King Bhumibol Adulyadej

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Patrick Jory, The University of Queensland The first is China, following the death of Mao Zedong in 1976. The last decade
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Millions are mourning the long-serving monarch.
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The 88-year-old died in hospital, the palace said.
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It is always possible that one side could budge with international prodding. But breakthroughs look as rare in Thailand these days as Americans were here 197 years ago. The impasse won't last forever.
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A cartoonish dictator out of a Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera runs a not-so funny junta which jails opponents and suppresses free speech. The recent bombing of a popular Hindu shrine in Bangkok should act as the famed fire bell in the night.
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As Thailand endures the second year of yet another coup, King Bhumibol Adulyadej is approaching the 70th year of his reign -- and his health is reputedly poor. In this Southeast Asian kingdom of 67 million, the question on everyone's mind is: When the music stops and the world's longest-serving monarch is gone, what -- or who -- will fill the void?
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Thailand's best hope is genuine constitutional reform. Government power should be limited, especially to award economic favors. Federalism should rule, giving provinces more authority to serve communities at odds with the national government.
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Thailand's capital has lost none of its frenetic motion or relaxed informality. But it is a bit quieter of late, with last year's demonstrators dispersed by the military. However, the junta, which took power in May, is not leaving.
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I can't help but think about Jackson here in Bangkok, where pro-government "red shirts" and anti-government "yellow shirts" are clashing, reenacting their own version of "King Mob."
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As we look forward, one must wonder what comes next. His Royal Highness cannot live forever, and the next decade will be
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On sidewalks close to the hospital, the crowd was five or six deep, with those immediately along the street kneeling reverentially
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Read more on Guardian The article, which broke the taboo about discussion of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 81, the world's longest
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BANGKOK -- King Bhumibol Adulyadej did not appear on Thursday to deliver his traditional birthday address at a highly charged