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Apparently deluded author Jared Diamond sells stone dead notion of progress in book about tribal peoples

An interesting article on apparently deluded author Jared Diamond suggesting progress is an element intrinsic to human societies and that “tribal warfare tends to be chronic, because there are not strong central governments that can enforce peace” has been published in The Guardian. Sounds fascist to me and plays right into the hands of absolutist […]

Pictures of Sittwe – Home of the Rohingya

I was in Sittwe, Rakhine State in Burma recently, the site of serious communal riots between Rakhine people and Muslim Rohingya who have been living in the state for generations and are currently the victims of a hate campaign instigated by politicians, ordinary people, Buddhist monks and government officials. I spent three weeks in Burma […]

Tom Vater in The Times – The Red Shirts`Last Stand

The Times (UK) published a two page image spread of mine on May 20th. I took the image of a woman in front of the Red Shirt stage in Bangkok’s Rajaprasong area minutes after the capitulation of the red Shirt leaders following the movement’s two month demonstration in the Thai capital. As the Red Shirt […]

Postcard from the Edge of Bangkok

Last night, I crossed the city twice in a taxi, for the most part on the elevated express way. There was barely any traffic and some exits were blocked by armed soldiers.  Police on motorbikes patrolled the empty four lane highways sporadically. Downtown Bangkok, usually a garishly colorful Bladerunner skyline of high-rises pasted with billboards […]

Bangkok Dangerous

It´s not easy to write about war. Harder still to write about war at home. Bangkok is my home and tonight, parts of the city were on the verge of giving way to total chaos. After eight weeks of street protests by the so-called Red Shirts aiming to force the Thai government to resign and […]

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