Thomas Crampton

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Curtis Winston

Mar 21, 2009

Curtis Winston

Curtis Winston has been based in Bangkok as a journalist and film critic since 2003. He is also known as Wise Kwai, author of the popular Thai Film Journal. If you learn one thing from Winston, it should be this – see Tears of the Black Tiger – it was this film that got him

Thaksin Shinawatra

Mar 16, 2009

Thaksin Shinawatra

Thailand’s most controversial and – by some measures – most popular Prime Minister in recent Thai history, Thaksin served in office from 2001 to 2006. He was deposed by a military coup and convicted in absentia of abusing power. Prior to politics, Thaksin was a policeman who made it big selling computer to the force.

Funny Thaksin headline

Jan 19, 2009

Funny Thaksin headline

This headline, from an article in The Nation in Thailand, was recently brought to my attention. The article, which ran on page 1, refers to my blog posting with Thaksin last month. Irony was running strong in the newsroom with the editor who wrote the headline. The story got numerous pick-ups and the video was

Best 10 Thai films of 2008

Jan 17, 2009

Thai cinema has developed incredibly since I lived there in the 1990s. Production values have improved and story lines are getting better – though many films still focus on Ghost stories. Curtis Winston, aka wisekwai, has obsessively followed and blogged on Thai film for years now. For the first time, Curtis has doubled the size

Shawn Crispin: Thaksin is finished

Dec 22, 2008

Following my interviews with former Thai prime minister in exile Thaksin Shinawatra (who warned that a coup in Thailand would be bloody), the ASEAN Secretary General Surin Pitsuwan (who said that Thailand’s constitution may need amending), I spoke yesterday with Shawn Crispin, Southeast Asia editor for Asia Times Online. In addition to covering Thailand for

Surin Exclusive: Thai constitution may need amending

Dec 3, 2008

NOTE TO READERS: I don’t normally follow Thai politics so closely, but follow my exclusive interview with Thaksin, the former leader in exile, readership of Thai-related items has shot up. HONG KONG, Dec 3 – Surin Pitsuwan, secretary general of ASEAN and Thai foreign minister, today said it could take “weeks” before the political situation

Ex US Ambassador Critiques Thai Court Action

Dec 2, 2008

DEC 4 UPDATE: Just posted interview about Thai situation with ASEAN Secretary General Surin Pitsuwan. NOTE TO READERS: I don’t normally follow Thai politics so closely, but follow my exclusive interview with Thaksin, the former leader in exile, readership of Thai-related items has shot up. William Itoh, US Ambassador to Thailand under Clinton, warns of

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