Articles by Pavin Chachavalpongpun

Lèse-majesté’s new face hides old tricks

Modern techniques to block online criticism of Thailand's monarchy are paired with the familiar stirring of royalist-nationalist sentiment.

The Royalists Marketplace: the supply and demand for dissent in Thailand

The Facebook group "Royalists Marketplace", a platform for discussion on all things monarchy, is a microcosm of burgeoning criticism against Thailand's new king.

Marrying the Thai monarchy and modernity

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.

Dear Princess Bajrakitiyabha

The UNODC’s ambassador for rule of law in Southeast Asia might consider focusing her advocacy on those locked up for criticising her family and its pets.

Kingdom of fear (and favour)

Pavin Chachavalpongpun: Vajiralongkorn has been ruthless in consolidating his position within Thailand's ruling elite.

A new chapter, but the same old story

New Thai Privy Council points to more of the same.

Dim prospects for Thailand’s democracy

Expect more deadlock in the wake of referendum vote.

A crown prince and German affairs

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

Thailand’s iron fist and an academic’s family

Pavin Chachavalpongpun on the abuse he and his family are facing from military rulers.

Pavin Chachavalpongpun (left) and Noam Chomsky. Photo supplied.

A conversation with Chomsky

Pavin Chachavalpongpun and Chomsky on Thai politics, the monarchy and Thaksin.

Wisdom of General Prayuth

Pavin Chachavalpongpun examines the Prime Minister's ideas about tackling problems facing Thailand

Songsuda Yodmani and the 2014 coup

Pavin Chachavalpongpun takes aim at a press conference that sought to legitimise Thailand's recent coup