Tag Archives: monarchy

Challenging the courts on lese majeste

One of the Stolen history 6, human rights lawyer Prawet Praphanukul (57) has challenged the courts on lese majeste. Prawet is one of six persons detained on 29 April 2017 for alleged lese majeste for apparently sharing a Facebook post by Somsak Jeamteerasakul on the theft of the 1932 revolution plaque on about 5 April […]

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 […]

Updated: Military propagandists to the world

The Thailand National News Bureau has reported that Deputy Dictator General Prawit Wongsuwan has held a ceremony to send off – the report uses the military term, “deploy” – a batch of 27 “military diplomats” to the rest of the world. These propagandists for the military dictatorship seem to be an additional “diplomatic” resource, supplementing […]

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, […]

Updated: Loving and loathing the military dictatorship

Yingluck Shinawatra has gone missing but politics is seeing some new life. Perhaps the two are related. Anti-democrat Suthep Thaugsuban worked hard to get a military coup from 2011 to 2014. He claims he and The (now) Dictator worked together for some time planning the coup. He’s said several times how much he loves the […]

Journalists do the state’s work

The Associated Press’s report on Red Bull family is worth reading in full. It is getting considerable international attention for issues of tax avoidance and the unaccountable power that comes from great wealth in Thailand (and elsewhere). We won’t repeat it all here. We do recall that, back in May, “Red Bull scion Vorayuth Yoovidhya, […]