The Bulletin March 20 2017, Volume 720

Club News
Veteran Cambodia Daily reporter Saing Soenthrith in dire financial straits

Upcoming Events (FCCT)
7pm, March 20,2017
Documentary Film Night: They call it Myanmar
(Eng subtitles only, no Thai subtitles) -

Shot clandestinely over a 2-year period by best-selling novelist and filmmaker, Robert H. Lieberman, this film provides a rare look at the second-most isolated country on the planet. It lifts the curtain to expose the everyday life in a country that has been held in the iron grip of a brutal military regime for 48 years.
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7pm, Wednesday 22 March, 2017
NGOs, social work, rights and religion in Thailand's deep South - Panel discussion

Early last month, a Pattani-based non-governmental organization providing space to discuss gender and LGBTI issues in the southernmost provinces came under strong attack on social media networks. The co-founders of Buku, Anticha Sangchai and Daranee Thongsiri, have organized since 2013 a regular "Gender, Human Rights and Sexuality classroom" to give the opportunity to young people of the region to discuss gender and sexuality issues in an region destabilized by a violent conflict which has seen over 7,000 deaths in the last 13 years. They have also established a football team that puts together men, women (wearing hijab or not) and LGBTI. When a TV program was broadcasted in early February on these endeavors, Anticha and Daranee were strongly criticized, illustrating the sensitivity of NGOs' work in a conflict area. Buku's case is just one example: other south-based NGO, trying to help families of the conflict victim or to organize activities for youth also encountered obstacles and criticisms.
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7pm, March 27, 2017
Documentary Film Night: Where To Invade Next -

Academy Award®-winning director Michael Moore is back with WHERE TO INVADE NEXT: a provocative and hilarious comedy in which Moore will stop at nothing to figure out how to actually make America great again.
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7pm, Wednesday 29 March 2017
Thailand Brews a Craft Beer Insurgency - Panel discussion on the struggle to meet booming demand for craft beer in Thailand, where antiquated laws outlaw production by all but the largest brewers.

In January this year a young man was arrested after police discovered that he was selling home-brewed beer from his three-storey shophouse in Nonthaburi. He is now on trial, and faces a possible six-month prison sentence. His arrest brought to light two conflicting forces in the world of brewing in Thailand. One is an explosion of interest in the craft beer movement among younger Thais, who want to replicate the rich, hoppy flavours and distinct characters of the beers coming out of US microbreweries in their own country, where for decades beer drinkers have been stuck with the standardized lagers produced by Thailand's two brewing giants, Boonrawd (Singha) and Thaibev (Chang).
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7pm, Friday March 31, 2017
New Members' Night - Specifically for current members who have joined since January 2016, but it's for "Old" Members too who may have missed this well-attended event in the past.

This is your chance to meet other FCCT members, and the current executive committee members, including the president. You may be tempted to join the celebrated guided media tour of the bureaux of the BBC, ITN/Channel 4, ABC, NBC, and AsiaWorks - a rare chance to go behind the scenes and see some of the media
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Documentary Film Nights in April. - Synopses are to come as the events draw near.

April 3rd-Cartel Land www.imdb.com/title/tt4126304/
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7pm, 24 April, 2017
Fiction Film: Dark Fortune, including discussion with Director
(Eng subtitles only, no Thai subtitles) -

We are deviating from our documentaries for this screening because the director is in town and will be joining us for the screening!
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6:30pm, Monday 08 May, 2017
Documentary film night with food and wine:
"L'esercito piu' piccolo del mondo" ("The World's Smallest Army") -

A film concerning the Swiss Guards during the papacy of Pope Francis by Gianfranco Pannone http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4898802/
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Upcoming Events (non-FCCT)
10:30am, Monday March 20, 2017,
DEATH KNELL FOR DEMOCRACY
Attacks on Lawmakers and the Threat to Cambodia's Institutions - Report Launch and Press Conference

7pm, Thursday March 23, 2017
Financing the Future of Sustainability: - Blockchain, Natural Capital, and the Digital Economy.


