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The Next King of Thailand Posted by on Feb 19, 2014

I’ll talk about the extremely taboo and very much illegal topic of royal succession. Who will be the next King? No Thai will publicly talk about the next King, as they are extremely emotional over the subject and it could result in years of imprisonment without trial (the infamous Article 112). Ask a Thai on…

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Introduction to Thai Politics, in 700 words Posted by on Dec 1, 2013

The story of modern Thai politics starts with the Siamese revolution of 1932, where republicans overthrew the monarchy and installed Thailands very first democracy. But although losing absolute power, the monarchy has always retained powerful supporters. Pridi Panomyong, the man who led the first uprising and founder of Thammasat University. He was exiled to France…

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Political Responses to Thai Protests Posted by on Jul 28, 2010

Between my last post and this one (the dates don’t match the actual writing date), Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva อภิสิทธิ์ เวชชาชีวะ ordered a crackdown on the protesters camped out. Prime Minister is translated as นายกรัฐมนตรี, but in the newspapers you’ll only see it in the short version, นายกฯ (naa1 yok4). For those familiar with what…

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Language of the Protester (Intermediate) Posted by on Jul 27, 2010

This is, obviously, my first post in what will be a fruitful blog for those interested in learning to speak Thai and how Thai culture relates to its language. Let’s start by stating who I am and what makes me qualified to do this. I’ve been studying Thai for approximately six years now, about…

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