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What now?

Three key developments to watch for in a post-Bhumibol Thailand.

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‘Excuse me, Emperor …’

Modern monarchy in the information age.

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A crown prince and German affairs

Why revealing photos of Thailand's Crown Prince are making royalists anxious.

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Magic families

Trump, the Thai Crown Prince, the balcony, the stage, and the vanishing act.

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Royal ink

Taking a closer look at Vajiralongkorn's tattoos and what they mean.

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Old men and the abuse of Thai youth

Andrew MacGregor Marshal reflects on what is wrong with Thailand's annual "Children's Day".

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Doctor, my eyes

Do eye surgeons turned politician bring unique vision to politics?

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Tough year for human rights in Southeast Asia

2016 was not a good year for the region's civil liberties, writes Bridget Welsh.

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Inching toward Orwell

Information warfare being waged in Thailand.

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A new chapter, but the same old story

New Thai Privy Council points to more of the same.

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Post-300 baht Thailand

What will changes to the minimum wage mean for the Thai working class?

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The futility of Prayuth’s war on truth

What Prayuth can learn from a thousand-year-old tale of royalty.

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Thailand’s long succession

Can Vajiralongkorn deliver the stable monarchy the Thai junta wants?

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Henry VIII of Thailand

Could playboy Prince Vajiralongkorn ever live up to his beloved predecessor?

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Can Thailand tolerate more than one form of Buddhism?

What anti-Dhammakaya sentiment says about Thai political authorities and Buddhism.

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Ritual and the demise of Thai democracy

Royal image and untold wealth leave a high price to pay for Thailand's democracy.

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What next for the theatrics of Thailand?

What Vajiralongkorn's naming as King means for Thailand's political sphere.

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Soul of a nation

Christine Gray explores connections between religion, finance and power in Thailand.

Des at the Thai border.

ANU to remember Des Ball

New Mandala invites readers to celebrate the life and career of an extraordinary scholar.

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A response to the Thai government

James L Taylor offers a counter view to Thailand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Thai government responds to New Mandala article

Sek Wannamethee rebuts James L Taylor on 'Thailand's black hole'.

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Second acts for Thaksin and Trump?

Sally Tyler examines the futures of two very divisive politicians.

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Succession snapshot: back in black

News and views of Thailand's interregnum.

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Thailand’s supreme reign

Will Thailand ever have democracy as long as it has a monarchy?

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Thailand’s black hole: a Deleuzian take

Mourning and micro-fascisms in Thailand.

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The return of the divine king

Has the centre of Thailand's cosmos shifted back to the palace after King Bhumibol's death?

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Mourning and the Thai interregnum

New sites of symbolic battle after King Bhumibol’s death.

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Thailand’s law of the mob

Lese majeste and festering cycles of forgotten violence.

Umaporn Sarasat kneels before the late King Bhumibol.

The cult of a dead king 

A Thai charged with lese majeste explains why her fellow citizens are quick to attack those who dare question the monarchy.