Job Openings
Editor-in-Chief: Sasin Management Consulting

Classifieds
WORKSPACE@ASIAWORKS
 

Veteran Cambodia Daily reporter Saing Soenthrith in dire financial straits
Veteran Cambodia Daily reporter Saing Soenthrith has been diagnosed with serious kidney problems that require regular dialysis costing $80 per session. Rith is now on medical leave and no longer drawing a salary.

Some of his former colleagues set up a fundraising campaign nine months ago when Rith was first diagnosed. While the money has been helpful, it has fallen short of the sustained support he needs. Between dialysis thrice weekly, medication, and blood transfusions, Rith's medical costs total about $300 a week. School fees for his three children have also added to the financial burden.

Some of you may have worked with Rith as a fixer over the years, while others may be familiar with his hard-hitting reportage for the Daily. Like many independent journalists in Cambodia, Rith could have taken safer, better paid jobs at many moments in his career. He stayed a journalist because he believed in the profession and the change it could effect in his country.

Please consider supporting him if you can. : Please follow this link

Documentary Film Night: They call it Myanmar
(Eng subtitles only, no Thai subtitles)
7pm, March 20,2017
150 entry for non-members, free for members
 
 
They-Call-It-Myanmar.jpg
 
Shot clandestinely over a 2-year period by best-selling novelist and filmmaker, Robert H. Lieberman, this film provides a rare look at the second-most isolated country on the planet. It lifts the curtain to expose the everyday life in a country that has been held in the iron grip of a brutal military regime for 48 years.

This unique feature length documentary, culled from over 120 hours of striking images, is an impressionistic journey. Interviews and interactions with more than 100 people throughout Burma, including an interview with the recently released Aung San Suu Kyi, are interwoven with spectacular footage of this little seen nation and its people.

Though Burma has tumbled from one of the most prosperous and advanced countries in Southeast Asia to one of the world's poorest, "They Call It Myanmar" is a story of beauty, courage and hope.
NGOs, social work, rights and religion in Thailand's deep South
Panel discussion
7pm, Wednesday 22 March, 2017
Members: free, Non-members 450thb, Thai journalists and Students with VALID ID: 150thb
 
Early last month, a Pattani-based non-governmental organization providing space to discuss gender and LGBTI issues in the southernmost provinces came under strong attack on social media networks. The co-founders of Buku, Anticha Sangchai and Daranee Thongsiri, have organized since 2013 a regular "Gender, Human Rights and Sexuality classroom" to give the opportunity to young people of the region to discuss gender and sexuality issues in an region destabilized by a violent conflict which has seen over 7,000 deaths in the last 13 years. They have also established a football team that puts together men, women (wearing hijab or not) and LGBTI. When a TV program was broadcasted in early February on these endeavors, Anticha and Daranee were strongly criticized, illustrating the sensitivity of NGOs' work in a conflict area. Buku's case is just one example: other south-based NGO, trying to help families of the conflict victim or to organize activities for youth also encountered obstacles and criticisms.

The FCCT's four panelists will speak about the difficulties of social work in southern Thailand: Anticha and Daranee, Angkhana Neelpaijitr of the National Human Rights Commission and Sunai Phasuk of US-based Human Rights Watch.

Dr Anticha Sangchai is a lecturer at Prince of Songkla University in Pattani and a researcher in Human Rights and LGBTI rights. She received a PhD in philosophy from Chulalongkorn University. She is a co-founder of the Buku bookshop and NGO based in Pattani as well a board member of Amnesty Interntional Thailand.

Daranee Thongsiri is a co-founder of the NGO Buku.

Sunai Pasuk is the Thailand representative for Human Rights Watch and a long-time expert on the conflict in the deep South.

Angkhana Neelapaijitr founded in June 2006 the organization Justice and Peace Foundation, with the objective of raising awareness on issues of justice and human rights in Thailand and strengthening the capacity of victims and their families to fight for justice. The group has been particularly active in the southern provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat. Since 2016, Khun Angkhana is one of the seven members of the National Human Rights Commission.

