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King Bhumibol Adulyadej

If Thailand Were a Stock, I'd Short It

Stanley Weiss | Posted 04.05.2016 | World
Stanley Weiss

It is always possible that one side could budge with international prodding. But breakthroughs look as rare in Thailand these days as Americans were here 197 years ago. The impasse won't last forever.

Military Junta Turns Thailand Into Land Of Frowns

Doug Bandow | Posted 09.11.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

A cartoonish dictator out of a Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera runs a not-so funny junta which jails opponents and suppresses free speech. The recent bombing of a popular Hindu shrine in Bangkok should act as the famed fire bell in the night.

An End to Improvisation in Thailand

Stanley Weiss | Posted 05.14.2016 | World
Stanley Weiss

As Thailand endures the second year of yet another coup, King Bhumibol Adulyadej is approaching the 70th year of his reign -- and his health is reputedly poor. In this Southeast Asian kingdom of 67 million, the question on everyone's mind is: When the music stops and the world's longest-serving monarch is gone, what -- or who -- will fill the void?

Thailand Military Monopolizes Power, Crushes Liberty: Sadness, Not Happiness, Rules

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.19.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Thailand's best hope is genuine constitutional reform. Government power should be limited, especially to award economic favors. Federalism should rule, giving provinces more authority to serve communities at odds with the national government.

Thailand's Military Dictators Extend Hold on Power

Doug Bandow | Posted 03.14.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Thailand's capital has lost none of its frenetic motion or relaxed informality. But it is a bit quieter of late, with last year's demonstrators dispersed by the military. However, the junta, which took power in May, is not leaving.

Thailand's Andrew Jackson Moment

Stanley Weiss | Posted 04.16.2014 | World
Stanley Weiss

I can't help but think about Jackson here in Bangkok, where pro-government "red shirts" and anti-government "yellow shirts" are clashing, reenacting their own version of "King Mob."

What Is the Future of Thailand?

Mary Buffett | Posted 02.15.2014 | World
Mary Buffett

During the 20th century, no area of the world has seen more heartbreak or suffered more tragedy than Southeast Asia. Long before any American involve...

Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, World's Longest-Reigning Monarch, Celebrates 83rd Birthday (PHOTOS)

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BANGKOK (AP) - Thailand on Sunday marked the 83rd birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest-reigning monarch, but elaborate celebration...

Economist Pulled From Thai Newsstands Over Cover Story Critical Of King

Guardian | Ian MacKinnon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Economist failed to appear on newsstands in Thailand this week because its cover story critical of the country's revered monarch risked landing it...

Thai King Misses His Speech During Time Of National Unrest

New York Times | SETH MYDANS and THOMAS FULLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BANGKOK -- King Bhumibol Adulyadej did not appear on Thursday to deliver his traditional birthday address at a highly charged political moment when ma...