A CERTIFIED JAM
BUT WAIT THIS CHORUS IS SO FAMILIAR
In the meantime, some album art for eye candy - Puro Instinct and James Ferraro.
More chilling news from Thailand’s MFA:
'The Thai government is planning to repatriate Burmese asylum seekers after Burma holds its first elections in 20 years next month, raising fears that refugees could be sent back to war zones.'
See the full piece from The Guardian here.
‘The curse of the blue diamond has struck Thailand once again. The torturous two-decade saga of theft, deception, incompetence, corruption and murder burst back into the spotlight this month, doing renewed damage to Thailand’s economy, its relations with Middle Eastern countries, and prospects for reconciliation in its troubled mainly-Muslim southern provinces.’
There is also a very, very critical portrayal of the Thai police, and their penchant for getting tied up in criminal violence. For example:
‘What does the saga tell us about Thailand? Firstly, it illustrates the stunning extent of criminality within Thailand’s police. As The Economist pointed out in a 2008 article: ”In Thailand’s most sensational crimes, the prime suspects are often the police.” The country’s police have shown time and time again that they are far more inclined to commit crimes than to solve them. Many Thais have developed a weary acceptance of police behaviour and are rarely surprised even by the most blatant and lurid tales of corruption.’
Maybe I should also mention the crazy, unattributed photo included in the story. Or, have a look above.
This story from Win Myint Aung at Mekong Media’s Voice is quite solid. Do have a look.
The opening gives a good sense of the piece:
'Kyaik Paran village, which has about 150 households, is 10 miles from
Mawlamyaing and most of the villagers are Mon people. I found a teashop on the roadside when I went into the village by motorbike. Although I expected to hear a Mon song from the teashop, what I heard was Thai music. When I enquired about an address in the village, a villager told me to go forward until I found a KwayTeo shop (noodle shop) and the address I was looking for was just opposite. The fact that KwayTeo, a Thai delicacy, is available in such a place surprised me more. This suggests how much villages like this are related to Thailand.’