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  1. Not quite right. They simply turned that former red light district (Bugis Street of the 60s and 70s) into a shopping centre, much like what this artist is proposing. I lived next to it for several years. No 'rebuilding', just renovation and cleanup. And there have definitely been no working girls or 'girls' there since the place was converted.
  2. Consider yourself lucky. I rent a two story condo in Singapore for when I'm staying there. No smoke detectors in the unit, just in the hallway outside, and fairly far down from my door. That's also a quite a distance from my second level bedroom (there's no second level entrance). One night at 2am I was reading in bed and heard a distant ringing. Turned out to be the fire alarm. If I'd been asleep, there's no way it would have woken me up. This is 'advanced' Singapore ... Anyway, needed to get my own smoke detectors...
  3. Yingluck cleared over 2011 flooding

    No, I believe they blamed her for flood management. If I recall, a decision was made to delay water releases from over-burdened dams up north to give farmers time to harvest their crops. Because of continuing rainfall, the result was that they couldn't do a staggered release from the dams, so when the time came, you had a torrent moving its way to Bangkok. So the argument was, right or wrong, that the government had sacrificed the city dwellers to the benefit of its farmer voter base. Of course, predicting the weather and making tough decisions is much easier to do in retrospect.
  4. In a case like this, the army might make a difference. I don't know if this applies to Thailand, but in many places, soldiers are less corrupt than police officers (at the individual level, not institutional). This is because 1) they usually don't hail from the same community to which they're posted, 2) they are moved around more often, and 3) they are subject to stricter discipline and harsher punishments. So these bikers may have been on more solid ground when only the police enforced the law.
  5. Hey, the Mafia in many places, while shaking down people for protection money and distributing drugs, still tried to burnish their image by doing "community projects" using their ill-gotten gains. It also gave the organisations some cover to hide behind when the authorities turned the heat up... "hey, we're just a community support organisation". And that's why there was often ambivalence towards them from locals ... to some, their presence was beneficial (or looked that way). The same tactic is used by some Islamic terrorist groups. And bikers. Don't be fooled....
  6. "...has shocked the Thai public who pride themselves on getting along with the neighbors and turning the other cheek." Someone please tell me what part of Thailand this is... I'd like to check it out as a place to move to.
  7. I must be having a particularly 'thick' day because I'm not getting this. He's sticking to his claim that it was a setup that involved two police officers and a woman, and there is CCTV to back him up. There's even a question about whether the RTP will discipline the two officers involved, so that part of the story seems legit. So why is he withdrawing the charges (he asks naively, but with a bit of wink wink nod nod)?
  8. Yes, but to understand and evaluate a phenomenon, you need some benchmarks. The stats in this article make Thailand seem backward wrt the prosecution of rape allegations. However, the official statistics from other countries show that, as shocking as the numbers are here, they are actually better than those in countries many of us assume to be paragons of justice. I presented stats from Australia that were inexplicably removed from the discussion because they concerned another country. They showed a 3% conviction rate of cases that make it to court! That should make you think twice about the Thailand numbers (which are much better). And maybe it highlights that the numbers have less to do with backwardness or bias in the Thai system and more to do with the inherent difficulty of prosecuting rape cases.
  9. Feminist over-simplification. If it were true, you would have many more older, "successful" women being raped, but that's relatively rare. It's mostly young women/girls who are victims of rape. The "power" argument can't explain that.
  10. Misleading headline. 2400 of 4000 reported cases ended in convictions. I don't know how that compares to other jurisdictions, but we don't know how many cases of the 4000 never made it to court because of lack of evidence or because the charges were unfounded (it does happen!). The number in the headline here is based on an estimate of unreported cases (only God knows how accurate that is!) and assumes all allegations of rape are true.
  11. Very true, but only when the victim is also Muslim (as she was in this case). The Qur'an otherwise permits the rape of non-Muslim war captives and slaves ("that which your right hand holds"), even by married men.
  12. 'Boss' outruns another charge

    Can't seem to get it past my horns... (and surely that's not the best come-back you can muster! try logic next)
  13. 'Boss' outruns another charge

    The guy already has enough money in his pockets, and dad would likely not betray him. A boycott would mostly hurt innocent factory workers, warehouse crews, truck drivers, distributors, etc., who have mouths to feed. They'd be the first to feel the pain, and they bear no responsibility whatsoever...
  14. I'm not usually the conspiratorial type, but I wouldn't be at all surprised if her 'runner' was suggested or even facilitated by the government. It's the best solution for them. They can still get their verdict without keeping her as a martyr behind bars. In the old days, you could simply exile troublemakers. Now governments have to hope for self-exile. In this case (and her brother's), they may have what they want...
  15. Someone needs to explain to him that a witch-hunt is when people are targeted for crimes (or behaviour) for which they are innocent...