Thailand in the News Week Ending 03/06/10

Thailand Refuses Sister of the Dalai Lama


Thailand has refused to grant a tourist visa to the sister of the Dalai Lama for fear of angering China, the foreign ministry said Wednesday.

Jetsun Pema, the younger sister of the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, who like her brother lives in India, was due to take part in a three-day cultural show in Bangkok beginning Friday until the Thai embassy in New Delhi refused her.
Chavanond Intarakomalyasut, secretary to Thailand’s foreign minister said:

We support the cultural show but in the case of the Dalai Lama’s sister we have reserved our right to reject her visa application along with her husband’s because we don’t want to get involved in international politics.

The 69 year old sister of the Tibetan monk was due to give a speech on Buddhist education for Tibetan exiles that the Ministry feared would touch on Chinese politics in the region.

It’s quite sad that as independent as Thailand would like to think it is, it is really just another of China’s lackeys in this oppression of the Tibetan people. You would think that the Thai government would have learned some invaluable lessons from the Japanese during their occupation of the Kingdom and why bowing to such governments only serves to make you weak in the eyes of the world. Then again the handling of the whole Thaksin debacle has really left no doubt as to the toothlessness of the Thai government.

Getting Out the Vote

Vote for your favorite Thai girl next door

In what is probably the most important news this week FHM Thailand is in dire need of readers to select a winner in Thailand’s Girl Next Door Contest. They’ve narrowed the field down to the top ten and now need to find the winner. This will be a very tough job, as you can see they field is literally littered with beautiful Thai women. Remember, voting is a right and a privilege and should always be taken seriously. In these important and dark times your vote counts now more than ever.

We need to show support for FHM Thailand as it’s the only true source of unequaled and unbiased political discussion in the Kingdom. Alright, that was a lie. I don’t know what they write about because I still can’t read Thai…even if I could I would still be too distracted by the pictures to care. Speaking of which:

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11 Responses to Thailand in the News Week Ending 03/06/10
  1. Mike
    March 7, 2010 | 9:31 am

    Talen, “we don’t want to get involved in International politics” what a quote from the Foreign Minister. What about Cambodia and Karen refuges for starters, isn’t that international?

    Anyway I much prefer FHM, not a Triumph 32A in sight-I wonder why?
    .-= Mike´s last blog ..Ao Prachuap Bay Prachuap Khiri Khan Photo/Image =-.

    • Talen
      March 7, 2010 | 9:40 am

      Mike, What he meant to say is” we don;t want to get involved with international politics agaist China because they buy our stuff and will bitch slap us if we do anything they don’t like”.

      I think the FHM contest is rigged for the more endowed girls…I’m not going to complain though because I don’t want to get involved in international politics :P

  2. ChuckWow
    March 7, 2010 | 3:02 pm

    Thanks for the link to the FHM site.

    That was a pleasant way to kill some time.

    After careful consideration I think I would vote for number 10.

    She reminds me of my wife when I met her back in 1999.

    • Talen
      March 7, 2010 | 4:05 pm

      Chuck, #10 is very nice and you are a lucky man. I am still waffling between #’s 3 and 9 myself…but then again #’s 8 and 10 are calling to me as well…

  3. SiamRick
    March 8, 2010 | 1:41 am

    Well, one of your best posts ever, Talen! Hard to call, in terms of choice, but I’m going to go with No. 6 who did a nice sexy dance at the end of her interview.

    Funny how noses become narrower and tattoos disappear in static photos.
    .-= SiamRick´s last blog ..Canadian boys need to toughen up =-.

    • Talen
      March 8, 2010 | 2:02 am

      Rick , I think I’m leaning more and more towards 3 now. If only the Dalai Lama’s sister would have entered the contest she might be allowed into Thailand :)

  4. Catherine
    March 8, 2010 | 6:55 am

    China is indeed a growing power. Question: How different is Thailand (or other countries) treating China than they have/are the US?
    .-= Catherine´s last blog ..Thai Language Thai Culture: Telephone Thai =-.

  5. Martyn
    March 8, 2010 | 6:36 pm

    Talen 6 & 9 keeps coming into my head every time I take a look, don’t ask me why.

    There’s some real good lookers amongst them, all of them in fact but wouldn’t it be nice if a ‘real girl next door was included.’

    I’m talking about one of those real Thai girls. Dark skinned with a beautiful smile. If you showed the FHM line up to a neutral person and said where do these lot come from, Thailand probably wouldn’t get a second thought. Nice girls but a bit too ‘TV soap’ looking to me, but pushed and I’ll pick number 10.

    Has Catherine been on the beer because I can’t recall any mention of China in your post.
    .-= Martyn´s last blog ..Turning Back the Years =-.

    • Catherine
      March 8, 2010 | 8:15 pm

      Martyn, your eyes are too full of beautiful women ;-)
      .-= Catherine´s last blog ..Seven Tips for Learning the Thai Language =-.

    • Talen
      March 9, 2010 | 12:24 am

      Martyn, FHM is just selling to their market. I remember years ago in the U.S. Pamela Anderson was on the cover of every magazine…but that’s what sold even though I didn’t really care for chunky, plastic blonds.

      I do agree though that there are some very chocolate women, as Pookie would put it, that would put all these women to shame.

      As for Cat… I have to admit I have added keywords to this post just to draw people in for what they think is a serious news story…but I suspect she’s been hitting the bottle again too.