Thailand’s military government has passed an amendment to the Sangha Act that places the power to appoint and remove the twenty members of the Sangha Council, the highest governing body in the Thai Buddhist order, under the king’s power.
While governments since at least Rama VI have defined Thainess by the ideology of nation-religion-king, comparing editions of the Royal Institute Dictionaries shows the changing meanings of these words.
How did royalist, nationalist and anti-democratic forces overwhelm the originally heterogenous yellow-shirt movement?
Illiberalism at home, and pro-market ideologies abroad, are putting pressure on Southeast Asian civil society organisations' financial health.
เศรษฐกิจแพลตฟอร์มจากมุมมองของแรงงานในประเทศไทย Platforms such as Uber and Airbnb entice labourers into job insecurities that may not be perceptible in the short term.
Speculating over the regime’s future is encouraged by the difficult opaqueness Thai political scholars regularly confront, muses New Mandala's country-editor.
As the rescue operation takes on unprecedented proportions, stories of true heroism are assuming Buddhist undertones.
There are strong indications that Teerasak Longji submitted a petition for royal clemency. But unlike those condemned before him, his plea for clemency was rejected by His Majesty the King.
Why are new forms of spirit mediums proliferating under the NCPO's rule? การกลับมาของร่างทรงในยุคขาลงของรัฐบาลทหาร 4.0 สะท้อนความไม่มั่นคงในชีวิตของคนไทย
The reasons behind several recent demotions and arrests of high-ranking Bangkok monks are more politically conniving than simply an attempt to “purify" the sangha.
Part two of Anon Chawalawan's compilation of the activist inventiveness that has survived the NCPO's four-year rule.
While the royal wedding in the United Kingdom was partly extolled in Thailand as a symbol of the British monarchy's adaptability, the royalists’ perception of the Harry-Meghan wedding reflected a desire for their own monarch to be more absolute.
The persecution of one of the junta's most outspoken supporters, Buddha Issara, demands explanation
Sandwiches, 1984 and wristwatches: four years of the NCPO, four years of creative resistance—part one
สี่ปีคสช.: สัญลักษณ์และประดิษฐกรรมแห่งการท้าทายอำนาจรัฐทหาร Activists never intended to use sandwiches during protests—it was the authorities themselves who seized upon sandwiches in 2014, making an unintended contribution to anti-authoritarian emblems.
ขอนแก่นโมเดล: ไม่ยอมซ้ำรอยอนาคตแบบ "กทม." Public services infrastructure in Khon Kaen is being funded and spearheaded by the Khon Kaen Think Tank (KKTT), a group of the province's 20 leading businessmen.
The raid against Victoria’s Secret was orchestrated by a group within the state that is opposing the growing influence of the Kampol–Chai–Somyot network.
‘Thainess’ only truly laid down its roots at the end of the 1970s. ความเป็นไทยหรือการเป็นคนไทยเพิ่งจะลงหลักปักฐานจริงๆก็ในปลายทศวรรษ 1970 เท่านั้นเอง
Thanathorn has made clear that the Future Forward Party has no intentions of being a Pheu Thai shadow.
To say that events are heating up in Thailand would be an understatement.
A booster shot of on-the-ground expertise for New Mandala's coverage of Thailand.
Geopolitics is a factor in the resilience of authoritarianism in the region. Often ignored, though, is the enduring pull of anti-democratic politics for the middle class.
Thai–Myanmar relations are on the up. But what happens to the large and still-marginalised migrant communities in Thai border towns like Mae Sot?
Welcoming the University of Sydney's Southeast Asian history bloggers to New Mandala.
New Books in Southeast Asian Studies talks to Claudio Sopranzetti about his monograph on the political role of Bangkok's motorbike taxi drivers.