Traveling reminds us that the old is distinctive and the new melds together. I had never been to Thailand, or indeed to any country in Southeast Asia. As the bus rolled through the streets, nothing in the facade of the 7-Eleven convenience store or the crushed muddle of Bangkok traffic proved startling.
Kimia Sun was born a refugee. Her parents were survivors of Cambodia’s Khmer Rogue, which claimed nearly 2 million lives in the late 1970s. The couple was among the lucky ones and escaped to a refugee camp in Thailand, where Sun was born and spent her first months. Next, the family traveled to the Philippines, where Sun’s parents learned English and purchased plane tickets for America.
Graduation Day, especially from your nation's most prestigious university, is a special time for celebration. It appears that as Thailand's prestigious Chulalongkorn University was bestowing an Honorary Degree to Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn last week, some celebrants were posing at a nearby huge mural of superheroes outside the University's Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts building. Prominent among the 'superheroes' was Nazi mass murderer Adolph Hitler.
President Obama leaves Saturday for a three-day trip to Burma, Thailand and Cambodia. On the way home he should stop in another Asian country, Israel. It's a trip he should have made early in his first term and is long overdue.
Indian police have established a link between a bomb that wounded an Israeli diplomat's wife in New Delhi and a fumbled bomb plot in Thailand, the city's police chief said on Friday, adding that arrest warrants had been issued for three Iranians.
Thailand's police chief said bombs that exploded in the capital earlier in the week were meant to target Israelis. “I can tell you that the target was specific and aimed at Israeli diplomatic staff,” the national police chief, Gen. Prewpan Dhamapong, told a Thai television station late Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.
Bombs that exploded in a Bangkok house being shared by an Iranian national were being prepared for a large-scale attack against an Israeli target, unnamed Israeli officials are quoted as saying.
Thai authorities working with Israel arrested a Lebanese man alleged to have plotted a bombing attack.
A recently renovated Chabad House in Thailand has been ravaged again by flooding. Heavy rains and flooding this week once again put the Chabad House in Koh Samui under water. The center recently completed a $50,000 renovation after floods in November destroyed electrical equipment, furniture, books and computers.
Who would have guessed that a 15-year-old boy born and raised in West Los Angeles would befriend a 49-year-old elephant named Yom who lives in a conservation reserve hidden deep in the jungles of Lampang in Northern Thailand?
For thousands of young Israelis, the sun-drenched archipelagos of Southeast Asia were the perfect destination to forget the rigors of military service.
But this week, that post-Zionist nirvana became a nightmare. The tsunami that swept India, Thailand, Sri Lanka and the Andaman Islands on Sunday plunged hundreds of Israeli families into a frenzy of worry over relatives feared lost while touring.
Shabbat in Bangkok? What business does a partisan of the 613 mitzvot have in a city of 1,000 temptations?