Tag Archives: king

Ousting Yingluck and Prayuth’s campaigning

At the Asia Times Online, Shawn Crispin says that Yingluck Shinawatra’s flight – yes, we know, it still isn’t confirmed – has been good for The Dictator and his regime. Crispin says: [General] Prayuth [Chan-ocha]’s proponents view Yingluck’s impromptu departure as a third big recent win for the authoritarian leader, following last August’s resounding passage […]

2006 military coup remembered

2006 seems a long time ago. So much has happened since the palace, led by General Prem Tinsulanonda, the military and a coterie of royalist anti-democrats (congealed as the People’s Alliance for Democracy) brought down Thaksin Shinawatra’s government on 19 September 2006. Yet it is remembered as an important milestone in bringing down electoral democracy […]

Monarchy and lese majeste

Some recent stories on lese majeste and the monarchy deserve to be highlighted even if they have been widely read. First, the brave Akechai Hongkangwarn has come up with a proposal for abolishing Article 112 of the criminal code. The idea of abolishing the lese majeste is a proposal we heartily support, although the mechanism […]

Updated: Royal wealth and the squeeze on the taxpayer

Academic Pavin Chachavalpongpun has recently published an op-ed at The Japan Times. “A very wealthy monarch grows wealthier” examines the July “reorganization of the Crown Property Bureau, to pave the way for his [King Vajiralongkorn’s] control of this financial wing of the monarchy.” Pavin observes that: The new legislation was approved by the military government […]

Making monks for the royal funeral

It is sometimes said that Buddhism is in something of a mess in Thailand. There’s the Wat Dhammakaya political stuff, which appears to be continuing, stoked by yellow shirts and other anti-democrats. Then there are all the stories of the moral failings of individual monks. Some say that Buddhism is in “turmoil.” As a result, […]

Kings and lese majeste

In another interesting op-ed at the Bangkok Post, Alan Dawson comments on lese majeste. This is always a difficult topic in royalist Thailand. On Jatuphat Boonpattaraksa, Dawson considers, as we do, that his case is a “fit-up.” He says that: Clearly, as the 3,000 people who weren’t charged [for sharing the BBC Thai story that […]

Burning down the house III

Prachatai reports that on 16 August 2017, the prosecutor of the Provincial Court in Phon District of Khon Kaen Province “has charged eight people of [lese majeste]… for burning royal arches.” They were arrested on 17 May 2017. It is alleged that: … six of the eight, who are between 18-20 years old of age, […]