Posted by: maroonmaurader | July 3, 2011

Everyone needs a hobby

The recent election of Yingluck Shinawatra (sister of former Thailand Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra) led me to go re-read the old NYTimes article on the 2006 coup that ousted him. Tucked away in that article is this little fun fact:

The military has a long history of political involvement, staging 18 coups since Thailand became a constitutional monarchy in 1932. The last one, in 1991, installed a military leader who was pushed from power by a popular uprising the next year.

Which is to say, between 1932 and 1991 Thailand averaged one military coup every 3.5 years.

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  1. It does get pretty boring around here. I was wondering what was missing.


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