Why This Thai Coup Matters More

Thailand has seen many coups, too many for researchers to agree on. This one could be the most dangerous. Here's why.
Thaksin's Red Shirt supporters aren't going to surrender easily. Photographer: Dario Pignatelli/Bloomberg

Thaksin Shinawatra is living proof that leaders get the popularity thing all wrong. From Barack Obama to Indonesia's Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, they try governing well, articulating a vision and inspiring -- and their approval ratings plummet.

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