Bangkok’s most popular religious site–the shrine to the four-headed Hindu God Brahma at the Erawan corner–was destroyed early Tuesday by a mentally-ill street person who was later beaten to death by as yet-unidentified persons.
The body of the unidentified man believed to be the desecrator was found about 100 metres away.
Thousands of Bangkokians–from vendors, bus and taxi drivers to bankers, businessmen and politicians–look to the Erawan Shrine for personal solace and answers to their prayers.
Congressional leaders freaked when the Bush administration okayed Dubai Ports World’s management takeover of key U.S. ports. The 9/11 hijackers passed through Dubai, and its banks have been used by terrorist groups. But though the ports deal has been torpedoed, Dubai still possesses some crucial pieces of America’s patrimony. Dubai Holdings, the state company of Dubai, already owns the Helmsley Building, the Essex House, and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, which boasts American-as-apple-pie wax renditions of eight presidents—and self-appointed national conscience George Clooney. Dubai International Capital is the third-largest investor in DaimlerChrysler, and through investments with the Carlyle Group and JPMorgan, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has dollars and dirhams in a wide range of U.S. companies. Each Dunkin’ Donuts’ coffee, Baskin-Robbins sundae, Hertz car rental, and Alain Ducasse dinner New Yorkers buy makes the sheikh richer.
Don’t tell Congress.
Microsoft Corp. said on Tuesday it plans to delay the consumer launch of its much-anticipated Windows Vista operating system to January 2007 from its earlier target of the second half of 2006.
Microsoft plans to launch a product for corporate customers in November and then roll out Windows Vista for consumers after the holiday shopping season, Jim Allchin, co-president of Platforms & Services Division, said in a conference call.