The Bulletin, Volume 727, May 22, 2017

Club News
New Members so far this year
FCCT Bulletin Editor Required

Upcoming Events (FCCT)
7pm, Monday May 22, 2017
Life Itself - Documentary Film Series

Awards: Selected for Sundance, Cannes and Sheffield Film Festival. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, Life Itself, explores the impact and legacy of Roger Ebert's life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America. (credit: ebertmovie.com)
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Wednesday 24th May. 7pm
Who owns the South China Sea? - A Talk by Bill Hayton

The South China Sea is where China's rising ambitions are colliding with the United States' global role. This strategic competition is interacting in dangerous and unpredictable ways with tensions about the fate of the atolls and islands that dot the sea: the Spratly islands, the Paracels and Scarborough Shoal. Bill Hayton will explain the - sometimes bizarre - origins of the various claims and suggest how they might be resolved.
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7pm, Monday May 29, 2017
Steve Jobs - Documentary Film Series

In his signature black turtleneck and blue jeans, shrouded in shadows below a milky apple, Steve Jobs' image was ubiquitous. But who was the man on the stage? What accounted for the grief of so many across the world when he died? From Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney, 'Steve Jobs: The Man In The Machine' is a critical examination of Jobs who was at once revered as an iconoclastic genius and a barbed-tongued tyrant. A candid look at Jobs' legacy featuring interviews with a handful of those close to him at different stages in his life, the film is evocative and nuanced in capturing the essence of the Apple legend and his values which shape the culture of Silicon Valley to this day. (credit: imdb )
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7pm, Monday June 5, 2017
1971 - Documentary Film Series

On March 8, 1971 eight ordinary citizens broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, a town just outside Philadelphia, took hundreds of secret files, and shared them with the public. In doing so, they uncovered the FBI's vast and illegal regime of spying and intimidation of Americans exercising their First Amendment rights.
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7pm, Monday June 12, 2017
The Hunting Ground - Documentary Film Series

Awards: Two Emmys, Stanley Kramer Award Winner from Producers Guild of America , Best Documentary from the Utah Film Critics
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7pm, Monday June 19, 2017
Art and Craft - Documentary Film Series

Awards: Official Selection of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. Named a Top 5 Documentary by the National Board of Review.
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Upcoming Events (non-FCCT)
12.00 - 3 pm, Tuesday May 23rd, 2017
At the Forefront of Nature's Rage: Asia-Pacific at the Cross Road - Rethinking economic risk & opportunity in the face of natural disasters & extreme events

Unprecedented economic growth is putting heavy pressure on natural resources in Asia-Pacific resulting in worsening water quality, air pollution, land degradation and waste generation; threatening human and environmental health and costing the economy billions. Smarter, greener and cleaner investment of around US $2.5 trillion a year can transform the region into a hub for sustainability. Without climate-oriented, greener development policies, over 100 million people in Asia-Pacific could be forced into extreme poverty by 2030, wiping out poverty reduction gains achieved over the last decade.
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6pm, Thursday May 25, 2017
Launch of the revised Minnesota Protocol on the Investigation of Potentially Unlawful Death (2016) in Thailand
- International standards and guidelines and their relevance to the investigation of unlawful deaths in Thailand

The Minnesota Protocol supplements the UN Principles on the Effective Prevention and Investigation of Extra-legal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions, both of which have been used around the world by States, courts, commissions and committees, international organizations and NGOs as recognized standards and guidelines for the investigation of potentially unlawful deaths.
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Job Openings
Sasin Management Consulting are seeking an Editor-in-Chief
Seeking a freelance journalist
 

New Members so far this year
We are very happy to welcome to the FCCT all the new members who have joined the club this year so far:

