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Terrorist attack in thailand, blows off his legs today, valentines day
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Brett Erlich and Ellen Fox review "The Hangover Part 2," the sequel to the top-grossing R-rated comedy of all time. This time the "Wolf Pack" (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis) again needs to piece together a wild night on the eve of a wedding, but in Bangkok rather than Las Vegas. Alas, the comic inspiration and originality seems to have been left behind in customs as well.
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UAE Animal Smuggler Flees Thailand | Smuggled Suitcases of Endangered Baby Animals | Photos and VideoAlleged UAE animal smuggler flees Thailand
By Andy Sambidge
Tuesday, 31 May 2011 9:46 PM
Photo: The baby sun bear found in a suitcase at Bangkok Airport. (Freeland Foundation)
A man from the UAE who was arrested as he attempted to smuggle suitcases filled of endangered baby animals out of Thailand has escaped from the country, it was reported on Tuesday.
Noor Mahmood was detained on May 13 by undercover officers at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport with the animals which included four leopard cubs, a Malayan sun bear, a baby marmoset and a baby red-cheeked gibbon, according to wildlife campaign group Freeland Foundation.
Mahmood was charged with smuggling endangered species out of the kingdom and released on a 200,000 baht ($6,600) bail, but he left Bangkok on a May 23 flight to the UAE, immigration police told news agency AFP.
Freeland called for Thai and UAE collaboration to continue with the case.
"Thai police did a great undercover operation to nab Mr Mahmood just as he was about to board his first class flight to Dubai," the group's director Steven Galster told AFP. "But since he was caught red handed and charged, we want to know why he is not being prosecuted?"
The case prompted animal welfare charities to urge the UAE to do more to clamp down on the illegal smuggling of endangered and exotic animals into the country.
“Not enough is being done to prevent this trade,” Galster told Arabian Business.
Ashley Fruno, a senior campaigner of PETA for Asia-Pacific, said tougher deterrents were needed to outweigh the easy money available to contraband traders.
Thailand is a hub for illegal wildlife trafficking, but authorities finding so many live mammals is unusual. Typical hauls are of rare tortoises, snakes and lizards.Alleged UAE animal smuggler flees Thailand By Andy Sambidge Tuesday,... more
The New York Times
December 19, 2010
As Incomes Rise, So Does Animal Trade
By BETTINA WASSENER
HONG KONG — Four suitcases full of ivory, intercepted by customs at Suvarnabhumi International Airport near Bangkok. Rare tortoises, openly for sale at a fair in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital. More than 2,000 frozen pangolins — scaly anteaters — seized from a fishing vessel off China.
Oh, and a 2-month-old tiger cub, alive but sedated, found inside a suitcase, also at the Bangkok airport.
If you think all of this sounds like old news — didn’t we see this in the 1970s and ’80s? — think again.
Every one of these incidents, documented by Traffic, the wildlife trade monitoring network, took place within the past few months. They provide just a glimpse of the massive trade in endangered animals — and their bones, skins and other organs — that is taking place across Asia.
And they illustrate that half a century’s worth of efforts by governments, international organizations and conservationists have failed to stem wildlife trade and the extinction of numerous animals and plants.
Yes, conservation projects have helped preserve individual species, but over all the trade in rare creatures has grown, not shrunk — thanks largely to rising demand from an increasingly affluent Asia.
“I’ve been doing this job for close to 20 years,” said Chris R. Shepherd, who helps oversee Traffic’s Southeast Asia operations, “and I can say it’s never been anywhere near as bad as it is now.”
In the 1970s, when international conservation efforts began to take off, the issue was one of largely niche demand from wealthy consumers in the West. Now, however, the picture has changed radically.
Rapid growth across developing Asia over the past decade or two has caused wealth to increase quickly across much of the region. Credit Suisse, in a recent study, estimated that parts of Asia, including China, India and Indonesia, have seen the average wealth per adult soar between 100 percent and 400 percent since 2000.
Along with many of its neighbors, China is now a giant consumer of items like machinery, cars, washing powder, clothes and — yes — python-skin handbags and tiger penises, bear bile and other ingredients for traditional medicines or meals that once belonged to the aristocracy.
“Over the past 20 years, the nature of the demand has changed, thanks to a rising middle class in Asia,” said Colman O’Criodain, a wildlife trade policy analyst in Switzerland for the environmental group W.W.F. International.
James Compton, senior program director for Asia at Traffic, said from Beijing, “Whether it’s high-end luxury stores or the man on the street corner selling dried sea horses — you can see animals and animal parts being sold quite openly. Wildlife trade is now quite pervasive in Asia.”
The problem, experts say, is often not a lack of top-level political will. Many Asian countries, like those elsewhere, ban the trade of rare plants and animals. Rather, the problem is enforcement on the ground and growing demand from populations that are often simply not fully aware of just how endangered the creatures they are consuming are.
