Author Archives: antoniuni

Each to his own, and no changing course (Thailand)

When everyone is speaking at the same time, there can only be one result: nobody will be listening. I think I understand Dr Somkiat Onwimon’s frustration, but hey, “Welcome to Thailand”. Although the “Lightning Rod” programme on the Blue Sky … Continue reading

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Battling Dolphin Deaths: 8th Grader Reports from Japan

I have seen movies about Dolphin-hunting before and NEVER ate Dolphin-meat ever since! NOTE: The slaughter and torment of dolphins was too urgent for Ben Werdegar to take on “when he graduates” – even from middle school. He’s in Japan … Continue reading

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South Africa troops tackle rhino poachers

South Africa is to deploy hundreds of extra troops along its borders to help fight gangs smuggling rhino horns, the government has announced. Justice Minister Jeff Radebe said four military companies would be sent to the borders with Zimbabwe, Swaziland … Continue reading

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Internet censorship in Thailand and waiting for

Internet censorship is nothing new in Thailand, but lately it has gone from bad to worse. Many of you probably wonder why Internet is so slow and unreliable in Thailand, resulting in a lot of request ending on a blank … Continue reading

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‘Brotherly talk’ hides political-military rifts (Thailand)

Who says military officers can’t talk like diplomats? Newly-appointed defence minister, ACM Sukampol Suwannat, asked whether he could get along with the Army chief, General Prayuth Chan-Ocha, said: “We are both straight-talking guys. That should make it easier for us … Continue reading

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Attitudes in Phuket have slipped badly (Thailand)

On Saturday I arrived for my 28th year of long-term visits to Phuket. Unfortunately I witnessed one of the most disgraceful incidents I have ever seen from a government official. After disembarking from the plane I joined one of two … Continue reading

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Villagers in North call for many smaller dams (Thailand)

Villagers living in Nam Yom River basin have proposed five measures that they say could manage annual flooding without the Kaeng Sua Ten dam, which they oppose, needing to be built. The moves were cheaper and could be done immediately … Continue reading

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More about animal-missuse / abuse in Thai “attractions”

02-09-2011 Vimeo by Joost Brugman “Tiger Temple and Safari Park Open Zoo”

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Two held in killing of wild elephant in Phetchaburi; ivory buyer sought (Thailand)

Police say pair confess to killing beast after being approached by Karen man Phetchaburi police have asked the provincial court for permission to detain without bail two suspects accused of killing an elephant in Kaeng Krachan National Park while they … Continue reading

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“Raid on animal foundation stinks” (TRUE ENOUGH!!!!!!! Thailand)

It has come to my attention that officials have raided the Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand, located in Phetchaburi province. As I write, one co-worker has been arrested, but due to the nightly hour no animals have been confiscated yet. I … Continue reading

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