Other stories not found in the US:
- "Police catch man off to sell dog meat." He made a deal for 24 baht/kilo and it was decided that this is not cruelty to animals.
- "Two villagers buried alive after trying to drain water for crops." It was an accident but now they're going to jail because they were draining government irrigation lines to save their failing rice paddies.
- The south is still in turmoil with terrorist bombings. The country is 97% Buddhist, and most Muslims live near the Malaysia border - yet another religious clash. Thousands have died over the past year or two and I'll spare you the recent atrocity.
- People traveling by bus have been drugged with LSD and sold to boat captains for slave labor. In one story, two 15 year old boys were hit on their way to the bathroom, drugged, and came to on a fishing boat. The captain said he bought them for 10,000 Baht and they had to work for 7 months to pay it off. They did and he gave them 3000 baht and set them free. The police do nothing because the boys and 774 young men and women like them can't prove that it happened.
- Meanwhile, air conditioner and tapioca exports are increasing.
- Oh, and JAL (airline) is advertising for a Thai flight attendent. You have to be "female, single, between 20-26, minimum height of 156 cm, minimum arm reach of 208 cm on tip toes, fluent in English, and with college degree." Guess I can't drop out and take that job.
Of course there is a lot of good news too, but I found the above interesting. And that is just today's paper.