 

Documentary Film Night: Where To Invade Next
7pm, March 27, 2017
150 entry for non-members, free for members
 
 
wheretoinvade.jpg
 
Academy Award®-winning director Michael Moore is back with WHERE TO INVADE NEXT: a provocative and hilarious comedy in which Moore will stop at nothing to figure out how to actually make America great again.

America's favorite political provocateur, Michael Moore, is back with his new film, WHERE TO INVADE NEXT. Honored by festivals and critics groups alike, WHERE TO INVADE NEXT is an expansive, hilarious, and subversive comedy in which the Academy Award®-winning director confronts the most pressing issues facing America today and finds solutions in the most unlikely places. The creator of FAHRENHEIT 9/11 and BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE has returned with an epic movie that's unlike anything he has done before--an eye-opening call to arms to capture the American Dream and restore it in, of all places, America.
Thailand Brews a Craft Beer Insurgency
Panel discussion on the struggle to meet booming demand for craft beer in Thailand, where antiquated laws outlaw production by all but the largest brewers.
7pm, Wednesday 29 March 2017
Entry: Free for members, B450 for non-members
 
In January this year a young man was arrested after police discovered that he was selling home-brewed beer from his three-storey shophouse in Nonthaburi. He is now on trial, and faces a possible six-month prison sentence. His arrest brought to light two conflicting forces in the world of brewing in Thailand. One is an explosion of interest in the craft beer movement among younger Thais, who want to replicate the rich, hoppy flavours and distinct characters of the beers coming out of US microbreweries in their own country, where for decades beer drinkers have been stuck with the standardized lagers produced by Thailand's two brewing giants, Boonrawd (Singha) and Thaibev (Chang).

The countervailing force is the 1950 Liquor Act, and a later Finance Ministry regulation, which requires all beer to be made by companies producing at least 100,000 liters a year. Despite that there are a number of beer-lovers defying the law by brewing in semi-secrecy, and others who have resigned themselves to making Thai craft beer overseas, and bringing it in, with a heavy additional import duties. So should the law be changed, and can a military government that worries about the moral hazard posed by alcohol be persuaded to open the door for craft beers?

We are bringing in some of the drivers of the craft beer revolution in Thailand to make their argument, and will be serving the FCCT's new selection of imported craft beers.
New Members' Night
Specifically for current members who have joined since January 2016, but it's for "Old" Members too who may have missed this well-attended event in the past.
7pm, Friday March 31, 2017
This is your chance to meet other FCCT members, and the current executive committee members, including the president. You may be tempted to join the celebrated guided media tour of the bureaux of the BBC, ITN/Channel 4, ABC, NBC, and AsiaWorks - a rare chance to go behind the scenes and see some of the media

offices and studios in the same building as the FCCT.  There will be a description by correspondents and staff (current events permitting, of course) of what they do, how they do it - and why sometimes they can't do it. You will also have the chance to enjoy free drinks and eats, but please come on time for the food.

Please encourage attendance by any other people you know who may be interested in joining the FCCT. They can sign up on the night.

If you wish to attend, then please contact the FCCT office and register your name at info@fccthai.com or telephone 0 2652 0580-1

We hope to welcome you to an enjoyable evening.

Justin Moseley
(on behalf of the FCCT Board of Directors)
Documentary Film Nights in April.
Synopses are to come as the events draw near.
April 3rd-Cartel Land www.imdb.com/title/tt4126304/
April 10th -The Wolfpack www.imdb.com/title/tt2415458/

April 17th is Songkran holiday and we will not have film night

April 24th- Dark Fortune including discussion with Director www.darkfortune-film.com/

May 1st - GoingClear www.imdb.com/title/tt4257858/

"The World's Smallest Army" - May 8th with Swiss snacks and Swiss wine provided by the Swiss Embassy
www.imdb.com/title/tt4898802/

CitizenFour - May 15th www.imdb.com/title/tt4044364/


Fiction Film: Dark Fortune, including discussion with Director
(Eng subtitles only, no Thai subtitles)
7pm, 24 April, 2017
150 entry for non-members, free for members
 
 
darkfortune.jpg
 
We are deviating from our documentaries for this screening because the director is in town and will be joining us for the screening!

