King Bhumibol Adulyadej in December 2008

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Ampol Tangnopakuls says goodbye to his family after being sentenced



In a never-never land, never mind

Red shirt protester, January 2011

การเลือกตั้งไทย – ทางเลือกที่น่าเศร้า

Rama IV Road, May 15, 2010


Thailand’s saddest secret

Bhumibol and Ananda

  On the morning of June 9, 1946, the 20-year-old Ananda Mahidol, King Rama VIII of Siam, was shot through the head and killed in his bedroom in the Barompiman […]

Yummy food, problem royals: Stratfor on Thailand

Thai royals

In December 2011, members of the Anonymous hacktivist group penetrated the computer systems of Texas-based “global intelligence company” Stratfor and accessed more than five million e-mails. Over the past year, these […]

WITH MAJOR UPDATE — The foreign media are failing Thailand: finding common ground

The royals

It’s no secret that I have long been critical of most foreign media coverage of Thailand. On February 1, I wrote an article setting out my views, in considerable anger […]

The foreign media are failing Thailand: a professor responds

Still no comment

There has been another interesting response to my article The Foreign Media Are Failing Thailand — Andrew Walker, an associate professor at the Australian National University, has written a lengthy blog post entitled […]

The foreign media are failing Thailand: sexism and stupidity

Stephff 2

There’s been broad agreement with the criticisms I have leveled against the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand over the past week, but some people have told me I was unduly […]

The foreign media are failing Thailand: the FCCT responds

Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard, a sub-editor at The Nation newspaper and associate director for programmes at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand, has responded to the article I published yesterday, The Foreign Media […]

The foreign media are failing Thailand

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It’s time the truth is told about an archaic, elitist and secretive institution that is increasingly out of touch with reality and badly failing the people of 21st century Thailand. […]

“Look at me! I’d make a better king than my brother.”

Bhumibol at his coronation, 1950

In a previous article three months ago, I shared some intriguing audio files from “The Landon Chronicles”, the recorded reminiscences of Kenneth Landon, who was the U.S. State Department’s top […]

The Royal Court of Thailand


In 1998, the BBC broadcast a two-part documentary on Thailand’s royal family, entitled The Royal Court of Thailand. Unlike the previous BBC documentary on the subject, Soul of a Nation, […]

กรณีสวรรคตในหลวงอานันท์ จากบันทึกของ เคนเน็ธ แล็งดอน


Many thanks to Tiger for translating. The English-language version is here. เคนเน็ธ และมากาเร็ต แล็งดอน คือคู่สามีภรรยาที่มีชีวิตอันน่าทึ่ง พวกเค้าเป็นคู่รักที่หวานชื่นนับตั้งแต่วัยเรียนมหาวิทยาลัย แต่งงานกันในปี 1926/2469 และถูกส่งมาที่สยาม ในปี 1927/2470 ในฐานะมิชชันนารี แห่งคณะเพรสไบทีเรียน หลังจากเรียนภาษาไทยที่กรุงเทพเป็นเวลา 1 ปี ทั้งคู่ ก็มุ่งหน้าลงใต้ลงหลักปักฐานที่ จ.ตรังดูแลโรงเรียนคริสต์อยู่เป็นเวลากว่าทศวรรษ ก่อนที่จะเดินทางกลับสหรัฐ […]