Tag Archives: Indochine

Indonesia and India vs China, and Obama

Robert Kaplan takes his message to the New York Times as President Obama takes his to South Asia. A quote: THE 20th century saw great, land-centric Army deployments to Europe. George W. Bush unwittingly continued this tendency with great, land-centric … Continue reading

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The Ho Chi Minh Golf Trail?

My own trip through Vietnam in 2005 showed me a country that had come a long way from the days of the 1970s warzone. But I was floored to recently learn that significant parts of the Ho Chi Minh Trail … Continue reading

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Context behind the news

Gaza Rocket Attack Into Israel Kills a Thai Worker The foreign agricultural worker, Manee Singueanphon, 30, from Thailand, was the first fatality from Gaza rocket fire since the end of a three-week Israeli military offensive into Gaza in January 2009. … Continue reading

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Hepatitis, anyone?

In one of the bloodiest protests I’ve ever heard about, anti-government “Red Shirt” protesters in Thailand donated blood for their protest to spill at the Thai government headquarters. Their protest was for a new election to be called. They collected … Continue reading

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The Geography of Vietnam Through History

Previously: Ethiopia – Poland – Armenia – Persia – Russia I – Russia II – Russia III – India – Britannia – Sweden – Saudi Arabia

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The Blue Diamond Incident

Thailand and Saudi Arabia share a lot in common, as two native monarchies that survived the European colonialism of the 19th century and the Cold War upheaval of the 20th century. However, due to a string of incidents in the … Continue reading

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Marco Polo’s advice for young travellers

In The Travels Marco Polo makes it to a land he calls “Tebet”, which includes modern-day Tibet as well as parts of Szechuan and Yunnan provinces. Here in this land “terribly devastated” by Mongu Khan, Polo describes almost breathlessly the … Continue reading

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More Data on the Fall of Angkor

Why did Angkor fall? According to the annals of Siam, we understand that the Kingdom of Angkor fell because of the relentless Burmese or Siam invaders. Recently, scientists have come to believe that it was the collapse of the city’s … Continue reading

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Reports from the ground in Thailand

Thailand’s prime minister, Somchai Wongsawat, will resign today after a constitutional court banned him from office and found his party and two others guilty of electoral fraud. Hopefully international flights will now be able to reach Bangkok — see previous … Continue reading

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Seeing some hope in all the anarchy: Cambodia Update

Both Younghusband and I have traveled to Cambodia on separate trips in 2003 and traveled the country. We visited Angkor Wat, saw landmine museums, played chess with German ex-pats, and shot AK-47s at the cost of a few dollars. Prostitution … Continue reading

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