Late at night, psychologist Eliane Hess is called to the hospital bed of 8-year-old Yves. The boy is the only family member to have survived a car crash. Eliane is both horrified and fascinated by the boy's fate. An invisible bond develops between them, blurring the boundaries between private and working life.

Based on the novel "Finsteres Glück" by Lukas Hartmann, DARK FORTUNE tells us a tender, highly unusual story about belonging and love, exploring the question of guilt and innocence and illustrating the fearless courage to face one's destiny.

Director's note

On August 11, 1999, I boarded an early morning train from Zurich to Strasburg to witness the solar eclipse that would take place on that day in the Alsace and southern Germany. There, at the Quai de la Petite France, I waited for the great moment among hundreds and maybe even thousands of other people. We were lucky. The sun was shining at noon. The growing darkness, the silence of the birds and the people, the pallid light, the sudden coolness: it was a magical, uncanny moment and instinctively, I understood why solar eclipses were, and often still are, interpreted as fateful omens of disaster sent by the gods.

Eleven years later, I received a small package from Lukas Hartmann. The well-known Swiss author had sent me his latest novel Finsteres Glück (Dark Fortune): his narrative opens on that very same day. I started reading the book and was instantly spellbound.

The boy Yves: with a dark secret, growing up in a family that does not give him warmth and comfort; the relationship of his parents overshadowed by massive mutual accusations, financial pressure, and domestic violence. As the only member of his family to survive a car crash, Yves is left entirely to himself and utterly defenseless.

The psychologist, Eliane: a single mother, autonomous, who takes a cool, rational approach to the pain of leaving childhood times behind. The great love of her life a failure; but she has come to terms. In her professional life, feelings and longings are classified and domesticated.

These two people encounter one another - on the day of the solar eclipse. The result of that encounter is a tender, unusual «love story». The boy instinctively senses that the trauma therapist can give him the support he desperately needs. At the same time, he unwittingly confronts her with her own repressed grief. She has been given the mandate to cure Yves; the boy, in turn, becomes a catalyst for her and her family. Eliane's daughters cannot escape the maelstrom; they too are drawn in, forced to face their own emotional injuries.

The family, a universal theme that affects and touches all of us; the thin, increasingly blurred line between professional and personal life; the struggle for love, belonging, and warmth; questions of guilt and innocence - ultimately, only one thing counts and that is the strength to confront unsparingly our own experiences and the abysses of our own fate. I was moved and doubly pleased by the fact that Matthias Grünewald's Isenheim Altar in Colmar plays an important role in the novel. I have known and loved these late medieval paintings since my own childhood.
Documentary film night with food and wine:
"L'esercito piu' piccolo del mondo" ("The World's Smallest Army")
6:30pm, Monday 08 May, 2017
(6:30pm doors open, food served; 7pm )
Free for members, 150 baht for non-members
 
A film concerning the Swiss Guards during the papacy of Pope Francis by Gianfranco Pannone http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4898802/

Swiss snacks and Swiss wine provided by the Swiss Embassy

Opening remarks by H.E. Mr. Ivo Sieber, Ambassador of Switzerland

Leo is a forester and René is a student of theology of Aargau. They have decided to join the Pontifical Swiss Guard. For over 500 years, the Swiss Guard has been at the service of the Popes and has been watching over the Vatican. The tradition began in 1506 when the first Swiss arrived on request of the then Pope Julius II.

Leo is a simple guy. He is pleased to live an educational experience in the Eternal City. René is a catholic intellectual who wants to understand what it means to wear a uniform of the 16th century and to be part of a colorful but anachronistic military body. The film follows these two characters as they strive to find answers for themselves serving under the "revolutionary" figure, Pope Francis.


