Don’t You Dare Speak Ill of Thailand’s King

Even a Facebook Joke About the Monarch, Entering His Eighth Decade of Rule, Could Send You to Prison for Decades

Since the military coup of 2006, the Thai government has prosecuted hundreds of Thai citizens who made comments about the monarchy, under the authority of Thailand’s lèse-majesté laws. The sentences have been stunning, with people forced to serve 10, 30, or even 60 years in prison for “crimes” that generally are nothing more than a few sentences on Facebook.

Under the lèse majesté laws anyone can be charged with the crime of disrespecting the king, queen, or any heir to the throne. The current monarchy-backed military junta has used these laws …

Just Another Military Coup Monday in Bangkok

Thailand’s Political Turmoil Has Slowed Traffic and Complicated My Sartorial Choices. But For My Family and Most Everyone Else, Life Goes On.

I’ve been in Bangkok through the 2008 “yellow shirts” demonstrations against the government of now-deposed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, through the 2010 “red shirts” protests that supported him, and, as …

Living Thailand’s Turmoil from Los Angeles

How My Family Stays Connected to the Political Crisis in Our Homeland

As you may have seen in the news, political strife in Thailand has reached a boiling point again. In the capital, Bangkok, hundreds of thousands of people recently took to …