It was a sunny day when the new Thai cabinet gathered in front of Government House for a group photo. General Prawit Wongsuwan, deputy prime minister, could feel the sun’s … Continue reading Graftbust the Generals
Some years ago, I enabled the snowing plugin on this blog so that every December, it snows on the posts that I publish. Perhaps lost in the busyness of college … Continue reading Trump, Thaksin and Democracy
Millions watched as the Great Victory chariot, carrying the royal urn of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, was pulled through the streets of Bangkok towards the glittering royal crematorium. Troops marched in … Continue reading What Next for Thailand?
A year has gone by since the passing away of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. For one year, millions of people have descended on Sanam Luang to pay their last … Continue reading A Year of Mourning
“I will keep my promise and bring back the beauty of this land. Give me just a bit of time.” So sang the chorus of Gen Prayut Chan-ocha’s first ballad. … Continue reading Prayut and the Possibilities of Power
On August 1, 2017, former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra delivered a tearful closing statement to the Thai Supreme Court. The case in question: negligence and corruption in the Yingluck administration’s … Continue reading Why Yingluck Is Wrong on the Rice Pledging Policy
I’ve spent the previous month researching and writing ‘The Story of Thai Democracy’, and I’m happy to say that I’m now finished with writing a complete history of Thailand from … Continue reading On Primary Voting