DEATH KNELL FOR DEMOCRACY
Attacks on Lawmakers and the Threat to Cambodia's Institutions
Report Launch and Press Conference
10:30am, Monday March 20, 2017,
Admittance Free
 

This is not an FCCT-sponsored event. It is a paid function and responsibility for program content is solely that of the event organizer
 
In February 2017, Cambodia's Parliament approved a set of new amendments to the Law on Political Parties, which grant unprecedented powers to the executive and judicial branches to suspend and dissolve parties. The move marked a culmination of nearly two years of escalating persecution of Cambodian lawmakers. These attacks have come in the context of a renewed, broader crackdown on dissent, which has targeted nearly all segments of Cambodian civic life, as well as similar growing threats to other legislators across Southeast Asia.

Members of ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR), including lawmakers from Malaysia and the Philippines who will have just returned from a fact-finding mission to Cambodia, will present the organization's latest report: Death Knell for Democracy: Attacks on Lawmakers and the Threat to Cambodia's Institutions. The report documents and analyzes the recent wave of attacks against parliamentarians in Cambodia, including judicial prosecutions, violations of procedure surrounding parliamentary immunity, and physical violence. APHR members will also share observations from their recent fact-finding mission, as well as discuss wider regional parallels and implications. Human Rights Watch's Phil Robertson will also join the panel to comment on the report and provide his perspective on recent events in Cambodia.

Featured Speakers:


www.aseanmp.org | Twitter: @ASEANMP | facebook.com/aseanmp

Financing the Future of Sustainability:
Blockchain, Natural Capital, and the Digital Economy.
7pm, Thursday March 23, 2017
Free Admission
 
 
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This is not an FCCT-sponsored event. It is a paid function and responsibility for program content is solely that of the event organizer
 
We are at the cusp of a great revolution. Blockchain technology is the next
generation of the Internet. It will change how we look at money, and it may even help us save the planet.

Please join us for a stimulating evening of talks and discussions as we explore the the implications of Blockchain on sustainable finance. Learn how a digital economy can support efforts to preserve and even grow our natural resources.

Swiss blockchain startup Lykke and international NGO Worldview International
Foundation (WIF) have partnered to list vital natural capital backed assets on Lykke Exchange.

Heyerdahl Climate Pioneers (HCP) is a digital token representing living mangroves and carbon credit rights in Thor Heyerdahl Climate Park in Myanmar, named in honor of the famed Norwegian explorer and WIF cofounder.

Alan Laubsch of Lykke will lead the blockchain discussion, and WIF Chairman Dr. Arne Fjortfoft will introduce his pioneering mangrove restoration work in Myanmar, and share ideas for making a tangible impact on climate change.

DR. ARNE J. FJORTOFT
Dr. Arne Johansson Fjørtoft DBA is a Norwegian politician , journalist , author, organizational leader, communication specialist and social business inventor. Dr. Fjortoft served as the Chairman of the Liberal Party of Norway for four years. During his leadership, the party widened its political agenda with a global commitment to sustainable development. He is the Secretary General of Worldview International Foundation based in Sri Lanka and currently implementing the mangrove restoration project in the Irrawaddy Delta Region of Myanmar.

ALAN LAUBSCH
Alan Laubsch is a passionate risk and ecosystems researcher, and a founder of the Natural Capital Alliance (NCA). Alan currently runs the Natural Capital Markets group at Lykke , which provides instant liquidity for Natural Capital Coins without transaction fees.

Alan started his career as a researcher in JPMorgan's corporate risk management group in New York, after receiving a degree in Industrial Engineering at Stanford University in 1993. He is one of 25 founding members of the RiskMetrics Group (now part of MSCI), where he authored Risk Management: A Practical Guide (1999) .

 

Editor-in-Chief: Sasin Management Consulting
1. Oversee the workflow for all editorial outputs to be delivered to the client in a timely fashion.

