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Trump's National Security Adviser Changed His Mind About Turkey Coup Attempt After His Firm Got Involved

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 11.23.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― When a faction of the Turkish military attempted to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in July, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn celebrated...

Did Turkey Really Save Democracy On July 15?

Mahir Zeynalov | Posted 10.03.2016 | Home
Mahir Zeynalov

On July 15, Turkey was no longer a democracy to be saved. True, it would even be worse if the military successfully took over the government. The failure of the military on July 15 was a welcoming development for Turkish civilian politics, a historic one. But it was far from saving the Turkish democracy, which did not exist on July 15 anyway.

Turkey's Economy At The Crossroads

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 09.27.2016 | Home
Otaviano Canuto

All things considered, Turkey's economy is not at a breaking point. Annual growth between 3 and 4 percent may underwhelm, but emerging market GDP expansion is down across the globe: Mexico, Brazil and South Africa would be very pleased with Turkey's growth projections.

Turkey-Russia Reset? What Is Next?

Aydoğan Vatandaş | Posted 08.11.2016 | Home
Aydoğan Vatandaş

After the end of the cold war, during the Europeanization of the international relations in the region, energy politics played a significant role for Turkish-Russian rapprochement.

Turkey In Crisis: A Reminder Why U.S. Shouldn't Constantly Meddle Abroad

Doug Bandow | Posted 08.05.2016 | Home
Doug Bandow

Turkey's dubious evolution should remind Americans how hard it is for U.S. officials to play social engineers to the world. Instead of constantly meddling in hopes of "fixing" other nations, Washington should step back when its interests are not vitally affected.

A Trumped Up Version Of Turkey’s Failed Coup

Karabekir Akkoyunlu | Posted 07.26.2016 | Politics
Karabekir Akkoyunlu

If the vicious power struggle between Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his ally-turned-bitter enemy Fethullah Gülen, the Turkish cleric...

Turkey's Reichstag Fire

Ozan Varol | Posted 07.22.2016 | Home
Ozan Varol

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.― George Santayana, Philosopher On February 27, 1933, a fire broke out in the Reichsta...

Three Freedoms Erdogan Scorns but Saved His Regime

Matt Trezza | Posted 07.20.2016 | Home
Matt Trezza

"Democracy is like a train," claimed Istanbul's 40-something mayor, "when you reach your destination, you get off." It was the mid-1990's, and that mayor was Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Erdoğan After The Coup

Pavlos Tsimas | Posted 07.18.2016 | Home
Pavlos Tsimas

Will the victory over the tanks draw Turkey in a new cycle of violence and authoritarianism? Or will it become the wakeup call the moderate forces of his party who were marginalized needed, to restore Erdogan, who confirmed his great strength and his weakness, to a sensible route?

Why Erdogan's Triumph will Make Turkey a Dictatorship

Samuel Ramani | Posted 07.19.2016 | Home
Samuel Ramani

On July 15, 2016, a group of military servicemen launched a coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government. Even though the coup a...

Being Governed by Man-made Risk

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.17.2016 | Business
Daniel Wagner

The world is being consumed by unforeseen man-made events that have taken the pundits and prognosticators by complete surprise. Whether it is the outc...

Irony and Tragedy in Turkey's Coup Attempt

Ozan Varol | Posted 07.19.2016 | Home
Ozan Varol

A successful military coup requires careful planning, masterful execution, and a good dose of luck. All three ingredients were missing from Friday...

Turkey Blames Coup Attempt On Group Led By U.S.-Based Cleric

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 07.16.2016 | Home

Although it is still unclear who is responsible for Friday’s failed coup attempt against the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish o...

Anti-Venezuela Initiative Defeated at OAS

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 06.05.2016 | Home
Mark Weisbrot

The U.S. and one of its principal allies, OAS (Organization of American States) Secretary General Luís Almagro, suffered an unambiguous defeat this week at the OAS, when Almagro's attempt to use the hemispheric organization against Venezuela was rejected unanimously by the hemisphere.

Did Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Enable the Coup in Honduras?

Robert Naiman | Posted 02.19.2017 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Why wasn't U.S. aid to Honduras suspended following the coup? The justification given by Clinton's State Department on August 25 for not suspending U.S. aid to Honduras was that events in Honduras were murky and it was not clear whether a coup had taken place.

Burkina Faso's Coup Appears To Be Over

Reuters | Eline Gordts | Posted 01.11.2017 | Home

OUAGADOUGOU, Sept 23 (Reuters) - Burkina Faso's President, Michel Kafando, said on Wednesday he was back in charge and would resume overseeing a trans...

The Global Middle Class: A Force for Radicalism

Brenda M. Seaver | Posted 07.14.2016 | Home
Brenda M. Seaver

Anecdotal evidence from the last decade suggests that U.S. officials need to consider the multiple ways in which the rising global middle class is fueling radical politics.

Burundi's President Makes His First Appearance In The Capital Since Attempted Coup

Reuters | Posted 05.17.2016 | Home

* President's first appearance since coup failed * Says he takes seriously threat from Somalia's al Shabaab * Nkurunziza...

Only Shock Events Could Trigger Pakistan's Fourth Military Coup

Wikistrat | Posted 06.13.2015 | Home

Last year's mass anti-government protests against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and led by politician Imran Khan generated much speculation about Pakistan's next military coup - but of course it didn't happen.

Kremlin's Troll Army Is Quiet: Sign of a Coup?

Andrea Chalupa | Posted 05.15.2015 | Home
Andrea Chalupa

On Friday, those of us who share factual information about the situation on the ground in Ukraine noticed an eerie silence had befallen Twitter: Why w...

The Long Judicial Arm of the Honduran Coup

Dana Frank | Posted 04.05.2015 | Home
Dana Frank

Rather than reward the dangerous Hernández regime for subverting the rule of law and punishing those who uphold it, the United States should publicly and forcefully demand the immediate reinstatement of the four judges as a baby step toward restoring judicial independence in Honduras.

What If Obama Really Went Off the Deep End Like Honduras' Mel Zelaya

Marco Cáceres | Posted 10.17.2014 | Politics
Marco Cáceres

Just imagine this story. President Barack Obama decides he wants to have a national referendum on being able to have a national referendum during the next general elections.

Iraq Special Forces Of Maliki Deployed In Baghdad

Reuters | Posted 10.10.2014 | Home

BAGHDAD, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Special forces loyal to Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki were deployed on Sunday night in strategic areas of Baghdad,...

Where's Saddam Hussein When the U.S. Needs Him?

Robert Scheer | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

From Egypt, it was off to Baghdad for John Kerry to see whether Iraq's bold effort in democratic nation building could be resuscitated in the face of imminent collapse. The problem there is that Kerry will have trouble locating a military strongman to back.

Coup Fever

John Feffer | Posted 07.29.2014 | Home
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.