Category Archives: Missing People

Stolen Chechen Brides

The recent history of Chechnya has been a desperate struggle for independence against the Russian state.  Between 1994 and 1996, ferocious Chechen fighters fought an extraordinarily ruthless war against an equally merciless Russian army.  The quest for independence under Dzhokar … Continue reading

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The Plight of the Hmong – Part Two

The Hmong have been resident in South-East Asia for about two hundred years following a gradual migration South from Southern China. They co-existed relatively peacefully for most of that period until the Laotian Civil War which dragged on from 1953 … Continue reading

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The Plight of the Hmong – Part One

Occasionally as you travel, you hear stories that seem so problematic and intractable that you wonder if there’s any point in writing the facts down. What’s going to happen? Is anything you do going to have any impact on what … Continue reading

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Death on the Bridge – Part One

I had visited Cambodia before, a momentary impulse in the mid-nineties had me on a plane from Bangkok to Phnom Penh just to have a look, to check out a developing country before the backpackers and gap year students got … Continue reading

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China’s Missing Children

The following story is not one that is completely unknown to the world at large, but one that does seem to be a victim of just being a story that is so huge that it almost becomes invisible. It’s the … Continue reading

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The mysterious escape of the Man In The yellow Tie – the End

Wherever the man in the yellow tie chose to go, it had to be planned before hand. He had to have a clear plan, with a clear destination, with a fake passport prepared for him. From now on, it’s all … Continue reading

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The mysterious escape of the Man In The Yellow Tie- Part 5

In his past Wat was a boxer. Like many of the Thai men, he did it for money and fun, and only trained occasionaly. In October 2006, deep into his business with Joe, Wat had a fight in the Chaweng … Continue reading

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The mysterious escape of the Man In The Yellow Tie – Part 4

In order to buy a house on the Thai paradise of Ko Samui, one had to open a company in Thailand, and appoint a Thai citizen as the owner of the company. The man in the yellow tie had all … Continue reading

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The mysterious escape of the Man In The Yellow Tie – part 3

The geography of the island allowed many developers to have their share. The long wide beaches, the not-too-rocky mountains, they were all ready to be digged and turned into luxury pool villas, luxury infinity pools apartment hotels, or long shopping … Continue reading

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The mysterious escape of the Man In The Yellow Tie – part 2

The man in the yellow tie was different than most of the new developers on the island. It was a small difference, but it changed everything for our man: he could read, speak and understand the Thai language. Nobody really … Continue reading

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