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Glimpses behind the exalted persona of Thailand's king - Denis Gray
October 14, 2016 12:54 am

Denis Gray

... indeed when appearing before the public or during the thousands of state and religious ceremonies over which he presided, King Bhumibol Adulyadej assumed the role of “dhammaraja,” the impassive, righteous Buddhist monarch, an heir to 800 unbroken years of royal rule, the dominant figure in Thailand’s modern history.

But my own most vivid recollections of the world’s longest reigning monarch, who died Thursday at the age of 88, are rather different.
Thailand  Bhumibol 
october 2017 by mcbakewl
Thailand Bids Farewell to Its King - The Atlantic
ALAN TAYLOR OCT 26, 2017
37 PHOTOS IN FOCUS
A full year after the death of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the official period of mourning is over and a complex five-day-long royal funeral ceremony began yesterday, attended in person by thousands and watched by millions on TV or other devices. King Bhumibol was a revered figure in Thailand, who enjoyed widespread popularity as he reigned for 70 years. Over the past year, an intricate temporary Royal Crematorium was built for the ceremony, near the Royal Palace, where the Royal Urn was taken yesterday for cremation.
Thailand  Bhumibol  Photos  Funeral 
october 2017 by mcbakewl
What We Can Expect For King Bhumibol’s Funeral Rites
BANGKOK — For the first time in 70 years, Thailand will witness a funeral for a king, an elaborate ceremony that usually lasts for a year.
Bhumibol 
october 2016 by mcbakewl
Crown Prince of Thailand Is Close to Ascending Throne, Junta Chief Says - NYTimes.com
By RICHARD C. PADDOCK
OCTOBER 18, 2016
BANGKOK — The crown prince of Thailand, who declined to become king last week, will ascend the throne soon, possibly as early as Friday, the head of Thailand’s military government said on Tuesday.
Bhumibol  Thailand  Vajiralongkorn 
october 2016 by mcbakewl
How the public can pay respects to King Bhumibol – Richard Barrow
10/18/16 - The Bureau of the Royal Household has announced that during the 100-day Royal Funeral Rites, the general public are allowed to pay respect and write messages of condolence to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the Grand Palace as follows:

In the Sala Sahathai Samakhom (ศาลาสหทัยสมาคม), inside the Grand Palace complex
• Every day 08.30-16.00 Hrs.

In the Phra Thinang Dusit Maha Prasat (พระที่นั่งดุสิตมหาปราสาท), inside the Grand Palace complex
• 28 October 2016, 13.00-16.00 Hrs. & 29 October onwards, 09.00-16.00 Hrs.

IMAGES: http://tinyurl.com/j2xjafq

A cremation pyre will be built on Sanam Luang. However, the cremation is not expected to take place until at least after one year.
Thailand  Bhumibol 
october 2016 by mcbakewl
Prem Assumes Regency Over Thailand’s Empty Throne
10/13/16 - ... He said enacting any legal measure for which royal proclamation would be needed would pose a challenge.

“At the moment, we don’t have King Bhumibol anymore, and the Crown Prince has not yet accepted his role as king. It would be proclaimed in whose name? With whose royal signature” Somsak wrote online Thursday night.
Thailand  Vajiralongkorn  Bhumibol 
october 2016 by mcbakewl
Thailand's heir apparent Maha Vajiralongkorn raises fears – and eyebrows | World news | The Guardian
10/13/16 - Thailand’s Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, a three-times divorced playboy who made his pet poodle an air chief marshal in the Thai military, poses perhaps the biggest challenge for both the country’s monarchists and its ruling junta in coming weeks, following the death of his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Vajiralongkorn  Thailand  Bhumibol 
october 2016 by mcbakewl
Thailand's revered king dies after 70 years on throne - Denis Gray ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Denis Gray knew Bhumibol personally.

10/13/16 - ... In his final years, Bhumibol retreated increasingly behind palace walls. Some cited poor health and others speculated he was dispirited about the succession and future of the monarchy.

