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China Virus Kills 25 and Spreads Internationally

Friday, 24 January 2020, 4:08 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- In China, officials have cancelled air flights and trains out of Wuhan, a city of 11 million people which is the epicenter of a deadly coronavirus that has killed at least 25 people and sickened 830. More >>

Death Squad Leader Kills 1,000 & Dies

Thursday, 19 December 2019, 4:08 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- One of Indonesia's worst death squad leaders, 78-year-old Anwar Congo, has died decades after executing at least 1,000 suspected communists and others during a U.S.-backed purge which killed more than 50,000 people during the 1960s. More >>

Pope Francis Sought Acceptance in Buddhist Thailand

Thursday, 19 December 2019, 4:07 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Pope Francis' visit to Buddhist-majority Thailand focused attention on Catholic hill tribes and sexual abuse against women amid improving relations between the two religions quietly influenced by the army's failure to defeat southern Muslim ... More >>

Muslim Separatists' Attack is Bloodiest in 15 Years

Wednesday, 20 November 2019, 4:08 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Suspected Muslim separatists attacked poorly defended road checkpoints killing at least 15 people, including five women, in the most deadly assault in several years in southern Thailand where more than 7,000 have died on ... More >>

Dalai Lama Says His "Feudal System...Should End"

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 9:31 am | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- In a surprise reversal, the Dalai Lama said his Tibetan Buddhist tradition of reincarnated dalai lamas "should end now" because the hierarchy created "a feudal system," a description echoing decades of communist China's ... More >>

Hong Kong's Wong Predicts Insurrection in Bangkok

Thursday, 31 October 2019, 1:05 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Hong Kong political activist Joshua Wong predicted Thailand's young people will unleash an urban insurrection "the same as Hong Kong youngsters did in the past four months" if Thailand's Army Chief General Apirat Kongsompong ... More >>

Richard S. Ehrlich: "Implanted Communist Chips"

Thursday, 24 October 2019, 3:30 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Army Chief Gen. Apirat Kongsompong has announced a communist conspiracy is plotting to seize power in Thailand, led by elderly politicians and academics who had "implanted communist chips" in their brains. More >>

The Biggest Medical Marijuana Facility in Southeast Asia

Monday, 7 October 2019, 3:02 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thailand has built what's described as the biggest industrial-scale medical marijuana facility in Southeast Asia with 12,000 plants, and will soon allow everyone to grow six cannabis plants "in their back gardens like any other herb." More >>

Sam Rainsy Taunts Cambodia With Promise to Return

Monday, 16 September 2019, 3:06 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Cambodia's fugitive opposition leader Sam Rainsy says he will return from France on November 9 to his Southeast Asian homeland, where he faces at least 15 years imprisonment. More >>

Thailand Proudly Produces Its First Medical Marijuana

Monday, 19 August 2019, 3:48 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Unwilling to allow the public to get zonked or profit from recreational marijuana, Thailand has instead produced its first pharmaceutical THC and CBD oils, tablets, oral sprays, chocolate wafers and traditional potions after ... More >>

U.S., China & Russia: Rivals For Weaponry & Investment

Friday, 16 August 2019, 1:30 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's recent appearance at a Southeast Asian foreign ministers' conference occurred alongside his rival Chinese and Russian counterparts, with all three trying to woo Thailand's authoritarian government ... More >>

Coup Leader Wins Election & Pentagon Hopes to Train

Friday, 16 August 2019, 1:30 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Coup leader Prayuth Chan-ocha ended his five-year-long junta and took over the defense ministry when his new government was recently sworn in, nearly four months after an election to reaffirm him as prime minister. More >>

A Railway Now Links Thailand and Cambodia

Monday, 22 July 2019, 3:09 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Tourists, gamblers, traders and residents can now travel by train between Bangkok and the Thai-Cambodian border for the first time after tracks were cut 45 years ago, when U.S. and Cambodian forces began losing their war against ... More >>

Israel Teaches the Philippine Army to Fight Insurgents

Thursday, 11 July 2019, 3:07 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Israel has taught the Philippine Army for the first time how to fight Muslim separatists and communist guerrillas, the latest tightening of relations between the two nations which includes Israeli weapons sales and sharing intelligence ... More >>

The Panchen Lama, Age 6, Captured by China

Thursday, 9 May 2019, 3:13 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- The U.S. government's media and a Dalai Lama-supported campaign to liberate Tibetan political prisoners have published two portraits of what the Panchen Lama's face could now look like on his 30th birthday and are demanding to ... More >>

Thailand's King Crowns Himself After Surprise Wedding

Friday, 3 May 2019, 2:21 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- King "Maha" Vajiralongkorn crowns himself monarch on Saturday (May 4) during a three-day multimillion-dollar coronation steeped in ancient Hindu and Buddhist rituals confirming he is Rama X, 10th in the Chakri dynasty ... More >>

Thailand: Fugitive Lovers Fear Execution For Hexagonal Pod

Wednesday, 24 April 2019, 1:53 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- A U.S. retired defense contractor with wartime experience in Iraq and Afghanistan was on the run April 24 with his bitcoin-savvy girlfriend, fearing Bangkok's military government will execute them for living on a floating platform ... More >>

A "State of Emergency" or "Civil War" in Thailand

Thursday, 18 April 2019, 3:28 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thailand's army chief has warned a state of emergency will be declared if post-election violence degenerates into "civil war". More >>

Thailand Legalizes Medical Marijuana & Kratom

Wednesday, 27 February 2019, 4:16 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

Medical marijuana and kratom became legal in Thailand on February 18 after the king signed a royal decree allowing doctors, patients, schools, farmers, entrepreneurs and exporters to cultivate, possess and dispense both drugs. More >>

A Princess in Thailand Cannot Become Prime Minister

Wednesday, 13 February 2019, 3:55 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

Thailand's junta-appointed Election Commission disqualified a princess from running for prime minister in next month's polls, after her surprise candidacy displeased her powerful brother King Maha Vajiralongkorn and dangerously divided this country. More >>



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