Nightmare in Bangkok

Author: Andy Botts

Publisher: N.A


Category: Drug dealers

Page: 223

View: 7798

Arrested at Bangkok's International Airport with 114 grams of heroin in his possession, Andy Botts narrowly escaped execution by firing squad. But his reprieve - a prison sentence of life in the notorious prison dubbed the Bangkok Hilton - threw him into a nightmare world where the only rules were no rules. This is his all-too-true account.

Thailand: Deadly Destination

Author: John Stapleton

Publisher: A Sense Of Place Publishing

ISBN: 099254873X

Category: Travel

Page: 208

View: 3842

The daily robbing, bashing, drugging, extortion and murder of foreign tourists on Thai soil, along with numerous scandals involving unsafe facilities and well established scams, has led to frequent predictions that Thailand's multi-billion dollar tourist industry will self-destruct. Instead tourist numbers more than doubled in the decade to 2014. The world might not have come to the hometowns of the many visitors fascinated by Thailand, but it certainly came to the Land of Smiles. While the Thai media is heavily censored, and bad news stories about tourists suppressed, nonetheless there is more than enough evidence to demonstrate that something has gone seriously awry with the nation's tourist industry. In 2014, just as in the years preceding it, there were train, bus, ferry, speedboat, motorbike and car accidents, murders, knifings, unexplained deaths, numerous suicides, diving accidents, robberies gone wrong, anonymous bodies washing up on the shores and a string of alcohol and drug related incidents. Thailand had a dying king and serious succession problems, weak democratic institutions, an economy slipping into recession, faced issues of corruption across many of its key services and was host to international crime syndicates, awash with despised foreigners and drifting perilously towards civil war. Tourists choose one destination over another for a number of reasons, most of which Thailand scores highly on. But on the core issue of tourist safety, Thailand scores very badly indeed.

Send Them to Hell

Author: Sebastian Williams

Publisher: Mainstream Publishing Company Limited


Category: Social Science

Page: 301

View: 6544

Send Them to Hell is a graphic exposé through the eyes of long-term inmate who endured the nightmare of the inhumane occurrences in the Thai prison system.

Essential Outsiders

Author: Daniel Chirot,Anthony Reid

Publisher: University of Washington Press

ISBN: 0295800267

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

View: 2160

Ethnic Chinese in Southeast Asia, like Jews in Central Europe until the Holocaust, have been remarkably successful as an entrepreneurial and professional minority. Whole regimes have sometimes relied on the financial underpinnings of Chinese business to maintain themselves in power, and recently Chinese businesses have led the drive to economic modernization in Southeast Asia. But at the same time, they remain, as the Jews were, the quintessential �outsiders.� In some Southeast Asian countries they are targets of majority nationalist prejudices and suffer from discrimination, even when they are formally integrated into the nation. The essays in this book explore the reasons why the Jews in Central Europe and the Chinese in Southeast Asia have been both successful and stigmatized. Their careful scholarship and measured tone contribute to a balanced view of the subject and introduce a historical depth and comparative perspective that have generally been lacking in past discussions. Those who want to understand contemporary Southeast Asian and the legacy of the Jewish experience in Central Europe will gain new insights from the book.


Author: Arjun Subrahmanyan

Publisher: State University of New York Press

ISBN: 1438486529

Category: History

Page: 380

View: 3890

Describes the profound social impact of the overthrow of the Thai absolute monarchy in 1932, and explains the importance of democracy in a country long known for authoritarian politics. Thailand's monarchy and military have dominated the narrative of the country's modern history, and their leadership is often accepted as evidence of a cultural preference for authoritarianism. Despite a long history of military coups that have upended the course of the country's democracy, however, Thailand's democratic history is a vital though largely ignored aspect of modern Thai society. Based on extensive archival research, Amnesia delves into the social and political beginnings of Thai democracy and explains how a bloodless revolution against the monarchy in 1932 introduced a constitutional democracy and ignited enduring hopes for a fairer society and a more representative government. The "People's Party," a small group of commoners who staged the revolution in the name of democracy, found an enthusiastic audience for their bold populist rhetoric among wide swathes of society. In Amnesia, Arjun Subrahmanyan illustrates how the idealism of the first decade of Thai democracy, now largely forgotten, still shapes Thai society. Arjun Subrahmanyan is Senior Lecturer in Southeast Asian History at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia.

Asian Finance

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Finance

Page: N.A

View: 6502

Asian Business

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Asia

Page: N.A

View: 308

Luang Wichit Wathakan and the Creation of a Thai Identity

Author: Scot Barmé

Publisher: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

ISBN: 9789813016583

Category: History

Page: 220

View: 8515

This work presents the first English-language account of the role of the important thinker, writer and politician, Luang Wichit Wathakan, in the development of state nationalism during the period of political upheaval and conflict immediately following the overthrow of the absolute monarchy in 1932.