Now that the ludicrous whitewashing of the new king has begun in earnest, complete with lese majeste repression that will likely escalate on a grand scale, a reader reminds us of a recent article about the king’s time at a boarding school in Britain. We provide much of that story below, from The Telegraph, where […]

To mark Human Rights Day on 10 December, the Asian Human Rights Commission has called on Thailand’s military dictatorship to dissolve itself via an “election.” To be honest, while we agree with this call, it is all too tepid: The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to draw attention to the situation in Thailand on […]

In very many ways, the Privy Council has become one of Thailand’s most important political institutions. It isn’t meant to be this way. The Privy Council is appointed by the king and has been a relatively unknown group of old men. That changed under the presidentship of General Prem Tinsulanonda. He was always meddlesome and […]

The neo-feudal regime is being set in place. Following the recent lese majeste case against Neo-Democracy/New Democracy Movement activist Jatuphat Boonpattaraksa, there has been the junta-palace agitation over the BBC. Now, as reported at Prachatai, the military dictatorship “has threatened a prominent anti-junta activist from the New Democracy Movement (NDM) with the lèse majesté law […]

The junta’s goons have been chasing the BBC’s office in Bangkok on allegations that its stories on the new king constitute lese majeste. No formal charges have been laid as yet. BBC News reports that The Dictator has declared that the “BBC could be prosecuted in Thailand if a profile it published of the new […]

The new reign is just like the old reign in terms of lese majeste repression. Indeed, we think the two overlap considerably. If one looks at the lese majeste cases over the last year or so, it is clear that the focus had shifted to the then prince. We fear that the repression is now […]

There’s a report on Vajiralongkorn’s Thailand in the Chinese Global Times, attributed to Xinhua. It begins: Thailand’s Crown Prince … Vajiralongorn formally ascended the throne on Thursday and made his first royal decree to reappoint Prem Tinsulanonda as head of Privy Council within 24 hours after the ascension, both of which reassured those who worry […]