Wildlife species with high commercial value have declined drastically, and many are now rare, endangered or even locally extinct, Traffic wrote in a report about Southeast Asia in late 2008.
Figures are hard to come by, as only select species can be closely monitored. But here are a couple of examples to illustrate the scale of some the population declines:
•Some species of sharks are thought to have declined 90 percent. Considered a status symbol in Chinese culture, the soup made from pricey shark fins is now within the reach of many, many more people than it once was.
• There are now thought to be as few as 3,200 tigers left in the wild globally, down from 100,000 a century ago. Despite their acute rarity and international bans on tiger trade, officials throughout most of the tiger range countries, which span Russia and much of Asia, are intercepting the claws, skins or bones of about 100 tigers every year, a report published by Traffic last month found.
On the upside, attitudes are starting to change. Shark’s fin soup, for example, is becoming a decidedly uncool meal to serve in Hong Kong, the main hub for trade in the fins.
And in mainland China, where there was barely any coverage of animal welfare and related topics a decade ago, the media are now engaged, said Jill Robinson, founder of the Animals Asia Foundation, which campaigns for animal welfare and the conservation of endangered animals.
The sale of bear bile — often harvested from animals kept in tiny cages, and used in traditional medicine to cure ailments as varied as headaches and hemorrhoids — is legal in China, and demand is booming. But many doctors are starting to turn away from its use, not least because of a growing realization that bile from bears farmed in such conditions is often diseased, Ms. Robinson said.
Unfortunately, these efforts, commendable though they are, make only a small dent. Unlike in the West, where generations of children have grown up with nature programs, populations in Asia are not yet sensitized to issues like conservation, said Mr. O’Criodain of the W.W.F.
And while some countries have pretty advanced projects for preserving terrestrial species, “most consider the resources of the high seas — including overfished species of fish — as up for grabs,” he added.
Often, said Mr. Compton of Traffic, it is actually the rarity of the animal that makes it attractive to consumers, driving up its price.
For example, in Vietnam, where it is illegal to sell bear bile, a milliliter, or one-fifth of a teaspoon, of fresh, liquid bear bile can fetch as much as $30 on the black market, Animals Asia said.
Such prices mean fines and other penalties are an insufficient deterrent to often impoverished local populations.
“Wildlife crime is becoming more and more organized and sophisticated, and enforcement capacities are not managing to keep up,” said Mr. Shepherd of Traffic.
“The political will is changing; we’re seeing a lot of high-level commitments. But we need to see that translate into action on the ground. Otherwise, it will just be business as usual.”
For some species, even the welcome change in awareness may already simply be too little, too late.The New York Times December 19, 2010 As Incomes Rise, So Does Animal Trade By... more
By Julian Zimmerman October 22, 2010, Def Jam was created by Rick Rubin in his dorm room at New York University  and its first release was a single by his punk-rock group, Hose. Russell Simmons joined Rubin shortly after they were introduced to each other by DJ Jazzy Jay. The first single released with a Def Jam Recordings logo was T La Rock & Jazzy Jay "It's Yours." The first releases with a Def Jam Recordings catalog number were LL Cool J's "I Need a Beat" and the Beastie Boys' "Rock Hard," both in 1984. The singles sold well, eventually leading to a distribution deal with CBS Records' (which would later become Sony Music Entertainment) Columbia Records the following year. This created a short-lived subsidiary label called OBR Records, catered toward R&B artists — the first artist signed to that imprint was Oran "Juice" Jones, who enjoyed success with his hit single "The Rain". Def Jam also signed their first and only thrash metal band Slayer in 1986, and their debut album was the only Def Jam release to be distributed through Geffen Records, as opposed to Columbia. As the decade drew to a close, the label signed Public Enemy, whose controversial lyrical content garnered the company both critical acclaim and disdain. Lord Hector Diono a native Washingtonian, now an Atlanta Georgia based music producer and recording artist teams up with the covenant Def Jam Records for better distribution for his indie label Dark Town Music Group,llc The rapper, crooner/song writer, and music producer sealed the deal October 16, 2010 for the distribution of his next ten music projects. "Jacob's Ladder (Climb it) is the first of many music releases to come from the Georgia based music icon, now available on ituneshttp://itunes.apple.com/us/album/jacobs-ladder-climb-it/id399138004. Story by Julian Zimmerman /APBy Julian Zimmerman October 22, 2010, Def Jam was created by Rick Rubin in his dorm... more
The youtube user says among 5,00 stalls in a Bangkok market you can buy the best iced tea, going by the this video they're probably right.
