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Turkey's Attempted Coup: The Collapse Of The Ideal Islamic Democracy

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.24.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ruled Turkey for more than a decade. He should be enjoying his time of triumph. He towers above the political system, able to create and dismiss governments at will.

Could A Military Coup Ever Happen In The U.S.?

John Feffer | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
John Feffer

News of the military coup in Turkey was dribbling in on Saturday afternoon when I was having lunch with a group of six friends in West Virginia. Sudde...

Turkey's Reichstag Fire

Ozan Varol | Posted 07.22.2016 | World
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...

Extraditing Gulen To Turkey Would Ruin America's Middle East Policy

John A. Tures | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics
John A. Tures

If Barack Obama and John Kerry give in to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's demand to extradite Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, it will lead to more than his imprisonment and/or execution.

Beware the Coup Apologists: Democracy Double Standards

Atif Choudhury | Posted 07.18.2016 | World
Atif Choudhury

As a global community, we always have to aspire for the rule of law and democracy. We always have to side with the people and their representatives, rather than those who would use force against the former to achieve their aims.

Irony and Tragedy in Turkey's Coup Attempt

Ozan Varol | Posted 07.19.2016 | World
Ozan Varol

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

How An iPhone Defeated The Tanks In Turkey

David Hearst | Posted 07.16.2016 | World
David Hearst

Unarmed people recaptured CNN Turk and the bridges across the Bosphorus, braving gunfire to recapture democracy for their country.

Photos From Turkey’s Streets Show Chaos After Military Claims Control

The Huffington Post | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 01.02.2017 | World

Turks across the country took to the streets Friday night, answering pleas to confront the Turkish military as it attempted to take power in a coup. ...

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 Chaos in Egypt Tests U.S. Foreign Policy in the Muslim World

David Oualaalou | Posted 02.01.2015 | Politics
David Oualaalou

how could the United States dictate to the rest of the world what to do and how to behave while doing the very opposite?

Mad About the '60s ... 50th Anniversary of Coup Classic Seven Days In May

William Bradley | Posted 11.30.2014 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Today we think of the 1970s as the heyday of the conspiracy thriller, but the reality is that the conspiracy genre flourished a decade earlier, before most of the disillusionment. And it did so in large part at the encouragement of none other than the President of the United States.

Land of the Pure Attempting to Regain Its Purity?

Mariam Khan | Posted 11.01.2014 | Politics
Mariam Khan

A country which in some way or the other makes itself prominent across the global arena more often because of events which shun its image and bring it into the limelight. Land of the pure, has recurrently surfaced in the form of news that people of the world do not have pleasant memories of.

Only the Tourists Can Save Thailand

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

One thing that could make a difference would be if the tourists stopped coming, prompting the exchange rate, foreign exchange reserves, and stock market to fall substantially. Perhaps, if there was enough collective pain, the red and yellow shirts would determine that it is in everyone's interest to find common ground.

Can a Threat to Cut Aid Save Egypt?

Richard Klass | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics
Richard Klass

It may be too late to save Egypt. Only an intelligent use of military aid suspension has any hope of reversing the slide into an abyss.

Would Naguib Mahfouz Oppose the Military Coup in Egypt?

Alparslan Akkuş | Posted 09.23.2013 | World
Alparslan Akkuş

As a citizen of a country that had to live through five coup d'états and military memorandums in last five decades, I advise my Egyptian friends to beware of any type of military rule. A day will come when a new generation of writers grown up on Naguib Mahfouz's books will tell the story of today's coup.

Good Coups, Bad Coups and Double Standards

Joost Lagendijk | Posted 09.17.2013 | World
Joost Lagendijk

When the Egyptian military overthrew President Morsi, I did not expect a long debate on the question whether this power grab should be labeled a coup. It looks like a coup, it smells like a coup, it acts like a coup. So who would seriously want to challenge that observation?

Some Perspective on Egypt

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As coups go it was a fairly restrained one, but celebrating a populist/military overthrow of a democratically-elected leader is an unusual stance for Americans to take, for obvious reasons. Even if we do like the new guy. Which brings us to a few lessons Americans find very hard to accept.

Are Coups Always Bad?

Sami Moubayed | Posted 09.07.2013 | World
Sami Moubayed

We now have to ask ourselves: Are coups always bad? Because of our bad experience with coups, we tend to permanently associate their engineers with suppression, lack of freedoms, arbitrary arrests, flamboyant generals, and decades-long rule.

For the Common Egyptian, This Is a People's Coup

Sahar Taman | Posted 09.05.2013 | World
Sahar Taman

At this time the common Egyptian is happy with the Tamarud transitional plan, thankful for the Egyptian military's role in making it happen, and elated with own his power; the power of the people who ousted Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood in a people's coup.

Americanized Democracy: Independence or Dependence?

Greg Barrett | Posted 09.03.2013 | Politics
Greg Barrett

I realized that Egyptians understood American politics better than Americans did. Our democracy has never been as fake as Egypt's was, but Washington politicians are bought by Wall Street. Egyptians didn't hold us accountable for Washington because they knew we weren't entirely accountable.

"The Truth Comes Out in Honduras": A Response from the Center for Constitutional Rights

Vincent Warren | Posted 10.08.2011 | World
Vincent Warren

On July 25, 2011, The Wall Street Journal published an op-ed on Honduras. CCR staff member Laura Raymond responded with this letter, which was not published.

Politicizing the "Managers of Violence"

Robert Mackey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Mackey

An underground current in the U.S. military's officer corps believes that their legally elected civilian leaders can be disobeyed if an officer believes their orders to be "immoral." This, ladies and gentlemen, is a real problem.

When Oil Traders Make a Mistake, We All Pay the Price

Josh Garrett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Josh Garrett

In theory, oil markets only respond to two forces: supply and demand. However, it has become clear that the whimsical perceptions of oil traders can also have just as much influence on oil prices.

Bhutto:The Film Offers Heartbreaking And Thought-Provoking History Lesson

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

Bhutto: The Film presents the story of a woman whose personality dominated the constrains of a fundamentalist society. Never has a description of the confines of the burqa been so eloquent.

Hondurans Resist Coup, Will Need Help From Other Countries

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark Weisbrot

It is clear that Hondurans won't be getting any help from the United States, so the rest of the world will have to scream bloody murder about the violence and repression going on there.