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
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
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)
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
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
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!
Does anyone remember Conor David Purcell, the Aussie who appeared on the red shirt stage and was fighting along with the anti-government protesters? Of course you do! How else can I explain myself that my blog post on him from earlier this month is by far the most read article on this blog. It has … More What Is Conor David Purcell Up To?
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
Picture of Conor David Purcell in Bangkok Post (Picture by Richard Barrow) On April 18 an Australian man named Conor David Purcell appeared on the red shirts’ rally stage to give an eyewitness account on the violent clashes of April 10. Video by ThaiTVNews, watch part 2 here. It is not the first time that … More The Curious Case of Conor David Purcell
The Nation has put up an article that can only be described as simply astonishing. The international community is showing varying degrees of understanding concerning the political situation in Thailand. There are two groups – those who reside outside the Kingdom and are looking in through a somewhat distorted lens, and the Bangkok-based foreign community, … More “Stupid Foreigners…!”