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Will You Pay?

Humanitarians and just plain people are screaming for help to these refugees. But are things so easy and how far are these humanitarians willing to part with personal financial resources to provide assistance? Original image from www.visitthailand.travel used with appreciation and proviso that no association exists between it and the subject of this article.

15 May 2015
the Korat Post

Rohingya refugees fleeing Burma and attempting to enter Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia are being turned back to sea without resourse to refuge. Who is to blame for this,who is willing to pick up the slack, and who should foot the bill in terms of men, money and material? Read more at headlines.html and/or editorial.html and write to the editor at managingeditor@thekoratpost.com Comments are always welcome. See our latest letter to the editor coming up shortly.

Openness Is Tough
Making the decision whether to have a general public review, certain lack of complaint and subsequent successful passage of something so few wanted cannot be a simple task.

10 May 2015
the Korat Post

Making do with a bunch of restrictive provisions engineered by an elite feudal organizaiton allied with the country's military can't be a simple task and caution is hardly thrown to the winds. That's why silence and absence of debate are so important - to, apparently, prevent divisiveness. See our editorial but read the following. Read more at headlines.html and editorial.html and write to the editor at managing editor@thekoratpost.com Comments are always welcome. See our latest letter to the editor coming up shortly.

The future of Thailand was permanently thrown out of orbit by the military coup of 22 May 2014, and entrenched feudal elite forces are determind to ensure immortality to their reign..

3 May 2015
the Nation

THE BODIES of 26 migrants thought to be from Myanmar or Bangladesh have been exhumed as authorities ended their search at a mass-grave site in Songkhla's border district of Sadao yesterday. In total we have 26 bodies. As far as I know, one is a woman. We still cannot tell the cause of their deaths," said Pol General Jarumporn Suramanee, head of the forensic team. "There are no more bodies. Every hole has been searched." Forensic teams, helped by rescue workers, dug out badly decayed skeletons from shallow graves covered by bamboo and a few feet of dirt throughout yesterday, at the abandoned jungle camp, AFP reported. On Friday, at least 32 shallow graves believed to belong to |trafficked migrants were discovered on a remote and rugged mountain. Read more at headlines.html and editorial.html and write to the editor at managing editor@thekoratpost.com Comments are always welcome. See our latest letter to the editor coming up shortly.


Demonstrations Not Likey


Despite Labor Day worldwide being a day often illustrated with protests, and Thailand certainly has more than enough grounds for several, none is expected in the land where democracy was killed on 22 May 2014.

30 April 2015
the Korat Post

Eabor Day in Thailand is hardly expected to be one replete with demonstrations as many other places in the world may experience and as is the custom. The holiday, however, for Thailand warrents them given the sorry state of affairs for laborers throughout the nation and the lack of job-related protections in areas of health and sfety, let alone benefits from injury or those relating to retirement.

An English version of Thai Labor Standards, circa 2014, appears online at http://tls.labour.go.th/attachments/article/292/tls-15082555-2.pdf. The considerable leeway that any establishment has in providing occupational safety for workers is illustrated in the following example, from TLS 8001-2010,
"5.11.3 An establishment shall provide the followings for the workers ;
(1) An opportunity to participate in the management of occupational safety and health.
(2) An opportunity to get an access to the information concerning hazards which may arise from working process or working environment.
(3) Knowledge and awareness of rules, regulations, code of practice or guideline concerning occupational safety and health. (4) Trainings on ccupational safety and health focusing on issues which are directly related to one’s duty of work, especially the trainings for those who are newly assigned or re-assigned to perform the work. The establishment shall prepare the records of such trainings in accordance with Article 5.1.3
(5) Safety equipment which is in accordance with safety standards and suitable for working conditions of each worker." Considering the noticeable absence of anything even remotely resempling such measures and provisions, one wonders... Read more at headlines.html and editorial.html and write to the editor at managing editor@thekoratpost.com Comments are always welcome. See our latest letter to the editor coming up shortly.


Rice Shunning Could Do The Job


16 April 2015
the Korat Post

There are two Thailands: the collective, totally under dictatorship control by the kingdom's military at the behest of elite feudal-minded wise men, and far, far below the common man who in many cases wants to make his own decisions. Rather than admit serious human rights abuses that formally came out of the closet on 22 May 2014 the day of the latest coup, the country has instead belittled and then completely prohibited even a hint of criticism of military rule and mayhem.
Self-righteous condescending approach to even its own people does not seem to be working for Thailand. Instead of being fined for its continual horrible human rights record, the country is being shunned economically – although China will somehow pick up the slack! This Thai rice to buy or not to buy issue - according to http://www.indexmundi.com/commodities/?commodity=rice&months=60 world rice prices were about $410 a metric ton, down from over $600 back in 2011. At the prices, the reported in the Bangkok Post today Japan bought 330,000 tons of rice from Thailand over the last fiscal year. At $400 a ton that would be $132 Million U.S. If this volume were reduced by 20% which is not unreasonable, that would be a loss of $26 Million, or in terms of Thai Baht 845 million. It is not a small loss. But the Japanese have been reported to be planning to increase US purchases by some 100,000 tons, nearly 30%. This means a potential rice export income drop of $120 million U.S., or nearly 3.8 billion Thai Baht.
. Read more at headlines.html and editorial.html and write to the editor at managing editor@thekoratpost.com Comments are always welcome. See our latest letter to the editor coming up shortly.


