al Jazeera article on the coup No one has posted anything on this yet. I have been reading accounts on another forum, this thing has been simmering up since at least last fall. There was an election February, but its validity was contested even before the polls closed. The current (ousted) government seems to have been terrifically corrupt and deserving of being thrown out. But now, the US is pressuring the Thai army to restore "democracy", which may in fact not be the best way to go. To me, it looks like Thailand needs to take some time to fix their problems, so that these kind of coups will not be needed in the future. In reality, "democracy" is not working out all that well in the US these days, I am not convinced that we should be exporting our mess to the rest of the world unless it can be refined here first.