Tag Archives: king

No hope for electoral democracy

The Deutsche Welle headline actually says “Little hope.” We think “no hope” is far more accurate for Thailand under the military dictatorship: Despite the promised return to democracy, the military government in Thailand has shown little inclination to hold elections anytime soon. Fears abound about the country sliding increasingly into authoritarianism. We think Thailand is […]

BBC on a triple transition

Jonathan Head’s recent report on Wat Dhammakaya is worth reading. We won’t go through it all and will just post some clips from it. It skillfully weaves a story that ends with this: Thailand is in the midst of a complex and potentially dangerous, triple transition; a delicate royal succession, a battle over the future […]

King, junta and politics

We are not sure if we have ever quoted from StrategyPage previously, but a recent article on their webpage caught some attention. Their story, titled “Thailand: Actions Have Long Term Consequences,” is the one we mention here. We have no way of judging the veracity of some of its claims when it comes to palace […]

Reporting palace re-ordering

The palace-based machinations that have seen dozens of officials sacked, ousted, jailed and promoted has been watched internationally for sign of how the king can be considered going forward, as a problem, a threat or something else. The Straits Times reports that “[m]ore than 30 notices related to Thailand’s palace staff were made public on […]

Monarchy, junta and judiciary entwined

In a couple of recent posts, PPT has emphasized the lawless or rule-by-law nature of the military dictatorship. Under this regime, rule-by-law is essentially lawlessness as the junta can make everything it does legal, while using law to repress and oppress all of its opponents, be they red shirts, “politicians,” grannies, kids or activists. Lese […]

Secrets and miracles

The news media has been quite taken up with the scramble among junta people – and their accusations flying back and forth – on the failure to levy any tax on the Shin Corp sale deal back in early 2006. Part of the problem for the tax authorities was that a later grab for Thaksin […]

Even more palace cleansing

The prince-cum-king has been cleansing and reorganizing the palace – his palace – for quite some time. One of the most high-profile bits of cleaning was the ousting of his former consort, the former Princess Srirasmi back in late 2014. Since then there’s been a constant churn of people and officials close to the prince-now-king. […]