Ambassador Davies - We Hope So!


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15 April 2015
the Korat Post

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mbassador of the United States to the Kingdom of Thailand Glyn Davies. Has a nice ring to it. [See our editorial for more comment on this]. The appointment and implications of overall American foreign policy for Thai-American relations in the near-term and long-term futures are timely reminders of the need to review the process of governance in the United States, and for other reasons, in Thailand, to determine the best course not only for our respective governments but for the peoples of both nations. This inherent contradiction in working for the interests of self and others becomes a stickler in many areas, not the least of which is mutual relations. Read more at headlines.html and editorial.html and write to the editor at managing editor@thekoratpost.com Comments are always welcome. See our latest letter to the editor coming up shortly.


Chump, Champ, or Sham?


'Passing the Buck' Candicate Speaks - "Arf!"

13 April 2015
the Korat Post

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illary Clinton has done the highly probable, perhaps the only probable thing, for her the only possible thing - deciding to spend a lot of money - really a lot - to satisfy her ego and set another record. Not only can she be flippant about Ben Ghazi and Iran and Israel and Yemen and European security and corruption within her perty, lt alone her household and heart, she can be flippant about our next war and dismissive approach to the very important constituent that is always involved in foreign policy - foreigners. Read ou editorial today for some no-nonsense insight into an American poison that would set records - the most more of the same. And we must ask, is that the record we want to begin in 2016? Overplayed, scratched, screechy and actually fake? More at Headlines. Also write to the editor at editor@thekoratpost.com Ed. Comments are always welcome.



(Excerpt)

Everyone – from friend to spouse to government official to physician – has one time or another failed your expectations. You expected more. You thought he was different. You were told she could be trusted. They said it was perfectly legitimate. Then it hit the fan and you discovered that the Tooth Fairy is still largely a rumor.

Reality affects transparency so much that people often don’t realize how deeply their silence or lack of early up-front inquiry on a variety of issues undermines their freedoms, their rights, their recourse. When it is too late and the proverbial cat is out of the bag only then do people begin to appreciate their circumstances - which have now become real rather than possible.

The nature of transparency dictates that for it to truly exist it requires several concurrent components – openness, honesty, commitment, benevolence, lack of fear, confidence, humility, timely revelation, awareness of legalities and sincere allegiance to ethics and moral standards, preparation to deal with contingencies, recognition of the human condition and obligations by the individual to leave society in better condition than it was when he was born into it. Full report shortly. Also take our survey.


Nan Province - Buddhism vs. Islam
Northern Thailand becomes perhaps the first location outside the southern region that brings concealed ethnic sensitivities to the fore. Provincial Buddhist monks object to any mosques being built in the province. Use mouse for rollover image showing over 1,000 protesters gathered to object to mosque in province.

25 March 2105 -
From Khao Sod English

B uddhist monks in the northern province of Nan, Thailand have sprung into action to object to any construction of mosques in the province. As a compromise they are discussing with authorities smaller places of Islamic worship. Some of the protesters a few days earlier in March stated that Muslims in Nan should go to the south to establish peace there first before building any mosque locally. More at Headlines. Also write to the editor at editor@thekoratpost.com Ed. Comments are always welcome.


Nan Province - Buddhism vs. Islam
Northern Thailand becomes perhaps the first location outside the southern region that brings concealed ethnic sensitivities to the fore. Provincial Buddhist monks object to any mosques being built in the province. Use mouse for rollover image showing over 1,000 protesters gathered to object to mosque in province.

25 March 2105 -
From Khao Sod English

B uddhist monks in the northern province of Nan, Thailand have sprung into action to object to any construction of mosques in the province. As a compromise they are discussing with authorities smaller places of Islamic worship. Some of the protesters a few days earlier in March stated that Muslims in Nan should go to the south to establish peace there first before building any mosque locally. More at Headlines. Also write to the editor at editor@thekoratpost.com Ed. Comments are always welcome.


Roiet Anti-Dam Public Hearing
. Over 200 members of the public attended a recent public hearing in Roiet to listen and express opinions on government water management plans. Photo courtesy Manager Online.

