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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 >>

Coup Leader Grabs Absolute Power At Dawn

Tuesday, 9 February 2021, 6:59 am | Richard S. Ehrlich

By Richard S. Ehrlich BANGKOK, Thailand -- By seizing power, Myanmar's new coup leader Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing has protected his murky financial investments and the military's domination, but some of his incoming international ... More >>

A Military Coup Zaps Burma, Aka Myanmar

Thursday, 4 February 2021, 3:19 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Myanmar's military seized power in a coup on February 1, detained internationally disgraced civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other recently elected officials, and declared a one-year State of Emergency because voting was marred by ... More >>

A Military Coup Zaps Burma, Aka Myanmar

Thursday, 4 February 2021, 3:19 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Myanmar's military seized power in a coup on February 1, detained internationally disgraced civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other recently elected officials, and declared a one-year State of Emergency because voting was marred by ... More >>

FBI Busts Tibetan-American NY Police "Spy" For China

Monday, 12 October 2020, 4:14 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- The U.S. Justice Department arrested and charged a Tibetan-American New York City police officer as an "illegal agent" involved in "intelligence gathering" for China during the past six years, after he fought as a U.S. Marine ... More >>

International Boycott Called Against Disney's "Mulan"

Monday, 21 September 2020, 1:43 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thailand's democracy activists, angered by Hong Kong's police brutality, joined an international "Mulan" boycott which expanded after Disney thanked China's security forces for help with filming in a desert where one ... More >>

America Vs. China After The Junta

Wednesday, 29 July 2020, 4:26 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

One year after becoming an elected civilian prime minister, military coup leader Prayuth Chan-ocha is tightening security links with the Pentagon, increasing financial deals with China, and enjoying applause for containing COVID-19 at 58 dead with no ... More >>

Racism & Black Lives Matter In Thailand

Thursday, 25 June 2020, 12:00 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- The Black Lives Matter (BLM) call to action has come to this Buddhist-majority society which is grappling with discrimination against dark-skinned Thais, while some foreign black people say they personally suffer racism here but ... More >>

 

 
 
 
 
 

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