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The Art of Corruption

Thai Artists Take on Politics

By Brian Mertens

Thailand's politics have been tumultuous and contradictory in recent years, exemplified by developments surrounding the elitist but popularly supported military coup that ousted the government of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in 2006. Accused of abuse of power, Thaksin remains exiled in London, and his Thai Rak Thai (TRT) party was dissolved in May 2007. However, TRT's members regrouped as the People's Power Party (PPP) and recaptured the majority of seats in parliament in December 2007 elections organized by the same military junta that…

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