from Russell Boyce:

Asia – A week in pictures 03 July 2011

July 5, 2011

A great news picture has to have the WOW factor and without a doubt the picture of the domb disposal expert being caught in a car bomb blast is amazing. What is even more amazing is that he lived.

from Andrew Marshall:

Reclaiming the truth in Thailand

February 13, 2011

A medic prepares to move the body of a protester who was killed during an operation to evict anti-government "red shirt" protesters from their encampment in Bangkok May 19, 2010. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang

Another battle over the truth is being fought in Thailand.

Robert Amsterdam, the international lawyer working for fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, has submitted a lengthy petition to the International Criminal Court in the Hague alleging that Thailand's government and military committed crimes against humanity during the suppression of "Red Shirt" mass protests in Bangkok in April and May last year. The document produced by Amsterdam & Peroff LLP goes far beyond just setting out the evidence of criminal conduct. It presents an alternative history of the past decade in Thailand that is radically at odds with the official narrative, and which has been made available online in both English and Thai, as a challenge to the government's version of the truth. Central to its argument is the incendiary accusation that the official version of events is not merely dishonest or incomplete, but that it has been constructed with the help of a prolonged campaign of systematic and deliberate deception, with key events staged or manipulated to obscure the truth of what was really going on and create a carefully choreographed fiction.

from Andrew Marshall:

Uneducate people

August 1, 2010


One of the funniest and saddest photographs of Thailand's turmoil was taken by my Reuters colleague Vivek Prakash on Silom Road in Bangkok on April 22. It shows a crowd of protesters from the so-called 'multi-coloured shirt' group showing their contempt for opposing 'red shirt' protesters encamped across the road. One man proudly holds up a sign he has painstakingly drawn in blue pen, in English, presumably for the benefit of the foreign media covering the stand-off, condemning the reds - who are mostly but not exclusively made up of Thailand's urban and rural poor - as "uneducate people".

from Andrew Marshall:

Thaksin strikes back

July 22, 2010


Two months after the Thai military crushed the red shirt protest at Rajaprasong, fugitive former prime minister and telecoms tycooon Thaksin Shinawatra has struck back.

from Andrew Marshall:

Thoughts on Thailand’s turmoil, by James Stent

June 30, 2010

Thailand's political crisis is particularly resistant to easy interpretation. The very nature of the crisis is the subject of fierce controversy; the opposing sides cannot even agree on what they are fighting about. Genuinely informed and insightful analysis is very hard to find.

from Andrew Marshall:

Thaksin and me

June 12, 2010


Like many foreign correspondents, as a result of my reporting on Thailand's political crisis I have frequently been accused of naïveté, breathtaking stupidity, and a total inability to grasp the complexities of the situation.

from Global News Journal:

The Fire Next Time in Thailand

May 24, 2010

(Thai firefighters douse the Central World shopping mall building that was set on fire by anti-government "red shirt" protesters in Bangkok May 19, 2010.  REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis)

from Global News Journal:

In line of fire at Bangkok protests

May 17, 2010
A man is dragged to safety after being shot on Rama IV Road during clashes between army soldiers and anti-government 'red shirt' supporters in Bangkok on Sunday. (Reuters/Jerry Lampen)

may 16 7It was 2 a.m. on a Friday morning and we were stuck in the Reuters office on the 35th floor of the U Chu Liang Building. Thai anti-government protesters had begun rioting after their military strategist, a flamboyant major-general known as  "Commander Red" was shot in the head as he was being interviewed by the New York Times at the "red shirt" protest encampment that occupies a huge chunk of expensive real estate in the Thai capital.

from FaithWorld:

Can saffron be red in Thailand?

May 1, 2010


(A monk walks along a red shirt barricade in Bangkok's business district on April 25/Sukree Sukplang)

from Global News Journal:

Discord in Thai kingdom

April 27, 2010

THAILAND/ Punchai is arranging strings of flowers under the imposing statue of King Rama VI at the entrance of Lumphini Park in Bangkok. The statue overlooks one end of the sprawling "red shirt" encampment that occupies a 3 square-km area of downtown Bangkok.