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How Buddhist Thailand Freed Its Hostages From Hamas

Friday, 1 December 2023, 1:03 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Buddhist-majority Thailand gained the release of 23 Thai hostages from Hamas, the most foreigners freed as of November 30, after Bangkok boldly began direct negotiations with the Palestinian militant group's representatives in Iran ... More >>

Thailand Negotiated With Hamas In Iran For Hostages

Wednesday, 8 November 2023, 1:33 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thailand negotiated directly with representatives of Hamas in Iran to release 24 Thai hostages from Gaza, the largest nationality among kidnapped foreigners. Thailand also expressed "outrage" against Israel's U.N. ambassador ... More >>

Hamas Slaughtered 30 Thais & Seized 19

Friday, 27 October 2023, 4:48 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

Buddhist-majority Thailand's new prime minister flew to Palestinian-friendly Malaysia and reached out to other Muslim nations amid hopes for the release of 19 impoverished Thai laborers held by Hamas, who already slaughtered 30 Thais during the assault ... More >>

Surf's Up For Chinese & U.S. In A New Thailand

Friday, 6 October 2023, 2:09 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- China's navy quietly sailed into the shallow, energy-rich Gulf of Thailand earlier this month for Blue Strike 2023, a joint naval exercise to increase Beijing's influence with Thailand's newly elected, military-backed civilian government, ... More >>

THAKSIN By Ehrlich

Monday, 11 September 2023, 1:39 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- While visiting Bangkok in 2003, then-President George W. Bush designated Thailand a "non-NATO treaty ally" and congratulated Thaksin Shinawatra, the popular, elected, civilian prime minister. Three years later, a desperate, ... More >>

International Fugitive Thaksin Returns To Prison

Friday, 25 August 2023, 2:54 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- After 15 years as an international fugitive ousted in a coup, homesick billionaire ex-prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra returned on August 22, allowing the Supreme Court to sentence him to eight years for corruption and send ... More >>

Pita Dumped & Replaced By A Tycoon

Monday, 7 August 2023, 12:34 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- The anti-establishment winner of May's national election lost support to become prime minister on August 2 when his coalition dumped him, clearing the way for a conservative real-estate tycoon's possible nomination. Parliament's ... More >>

From Father To Son, Authoritarian Power In Cambodia

Monday, 31 July 2023, 3:09 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, who won reelection on July 23, announced on July 26 he would install his West Point-trained son next month as the country's leader and resign after monopolizing politics, jailing rivals, and ... More >>

Political Monopoly: Vote But No Free Speech Or Choices

Thursday, 27 July 2023, 6:33 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen won reelection on July 23, as expected, extending his 38 years in power by monopolizing politics, jailing rivals, silencing free speech, and winning virtually all of parliament's seats. "We've won a landslide," ... More >>

Shakespearean "Et Tu Brute?" In A Hostile Senate

Thursday, 27 July 2023, 6:31 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

Millions of Thais were gripped with suspense, misery, or delight seeing a Shakespearean display of political knives and an agonized "Et tu Brute?" echoing in the hostile Senate when it voted twice to crush popular Pita Limjaroenrat's chances to ... More >>

Pita May Be Pulverized & Replaced Before Or After

Tuesday, 27 June 2023, 1:19 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Job opening: Prime minister. Must be able to end Thailand's cycle of coups by satisfying the demands of Thailand's U.S.-trained, putsch-empowered military. Must be able to seduce junta-appointed senators into supporting the next ... More >>

China's Monetized Soft Power Is Influential

Tuesday, 13 June 2023, 7:05 am | Richard S. Ehrlich

Rotting weapons, faded battlefield photos, and rough-sketched jungle maps from defeated, anti-communist, U.S.-equipped Chinese Kuomintang (KMT) guerrillas are cherished in this northern border village. The KMT and China stopped killing each other decades ... More >>

China's Monetized Soft Power Is Influential

Monday, 12 June 2023, 4:01 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BAN RAK THAI, Thailand -- Rotting weapons, faded battlefield photos, and rough-sketched jungle maps from defeated, anti-communist, U.S.-equipped Chinese Kuomintang (KMT) guerrillas are cherished in this northern border village. The KMT and China stopped ... More >>

A Political Minefield, Littered With Politicians

Thursday, 1 June 2023, 3:17 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Pita Limjaroenrat is deliberately entering a political minefield, littered with politicians and governments which failed. Wealthy Mr. Pita's youth-led victory in nationwide elections on May 14 to try and become Thailand's youngest prime ... More >>

The Legacy Of A Prime Minister Who Was Khmer Rouge

Monday, 29 May 2023, 3:47 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen is expected to resign after winning re-election in July, ending his rise from a severely wounded guerrilla in Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge during the U.S.-Vietnam War to become one of the world's longest-ruling ... More >>

Winning An Election, Upsetting The Military

Thursday, 18 May 2023, 1:50 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Liberal Pita Limjaroenrat, 32, won the most seats in Sunday's (May 14) nationwide elections, and is trying to form a coalition to become prime minister, possibly sharing power with a scion of Thailand's two convicted coup-toppled ... More >>

China & America Woo Thailand's Hearts & Minds

Monday, 24 April 2023, 4:08 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- More than 3,800 U.S. troops led 30 countries' forces and observers through Cobra Gold, the Pentagon's biggest Asian military exercise, trying to keep Thailand's coup-empowered army allied with Washington while Beijing increases its ... More >>

"No Coup Again" If You Vote For Coup Maker

Monday, 17 April 2023, 3:49 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Coup-maker Prayuth Chan-ocha hopes his snappy new promise -- "no coup again" -- will get him re-elected prime minister in May and end worries that the U.S.-trained military will topple the next government if the polls ... More >>

Ex-British Spy's "Great Game" In Afghanistan

Monday, 20 February 2023, 2:20 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

By Richard S. Ehrlich BANGKOK, Thailand -- A former wartime British spy in Afghanistan and Pakistan for Britain's Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), also known as MI6, says he regrets disguising himself as a foreign correspondent but is proud of his ... More >>

San Francisco's Cookies Cannabis In Thailand

Sunday, 12 February 2023, 6:51 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

Cookies, a popular San Francisco-based cannabis and fashion company, opened its first Asian franchise on January 21 with billowing marijuana smoke, a Buddhist monk's blessings, Muay Thai boxing, and ceremonial drumming within sight of the American ... More >>

 

 
 
 
 
 

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