21 November 2013 -
Transedited from Manager Online

R oiet - the Chee River Basin Group protests against opening of a public hearing on the 5.3 billion Baht water management projects that they allege do not benefit the public but instead further impacts them, as well as adding new problems with the unsolved old ones. The new problems will pile up. The results of such past projects only reflect the failures of national administration by the government. Recently in the Plaanchai Room of the Roiet City Hotel a subcommittee charged with arranging a public hearing and part of the committee on water management and flooding joined with Roiet provincial management to hold the public hearing for the 3.5 billion Baht project... More at Headlines. Also write to the editor at editor@thekoratpost.com Ed. Comments are always welcome.


Russian ATM Scam in Korat
Listen to audio headline news report here. On 18 November 2013 two Russian nationals and a Thai tourist policeman napped in Korat for robbing ATM accounts. Stay tuned for complete translation from Manager Online. Use mouse for rollover. Photos courtesy Manager Online.

19 November 2013 -
Hear latest audio update for NE Thailand news today here.
From Thailand New Agencies

T wo Russian nationals and a Thai tourist policeman were arrested yesterday in Korat after investigations leading to surveillance. When the two Russians were observed to be spending an inordinate amount of time at a local ATM, they were apprehended together with lots of cash and fake ATM cards. Their Thai accomplice, who had attempted to flee, was also caught. More at Headlines. Also write to the editor at editor@thekoratpost.com Ed. Comments are always welcome.


November 24th Day of Reckoning

Suthep speaking during an earlier Parliament speech.

18 November 2013
From Thailand New Agencies

P rotest leader Suthep Thaugsuban has announced the fall of the Thaksin Regime on Sunday when the number of Thai people’s endorsements on a petition to impeach 310 MPs who voted for the amnesty bill will reach one million. In yet another harsh speech at the Democracy Monument last night, the former deputy prime minister said protesters will fight together until the Thaksin regime is totally wiped out of Thai society. He called on Bangkok protesters to come out to fight against the government on Rajdamnoen Avenue and said that those in the provinces should simultaneously hold similar activities which will eventually stimulate civil servants to rise up in arms against the current government.. More at Headlines. Also write to the editor at editor@thekoratpost.com Ed. Comments are always welcome.


500,000 Bht. To Semi-Naked Thief

In Tak province on 16 November 2013, armed with a pair of underpants a thief was still able to get away with half a million Baht. Photo courtesy Khao Sod.

17 November 2013
From Khao Sod

Illegal immigrant apparently took advantage of an unwary shop owner recently and made off with a sizeable haul, certainly enough to buy the pair of trousers he was noted to have been missing.

A man in his underpants has stolen ฿500,000 worth of belongings from a computer store in Tak province, said Mae Sod Police. Mr. Somphop, the owner of the computer shop, said he noticed his house has been robbed and later alerted police to investigate the scene. Mr. Somphop claimed he lost ฿70,000 cash, gold ornaments, and diamond rings, in total worth of nearly ฿500,000. CCTV video shows that the nearly naked man broke into the shop from the second floor before entering Mr. Somphop’s working room. More at Headlines. Also write to the editor at editor@thekoratpost.com Ed. Comments are always welcome.


High-Stakes Ruling Wednesday

On 20 November 2013, Thailand's Constitutional Court is set to rule on whether Coalition Parliamentary members acted criminally in proposing amendments to the nation's charter to the way senators are chosen. If found guilty, the entire ruling party coalition could be disbanded.

16 November 2013
From The Nation

Thailand could be facing yet another political party dissolution if the kingdom's Constitutional Court determines that coalition parliament members acted criminally in pushing for changes the way Thailand's senators are chosen. The Pheu Thai coalition has campaigned for an entirely elected senate and proposed other constitutional changes.

DESPITE mounting pressure against the government over the now-dormant bill on a blanket amnesty, political changes are unlikely to come from street protests alone. No matter how long they have dragged on, or how large they have got, such demonstrations in Thailand have never led to a change in government - at least not without intervention by an established institution such as the military. The Constitutional Court has sometimes made rulings that led to changes in the government, such as verdicts against a ruling party or a prime minister that eventually forced their collapse. Next Wednesday, the court is scheduled to deliver its verdict in a case filed against parliamentarians who voted for a constitutional amendment to change the Senate election system and the four coalition parties that backed that amendment. They are accused of violating the existing charter. More at Headlines. Also write to the editor at editor@thekoratpost.com Ed. Comments are always welcome.


"Loy, Loy Krathong!" ฯ

The romantic and the respecfful all gather together in a couple of days, 17 November 2013 to celebrate Thailand's famous Loy Krathong Festival. Each province in the kingdom celebrates it in its own way. For latest Loy Krathong schedules, see link.

