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$1 Billion in U.S. Weapons Sales, Plus $261 Million More

Friday, 28 July 2017, 1:30 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- After the U.S. sold weapons to Thailand worth $1 billion during the past decade, this year's $261 million in U.S. arms deals will strengthen the current coup-installed military government against political opponents and Islamist ... More >>

"Cutting Off" North Korea to "Denuclearize" Pyongyang

Monday, 24 July 2017, 1:59 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- When U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Glyn T. Davies recently asked Bangkok's coup-installed military government to support international sanctions against North Korea, he reflected concerns by analysts that Pyongyang could build nuclear ... More >>

The CIA's Lying Vietnamese Spies, "Ghosts," & "Slicky Boys"

Wednesday, 12 July 2017, 4:06 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency's belief in lying Vietnamese spies, "ghosts," "slicky boys" and "marketplace mush" contributed to America losing its Vietnam War in 1975, according to James Parker, ... More >>

Buddhist Nuns Suffer Hostility & Sexism

Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 10:57 am | Richard S. Ehrlich

By Richard S. Ehrlich BANGKOK, Thailand -- An American Buddhist nun said the U.S. Embassy rescued her from Thai men who wanted to kidnap her, but they later allegedly burned down her temple dormitory because she intentionally disobeys Thai Buddhist ... More >>

A CIA Evacuation from Vietnam: Suicides, Executions & Risk

Friday, 23 June 2017, 8:50 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- When the U.S.-Vietnam War ended on April 30, 1975, a Central Intelligence Agency officer's two best military sources committed suicide and an American diplomat endangered the lives of escaping staff and CIA personnel, according ... More >>

Car Bomb in Thailand Injures 56 and Damages Peace Talks

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 4:23 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- A devastating car bomb exploded in front of a shopping complex on May 9 in southern Thailand, minutes after a smaller blast lured security forces and rescuers to the site, injuring at least 56 people in the one of the worst attacks ... More >>

Fearing Waco Bloodshed at a Buddhist Temple

Tuesday, 28 March 2017, 2:12 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Fearing duplication of 1993's Waco, Texas bloodshed, thousands of Thai troops and police retreated from their three-week siege surrounding a Buddhist temple after failing to find the former abbot who is wanted for alleged financial ... More >>

Ehrlich: Strokes, Alzheimer's and "Dangerous" Birthdays

Friday, 10 March 2017, 11:20 am | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Alzheimer's and dementia can be triggered by small silent strokes caused by high blood pressure, but "birthdays are dangerous" and can be fatal for elderly people, warned a World Federation of Neurology former president. More >>

President Trump & Thailand's Military Coup Leaders

Thursday, 2 March 2017, 12:21 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- President Donald Trump may strengthen Washington's support for Bangkok's military government after sending the head of the U.S. Pacific Command to open a 10-day Cobra Gold military exercise on Valentine's Day, the highest-level ... More >>

Thailand's Military Junta Consolidates Power

Wednesday, 4 January 2017, 4:58 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thailand's military government is consolidating its control and skillfully handling the country's traumatic mourning in the aftermath of King Bhumibol Adulyadej's death on October 13 at age 88, while a flow of hundreds of thousands ... More >>

Palestinians Seize Israeli Embassy - Richard S. Ehrlich

Tuesday, 1 November 2016, 4:20 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

Armed Palestinian "Black September" guerrillas seized the Israeli Embassy in Bangkok, threatened to execute the six Israelis inside and blow up the building, but suddenly surrendered saying, "We love your king," when told that King Bhumibol Adulyadej was ... More >>

China's Diplomatic Success in Thailand & The Philippines

Monday, 24 October 2016, 10:29 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- China is achieving fresh diplomatic successes in Thailand and the Philippines, thanks to security arrangements which blocked Hong Kong's pro-democracy dissident Joshua Wong from visiting Bangkok in October and an unexpected anti-U.S. ... More >>

The Death of a King is a Political and Emotional Trauma

Wednesday, 19 October 2016, 4:53 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- King Bhumibol Adulyadej's death at age 88 on October 13 has plunged Thailand into the deepest political and emotional trauma in the lifetime of its people, breaking millions of hearts, creating an unpredictable leadership ... More >>

Coup-Installed Military Junta Confidently in Control

Tuesday, 27 September 2016, 4:00 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thailand's fearful and punished political opposition is no immediate threat to the military's coup-installed regime which is using arrests, re-education camps, censorship and the creation of a new, restrictive constitution to enforce ... More >>

Ehrlich: President Obama & the CIA's "Secret War" in Laos

Friday, 9 September 2016, 4:19 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- When Barack Obama became the first American president to visit communist Laos on Sept. 6-8, he arrived in the most heavily bombed country on earth where people continue to perish from U.S. explosives dropped during a war which ended ... More >>

A New Constitution? Yes or No?

Wednesday, 13 July 2016, 12:29 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thailand's Constitutional Court has upheld a law that metes out 10 years imprisonment to anyone who voices an opinion about the junta's favored draft constitution, or campaigns for or against it before a scheduled nationwide ... More >>

Opium Farms Grow Food for Tribes, Money & Fine Cuisine

Wednesday, 29 June 2016, 11:04 am | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- When the CIA, Thai police, Chinese guerrillas and others were linked to Southeast Asia's wealthy heroin dealers during the 20th century, no one imagined fruit and vegetables would provide delicious replacement crops to fight ... More >>

The Politics of Facebook Fear: Encryption & Satire

Thursday, 23 June 2016, 11:29 am | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Free speech and pro-democracy activists, Thai journalists and others are encrypting their telephone and message conversations, shrinking their Facebook presence and finding other ways to avoid the coup-installed military junta's ... More >>

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 >>

 

 

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