New Members 2017




Title Name Lastname Membership type

January

Mr Nikolaus Prachensky Corporate & Diplomatic
Mr Peter Burrow Overseas
Mr Michael Krause Overseas
Mr Henri Stalder Associate
Mr Derek Sherman Senior
Mr Vinai Sachdev Senior
Mr Timothy Auger Overseas
Ms Jocelyne Patel Senior
Ms Romane Dubrulle Student
Ms Cloe' Pombo Student
Mr Stephane Castonguay Corporate & Diplomatic
Mr Alan Middleton Senior
Mr Andrew Lowenthal International NGO
Mr Clovis Casali Correspondent
Mr Raymond Woods Associate


February

Mr Stephen Malloch Local NGO
Mr Nasser Belalia Corporate & Diplomatic
Mr James Harriman Associate
Mr Matthew Stevens Associate
Mr Nicholas Grossman Associate
Mr Kevin Conroy Senior
Mr Stephen Hanchey Senior
Ms Jain Shekleton Senior
Mr Michael Hayes Overseas
Ms Gail Gale Senior
Mr Chaat Sathirathaya Student
Mr Richard Taylor Associate
Mr Christoph Sator Correspondent
Mr Satoshi Kawai Associate
Mr Thomas Abraham Associate
Mr Marc Beliveau Senior
Mr Suree Jivacharoen Country
Mr Guy Whale Associate


March

Mr David McCaughan Senior
Ms Yasmin Arpon Correspondent
Mr Wasyz Szkodzinsky Senior
Mr Matthew Tostevin Correspondent
Ms Marie Malabanan Local NGO
Ms Chiara Rossi Local NGO
Mr Jose Garcia Corporate & Diplomatic
Mr John Forcier Associate
Ms Shalmali Guttal Local NGO
Ms Chantanee Ngernpermpoon Country
Ms Pimpan Phothipradit Country
Mr Warren Sessler Senior
Mr Wataru Fujishita Correspondent
Mr Phuriphat Sangkhapat Journalist


April

Ms Hathairat Phaholtap Journalist
Ms Chanadda Thanikulapat Local NGO
Mr David Busam Senior
Mr Kelly Butler Associate
Ms Patpicha Tanakasempipat Correspondent
Ms Choltanutkun Tun-atiruj Journalist
Ms Marimi Kishimoto Correspondent
Mr Nobuhisa Iida Correspondent
Mr Koji Nozawa Correspondent
Dr Mary Clark Senior
Dr Sally Goldin Senior
Mr Kirby Carder Associate

 

FCCT Bulletin Editor Required
The FCCT is looking for a volunteer to edit the club's Bulletin. The Bulletin comprises notices of club events, club news, non-club events, and classified advertisements, and is composed entirely online. The production of the Bulletin itself employs software and requires very little user intervention.

Duties involve:

No specialist knowledge is required, except a good command of English. Though the duties are light, the work is very important as the Bulletin and associated publications are at the heart of the FCCT publicity system.

Please reply to webmaster@fccthai.com





Life Itself
Documentary Film Series
7pm, Monday May 22, 2017
Free for members and 150 baht for non-members unless otherwise stated.
 
 
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Awards: Selected for Sundance, Cannes and Sheffield Film Festival. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, Life Itself, explores the impact and legacy of Roger Ebert's life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America. (credit: ebertmovie.com)

Who owns the South China Sea?
A Talk by Bill Hayton
Wednesday 24th May. 7pm
Members Free, Non-members 450Baht
 
The South China Sea is where China's rising ambitions are colliding with the United States' global role. This strategic competition is interacting in dangerous and unpredictable ways with tensions about the fate of the atolls and islands that dot the sea: the Spratly islands, the Paracels and Scarborough Shoal. Bill Hayton will explain the - sometimes bizarre - origins of the various claims and suggest how they might be resolved.

Bill Hayton is an Associate Fellow of Chatham House and author of 'South China Sea: the struggle for power in Asia', listed as one of The Economist's books of the year in 2014. He currently works for BBC News in London. He was the BBC's reporter in Vietnam in 2006/7 and spent 2013 seconded to Myanmar to work on media reform. His first book 'Vietnam: rising dragon' was published in 2010 to excellent reviews. He is currently writing a book on early 20th century Chinese history. His written work has appeared in the Financial Times, South China Morning Post, Foreign Policy and The Diplomat among other publications. He has presented his research to government institutions and think-tanks in the UK, the US, Canada, Singapore, the Philippines and several other countries.

