Due South

This article takes a light-hearted look at the potential perils of independent travel in Thailand. It follows one intrepid traveler's hair raising journey from gridlocked Bangkok to the southern 'sex resort' of Pattaya.

Surfing in Siam

This article investigates the current level and nature of Internet access in Thailand and how Thai businesses of all kinds are exploiting the Net to expand their customer bases, increase profits and reach a global audience.

When Playing with Numbers Can be Taxing

Gina Lopez and her supporters justify the potential yawning gap in GDP caused by the wholesale closure of the mining industry by saying that the industry as a whole only contributes 2% in taxes which, on the face of it, sounds like a tiny loss the nation could easily shoulder. However, let’s say that this...

Big M Little M What Begins with M?

I am not sure if Dr Seuss would appreciate my hijacking of his famous alphabet rhyme but in this case, the big M stands for corporate mines currently being persecuted by Ms Lopez, while little M is the small-scale mining industry that has, so far escaped her draconian crackdown. But why?

Holistic Approach to Environmental Protection Needed

Simply destroying the countries mining industry in the name of a green crusade will not, ultimately, solve the many environmental problems facing the Philippines. There is no one magical solution that will tame the many-tentacled beast that is the country's problems with pollution and land degradation.

It’s a Fine Line Between Environmental Crusader and Dictator

Gina Lopez claims to be standing up for the environment as she shuts down mining operations apparently in order to protect Indigenous People’s (IP’s) natural environment and water catchments, however, did she or anyone at the DENR actually obtain the required Free and Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) of the IP’s before doing so and did...

“It’s M-Commerce Jim, But Not As We Know It.”

The ‘dot-bomb’ scared off many potential investors in m-commerce start-up companies but while the major mobile companies are stuck in the economic slump, the smaller, newer, more flexible business are carving out new niches in B2B support services, applications and content development. This article investigates the new innovative start up companies and what they have...

Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho, It’s Off to Work We Go?

Anyone who is a Disney fan will recognise the title song from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Every day Grumpy, Happy, Bashful, Sneezy et al would happily plod off to their diamond mine toharvest the earth's mineral riches on a small scale, something of which Gina Lopez would, no doubt, approve.

Who Wields the Sword of Damocles?

Those employed by mining companies and the families and communities that depend on them might well feel that, thanks to Gina Lopez, the Sword of Damocles is hanging above their collective heads as they wait to see if she will summarily cut off their only source of income.

Finding the Wireless Erogenous Zone – Pornography’s Bid to go Mobile

This article takes a slightly 'tongue in cheek' look at the proliferation of pornography on the wireless Internet by examining what's out there now and talking to industry experts to see how they predict the shape of things to come.