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Coup Detat

Donald Trump's Mission Creep Just Took A Great Leap Forward

Bill Moyers | Posted 02.02.2017 | Politics
Bill Moyers

The smell of a coup hung over the White House this past weekend, like the odor of gunpowder after fireworks on the Fourth of July. In these first few...

Support Turkey's Democracy

Jason McCue | Posted 09.29.2016 | World
Jason McCue

Last year I warned of the currency of regime change in Africa driven by profit and mineral exploitation.   I called for the international community ...

Beyond The Turkish Coup

George Friedman | Posted 08.11.2016 | World
George Friedman

Erdoğan is restructuring Turkish institutions, from the military to schools to the media, in ways that will support whatever moves he chooses to make. His long-term intentions - the ends toward which he is restructuring Turkish institutions - are unclear.

Ankara Should Not Miss This Opportunity

Aylin Unver Noi | Posted 08.01.2016 | World
Aylin Unver Noi

Democracy in Turkey has in the past been interrupted by a military intervention in 1960, a "half coup" in 1971, a military takeover in 1980 and "postmodern coup d'etat" in 1997, although this latest attempt was like nothing experienced in Turkey to date.

Should The United States Support The Military Coup In Turkey?

John A. Tures | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
John A. Tures

The American people typically have little stomach for a military coup. But given the undemocratic nature of the Erdogan regime, Turkey may have had no choice.

An American Coup

David Schultz | Posted 06.30.2016 | Politics
David Schultz

It was not so much that he made America great again, but when Donald Trump was elected president on November 8, 2016 he transformed the United States ...

Attempted Coup in Brazil Seeks to Reverse Election Results

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 04.05.2017 | World
Mark Weisbrot

If you are following the news of political turmoil in Brazil, it may be difficult to get a grasp of what is really going on. This often happens when there is an attempted coup in the Western Hemisphere, and especially when the U.S. government has an interest in the outcome.

Coup d'Establishment

Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort | Posted 12.27.2016 | Politics
Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort

A coup d'establishment is an imaginary coup d'etat challenging a country's political leadership. As such it belongs in the realm of fiction and is nothing but an announcement of duel launched to a country's executive power.

Corruption, Lèse Majesté and the Thai Junta

Rangsiman Rome | Posted 12.18.2016 | Politics
Rangsiman Rome

The Thai junta is using the lèse majesté law to conceal their own corrupt acts. Since the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) fomented a coup and seized power on 22 May 2014, there has been an increasingly draconian constriction of freedom of expression and civil and political rights.

El Tanquetazo -- Chile's Failed Coup

ADST | Posted 11.10.2016 | World

In the early '70s, Chile was in a state of political unrest -- its socialist president Salvador Allende and largely conservative congress were at odds, and by June 1973, the Chilean Armed Forces were plotting against the Allende government.

The Dominican Civil War of 1965

ADST | Posted 11.05.2016 | World

Immediately following the assassination of General Rafael Trujillo, known as "El Jefe," the Dominican Republic was in shambles.

The KKK's 'Coup Attempt' in Kenya

ADST | Posted 10.20.2016 | World

Kenya of the late 80's was essentially a single-party state, with the president holding almost complete control. President Moi ruled from 1978 through 2002 and worked to crush movements among academics to initiate democratic reforms.

The 1974 Coup in Benin (Dahomey)

ADST | Posted 10.15.2016 | World

The small Western African country of Benin (formerly Dahomey) has had a turbulent post-colonial history. Since gaining independence from the French in 1960, the country has experienced various forms of government, coups, periods of military rule and ethnic strife.

Military Coups See Beginning of Their End in Africa

Obadias Ndaba | Posted 10.05.2016 | World
Obadias Ndaba

New coup plotters aren't finding acceptance on the continent as easy as their predecessors once did. It is becoming increasingly difficult for a coup d'etat to succeed in Africa.

The Carnation Revolution: A Peaceful Coup in Portugal

ADST | Posted 09.28.2016 | World

On April 25, 1974, Portugal experienced a coup like no other. In an era characterized by the clash of ideologies and power players, the nearly bloodless revolution became known as the Carnation Revolution.

The August Coup and the Final Days of the Soviet Union

ADST | Posted 08.19.2016 | World

This account was compiled from an interview done by ADST in February 2003 with William Green Miller, who was working in Moscow for the American Committee on U.S at the time.

The CIA's Coup Against Iran's Mohammad Mossadegh

ADST | Posted 08.17.2016 | World

Beginning in January 1953, the U.S. and Britain agreed to work together toward Mosaddegh's removal. The plot, known as Operation Ajax, centered on convincing Iran's monarch to issue a decree to dismiss Mossadegh from office.

A Failed Coup in Trinidad and Tobago

ADST | Posted 08.02.2016 | World

On July 27, 1990, a Muslim organization called Jamaat al Muslimeen instigated a coup against the government of Trinidad & Tobago. Forty-two insurgents...

Demanding Democracy Is Seditious in Thailand

Rangsiman Rome | Posted 07.22.2016 | World
Rangsiman Rome

On June 24, 2015, we went to the police station, but to file a complaint of brutality rather than respond to the summons against us. At last, our powerless bare hands which had been unable to shake the junta's power began to cause them worry.

The Last Time The World Looked The Other Way

Elizabeth Dearborn Hughes | Posted 05.14.2016 | World
Elizabeth Dearborn Hughes

It is heartbreaking for those of us who live, work, and invest in the region to contemplate that history may repeat itself.

Venezuela Vacation, Part 2: Surviving Caracas After a Coup Attempt

Mark Chesnut | Posted 04.23.2015 | Travel
Mark Chesnut

On Saturday morning, the local Caracas TV stations captured our attention with footage of a daring escape by a rebel pilot, who ejected from his plane seconds before a fiery crash at La Carlota military airport.

Accidental Traveler: My Vacation During a Coup Attempt in Venezuela

Mark Chesnut | Posted 04.19.2015 | Travel
Mark Chesnut

As a matter of security, the announcer now explained, the government had suspended many basic civil liberties. What rights had we lost during our ill-fated vacation?

Coup Fever

John Feffer | Posted 07.29.2014 | World
John Feffer

There's no reason for coups to have such enduring appeal. Like those recurring bouts of malaria, they often lead to nothing but more coups. Treating the fever is not enough. We have to look at the underlying infection of the body politic.

The Urgency of Venezuela

Tom Hayden | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
Tom Hayden

Call me naive, but I do not believe President Obama wants to see President Maduro overthrown. But there's another US "government," a secret network that works tirelessly to undermine any Latin American threat to the dominance of American capital and military power.

Why the World Is So Coup-ky

Chris Peak | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
Chris Peak

The formula for a coup d'état is pretty uniform and quite simple. It's the buttermilk pancake recipe of the kitchen.