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Latest update : 2010-05-17

Bangkok Burning: clashes continue in the Thai capital

Negotiations in Thailand remain deadlocked, the death toll is rising, and not neighboring countries fear protests may spread.

We start out with quite an impressive front page of the BANGKOK POST: The headline reads "Bangkok burning." Troops there are still trying to disperse the anti-government protestors, the so-called red shirts. But those are not ready to leave! Even the elderly…the paper reports…are digging in their heels. I just want to point out one thing on the front page here: take a look at the ad there in the corner. Bangkok is burning and they are advertising for hospitals with international standards. The death toll continues to rise. The paper has put together a little graphic showing the daily casualties. As you know, those numbers have just changed again, with top red shirt military leader dying in hospital. The chaos has affected everyday life in Bangkok…hospitals are closing; the beginning of the next school term has been pushed back…

 

French paper LA CROIX also headlines on Thailand, saying the country is trying to avoid the worst. If you look at the video, its hard to image how much worse it can really get. The paper also takes a look at the Red Shirts specific demands…they want former Prime Minister Taksin Sinawatre to be reinstated and the current government to resign. But there are also economic and social demands. Thailand is quite strong economically and other countries in the regions fear that because of that, similar protests might brake out elsewhere.

 

On to little bit of sport. It’s making the front page of the DAILY STAR: Britain is in a bit of a bind because the head of their world cup committee claimed Spain and Russia were colluding to bribe referees at this summers cup. Lord Triesman has now quit much to the despair of David Beckam, who presented the bid along side Triesman on Friday. The UK was going for hosting the 2018 world cup…dreams that might now go up in smoke. People are so angry that you can vote: is he guilty of treason, yes or no

 

THE INDEPENDENT also touches on the subject talks about what is at stake. Apparently FIFA is already believed to prefer Russia as a host. So, the FA will now find a new chairman and someone to head the bid, they won't necessarily the same person

 

And, 40 years after they officially finished University, they were finally asked to walk. This is an article in the NEW YORK TIMES about the Boston University class of 1970. Their graduation had been cancelled because of anti-war protests across the nation, especially at Universities. So 40 days later, about 300 of the 3000 original graduates showed up, many with their children. The question was: why now. The University says it wanted make amends…but some of the former students feel it was more about fundraising, since many of them are close to retire and might have a penny or two to give.

By Carla WESTERHEIDE

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