Tag Archives: crown prince

The king’s laundry I

Thailand’s military dictatorship is expanding its already frantic efforts to create a political landscape cleansed of anything that shows the real king as other than the “official king.” Like slaves and handmaidens of centuries past, the junta is busy laundering the king’s image and cleaning up his own messes. The laundered image is the often […]

On Vajiralongkorn

It is six months since the late king passed and just over four months since the then crown prince acceded the throne. The first of the assessments are appearing on “the reign so far.” One of these is by Claudio Sopranzetti at Al Jazeera. It may soon be blocked in Thailand. Essentially, Sopranzetti makes an […]

Sarawut indicted on lese majeste

Prachatai updates the lese majeste case against Sarawut (surname withheld), an optometrist in Chiang Rai, charged with lese majeste before a military court, and accused of defaming then Prince Vajiralongkorn. On 29 December 2016, Sarawut was indicted in a military court in Chiang Rai Province for lese majeste and computer crimes. This case began on […]

Making up the story for the new king

Is it just us or does it seem odd to some others that the journalist writing the Bangkok Post’s “Long Live the King” articles lauding the new king is the Post’s military reporter? In a series of articles, Wassana Nanuam has been purveying palace and junta propaganda about the crown prince-about-to-be-king. It is so santized […]

Updated: NLA acknowledgement of succession

The Bangkok Post reports that: The National Legislative Assembly met on Tuesday and acknowledged the accession to the throne by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn as the 10th King of the Chakri Dynasty. The acknowledgment was in line with Section 23 of the nullified 2007 charter, whose chapter about the monarch remains in […]

Be very, very careful

A reader sent PPT a link to a report by an Australian journalist based in Bangkok and presented at the ABC’s Correspondent’s Report on the weekend. It’s an audio report that comes with this introduction at the website: The death of Thailand’s revered King last month will be remembered as a turning point in the […]

Maintaining authoritarian monarchism

It may seem odd that “a special event in Bangkok next month to mark the birthday anniversary” for the late king, on his former birthday of 5 December, and described as “huge” is being overseen by the Tourism Authority of Thailand. It seems that the dead king has to be properly handled and managed to […]