"Largest Market in Thailand that covers 35 acres which sits in the Bangkok metropolitan area. It contains upwards of 5,000 stalls and this is just one of them where these guys make great Thai iced tea"-YoutubeThe youtube user says among 5,00 stalls in a Bangkok market you can buy the best iced... more
Bet he's singing "I'm a little tea pot" to himself...I wonder if he is doing all that on roller blades? However, they do this on purpose as it helps cool down the tea.Bet he's singing "I'm a little tea pot" to himself...I wonder if... more
Krispy Kreme, Now open in Bangkok! Krispy Kreme, a well recognized American food chain launched its first ever store in Bangkok, Thailand on 28th of September 2010.Krispy Kreme, Now open in Bangkok! Krispy Kreme, a well recognized American food chain... more
It's pretty cool this is how we roll in Bangkok actually we have cars and electric driven train downtown but this is old school and you guys should try it if you come here in Thailand.It's pretty cool this is how we roll in Bangkok actually we have cars and... more
Live tiger cub found in suitcase at Thai airport
By the CNN Wire Staff
August 27, 2010 12:36 p.m. EDT
This two-month old tiger cub was found stuffed in a woman's luggage at Bangkok's international airport.
* Authorities are trying to determine where the tiger came from
* Trade monitoring network says a baggage scan sparked airport workers' suspicions
* The tiger cub is two months old
Bangkok, Thailand (CNN) -- A live tiger cub hidden in a suitcase filled with stuffed toys was spotted as it went through a luggage X-ray at a major Thai airport, a wildlife trade monitoring network said.
Staff at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport contacted authorities after a baggage scan showed an item resembling a real cat in a passenger's over-sized bag, the non-profit organization TRAFFIC said Thursday.
Investigators found a sedated, two-month-old tiger cub when they opened the bag for inspection.
Officials are trying to determine where the cub came from and whether it was caught in the wild or bred in captivity, TRAFFIC said.
Authorities found the tiger Sunday in a suitcase belonging to a 31-year-old Thai national, who was scheduled to board a flight for Iran, the organization said.
Chris R. Shepherd, TRAFFIC's deputy regional director for Southeast Asia, praised authorities for discovering the smuggling attempt, but said the case showed a need for more monitoring and tougher punishments.
"If people are trying to smuggle live tigers in their check-in luggage, they obviously think wildlife smuggling is something easy to get away with and do not fear reprimand," Shepherd said. "Only sustained pressure on wildlife traffickers and serious penalties can change that."Live tiger cub found in suitcase at Thai airport By the CNN Wire Staff August 27,... more
Staff at the Bangkok airport discovered a Tiger cub within a woman's luggage as she was going through check in for a flight to Iran. It is reported the cub was sedated and hidden in luggage with a number of fake toy tiger cubs.
The cub is now being cared for and it is current unknown if it was born in captivity or the wild.
"X-rays aroused suspicions among airport staff who believed they had seen an image resembling a real animal. [...]
"Only sustained pressure on wildlife traffickers and serious penalties can change that."-BBCStaff at the Bangkok airport discovered a Tiger cub within a woman's luggage as... more
Bangkok turned into a war zone Wednesday as Thai military forces cracked down on anti-government protesters, ending a tense standoff that has troubled the capital for weeks.
The army surged into Lumpini Park, the area where Red Shirt demonstrators had amassed. Armored personnel carriers crushed bamboo and tire barricades; the protesters hurled M79 grenades at soldiers. The May sky quickly turned black from thick smoke billowing from landmark buildings set ablaze.
Finally, after hours of intense street battles, the Red Shirt leadership surrendered. The government imposed a strict curfew that barred people from going outside between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. The chaotic day left at least five people dead as Bangkok residents endured an edgy and unsettled night.
Thailand's prime minister sought to calm public fears with a televised address in which he expressed confidence that peace would soon be restored.Bangkok turned into a war zone Wednesday as Thai military forces cracked down on... more
Thai troops stormed the redshirt barricades in Bangkok this morning, forcing anti-government leaders to surrender. Five protesters and an Italian photographer are reported dead. A curfew has been imposed on the city.
Thai troops stand over captive protesters
The death toll is expected to rise and at least 60 people are thought to have been injured in gun battles.
Thai government troops, after moving in on protesters' positions
Protesters look over a barricade as their fellow demonstrators try to return an oil truck to a nearby petrol station
A protester watches as people move tires to extend their barrier
Over the past five days, at least 26 civilians and two soldiers have been killed
A protester launches a firecracker at army positions using a sling shot
Firefighters tackling a blaze in central Bangkok earlier this week.Pictures from Getty.Thai troops stormed the redshirt barricades in Bangkok this morning, forcing... more
Heavy fighting and explosions were reported in one area of Bangkok early on Monday in the deadliest and most prolonged conflict in Thailand in many years.
link: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/17/world/asia/17thai.html?ref=worldHeavy fighting and explosions were reported in one area of Bangkok early on Monday in... more
A dissident Thai general known as Seh Daeng was shot during an interview with a reporter from the New York Times. He has been advising the "red-shirt" anti-government protesters. A larger military crackdown in Thailand is underway
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/14/world/asia/14thai.html?partner=rss&emc=rssA dissident Thai general known as Seh Daeng was shot during an interview with a... more