Steve Jobs
Documentary Film Series
7pm, Monday May 29, 2017
Free for members and 150 baht for non-members.
 
 
stevejobs.jpg
 
In his signature black turtleneck and blue jeans, shrouded in shadows below a milky apple, Steve Jobs' image was ubiquitous. But who was the man on the stage? What accounted for the grief of so many across the world when he died? From Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney, 'Steve Jobs: The Man In The Machine' is a critical examination of Jobs who was at once revered as an iconoclastic genius and a barbed-tongued tyrant. A candid look at Jobs' legacy featuring interviews with a handful of those close to him at different stages in his life, the film is evocative and nuanced in capturing the essence of the Apple legend and his values which shape the culture of Silicon Valley to this day. (credit: imdb )

1971
Documentary Film Series
7pm, Monday June 5, 2017
Free for members and 150 baht for non-members
 
 
1971.jpg
 
On March 8, 1971 eight ordinary citizens broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, a town just outside Philadelphia, took hundreds of secret files, and shared them with the public. In doing so, they uncovered the FBI's vast and illegal regime of spying and intimidation of Americans exercising their First Amendment rights.

Mailed anonymously, the documents started to show up in newsrooms. The heist yielded a trove of damning evidence that proved the FBI was deliberately working to intimidate civil rights activists and Americans nonviolently protesting the Vietnam War. The most significant revelation was an illegal program overseen by lifelong FBI director J. Edgar Hoover known as COINTELPRO - the Counter Intelligence Program.

Despite searching for the people behind the heist in one of the largest investigations ever conducted, the FBI never solved the mystery of the break-in, and the identities of the members of the Citizens' Commission to Investigate the FBI remained a secret.

Until now.

Awards: Selected for Tribeca Film Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest, IDFA and CPH:DOX

(Credit: 1971film.com)

The Hunting Ground
Documentary Film Series
7pm, Monday June 12, 2017
Free for members and 150 baht for non-members
 
 
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Awards: Two Emmys, Stanley Kramer Award Winner from Producers Guild of America , Best Documentary from the Utah Film Critics

The statistics are staggering. One in five women in college in the U.S. are sexually assaulted, yet only a fraction of these crimes are reported, and even fewer result in punishment for the perpetrators. From the intrepid team behind The Invisible War comes The Hunting Ground, a piercing, monumental exposé of rape culture on campuses, poised to light a fire under a national debate.

In a tour de force of verité footage, expert insights, and first-person testimonies, the film follows undergraduate rape survivors pursuing both their education and justice, despite ongoing harassment and the devastating toll on them and their families.
(credit: thehuntinggroundfilm.com)

Art and Craft
Documentary Film Series
7pm, Monday June 19, 2017
Free for members and 150 baht for non-members
 
 
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Awards: Official Selection of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. Named a Top 5 Documentary by the National Board of Review.

Mark Landis is one of the most prolific art forgers of the modern era -- and he isn't in it for the money. In the last 30 years he's copied hundreds of pieces, from 15th-century icons to works by Picasso and even Dr. Seuss, then donated them to museums across the country. When a tenacious registrar discovers the ruse, Landis must confront his legacy and a chorus of duped professionals intent on stopping him. But Landis is a diagnosed schizophrenic, driven since his teens to escape "the life of a mental patient," and ending the con isn't so simple. A cat-and-mouse caper told with humor and compassion, Art and Craft uncovers the universal in one man's search for connection and respect.
(credit: pbs.org)

At the Forefront of Nature's Rage: Asia-Pacific at the Cross Road
Rethinking economic risk & opportunity in the face of natural disasters & extreme events
12.00 - 3 pm, Tuesday May 23rd, 2017
Lunch Briefing & Open Dialogue - entry Free of Charge
 

This is not an FCCT-sponsored event. It is a paid function and responsibility for program content is solely that of the event organizer
 
Unprecedented economic growth is putting heavy pressure on natural resources in Asia-Pacific resulting in worsening water quality, air pollution, land degradation and waste generation; threatening human and environmental health and costing the economy billions. Smarter, greener and cleaner investment of around US $2.5 trillion a year can transform the region into a hub for sustainability. Without climate-oriented, greener development policies, over 100 million people in Asia-Pacific could be forced into extreme poverty by 2030, wiping out poverty reduction gains achieved over the last decade.

