Tag Archives: king

Each grovel is a democratic setback

The various UN agencies have been a happy hunting ground for palace officials and royalist toadies who seek honor after honor to be conferred on royals. One example was the great sucking sound attached to the launch of the UNDP’s report on sufficiency economy under the previous post-coup government. And the UN award invented for […]

Army and monarchy entwined

Khaosod has a story that should be read. While there’s much talk about lese majeste being (perhaps) rolled back and dependent on royal whim, the long mutual relationship between the monarchy and the top military brass is stronger than ever. Gen Apirat Kongsompong reportedly: lashed out at those behind a recent bid to petition King […]

On the lese majeste regime

Shawn Crispin at Asia Times has a longish piece on lese majeste. He’s making a point about a seeming change to the lese majeste regime that has been noted by several analysts for several weeks, but still has some points worth considering. He focuses on the controversial dropping of Sulak Sirivaksa’s Article 112 case when […]

King and his “security”

There’s another article in The Diplomat on the king. The question asked is critical: “What’s Behind the Thailand King’s Rising Security Force?” The answer is dismissive of anything unusual going on. Based on the king’s past, we think that’s rather too myopic. Prashanth Parameswaran observes: the monarchy in Thailand has long had its own dedicated […]

King and Privy Council

Pavin Chachavalpongpun is a well-known critic of the monarchy. He has a new article at The Diplomat. Most of it, though, will be familiar to PPT readers. However, it is worth remaking some of his points. He focuses on the recent reorganization of the Privy Council and notes that the: king’s decision to evict old […]

All the king’s servants II

A few days ago PPT commented on the formation of a special police unit for the “protection of the monarchy” and especially the king. An AFP report adds a little more on this force of “[m]ore than 1,600 police … assigned to protect Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn and his family, … quadrupling the force as […]

Updated: 6 October 1976

PPT waited a few hours before posting our tribute and remembrance to the victims of royalist-rightist violence  in 1976. We waited because we wanted to link to any stories we saw in the English media. So far, we have seen one at the Bangkok Post, about an event at Thammasat University. We were also reminded […]