Charles Davis, National Freedom of Information Coalition, Missouri School of Journalism: To some people, Thailand is known as the land of smiles, but it is a land of violence and political upheaval this week. Some say it is even on the brink of civil war. Demonstrators set at least 27 buildings on fire Wednesday, including the Thai stock exchange, TV stations and a department store. The death toll of protesters has reached 40 just this week and hundreds more are injured. The violence follows weeks of unrest in Bangkok among Thai authority and Red Shirt demonstrators.
GLOBAL JOURNALIST: Situation in Thailand still of concern
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