Thailand’s lèse-majesté taboo leading to witch-hunt – Asia Sentinel

BANGKOK — Thailand’s growing curbs on freedom of speech have seen a grandfather sentenced to twenty years in jail for insulting the country’s monarchy, while  a U.S citizen awaits a possible similar fate in a ruling due tomorrow. Last month Ampon Tangnoppakul, 61 was sentenced to 20 years in prison on charges of insulting Queen Sirikit in four sms texts sent to an official working for Thailand’s former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejajjiva. Ampon’s despondent wife Rossamarin spoke to Asia Sentinel on Monday in a coffee shop near her home in Samut Prakarn in eastern Bangkok. Her jailed husband, she said, “is still very stressed by everything and gets sick often.” In court last month, Ampon claimed innocence and his family insist that he does not even know how to send mobile phone text messages.

Pardon politics in Thailand as Clinton announces $10m flood aid – Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-News/2011/1116/Clinton-announces-10-million-in-Thailand-flood-relief-aid-Bangkok-distracted-by-politics BANGKOK – Areas of capital Bangkok are still under water since the worst flooding in decades hit Thailand...