In Thailand, It's Crippling Déjà vu All Over Again

Protesters head to a government complex in Bangkok, Thailand, on Nov. 27, 2013, the third day of demonstrations to seize government ministries and agencies Photograph by Kyodo via AP Photo

As November brings relieving, cool weather to steamy Bangkok, protestors are massing at intersections throughout the city, chanting slogans opposing Thaksin Shinawatra, the de facto head of the party running Parliament, and calling for the government to fall. Groups of demonstrators, clothed in t-shirts reading “Get Out! [Thaksin]” have taken over critical infrastructure in Bangkok and are threatening to commandeer more parts of the city. The military is on edge and foreign embassies have issued warnings to their citizens. Meanwhile, in the U.S., the president-elect, Barack Obama, has just begun making up his cabinet.

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