December 25, 2013

The Tragedy of Thailand's Politics

Tom Plate, Japan Times

The Associated Press

A country of beauty is in danger of turning into a beast. The Kingdom of Thailand, the land of the smiling people, the gorgeous countryside and a storied history as the once-upon-a-time Siam, now has a severe case of the political uglies. This constitutional democracy, anchored by a long-running monarchy, is in danger of heading down a fascist path. For America, the proper question is what, if any, is our place and role in the unfolding tragedy — what can we appropriately do to help?

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TAGGED: Thaksin Shinawatra, Yingluck Shinawatra, Bangkok, Thailand


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