2. Draft speeches for the Thailand Board of Investment (BOI) executives and directors.

3. Proofread and edit the language for all printed materials in English, e.g. Official letters and correspondence, brochures, newsletters, guidebooks, etc.

4. Design and write articles for BOI's monthly newsletter, Thailand Investment Review (TIR).

5. Support the consulting team in the provision of other English language materials as needed, e.g. PowerPoint presentations, leaflets, press releases, etc.

Please submit your cover letter and resume detailing your experiences and availability to Ms. Vasamon Prorananun at: vasamon.prorananun@sasin.edu
 

WORKSPACE@ASIAWORKS
Need a place to feel inspired? Join us at Maneeya Center, Bangkok's de facto media hub, where we have turnkey workspace available, including a small office with an awesome view.


AsiaWorks is on the Penthouse Floor at Maneeya, directly across from the FCCT (Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand) and down the hall from the BBC, ITN and NBC.

A monthly fee of THB40,000 includes:

· 13 square meter office space (comfortably fits 3 or 4)

· Dedicated Internet fiber & phone lines

· Access to 50 square meter photo/video studio

· Includes corporate membership at FCCT for 3 people

· 24/7 access to building

· Cleaning service

· Air conditioning

· Parking for one vehicle

· Extra desk space available in main office

If interested please drop Khun Mint a note: mint@asiaworks.com

The FCCT Bulletin
 
The Bulletin is published weekly by the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand, Penthouse, Maneeya Center, 518/5 Ploenchit Road, Patumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand. Clubhouse telephone: 02 254-8165. E-mail: info@fccthai.com. Web site: www.fccthai.com. President, Dominic Faulder; 1st Vice President, Jerome Taylor; 2nd Vice President, Arnaud Dubus; Treasurer, Domenica Piantedosa.

Opinions expressed may be entirely those of an individual writer or organization, and do not necessarily represent the policies, positions or opinions of the FCCT, nor does the FCCT, by virtue of publication in The Bulletin, assume any liability therefore. While all reasonable efforts are employed to ensure accuracy of announcements appearing in The Bulletin, including but not limited to dates, times and cover charges, the FCCT is not bound by those announcements and occasional errors or omissions may appear; we apologize for any inconvenience. Copyright © 2016, Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand and others. All rights reserved.

The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand
 
The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand has been in existence for almost sixty years. It is the oldest, largest and most active foreign press club in Southeast Asia, and a bulwark of free speech in the region. Correspondents, journalists and other media professionals comprise about one fifth of the overall membership. According to its constitution, the core purposes of the FCCT are:

1) To promote the professional interests of foreign correspondents working in Thailand.

2) To foster good relations between between foreign correspondents and journalists and the Thai authorities and Thai press.

3) To assist foreign correspondents and journalists visiting Thailand.

4) To provide facilities for press conferences, seminars and other informative programmes of interest to foreign correspondents.

5) To provide a social meeting place and entertainment, on a non-profit basis, for members and their guests.

The FCCT constitution places the following limitations on the club's activities:

"The FCCT has no political, racial or religious objectives. In pursuing its aims, the FCCT shall confine itself to acts directly affecting foreign correspondents and the journalistic profession.

The FCCT shall not lend its name to any cause, campaign, commercial venture, ideology or religious precept, nor shall it take sides in any internal political affairs or international relations affecting Thailand or any other country."
 

 
Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand
Penthouse, Maneeya Center Building
518/5 Ploenchit Road (connected to the BTS Skytrain Chitlom station)
Patumwan, Bangkok 10330
Tel.: 02-652-0580
E-mail:  info@fccthai.com
Web Site:  http://www.fccthai.com
 
Hours of Operation -
All departments are open Monday-Friday and closed Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays
 
Clubhouse
(including Photo Gallery)
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Restaurant
11:00 am - 09:00pm
Bar
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Office
10:00 am - 7:00 pm (8 pm on days when we have events)