Politics

Thai PM Yingluck surpasses Aung San Suu Kyi in FB popularity

Thai PM Yingluck surpasses Aung San Suu Kyi in FB popularity

Aung San Suu Kyi (L) meets Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra at the Thai ambassador’s residence in Rangoon on 20 December 2011. (Reuters) Yingluck Shinawatra, Prime-minister of Thailand,  is now 10 months in power and is very popular, especially amongst Thai women. Although 44 year old* Yingluck doesn’t seem to be as wise and determined as [...]

Plane spotting

Plane spotting

Seen at Don Mueang Airport, Bangkok (June 4th, 2012): The 747 belongs to the king of Bahrain. I checked the news, but there is no mention of his visit to Asia. Currently the king seems to be left to his own devices.

Politician, a dangerous job in Thailand

Politician, a dangerous job in Thailand

Chiang Rai, 24-4-2012 This house has been empty for the last month. Since it looked like a nice house on a fairly good location, I inquired whether it was up for rent. It turns out to belong to a local politician who temporarely moved out to an undisclosed address in fear of getting threatened or [...]

CAG, Computer Aided Governance: Will future governments be replaced by a computer?

CAG, Computer Aided Governance: Will future governments be replaced by a computer?

I have been mentioning this last week in a comment on Lani’s ever-inspiring blog.As far as I know the idea was first put forward by Martin Amstrong in 2011. Amstrong explicitely refers to expert systems, but fails to address how such a system will be implemented.One of the oldest examples of an expert system is [...]

Why Myanmar’s expected democracy will not be soon and not for everyone

Why Myanmar’s expected democracy will not be soon and not for everyone

Ahead of elections in Myanmar tomorrow, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is not optimistic about the way it will be conducted. Speaking at the final news conference before the poll, the pro-democracy advocate highlighted voting irregularities discovered – such as thousands of names of dead people on the electoral roll – and intimidation that [...]

Funny Thai no vote billboards

Funny Thai no vote billboards

Seen today in Roi Et city:Towards the upcoming election July the 3rd, the People’s Alliance for Democracy PAD and the Heaven and Earth Party have joined forces in a campaign to promote casting blank votes. Both parties are against the politics of both current pm Abhisit and former pm Thaksin. A previous campaign in begin [...]

Washington, Dictatorship City?

Washington, Dictatorship City?

i Forget the North African and Arab revolutions for a moment. Are you aware that right now 600,000 Americans are being deprived to exercize their current or future democratic rights? They haven’t commited any crime, which would abort further equalitarianism in a dozen states or so.Amazingly, all citizens of the country’s metropole are not allowed to vote in the same [...]

"Sorry boss, I didn’t know banning Facebook makes Thailand lose face.."

"Sorry boss, I didn’t know banning Facebook makes Thailand lose face.."

Seen today at 14:30: A complete Facebook ban.A somewhat drastic measure against Thailand’s 2nd most popular website.Understandbly during the Cambodian temple conflict Thai authorithies are a bit edgy right now.15 minutes later when I was about to pack my bags and book a ticket to a freer country, the ban had been lifted. Now probably just a [...]

Police and other authorities make Thailand look like a Banana Republic

Police and other authorities make Thailand look like a Banana Republic

Photo taken at 19/11/2010 at 23:05h at a massage parlour / brothel: Tourist police drinking cans of Chang beer during duty Here all three officers carefully hid their  beer,going well with their free evening snack As written earlier according to independent research, since the last two years, out of 178 countries, Thailand now belongs in the [...]

NY-Times: Thailand ranks 153 in the freedom of press

NY-Times: Thailand ranks 153 in the freedom of press

According to the NY-Times the French organization Reporters Without Borders ranks the country of smiles at a 153rd place out of 178 countries regarding press freedom, dropping 23 places compared with last year.According to the organization a mere 25 countries are worse off, namely: Belarus, Swaziland, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Somalia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tunisia, [...]