Burmese former monk Gambira arrested while preparing to travel to Australia Story by Lindsay Murdoch – The Age newspaper January 21, 2016 Bangkok: Myanmar authorities have arrested and jailed a former monk and leader of a 2007 uprising who returned to the country from Thailand to apply for a passport so he […]

Coalition MP flies the flag at rebel’s get-together in Myanmar. Story by Lindsay Murdoch with AM Sanford in Mae Sot Thailand February 3, 2015 Bangkok: Federal Coalition MP Luke Simpkins illegally crossed the Thai border into Myanmar to attend a military parade and “revolution day” ceremony with rebel fighters. The former […]

Japanese millionaire fathers nine babies Sydney Morning Herald August 7, 2014 Lindsay Murdoch, Am Sandford Nine babies aged from one month to six months have been found in a Bangkok condominium, fuelling further concern about Thailand’s booming surrogacy industry. A Thai lawyer has claimed a Japanese millionaire is the father […]

In Thailand’s North, Support for Ruling Party Remains Strong. Story by Steve Sandford January 14, 2014 CHIANG MAI — In northern Thailand, millions of rural voters still strongly back the party of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. As anti-government protesters try to push her from office and postpone the upcoming February […]

Rohingya detainees in Thailand face dire conditions Story by Steve Sandford HAT YAI, 28 June 2013 – Human rights groups are calling for improved living conditions for close to 2,000 Rohingya boat people now in detention in Thailand. “Thailand locks away Rohingya in heavily overcrowded detention centres when they should […]

No More Child Soldiers? Story by Steve Sandford  KACHIN STATE – A captured government soldier in a military compound in Kachin, Myanmar’s most northerly state, recalls the night his “tuk-tuk” three-wheeler taxi ran out of fuel, but rather than being given the assistance he expected, he was forced to join […]

Rice harvest lost in Kachin conflict zones Story by Steve Sanford/IRIN News January 29, 2012 KACHIN STATE – The annual harvest season in Myanmar’s northern Kachin State has come and gone but much of the rice crop has not been harvested or was never planted after fighting between government forces […]

CHIANG MAI, 9 January 2012  – Karen leaders are cautiously optimistic about the possibility of peace after more than 60 years of fighting Burmese security forces as they prepare for meetings with the government on 10 January. A Karen “peace committee” – formed in November – has arranged a two-day […]

Hunting the Thai hit-men     Story by Steve Sandford GUNMEN are expected to be as busy as professional pollsters after the announcement last week by Thailand’s electoral commission of the coming Senate race, with voters going to the polls in April. That’s why the Royal Thai Police have released […]

Sea Gypsies of the Andaman FOR THE MOKEN SEA PEOPLE IT IS A QUESTION OF SURVIVAL By Steve Sandford   The high-pitched wails of the shaman sound across the still waters of the Andaman Sea as the Moken sea gypsies beckon the spirits from beyond with the steady beat of […]