Special note: Many media sources have referred to the ICJ's November ruling on Phra Vihear as a verdict. It is not. A verdict is a decision reached during a jury trial. The correct term in this case would be judgment or ruling, but not verdict.


Khana Ratsadorn II?
Some eighty years ago a small group of Thais, seeking change to the absolute monarchy system, banded together to overthrow it and install a constitutional monarchy. Today yet another coalition, this one far broader, seeks to remove a government succored by former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation." The United States Declaration of Independence. More at Headlines. editor@thekoratpost.com Ed. Comments are always welcome.


22 Injured In Minibus Accident

Nakhon Phanom (NKP) Minibus carrying students form two local schools overturns on highway, injuring twenty two. Photo courtesy Manager Online.

13 November 2013
Transedited from Manager Online (orig.Thai)

An accident occurred in Na Kae district of Nakhon Phanom on 13 November 2013 when a minibus carrying students from Na Kae Samakeewittaya and Na Kae St. Joseph's overturned on the highway to avoid hitting a motorcycle, injuring 22, one seriously. More at Headlines. editor@thekoratpost.com Ed. Comments are always welcome. Also see letter from Klaus.


Nong Khai Train Back on Track

State Railway of Thailand workers put derailed train back on track, citing poor tie. Photo courtesy Manager Online. Use mouse for rollover.

12 November 2013
Transedited from Manager Online (orig.Thai)

State railway workers have completed reinstating rail service to the Upper northeast of Thailand by setting a train back on track that had derailed because of what was said to be a concrete tie that had become tilted.

Media reports unveiled the latest status of a train derailment that took place in Udornthani province recently, causing yet further disruption to heavily-trafficked route that reaches the Thai -Lao borders on each side of the Mekong River. More at Headlines. editor@thekoratpost.com Ed. Comments are always welcome.


Loy Krathong Misfire - a hand!

Mahasarakham residents severely injured by firecrackers that went off in preparation for Loy Krathong festivities. Hospital reports fingers could not be reattached. Photo courtesy Manager Online.

12 November 2013
Transedited from Manager Online (orig.Thai)
See Loy Krathong 2013 information here. 17 November 2013
See - Non-related incident, see New York legal judgment over TV host and burned-with-rice sock-viewer.

Losing five fingers because of an accident involving explosives is a horribly unjust cut of the cards especially given that the fireworks that caused the accident were being prepared for use in the coming Loy Krathong festival. But to male residents of Mahasarakham province discovered recently that explosives like this, if not handled properly, can be dangerous and deadly.

On 11 November 2013, MAhasarakham Hospital reported that it had recently operated on two men who had to be given emergency treatment because of injuries suffered when working with fireworks. One of the two victims had five fingers amputated, the other his entire hand. Mr. Issaret Somsrisai, aged 20, resident of Tambol Huaytai, Kutrang district of Mahasarakham received injuries from fireworks that exploded in his hand. The explosion resulted initially in the loss of five fingers, but after consideration doctors opted to amputate the entire hand to prevent infection. In addition to the hand injury, the victim also had abrasions and related injuries over his body. More at Headlines. editor@thekoratpost.com Ed. Comments are always welcome.


ICJ Nixes Hopes/Fears

The International Court of Justice today, 11 November 2013, issued its judgment over the claim and counter-claim by Thailand and Cambodia as regards sovereignty in areas near the temple. Definition of promontory provided.

11 November 2013

The World Court, of International Court of Justice today announced its decision regarding uncertainties and disputes between Thailand and Cambodia that built up since the original 1962 ICJ decision "awarding" Phrea Vihear, the Khmer sanctuary, to Cambodia. Essentially little has changed, Cambodia's sovereignty over the sanctuary was reaffirmation, but a bit more definition on what land around the temple actually went with that sovereignty. For the ICJ press release today, please click on the link provided. Basically, Thailand and Cambodia were also reminded of their mutual international obligations. See our editorial on this issue. Headlines. editor@thekoratpost.com Ed. Comments are always welcome.


Veterans Day In Korat (audio)

Coinciding with Veteran's Day held in the United States each 11th day of the 11th month (November 11) which is also the same date that the end of World War I is commemorated, Veterans/members of the VFW in Korat will hold ceremonies at Wat Pho at 11:00 hrs. and a luncheon to follow at the Sima Thani Hotel.

11 November 2013

Veterans of Foreign Wars members, or VFW, commemorate military service and remember their comrades, fallen and those surviving, who gave service to war efforts throughout the world. The event is held the 11th of November each year by Americans. In Korat, the commemoration will take place at Wat Pho at 11:00 hrs. on 11 November 2013. Headlines. editor@thekoratpost.com Ed. Comments are always welcome.




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