Some of his private conversations at the time reflected a deep concern that Thailand had lost much of the core culture he had sought to embody all his life.
Thailand  Bhumibol 
october 2016 by mcbakewl
Remembering Thailand's beloved King Bhumibol - News from Al Jazeera
10/13/16 - World's longest-serving monarch worked for unity in a country mired by political turmoil, coups, and military rule.
Thailand  Bhumibol 
october 2016 by mcbakewl
Twilight of the king | The Economist
Thailand nach : Besser als dieses -Briefing vom Juli wird es analytisch heute nicht mehr.
Bhumibol  from twitter
october 2016 by joha04
What now? - New Mandala
With news of King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s ailing health, Llewellyn McCann outlines three key developments to watch after his reign ends.
Bhumibol  Thailand 
october 2016 by mcbakewl
Twilight of the king | The Economist
7/23/16 - ... Whether it comes in weeks or years, the king’s passing will be more than a milestone. His death may set loose centrifugal forces that a coup in 2014 sought to contain, but seems destined in the long run only to aggravate. Below the surface, Thailand is deeply fractured. And so the army-enforced calm accompanying the king’s twilight is fragile. Not least of the problems is that his successor, the crown prince, Maha Vajiralongkorn, is deeply unpopular. After Bhumibol’s death the country, a crucial ally of America’s in South-East Asia, risks descending further into civil strife and economic dislocation, as an elite around the palace resists popular calls for a greater say in politics and a more equitable sharing of wealth. At that point, all bets about Thailand’s stability and prosperity may be off.

THIS ARTICLE BANNED IN THAILAND
Thailand  Bhumibol  Vajiralongkorn  Junta  Coup  Thaksin 
july 2016 by mcbakewl
Thailand and the Coup Trap - NYTimes.com
- ... The N.E.S.D.B. reckons that 0.1 percent of Thais own nearly half of the country’s assets. Capitalist America, where 0.1 percent of the population owns one-fifth of all assets, looks like a socialist paradise in comparison.
Politics  Bhumibol  Economy  Coup  Thaksin  Thailand 
january 2016 by mcbakewl
With King in Declining Health, Future of Monarchy in Thailand Is Uncertain - The New York Times
This is the article which caused the 9/21/15 issue of the International NYT to not be printed in Thailand, but the site has not been blocked.

9/20/15 - ... The royal succession presents the monarchy with an inflection point, and possibly an opportunity.

“The situation of the Thai monarchy will not remain like this for many more years,” Somsak Jeamteerasakul, one of the leading experts on the monarchy, wrote in a Facebook post last December. “There are two options for the future. Either transform to a modern monarchy like in Europe or Japan or don’t change and become definitively demolished (a republic). There is no third choice.”

Some Thais cite the wisdom of a venerated 19th-century king, Chulalongkorn, who wrote an open letter to his son outlining the requirements for a monarch.

Be humble and avoid vengefulness, he advised. “Being a king means not to be wealthy. It means not bullying others.”

Failure to follow this advice, he said, might lead “our clan to disappear.”
Thailand  Politics  Monarchy  Bhumibol  Coup  Prayuth 
september 2015 by mcbakewl
Thai Coup Alienates US Giving China New Opening - Analysis - Eurasia Review ☆ ☆
3/7/15 - ... Strategic recalibration by Thailand could have profound implications for the region’s balance of power. ...

There’s also political risk that the rail line facilitates fast-track migration of Chinese into Thailand as surging Chinese property acquisitions in the country become increasingly sensitive.
Thailand  China  USA  Politics  Coup  Thaksin  Prayuth  Bhumibol  from iphone
march 2015 by mcbakewl
Is Thailand's post-coup 'phoney war' over? - BBC News
1/25/15 - ... [for the Redshirts] lying low, and simply waiting to win the next election, is no longer a viable strategy.
Thailand  Politics  Thaksin  Yingluck  Bhumibol  Prayuth  Coup  Redshirts  from iphone
january 2015 by mcbakewl

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