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Marcos Dynasty Elected President In The Philippines

Friday, 20 May 2022, 5:13 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

In a stunning victory, Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. won the Philippines' presidential election, bringing him to the frontlines of U.S.-China confrontations in the South China Sea amid denials that he is Beijing's puppet "Manchurian ... More >>

American THC For Medical Clinic In Bangkok

Wednesday, 4 May 2022, 12:42 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- A Las Vegas-based cannabis company has become the first foreign franchise to jointly open a medical marijuana clinic in Thailand, treating Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, cancer, eating disorders and insomnia in Bangkok's flashy tourist zone. ... More >>

Russia Woos Southeast Asia To Buffer Sanctions

Tuesday, 19 April 2022, 3:26 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Moscow is trying to profit by offering weapons, investment, tourism and diplomatic support to Thailand and other best friends in Southeast Asia, to buffer Russia's international losses caused by U.S.-led sanctions against its ... More >>

Saudi Arabia Agrees To Stop Punishing Thailand

Tuesday, 8 March 2022, 1:10 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- More than 30 years after a Thai janitor stole a blue diamond from Saudi royals and the murder of four Saudi diplomats, Riyadh has agreed to stop punishing Bangkok with financial sanctions which cost billions of dollars in lost ... More >>

West Point & China Influences Cambodia

Thursday, 24 February 2022, 1:20 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Hun Manet, trained by the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, may become Cambodia's next leader after his pro-China father Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen recently anointed him, prompting scrutiny about how the heir apparent would ... More >>

U.S.-China Rivalry For Thailand

Tuesday, 8 February 2022, 3:51 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

NONG KHAI, Thailand -- You can see China's inexorable southern thrust along the Mekong River where tall, fanciful, Chinese buildings sprout nearby on the Laos side of this sleepy northern border, sparking hopes and fears about Beijing's influence ... More >>

Silk Road Train Encircles China's Dreaded Desert

Wednesday, 10 November 2021, 4:17 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

Ancient Silk Road travelers cursed China's largest desert as "Takla Makan," an ominous Persian-Turkic expression which translates as "enter and you may never return." Undeterred by its sandstorms and merciless terrain in the oblong ... More >>

River-Rich Laos Invites Bitcoin Miners

Tuesday, 12 October 2021, 3:07 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- After China's recent cryptocurrency crackdown, impoverished Laos is now allowing Bitcoin mining, fueled by abundant hydroelectric power from the Mekong River and shrugging off U.S. warnings of disastrous environmental problems. ... More >>

Police Suffocation

Friday, 10 September 2021, 12:59 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thailand's prime minister and public appeared horrified after watching provincial police chief "Joe Ferrari" allegedly torture and kill a drug suspect by wrapping his head with layers of plastic bags until he suffocated. ... More >>

Al Qaeda in Afghanistan Zapping Foreign Lands

Tuesday, 24 August 2021, 2:37 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- During the first days of America's bombardment and invasion of Afghanistan 20 years ago, the Taliban government collapsed in panic, abandoning Kabul in November 2001. More >>

U.S. Embassy In Laos: Facebook & "A Terrorist"

Tuesday, 3 August 2021, 12:47 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- The U.S. Embassy in Laos has publicly apologized and blamed Facebook's auto-translation for describing an ethnic Hmong-American Olympic Games teenage gymnast as "a terrorist" on the American Embassy's official site, ... More >>

U.S. Sees "Threat" In The Golden Triangle

Friday, 30 July 2021, 1:48 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- In Southeast Asia's crime-infested Golden Triangle, Chinese entrepreneur Zhao Wei is constructing a sprawling casino resort and airstrip despite being sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department as a "threat to the United ... More >>

U.S. Ghosts Of War Haunt Afghanistan

Thursday, 22 July 2021, 11:22 am | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- When the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan secured Bagram Air Base in January 2002, a Special Operations officer said he motivated newly arrived 82nd Airborne Division troops with a human skull, because the young Americans became enthusiastic ... More >>

U.S. Expats Demand Washington Provide Vaccines

Wednesday, 2 June 2021, 4:02 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Some of Biden's and Trump's most active boosters here in Southeast Asia have joined forces, demanding the State Department vaccinate all American expats in Thailand, as a model for international distribution, instead of discriminating ... More >>

Pentagon & Beijing In Pacific's Liquid Heart

Tuesday, 25 May 2021, 4:04 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

Tiny Palau invited the Pentagon to build ports, bases and airfields on its Pacific islands, after Chinese President Xi Jinping bullied Palau by destabilizing its fragile economy, according to defiant President Surangel Whipps. "President Whipps' ... More >>

U.S. Withdrawal From Afghanistan: 1989 Vs. 2021

Tuesday, 4 May 2021, 12:36 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- President Biden's announced withdrawal from Afghanistan will be the second time since 1989 that the U.S. retreats from that country -- and twice after years of boosting war but losing control over Islamist insurgents. When previously ... More >>

Cambodia's Hun Sen Feels Politically Vaccinated

Thursday, 1 April 2021, 4:11 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- When Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen received his AstraZeneca vaccination shot, he suddenly felt invulnerable and vowed to rule indefinitely. Hun Sen is already one of the world's longest ruling prime ministers, confident his successor ... More >>

Homeland Security, Babies & Surrogate Mothers

Wednesday, 24 March 2021, 4:28 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

U.S. Homeland Security helped Thailand confiscate "numerous infants," including Caucasian and Chinese, and arrest an American woman and others who allegedly paid Thai females to be artificially inseminated for customers in foreign countries. ... More >>

Revolutionary Years: 2020-2021

Wednesday, 17 February 2021, 2:04 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thailand's 68-year-old king and his loyal, testy prime minister suffered a dangerous 2020, relentlessly exposed to loud, satirical, young revolutionaries in the streets demanding democracy and limits to the monarch's wealth and security ... More >>

Lucky Coup Among Authoritarian Regimes

Friday, 12 February 2021, 11:03 am | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Myanmar's coup leader may be lucky his Southeast Asian country is wedged among authoritarian regimes which are interested in making money by accessing its natural resources and strategic geography, instead of condemning the destruction ... More >>