Ampon waves goodbye to his family over a TV monitor after his guilty verdict

A tale of two grandfathers

Ampol Tangnopakuls says goodbye to his family after being sentenced


Never-never land

In a never-never land, never mind

Bangkok, January 23, 2011

การเลือกตั้งไทย – ทางเลือกที่น่าเศร้า

Rama IV Road, Bangkok, May 15, 2010


Secret British cable on the Thai royal family, 1963

Sirikit and Bhumibol

A declassified secret cable in the UK national archives, reporting on a meeting between Sir Desmond Dreyer, admiral of the British navy’s Far East Fleet, with King Bhumibol Adulyadej and […]

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


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

No comment

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, […]