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  • Last year’s New Mandala interview with Paul Handley, the author of The King Never Smiles: A Biography of Thailand’s Bhumibol Adulyadej, has been recently translated by Fa Deow Gan.  I expect […]

    Paul Handley interview in Thai

    Last year’s New Mandala interview with Paul Handley, the author of The King Never Smiles: A Biography of Thailand’s Bhumibol Adulyadej, has been recently translated by Fa Deow Gan.  I expect […]

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  • Thanks to Maylee for sending me this new vision of urban development in Phnom Penh.

    Room with a view

    Thanks to Maylee for sending me this new vision of urban development in Phnom Penh.

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  • Yesterday’s presentation of the new Thai government’s policy agenda has set off a new round of name-calling about so-called “populist” policies. This is to be expected from the usual suspects […]

    A new look at “populist” policies

    Yesterday’s presentation of the new Thai government’s policy agenda has set off a new round of name-calling about so-called “populist” policies. This is to be expected from the usual suspects […]

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  • Khrongkan annuang ma chak phrarachadamri: kansathapana phraratchamnat nam nai phrabat somdet phrachao yu hua (Royal Projects: The making of King Bhumibol’s Royal Hegemony ) (2007) by Chanida Chitbundid (ISBN: 9789748278575).  This […]

    Royal hegemony

    Khrongkan annuang ma chak phrarachadamri: kansathapana phraratchamnat nam nai phrabat somdet phrachao yu hua (Royal Projects: The making of King Bhumibol’s Royal Hegemony ) (2007) by Chanida Chitbundid (ISBN: 9789748278575).  This […]

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  • The assassination of Mahn Sha, secretary-general of the Karen National Union, adds another page to the ongoing tragedy of Burmese politics. No doubt there are some New Mandala readers who […]

    Assassination of Mahn Sha

    The assassination of Mahn Sha, secretary-general of the Karen National Union, adds another page to the ongoing tragedy of Burmese politics. No doubt there are some New Mandala readers who […]

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  • Here is an article by Viroj Na Ranong which appeared in the Bangkok Post on 14 February. It is certainly not a love letter to Thailand’s intellectuals. I have reproduced it […]

    A wake-up call

    Here is an article by Viroj Na Ranong which appeared in the Bangkok Post on 14 February. It is certainly not a love letter to Thailand’s intellectuals. I have reproduced it […]

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  • Australia has been caught up in Thailand’s Valentine’s Day moral panic about adolescant sexuality. The Sydney Morning Herald reports on disturbing developments at Sydney’s Taronga Park Zoo: Taronga Zoo’s Thong […]

    Thong dee, not so dee

    Australia has been caught up in Thailand’s Valentine’s Day moral panic about adolescant sexuality. The Sydney Morning Herald reports on disturbing developments at Sydney’s Taronga Park Zoo: Taronga Zoo’s Thong […]

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  • Reports of the interview by I’m-not-a-proxy-PM Samak on CNN’s Talk Asia are deeply disturbing. The full transcript of the interview does not appear to be up on CNN’s web site yet but […]

    Samak’s disgrace

    Reports of the interview by I’m-not-a-proxy-PM Samak on CNN’s Talk Asia are deeply disturbing. The full transcript of the interview does not appear to be up on CNN’s web site yet but […]

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  • In the lead-up to last year’s election I clipped the following report from the Bangkok Post (21 December 2007): Hill tribesmen to be given Thai citizenship Deputy Prime Minister Sonthi Boonyaratkalin […]

    Upland citizenship

    In the lead-up to last year’s election I clipped the following report from the Bangkok Post (21 December 2007): Hill tribesmen to be given Thai citizenship Deputy Prime Minister Sonthi Boonyaratkalin […]

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  • Those foreign academics who continue to criticise sufficiency economy just don’t understand Thai values! Here is some compelling data from Assumption University: One in five teenagers will likely end up […]

    Sufficiency economy more popular than sex

    Those foreign academics who continue to criticise sufficiency economy just don’t understand Thai values! Here is some compelling data from Assumption University: One in five teenagers will likely end up […]

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