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Rescuers Abandon Attempts To Free 'Human Zoo' Women

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 The Times January 4 1998Members of a Burmese tribe who were rescued from captivity by welfare workers have been sent back to their kidnappers by Thai police, Andrew Drummond reports from Mai AiAN attempt to free the captive women and children of a Burmese long-necked hill tribe, who have been kept under guard as a tourist attraction for visitors to …

Prisoners In A Human Zoo. The Original Story

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The Times Nov 22 1997Tourists are contributing to Thai slavery writes Andrew DrummondWOMEN from a remote Burmese hill tribe who are renowned for their long necks are being used as exhibits in a human zoo in Thailand, where they sought refuge after fleeing from Burma’s military junta.Three of the villagers, who have been found by The Times, are alleged to …

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Rebel Who Caught Pol Pot

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THE TIMES WEDNESDAY JULY 30 1997Andrew Drummond on his old friend Nate Thayer, who found Cambodia’s butcherLast Friday, Nate Thayer achieved every journalist’s dream when he scooped the world by meeting, and obtaining footage of, Pol Pot.By Monday, he was going through every journalist’s nightmare ‘ holed up in a Bangkok hotel, struggling to write his piece while fielding 24-hour …

A Tale Of Two Cities

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Pattaya’ Perfect DilemmaAndrew Drummond for The Nation, BangkokMarch 30th 1997Pattaya’s Perfect DilemmaHoteliers, tourist authority and city officials, a newspaper publisher, and local politicians last week invited foreign journalists based in Thailand down to the resort of Pattaya to promote the resort and air their complaints of unfair press reporting.The city regularly appears in foreign newspapers described as a ‘the sun, …

A Tale Of Two Cities

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Pattaya’ Perfect DilemmaAndrew Drummond for The Nation, BangkokMarch 30th 1997Pattaya’s Perfect DilemmaHoteliers, tourist authority and city officials, a newspaper publisher, and local politicians last week invited foreign journalists based in Thailand down to the resort of Pattaya to promote the resort and air their complaints of unfair press reporting.The city regularly appears in foreign newspapers described as a ‘the sun, …

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Another Day Another Coup

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Evening Standard February 26 1991This is a story from the World Cities column in the Evening Standard in 1991.This has been included because it seems to say ‘the more things change the more they stay the same’When the tanks rolled in again in 2006 the people said it with flowers. The ousted Prime Minister Chatichai however was allowed to keep …

Letters From Death Row – By Kevin Barlow

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In January 2008 two Canadian tourists were shot dead by a Thai policeman in Pai a village predominantly populated by hill tribes in the northern Thai province of Mae Hong Son. The village, once a picturesque backwater for backpackers going on treks had more recently become one of northern Thailand’s top tourist destinations, with many high-end guesthouses. Nevertheless it was still …