts including a new crackdown against anti-regime jokes, political comments on Facebook, ... More >>

Richard S. Ehrlich: China's Repression Hits Thailand

Tuesday, 29 September 2015, 4:26 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- China's harsh control over the ancient Silk Road across the Taklimakan Desert found a friendly and seemingly naive collaborator five weeks ago, when Thailand's coup-installed military junta forcibly deported 109 minority ethnic ... More >>

Deadly Shrine Bomb Shatters "Happiness" Coup Propaganda

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 2:39 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Police hoping to boost tourists' confidence visited one of Bangkok's raunchiest red-light enclaves and described the security situation to foreign men drinking beer with Thai bar girls, five nights after a pipe-bomb killed 20 people ... More >>

Thailand's Tourism & Junta Damaged by 2nd Bomb

Tuesday, 25 August 2015, 11:57 am | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Jittery and suspicious residents and tourists are trying to enjoy the tropical pleasures of this sprawling river port, but with no evidence about who is bombing Bangkok or why, many people fear more danger ahead. More >>

Few Clues in Bangkok's Devastating Bomb Attacks

Tuesday, 25 August 2015, 11:55 am | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Security officials sifted through the grizzly remains of victims and wreckage in the streets on August 18, but said they did not know who detonated a powerful pipe bomb in the heart of Bangkok crowded with shoppers, tourists and ... More >>

China's Hooded, Handcuffed, Frogmarched Uighur Muslims

Thursday, 16 July 2015, 3:41 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- China's claim that Turkish diplomats helped Uighur Muslim refugees become terrorists in Syria and Iraq is "laughable," Turkey said after Chinese security forces wrapped black bags over the heads of 109 handcuffed "jihad" ... More >>

Billion Dollar Chinese Submarines for Thailand's Arsenal

Thursday, 9 July 2015, 12:03 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Bangkok's coup-installed regime is considering the purchase of three attack submarines from China for $1 billion, after Thailand received exclusive anti-submarine warfare training from the U.S. Navy's Seventh Fleet. More >>

"Vile Orgy" by British Soccer Players Mars Thailand's Image

Friday, 5 June 2015, 1:04 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thailand's expensive international tourism effort to downplay its reputation as a sexual playground suffered a rude setback after three British soccer players appeared in a published video laughing and shouting racist and vulgar ... More >>

Kidnapped Girls, Mass Graves & U.S. Surveillance Flights

Friday, 29 May 2015, 12:51 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Armed kidnappers in Myanmar seized young girls and other ethnic Rohingyas, brutalizing and imprisoning them on overloaded boats to sell them to traffickers and corrupt officials in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, survivors said according ... More >>

One Year After Thailand's Bloodless Coup

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 10:50 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- One year after destroying a popular elected government in a bloodless coup, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha rules with absolute power over a country suffering from newly discovered "death camps" for Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants, ... More >>

Suicide & Executions: Cambodia 1975

Thursday, 30 April 2015, 9:24 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- "As the insurgents entered his office, the admiral placed his pistol against his right temple, and pulled the trigger." More >>

Mormons' Posthumous Weddings & "Highest Sacraments"

Thursday, 30 April 2015, 2:35 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Nearly 50 years after Mormons opened small churches here converting Buddhists, animists and other Thais, they have now announced plans to construct their first big temple in Thailand, enabling their families to be "sealed" together ... More >>

Russia is the Newest Buddy of Bangkok's Coup Leader

Friday, 24 April 2015, 2:31 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's visit to Bangkok last week resulted in trade deals, revived relations and a public snub at Washington by Thailand's heavily criticized coup leader who praised Moscow's friendship when "a ... More >>

Thailand's Coup Leader Invokes "Absolute Powers"

Sunday, 5 April 2015, 5:40 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thirteen days after receiving U.S. Air Force training to strengthen his troops, military coup leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha toughened his grip by lifting martial law on April 2 and enforcing a harsher security law which critics say creates ... More >>

Bangkok's Firing Squad, Lime Trees & "Underboobs"

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 3:02 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- The angry, frustrated, talkative general who seized Thailand in a military coup last May, said on Monday (March 23) if he had "complete power" he would have "a firing squad" execute people, but now he suffers insomnia because ... More >>

Rice Crop Subsidies Could Feed Yingluck Into Prison

Monday, 23 March 2015, 5:42 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, whose government was toppled by a military coup in May, faces a possible 10 years in prison after the Supreme Court on Thursday (March 19) ordered her trial for alleged negligence ... More >>

Iran Not Developing Nukes & Not "Imminent Threat" El Baradei

Sunday, 15 February 2015, 7:58 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Iran is not engaged in nuclear weapons research, and not an "imminent threat" requiring military action, according to Mohamed El Baradei, former director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and winner of the Nobel ... More >>

Amid Protests, U.S. Begins Training Thai Coup Leader's Milit

Friday, 13 February 2015, 9:21 am | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- The U.S. began a 12-day annual, multinational Cobra Gold military exercise on Monday (February 9), despite the biggest pro-democracy protest in months displaying coup leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha as a gigantic faux Teletubby authoritarian. More >>

US, Russian Smallpox Stockpiles "Crimes Against Humanity"

Friday, 6 February 2015, 4:49 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- The U.S. and Russia should destroy their deadly smallpox stockpiles or be "guilty of crimes against humanity," because the virus slaughtered hundreds of millions of people before it was stopped in 1980 and would kill again ... More >>

Bangkok's Coup Leader "Saddened" by U.S. State Department

Thursday, 5 February 2015, 4:12 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

Inside a lavish chamber in Grand Palace, decorated with antique thrones and portraits of past kings, Thailand's fearsome coup leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha arrived alongside foreign diplomats, Thai nobles, and his senior military regime colleagues. More >>



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