Thailand blocks site for video of princess topless

Thailand blocks site for video of princess topless

Thursday, May 29, 2014 – 03:00

The New Paper

Thailand’s military junta has blocked the UK’s MailOnline after the site revealed a video of Thailand’s Crown Prince and his wife, Princess Srirasmi, partying.

The video appears to show the allegedly topless princess, a former waitress, in a tiny G-string as she feeds her pet dog cake to celebrate its birthday. Read more of this post

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Option B: The blueprint for Thailand’s coup

Option B: The blueprint for Thailand’s coup

6:58am EDT

By Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Aubrey Belford

BANGKOK/CHIANG MAI Thailand (Reuters) – On Dec. 27 last year, Thailand’s powerful army chief stood before a crowded news conference and stunned the beleaguered government of Yingluck Shinawatra by saying he would not rule out military intervention to resolve a deteriorating political crisis. General Prayuth Chan-ocha said “the door was neither open nor closed” when he was asked whether a coup would happen. “Anything can happen.” Read more of this post

Myanmar opposition defies warning to push charter change

Myanmar opposition defies warning to push charter change

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 – 21:37

AFP

YANGON – Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition party has launched a petition seeking changes to Myanmar’s military-drafted constitution despite warnings from electoral officials, a party spokesman said Wednesday. Read more of this post

Stumbling Thai economy lends urgency to junta’s revival efforts; Thai coup: Sweep the house – then return it to rightful owners quickly

Stumbling Thai economy lends urgency to junta’s revival efforts

6:32am EDT

By Aukkarapon Niyomyat and Orathai Sriring

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Private investment and consumption remained stagnant in Thailand in the run-up to this month’s military coup, further evidence of a stumbling economy that will lend urgency to the junta’s efforts to get the country working again.

Southeast Asia’s second-biggest economy has been battered by political turmoil since late last year, when protesters backed by the royalist establishment launched a bid to oust the populist government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Read more of this post

Hong Kong to Relay Concern to China over Auditing Ban Proposal

Hong Kong to Relay Concern to China over Auditing Ban Proposal

HONG KONG (MAY 29, 2014)

BY AIPENG SOO

(Bloomberg) The Hong Kong government plans to meet Chinese officials to discuss concerns over a proposal to ban foreign accounting firms without a mainland partner from auditing Chinese companies planning to list overseas. Read more of this post

Cultural attaché to executives: Brad Grossman is in the business of keeping his clients informed

May 29, 2014 6:08 pm

Cultural attaché to executives

By Emma Jacobs

Afew years ago a job notice circulated in Hollywood for a “cultural attaché” for Brian Grazer, the Oscar-winning producer behind films including A Beautiful MindFrost/Nixon and Rush.

To some it seemed like an urban myth. Not to Brad Grossman. He had held the post for four years and wrote the job spec for the position, which he called an “ideas curator” back in 2008 when curating was a job undertaken only in art galleries. It was, he reflects, “the coolest job in the world”. Read more of this post

China’s Housing Bubble Desperation In Six Words: “Buy One Floor, Get One Free”

China’s Housing Bubble Desperation In Six Words: “Buy One Floor, Get One Free”

Tyler Durden on 05/29/2014 22:00 -0400

Having gone from the sublime (zero-money-down mortgages for Chinese homes) to the ridiculous (when China’s largst property developer says “the period in which everybody makes money out of property is gone,”) the latest desperate act of a dying Chinese property bubble is stunning. As WSJ reports, Season Joy City (a remote suburb of Beijing) offers not only a party bag of bonuses to lure potential buyers; but the development’s big selling point is “buy one floor, get one free.” The government’s reluctance to bail the nation out may soon be tested as Barclays notes “this downturn is more serious than in 2008.” Read more of this post

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