Don't Panic!: Why is there political violence in Thailand?

That volcano in Iceland (the one evidently named by someone who types with mittens on) isn't the only thing wrecking our travel plans.

The vacation dreams of countless American hipsters and trustafarians heading to Asia are all Phuk'd up now that Thailand's political crisis has gotten mean and violent.

It wasn't always thus. Until recently, the battle to control Thailand's government has been polite – at times comically so.

For example, in 2006, Thailand's military overthrew the freely elected government of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Thaksin was in the United States at the time (at the U.N. conference remembered, if at all, for Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's idiotic "joke" about President Bush leaving behind the smell of sulphur at the General Assembly podium).

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