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  1. Trumps Tower says:
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    Agree with the article, and every comment here!
    They need to bring back the original mandate, or just sell the airtime to Channels Seven, Nine, or Ten. Which I never, ever watched -okay maybe just to note they were Ocker drivel- in my entire 28 years living downunder.

  2. Chris Beale says:
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    Not so surprising this Dao Din activist has been bailed. This case could be extremely embarrassing for Thailand’s new king, so early in his reign. Not only has it the potential to shine the international spotlight, it also has the potential to add further fuel to flaming regional tensions within Thailand : what happens if a Bangkok court now over-rules the Khon Khaen court’s grant of bail ? But if a Bangkok does n’t – then these regional students have won an as yet small – but very, very significant victory.

  3. Andrew MacGregor Marshall says:
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    Once again Chris you appear to be very confused. The presumption of innocence is a legal concept in some jurisdictions. Bhumibol is dead and will never face trial. To talk about a “presumption of innocence” is totally absurd.

  4. Andrew MacGregor Marshall says:
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    Thanks Lilac, this is an intriguing theory, which greedy politicians killed Rama VIII and where is the evidence?

  5. Trumps Tower says:
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    Chris Beale, nobody can say for sure. The utter disdain that the the monarch has so far shown for the hapless junta, and royal protocol itself, speaks volumes. If a royal pardon will serve the personal interests of X then, it will be so. Others have pointed out that X and the Shins working out a deal would be an almost unstoppable alliance. I don’t imagine Taksin would be at any greater risk of harm than X himself. I’m not disputing the danger, just that under the patronage of X, it would be a highly risky proposition inviting severe retaliation. And Yingluck is there to step into the breach, with added sympathy, at that point. Taksin may well be hated, but similar feelings toward X did not derail the ascension to the throne. And Taksin remains undeniably popular within that section of society that supply Thailand with it’s workers and soldiers. It makes a great deal of pragmatic sense to feed them carrots, rather than lay on even more stick right now.
    having said that, it’s pure speculation on my part. Seriously, who the heck knows what X will do, given all we know he has done thus far!

  6. Chris Beale says:

    Good post Lilac. Bumiphol is entitled to presumption of innocence under Anglo-Saxon law (UK, USA, Canada,Australia,NZ, etc.). ALSO so is Rama X.

  7. Chris Beale says:

    Owen Oglala – one thing we can say with almost absolute certainty is that Thaksin won’t be coming back. A Royal pardon is extremely unlikely, given how this succession has been managed. Even if one were given, Thaksin would likely be assassinated the moment he ventured beyond Isaarn or Lanna – and even there, he would be far from sure safe. Remember even in his first term as PM he was very nearly killed by a bomb planted on his plane – and only escaped due to a delay in his flight schedule (thank Bangkok traffic jams !). Meanwhile Yingluck – and much of Thaksin’s remaining fortune inside Thailand – is held captive. Convenient way to handle any debts – for the current powers which be.

  8. Falang says:

    Activist ‘Pai Dao Din’ Freed on Bail After 112 Arrest

    http://www.khaosodenglish.com/news/2016/12/04/activist-pai-dao-din-freed-bail-112-arrest/

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  10. Lilac says:

    To author: you are incorrect about the king Rama 9 killed his brother. Please don’t write false information to the public. His brother, king Rama 8 was killed by some greedy politicians. There’s no dark secret from the king’s mother. Only a frightening Mom trying to protect another son from being killed from the same group of traitors. The crown prince is a different story, cannot be compared to King Rama 9.

    Is this a fake news site?

  11. hugh cameron says:

    If a person enjoys sychophancy Thailand is heaven on earth

  12. Andy Ng says:

    Dear Bridget,
    You are absolutely right, but at this moment the people are extremely angry and helpless.
    Things become so expensive…. and the money has little to spend. Life is getting tougher day by day. We will not see lights in the tunnel so soon.

    We need help from every where to get us onto the right path again.

  13. R. N. England says:

    The long reign of a popular king in Thailand has left the people slavish and authoritarian. I am optimistic. A string of unpopular kings in the 18th and early 19th centuries set Britain on the road to liberal democracy. Vajiralongkorn can do it for Thailand in a few years.

  14. Falang says:

    Dao Din declaration on the arrest of Jatupat Boonpattararaksa

    Jarupat (Pai) Boonpattararaksa is a member of Dao Din and a person who habitually uses Facebook in accessing various kinds of information and news. He is no different than the rest of us who can access social media more easily than 7-Eleven. He is one of thousands of people who shared a news story published BBC-Thai, but in his case a warrant for his arrest under Article 112 was issued for sharing this information. The person who has brought the case is a soldier. At this time, the police have taken Jatupat to the Khon Kaen police station to proceed with the case.
    These actions by the authorities are a grave violation of and are in conflict with the principles of human rights and freedom of expression in line with democracy. These actions are a clear instance of selective treatment by the authorities and indicate the lack of respect for rights and freedom in Thai society, as no one should be arrested for simply posting on Facebook. We are simply students, and the children and grandchildren of ordinary, common people who have become victims of the powerful who have fixed upon and attack Dao Din.

