Category Archives: Politics

Pro-Election Rallies in Pictures

The “Bangkok shutdown” was today and a large number of people came out for it. CNN estimated 50,000. Others say less. Protest leader Suthep suggested 180,000. Michael Yon estimated hundreds of thousands… World and national media focused most of their coverage on … Continue reading

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Protests in Ubon Ratchathani

As most are already aware, the government announced it will dissolve after weeks of protests and all the democrats resigning yesterday. Today protesters were supposed to either go to the government house in Bangkok or provincial halls. Ubon’s provincial hall … Continue reading

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Ubon Provincial Hall

14 provincial halls have protests today. I went to check out Ubon’s provincial hall this afternoon and nobody is protesting. They do have police checks on both sides of the road, about 40 guards and a few fire trucks but … Continue reading

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May 2010 Protests in Ubon

On this day in 2010 Ubon’s provincial hall (ศาลากลางอุบล) was burned down. The new one is almost finished. Memock had a couple reports that day here and here. 21 people arrested were recently back in court with 4 of them … Continue reading

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Visiting Yala – Part 3

This is the last post in my mini series about Yala. See Part 1 and Part 2. The Deep South of Thailand has some unique signs you don’t see around the rest of the country. Below are a few of … Continue reading

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Visiting Yala – Part 1

Yala is in the news a lot because of the continuing insurgency in Thailand’s Deep South. Prime Minister Yingluck was just there a few days ago and I just returned from a trip to visit a friend who grew up … Continue reading

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Vandalized Billboard

During the last elections and while Abhisit was Prime Minister, not a single billboard with his face on it was spared from vandalism. So when we saw a new billboard near the Sisaket intersection on the Ubon ring road last … Continue reading

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May 19, 2010 Red Shirt Crackdown Timeline

On May 19, 2010 the Thai military began a crackdown on the red shirt protesters around Ratchaprasong intersection in Bangkok. The following is a timeline of events that day from news, Twitter, Facebook and other sources… 03:56 – First reports … Continue reading

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Illegal Logging in Phanom Dong Rak

The Bangkok Post has an article today about 38 illegal Cambodian loggers caught in Sisaket province yesterday. Perhaps that’s why I saw a dozen truckloads of soldiers heading in that direction from Ubon & Sisaket yesterday: “A combined task force … Continue reading

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Thailand 2011 Election Posters

Thailand will hold an election on July 3 which means mass numbers of strategically designed campaign posters and trucks advertising the 26 different parties. In Ubon and Sisaket, I’ve only seen 8 of these parties put up posters. The other … Continue reading

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