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King Bhumibol Adulyadej

An End to Improvisation in Thailand

Stanley Weiss | Posted 05.14.2015 | 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.

Thai Editor Sentenced To Jail For Defaming King

AP | TODD PITMAN | Posted 01.24.2015 | Media

BANGKOK (AP) — A military court in junta-ruled Thailand sentenced a Web editor to 4 1/2 years in jail Monday for publishing an article five years ag...

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 Protesters Vow To Continue Battle After King's Birthday

AP | JINDA WEDEL | Posted 12.04.2013 | World

BANGKOK (AP) — Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra returned to her office Wednesday after five days away but her effort to show that normalcy was ret...

American Sentenced To Prison For Royal Insult

AP | By VEE INTARAKRATUG and ALISA TANG | Posted 02.07.2012 | World

BANGKOK -- An American who translated a banned biography of Thailand's king and posted the content online while living in Colorado was sentenced to tw...

Thai King's Years-Long Battle Against The Water (PHOTOS)

AP | DENIS D. GRAY | Posted 01.01.2012 | World

By DENIS D. GRAY, Associated Press BANGKOK — As Thailand's ailing king surveys the calamitous scene from his 16th floor hospital window, the 83-y...

U.S. Disappointed With Thai Charges Against American Man

AP | Posted 10.19.2011 | World

BANGKOK -- The U.S. said Friday it is disappointed Thailand has charged an American citizen with insulting the country's monarchy, a severe offense th...

American Charged With Insulting Thai Monarchy

AP | Posted 10.18.2011 | World

BANGKOK — A lawyer says an American citizen has been formally charged with insulting Thailand's monarchy, which carries a penalty of up to 15 ye...

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...

Australian, Harry Nicolaides, Sentenced For Insulting Thai Monarchy

AP | GRANT PECK | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BANGKOK, Thailand — A few lines in a novel that sold just seven copies have earned an Australian writer three years in a Thai prison. The convi...

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...