Showing posts from February, 2014

By way of hate, thou shalt live

A humid morning, with the usual notorious dose of air pollution that is commonly associated with Thailand's capital city, Bangkok. An unspectacular sunrise and the angry roar of engines. What can I expect from a city that seems to be oblivious to anyone not native to its urban labyrinth.

At the intersection of Silom, this 'walking street' where feverish devotees of Suthep Thaugsuban sell clothing and trinkets, aye those with the so-called Thai patriotic colors. The break of day, the loud ramblings of a pre-recorded show of Suthep giving speeches to the faithfuls on a gigantic expensive LCD, and the display of art that the Bangkok bourgeois are so fond of.
Its also common to see gutter politics from the sophisticated class of Bangkok people, those who proclaimed that their higher education allows them more rights than those without, incidentally these are the 1% who tried, with threats, violence and with some success, to stop the general elections.

In fact, this minority el…

Of Bangkok and Beggary, Folly of the Arrogant

A city without friends, a metropolitan street filled with capitalists and fascists, ah that odd state of destitution. Dire straits, the bloated downright beggary guarantees a ripe gap between the urban poor and those with continual taste for materialism; a nectar drunk without any inhibition, without a second thought for those gasping at the exposure of wanton cruelty, or ignorance to those outstretched limbs.

Thailand's southern provinces battered by violence

The unstable south, where adults and children from the civilian population are targeted by Pattani-Melayu militants. According to Deep South Watch, 62 children below the age of 15 have been killed, and 387 other injured, since the current conflict began in January 2004.

See: Body Count, Children Killed in Thailand's South

The conflict between militants and Thai military has left an impact upon the three southern provinces of Thailand: Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat. Human rights abuses from both sides are rarely mentioned by those sheltered in Bangkok's luxury.

Its no surprise, as the bourgeois and social-elites of Thailand's capital city prefers to think that the locals, whether Muslim or Buddhist, of the ThaiSouth are far too bizarre for their sensibilities. Bangkok is a city of contradiction, when rural folks are mere statistics or just reduced to irrelevance by the income gap. And what of the democrat politicians who are supposedly in power in the south? Have they been …

Framing the Sights: Kurang Village in Phayakkhaphum Phisai

I truly enjoyed my brief trip to Kurang village, which is located in the Phayakkhaphum Phisai district of Maha Sarakham province. Being in the northeastern side of Thailand, proved to be memorable and I found the focus group discussions with the villagers educational. Moments marked by flavored conversation and laughter.

See: Of Rice, Farmers and Perseverance, in Maha SarakhamConvergence of Thoughts, in Kurang Village