So, are we moving in the right direction? Fast enough? Soon enough?

Top international experts and investors lay out the facts and debate options.

TO PARTICIPATE
Please send an email confirmation to: rehana.velji@unep.org, no later than 17 May 2017

Launch of the revised Minnesota Protocol on the Investigation of Potentially Unlawful Death (2016) in Thailand
International standards and guidelines and their relevance to the investigation of unlawful deaths in Thailand
6pm, Thursday May 25, 2017
 
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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
 
The Minnesota Protocol supplements the UN Principles on the Effective Prevention and Investigation of Extra-legal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions, both of which have been used around the world by States, courts, commissions and committees, international organizations and NGOs as recognized standards and guidelines for the investigation of potentially unlawful deaths.

On 25 May 2017, the Minnesota Protocol will be launched globally, including in Thailand by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the International Commission of Jurists, the Ministry of Justice of Thailand, and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bangkok.

Press Conference: Launch of the revised Minnesota Protocol on the Investigation of Potentially Unlawful Death (2016) in Thailand: International standards and guidelines and their relevance to the investigation of potentially unlawful deaths in Thailand

The Minnesota Protocol supplements the UN Principles on the Effective Prevention and Investigation of Extra-legal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions.

The UN Principles and the Minnesota Protocol have also been used around the world by national, regional and international courts, commissions and committees such as the UN Human Rights Committee, the European and Inter-American Courts of Human Rights and the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, States, international organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and have become an influential touchstone for death investigations.

The Minnesota Protocol contains sections on the international legal framework that applies to investigating potentially unlawful deaths, professional ethics, and how an investigation of potentially unlawful death should be conducted. It also contains a detailed set of guidelines on crime-scene investigation, interviews, the excavation of graves, on autopsy, and the analysis of skeletal remains.

On 25 May 2017, the Minnesota Protocol will be launched globally, including in Thailand by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the International Commission of Jurists, the Ministry of Justice of Thailand, and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bangkok.

Speakers:
Prof. Stuart Casey-Maslen, Pretoria University, Research Coordinator and Project Manager of the Minnesota Protocol.

Representative from the Ministry of Justice, Thailand.
Khun Angkhana Neelapaijit, representative of victims.

Moderator:
Kingsley Abbott, Senior International Legal Adviser for Southeast Asia, International Commission of Jurists, and member of the Minnesota Protocol Legal and Forensic Working Groups.

Contact:
Kingsley Abbott (ICJ) +66 (0) 94 470 1345, kingsley.abbott@icj.org
 

Sasin Management Consulting are seeking an Editor-in-Chief
Responsibilities

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
 

Seeking a freelance journalist
Role:

To record semi scripted interviews - 3-4 minutes per clip via a professional VIDOIP/VOIP platform.

This will involve arranging the scheduling with the interviewee.

The interviews will centre around work experiences in Asia. There are no national politics involved in any of the interviews.

Edit transcript into three minutes stand alone clips and prep for video / podcast. The majority will end up as podcasts.

A need to produce 100-150 clips in a 4-6 week period. There will be on-going work once the project is launched.

Background:

A degree in journalism or related field.
Experience in conducting on-line interviewing and editing.
English is your native language. Other languages a plus.

Requirement:

If interested please provide a sample broadcast via podcast of a recent interview not longer than five minutes.

Remuneration:

Will be on a per clip basis.

Contact:

Anthony@rglynn.th.com
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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)