WorldViews: Five reasons why a coup was staged in Thailand, again

By Chico Harlan, May 23, 2014

On the days when it is functioning normally — no certain thing over the past few years — Thailand has an elected prime minister, a parliament and a polarized but boisterous media scene. Right now, of course, it has none of those things. Instead, Thailand has a general running the country, a government whose ousted leaders have been detained without explanation and a single functioning television network — one broadcasting patriotic music and occasional statements from the junta.

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