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Cables on the Thai regicide trial

On the afternoon of Wednesday, September 28, 1948, the most sensational trial in Thai history got under way. Three men — royal pages But Pathamasarin and Chit Singhaseni and former royal […]


Pridi Banomyong’s escape from Siam, November 1947

Before dawn on November 19, 1947, Siam’s Senior Statesman Pridi Banomyong arrived at the Bangkok residence of British naval attache Captain Stratford Hercules Dennis. Pridi was wearing a naval uniform and […]


In a never-never land, never mind

On March 24, 1950, King Bhumibol Adulyadej arrived back in Siam after an absence of almost four years. After the March 29 cremation of his elder brother King Ananda Mahidol, […]

Cover note of medical commission report

Medical committee report on the death of Rama VIII

  Thailand’s King Rama VIII, Ananda Mahidol, was shot through the head in his bedroom in Bangkok’s Grand Palace on June 9, 1946. An official communique released the same day […]


The mystery of Leo W. Hurrah

While digging through some old newspapers this afternoon researching #thaistory, I stumbled upon the tale of Lleieusszuieusszesszes Willihiminizisteizzi Hurrizzissteizzi. I first found him in an Associated Press story from September 24, 1925, […]


Déjà vu all over again

My review of King Bhumibol Adulyadej: A Life’s Work, the recently published biography of Thailand’s king, has not been unreservedly positive.

A dress rehearsal for the Royal Barge Procession passes the Grand Palace on the Chao Phraya river in Bangkok

Sufficiency Monarchy

In 1999, a team of experts worked on distilling King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s sufficiency economy theory into a concise and clear explanation.

King Bhumibol gives his birthday speech, flanked by his wife and children

The Tragedy of King Bhumibol

A response to King Bhumibol Adulyadej: A Life’s Work Multiple contributors, overseen by editorial board chairman Anand Panyarachun Edited by Nicholas Grossman and Dominic Faulder Published by Editions Didier Millet, November […]


In memory of Hiro Muramoto

(UPDATE: I have added further details including naming the company that investigated Hiro’s death as Control Risks. A Thai-language report on this article, by Prachatai, is here.) On April 10, […]


WANTED: For crimes against Thailand’s revered monarchy

Anybody who feared that the new Thai government led by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra would fail in its duty to crack down on those who commit lèse majesté against the […]