King Bhumibol of Thailand – obituaries and other reports

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This is Jonathan Head’s report for BBC World immediately after receiving confirmation of King Bhumibol’s death last Thursday. The broadcast started just before 6pm in Bangkok.

Thailand’s strict royal insult law to be tested under new King ABC

The futility of Prayuth’s war on truth New Mandala

Thailand’s long succession New Mandala

Henry VIII of Thailand New Mandala

Profile: Thailand’s new King Vajiralongkorn BBCThai (censored in Thailand).

Ritual and the demise of Thai democracy New Mandala

Auf Sandalen zur Krone Thailands Bild newspaper – Germany

Viewpoint: Did Thai king help stifle democracy? BBC

Soul of a Nation New Mandala

The Making of a cult of personality Khaosod English

As Thais Await New King, Military Consolidates Power WSJ

The Darker Side of Thai Royalism The Diplomat

Thailand’s year of living dangerously The Interpreter

Thailand’s New Uncertainty Project Syndicate

A royal mess Economist

Thailand’s law of the mob New Mandala

Thailand to tackle ‘false’ foreign media reports after king’s death Reuters

Thailand’s network military? New Mandala

“Just a formality”: Thailand’s peculiar interregnum New Mandala (do read the comments as well).

BLOGGER CALLS FOR HARASSMENT OF BBC CORRESPONDENT Khaosod English

Guardian of the kingdom New Mandala

Thailand faces uncertain political future after king’s death DW

In Thailand, royalists’ vision of the late king still reigns Khun Pravit in The Guardian

Thai king’s death: Who holds power now? BBC

Managing the death of King Bhumibol New Mandala

ULTRA-ROYALISTS GUILT-SHAME PEOPLE WHO DON’T WEAR MOURNING BLACK Khaosod English

The Future of the Monarchy in Thailand David Streckfuss in The Kyoto Review in 2013 (and now very relevant).

Speaking of the succession New Mandala

From Boston to Bangkok, Thais unite in grief over the loss of a father in King Bhumibol Straits Times

Thailand Looks to Likely Future King With Apprehension New York Times

Who’s Who in Thailand’s Royal Family AP

Bhumibol, a King of the People, Leaves Them to the Generals Paul Handley in the New York Times

Thai military remains power broker in royal succession AP

King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand Dies at 88; Reigned 70 Years New York Times

King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, 1927-2016, dies Paul Handley in Asia Sentinel

Thailand’s Bhumibol Adulyadej: The king of sax, snapshots and sailing Today Singapore

How King Bhumibol shaped modern Thailand BBC

The death of the Thai king throws the country into turmoil Economist

King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, 1927-2016 Financial Times

King Bhumibol Adulyadej obituary The Guardian

A life in pictures: King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand The Guardian

KING BHUMIBOL, MONARCH AND FATHER TO MILLIONS, 88 Khaosod English

THAILAND’S KING BHUMIBOL ADULYADEJ: 1927 – 2016 Reuters

Thailand’s heir apparent Maha Vajiralongkorn raises fears – and eyebrows Guardian

Bhumibol in Switzerland SwissInfo

Thailand’s revered king dies after 70 years on throne Associated Press