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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 >>

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 >>



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