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New Year Bombs in Bangkok

by observer393 Mon Jan 1st, 2007 at 12:06:02 AM EST

Most New Year celebrations in Bangkok were cancelled after a series of bomb explosions that left at least three dead and more injured.

From the Nation (Thailand):

 

String of blasts rock Bangkok, killing 2

New Year's Eve parties cancelled / Rumours point to 'undercurrents' / Police, military out in force around country

Police and military personnel were scrambling to find out who was behind what seems to have been a coordinated bomb attack in the capital last night that left two people dead and more than 20 people injured.

Bangkok was rocked by six explosions early in the evening at widely separate parts of the city, completely disrupting New Year's Eve celebrations. Tens of thousands of alarmed people swarmed out of the city centre hours before midnight after the capital's major parties were cancelled.

One person was killed and at least 17 injured when a powerful bomb went off at the Victory Monument at about 6.30pm. The blast ripped through bus stops, shattering windows at a restaurant and sent debris flying in all directions. The dead man was identified as Songkran Kanjana. His age was not known.

The rest of the story http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2007/01/01/headlines/headlines_30023013.php

The reference to undercurrents in the first sentence refers to supporters of the previous regime ousted by the military who have been linked to the serial destruction of schools in areas supportive of the Mr. Thaksin the ousted PM.

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FA Cup

by observer393 Sun Apr 23rd, 2006 at 02:37:55 PM EST

As an american i am not expected to enjoy real football (soccer to us septics). Howver, tonight I watched the FA cup semi-final between West Ham United and Middlesboro. When I was living in the UK I spent a lot of time in East London and went to both West Ham home and away games. It was one of the most enjoyable periods of my life and I grew to love the cameraderie of supporting a local albeit not entirely succesful side.
Well tonight I watched West Ham from asia live on the TV. West Ham who struggled to get promotion from a division down only a year ago won the game thanks to a well taken goal from Marlon Harewood and are now in the FA Cup final against rich football giants Liverpool who are accustomed to winning all kinds of silverware. No doubt the final will be hard but I as a septic will be willing on the team supported by a great people from a great town.
Come on you Irons!
 

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Cartoons and Danish Law

by observer393 Wed Feb 8th, 2006 at 11:47:24 PM EST

Previosly posted on Booman, but I repeat it here as there seems to be some debate on laws in various countries.

Section 266B of the Danish Criminal Code: "Any person who, publicly or with the intention of wider dissemination, makes a statement or imparts other information by which a group of people are threatened, insulted or degraded on account of their race, colour, national or ethnic origin, religion, or sexual inclination shall be liable to a fine or to imprisonment for any term not exceeding two years."

or

Section 140 of the Danish Criminal Code: "Those who publicly mock or insult the doctrines or worship of any religious community that is legal in this country, will be punished by a fine or incarceration for up to four months."

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