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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 >>

Thai Coup Leader Suspended From Power

Saturday, 3 September 2022, 12:30 am | Richard S. Ehrlich

A Constitutional Court suspended Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha from office on August 24, immediately replacing him with his deputy, while judges decide when Mr. Prayuth's prime ministry should end after he seized power in a 2014 coup and won ... More >>

Tourism, Air Tickets, & Medical Sleaze

Thursday, 4 August 2022, 2:30 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Vietnam arrested foreign ministry, tourism, air, medical, and manufacturing officials and expelled them from the ruling Communist Party, amid multi-million dollar corruption scandals which are testing Hanoi's reliability in the U.S. Indo-Pacific ... More >>

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 >>





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