    Therefore, we call for the unconditional and immediate release of our brother and member of Dao Din, and call for the criminal charge for merely sharing news on Facebook to be dropped.

    http://www.prachatai.com/english/node/6757

  15. Roy Morien says:

    A commonly used approach to refuting an argument, especially where the issue at hand is contentious and one party to the argument is antagonistic to the other, is to make an attack ad hominem. This line of dispute is described as follows:

    You attack your opponent’s character or personal traits in an attempt to undermine their argument.

    Ad hominem attacks can take the form of overtly attacking somebody, or more subtly casting doubt on their character or personal attributes as a way to discredit their argument. The result of an ad hom attack can be to undermine someone’s case without actually having to engage with it.

    Enough said, I think.

  16. Ryan K says:

    An excellent article I must say and I beg to differ from a few of you who are downright mean spirited and distasteful in your comments. I have tremendously benefitted from Andrew M. Marshall’s up-to-date, insightful, and knowledgeable articles from his sources who do have behind the scenes information, whereby revealing a bit of the truth and giving us a glimpse of what’s going on despite the veil and threat of Article 112. I was born and raised in Bangkok and bought into the lies that I read and saw on TV, thanks to the high powered palace PR machine that spouted out palace news daily via the evening news. I’m not living in thailand now but have visited friends every few years and have kept up with what’s going on. I’m grateful that someone like Andrew M. Marshall came to a personal conviction to expose the “whole truth” and even at the expense of jeopardizing his career, to shed light on the truth of the Thai royal family. We all have benefitted tremendously in many ways, from his reporting. If I truly believed that he was making things up, or had a hidden agenda, I would not hesitate to say so. Each one of us has a choice, a decision, to make. You can either choose to agree with him or disagree. But you don’t have to use “lowball” tactics to discredit him or demean him or his reporting. I for one, will continue to be kept abreast of what’s going on in Thailand, from him, as well as from other first hand sources, esp. since I don’t live there anymore.

    Lastly, thanks for an excellent article and clearing the air on the machinations of the thai succession story as they are being played out in real time.

  17. Ryan K says:

    Now begins the demise, or the start of the end of the Chakri Dynasty. This new king will show his “true colors” in due time. It is just a matter of time before the millions of Thais realize the lies they have been fed by the high powered and regimentally controlled palace PR machine backed by the corrupt military.
    The genie is out of the bottle and no matter how much they try to suppress the truth, and inspite the threat of Article 112, this new king, raised a spoiled brat, will continue to indulge himself and his whims, without any restraint. The worse is yet to come, as it only will go from bad to worse.

    I do hope that this sad chapter in Thailand’s history will quickly come to a close and Thailand can start again with a clean slate. But I’m realistic to know that it will not be the case. Thailand’s worse days are still ahead and like the old saying goes, “you ain’t seen nothing yet.”

  18. Ryan K says:

    Now that the CP has officially been proclaimed the new king, it is just a matter of time before his character flaws, shortcomings, perverted habits, and past coverups will come to light. He’s 64 now and set in his ways, and all mature Thais know that a leopard cannot change his spots or a tiger his stripes. He has lived a shameful life of gross immorality, luxury, and getting and doing whatever he wants, without any restraints and self control. It is just a matter of time before his ‘true colors” are shown for what he truly is. And sad to say, it will be extremely ugly for all to see, despite the heavy handed approach and repression by this illegitimate military junta and the high powered palace PR machine. Now begins the start of the end of the Chakri dynasty. As the old saying goes, “you aint seen nothing yet.”

  19. Ken Ward says:

    Unless one was there at the time, it is difficult to be sure what the atmosphere of mid-September 1965 in Jakarta was like.

    However, reading Anderson’s and McVey’s ‘Cornell Paper’, which was circulated in January 1966 to a select group of readers but not published for another five years, certainly helps. There were probably a lot of rumours of Sukarno’s illness and debate about how long he would live.

    People no doubt speculated on the longstanding rivalry between the army and the PKI. Which side would come out on top, presumably after the president’s death? Rex Mortimer, then an official of the Communist Party of Australia and later an Indonesianist academic, had visited Indonesia in 1964 at the PKI’s invitation. He once told me that he had found his hosts terrified of the army. Was this still the case in 1965?

    The Indonesian economy was in a state of crisis. As McVey wrote in another publication, PKI chairman Aidit had called on Indonesians to eat rats if no other food was available.

    People must also have been wondering how Konfrontasi would turn out. How many of them were by now tired of following Sukarno’s injunction to ‘vivere pericoloso’ (‘live dangerously’), in line with one of his Independence Day speeches announcing the start of Tahun Vivere Pericoloso.

    All of this seems a very long time ago.

  20. Léon Moch says:

    If you notice, the ascension of the new king was back dated so that it takes effect from the day King Phumiphon passed away. This presumably took care of the issue of lack of provision allowing lapses between kings, at least legally.