Dec 14, 2014

China to punish tourists over Thai air rage assault

Chinese authorities vowed to severely punish Chinese travelers who threw hot water and noodles on a Thai flight attendant and threatened to bomb the plane after they became enraged over seating arrangements. China National Tourism Administration said Saturday the tourists disrupted the flight, hurt ...

Ranks of 'disappeared' growing in Southeast Asia

Dec 12, 2014

Ranks of 'disappeared' growing in Southeast Asia

by Jerome Taylor

Two years after Sombath Somphone vanished, the Laotian activist’s wife says his abductors enjoy impunity — an ugly reality across a region where powerful business interests and murky state actors stand accused of routinely “disappearing” opponents. Sombath disappeared from the streets of the capital ...

Dec 12, 2014

Thailand denies existence of CIA 'black site'

A senior Thai official Thursday flatly rejected longstanding claims that the kingdom hosted a secret CIA prison, after the publication of a U.S. Senate report this week reignited controversy over Washington’s “black site” network. Thailand has long been accused by human rights groups of ...

Dec 10, 2014

Thai junta propaganda film stuns with Hitler scene

An officially sanctioned propaganda film commissioned by Thailand’s junta has caused outrage and bafflement after viewers noticed it used imagery of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. The short film — one of a series commissioned by Thai generals to promote “Twelve Values” it wants the ...

After scandals, Thailand votes to ban commercial surrogacy

Nov 29, 2014

After scandals, Thailand votes to ban commercial surrogacy

Thailand’s parliament has voted to ban commercial surrogacy after outrage erupted over the unregulated industry following a series of scandals including the case of an Australian couple accused of abandoning a baby with Down syndrome. A draft bill, which will see those caught profiting ...

New Thai tourism strategy: 'I Hate Thailand' video

Nov 27, 2014

New Thai tourism strategy: 'I Hate Thailand' video

It has been a bad year for tourism in Thailand, and at first glance it looked like a new YouTube video was adding to the misery. The video, called “I Hate Thailand,” drew more than 1 million views within days of being posted last ...

Nov 24, 2014

Thai king meets PM, ministers easing health concerns

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej met the country’s prime minister and two other ministers on Sunday, helping to ease concern over his health after he was admitted to a hospital last month. Bhumibol, 86, attended an official ceremony at Bangkok’s Siriraj Hospital, where he is ...