How (not) to protest at the US Embassy, according to the Thai junta

Originally published at Siam Voices on July 10, 2014 We recently mentioned the foreign reactions (and sanctions) of the international community in the aftermath of the military coup in Thailand, and the reaction of the Thai military junta. The junta’s response was somewhere between indifference towards the Western condemnation and longing for approval, even by… More How (not) to protest at the US Embassy, according to the Thai junta

Thai Culture Minister slams SNL ‘Rosetta Stone’ sketch

Originally published at Siam Voices on February 5, 2013 About two weeks ago, the long-running US-American TV-show “Saturday Night Live” on NBC* had a skit lampooning the language-learning software Rosetta Stone (see embedded video below). In the parody commercial, some of the testimonials claim to use the software to learn Thai, order “to go to Thailand… More Thai Culture Minister slams SNL ‘Rosetta Stone’ sketch

Thailand in 2012 – Some personal thoughts (Part 2)

Originally published at Siam Voices on December 29, 2012 This is the second and final part of the Siam Voices year-in-review. Yesterday in part 1, we looked at the year of prime minister’s government, that of the opposition and the prevailing impunity over the 2010 crackdown. Lese majeste: Cowardice in the face of first victim… More Thailand in 2012 – Some personal thoughts (Part 2)

Thai Culture Minister’s anti-religious-tattoo-on-foreigners-gate redux

Originally published at Siam Voices on June 3, 2011 Yesterday’s post on the Thai Ministry of Culture’s declaration of intent to stop foreign tourists from getting religious tattoos has created quite a buzz around the net. No wonder, since this is a) a story affecting a lot of tourists, and b) quite honestly yet another… More Thai Culture Minister’s anti-religious-tattoo-on-foreigners-gate redux

Thai Culture Ministry to crack down on religious tattoos on foreign skin

Originally published at Siam Voices on May 31, 2011 Tattoos have a very special place in Thailand. They’re more than just permanent fashion statements, not unlike amulets they are regarded as spiritual guardians. Tattoos with religious or spiritual motives, called Yantra tattoos, are yet another sign that Thais take their beliefs skin-deep. Philip Cornwel-Smith dedicated a whole chapter… More Thai Culture Ministry to crack down on religious tattoos on foreign skin

If You Are Farang, Don’t Meddle With Thai Politics – Or Their Food!

Originally published at Siam Voices on September 28, 2010 Normally here on this blog, we don’t write about topics most tourists would associate with Thailand, one of which is food*. While this is one of the few things Thailand is renowned for worldwide and can still be proud for it, the New York Times features an Aussie… More If You Are Farang, Don’t Meddle With Thai Politics – Or Their Food!

In Case Against The Open Letter Against CNN

An open letter against CNN’s coverage of the deadly clashes as posted on Facebook. Excerpt: As a first-rate global news agency, CNN has an inherent professional duty to deliver all sides of the truth to the global public (…) not merely one-sided, shallow and sensational half-truths. (…) CNN should not negligently discard its duty of care to… More In Case Against The Open Letter Against CNN