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

Robert Scheer | Posted 06.24.2014 | 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 05.29.2014 | 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.

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.

OAS Insider Details Proposed Coup Against Haiti's Preval and Cholera's 'Genocide by Negligence'

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 04.26.2014 | Books
Georgianne Nienaber

This book details Seitenfus's dependence upon his own moral compass as he was forced to take a stand against powerful international players, including the United States, as the potential coup was put in motion.

Kim Jong-Un and Basketball Diplomacy

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.22.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

If his first two years are any indication of what is to come, northeast Asia will continue to reverberate from the uncertainty and unpredictability that has become the hallmark of the Kim Dynasty.

The Cairo Elite War on Egypt's Democracy

Mohamed Elmenshawy | Posted 02.16.2014 | World
Mohamed Elmenshawy

The hope for democracy in Egypt remains slim as long as the voices of people outside Cairo are once again marginalized.

Bogota Mayor Falls Victim to Another Right-Wing Coup in Latin America

Dan Kovalik | Posted 02.10.2014 | World
Dan Kovalik

While the press, as well as the U.S. government, will not acknowledge it, the elimination of progressive political leaders by coup d'état is taking place in Latin America with increasing frequency.

Chilean Chronicles, Part 9: Hernan Gutierrez´s Memory and Imagination

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein | Posted 02.04.2014 | Travel
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Imagine that you're in Santiago, Chile in 1973.

Mali's Coup Leader Goes To Court

AP | Posted 01.27.2014 | World

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A spokesman for the officer who led last year's coup in Mali said he was taken by force from his home and escorted to see a judg...

The Crisis in Egypt Today: An Interview With Mohammad Fadel

Danny Postel | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Danny Postel

"The situation in Egypt in terms of the objective, day-to-day circumstances of living, have been difficult for a long time and they became more difficult after the revolution and removal of Mubarak. But returning to the security state is precisely the wrong answer."

The Tea Party Isn't Funny Anymore

Scott Blakeman | Posted 12.02.2013 | Politics
Scott Blakeman

Tea Party Republicans and their supporters still make inane, outrageous statements that are fertile ground for comedy. But what they are doing is dangerous, unconstitutional, un-American, and not funny at all.

Ghonim and El Baradei Must Speak Up

Mohammed Khalid Alyahya | Posted 11.09.2013 | World
Mohammed Khalid Alyahya

Ghonim and Baradei have a moral obligation to speak up against this coup and do whatever is within their capacity to reroute Egypt from the path that is leading it to a dark abyss. They must speak up.

Why I Am Against the Military Coup in Egypt

Ehab Lotayef | Posted 10.22.2013 | World
Ehab Lotayef

The army has no place in the political process and should stay out of it. The coup should be defeated and democracy restored, otherwise Egypt would face a bleak future -- quite a contrast to the bright future we imagined in February of 2011.

From Iran in 1953 to Egypt in 2013 -- Why Should the World Have to Pay for U.S. Empire?

Chris Ernesto | Posted 10.20.2013 | World
Chris Ernesto

The U.S. has the power to help calm the situation by stopping military aid and by sincerely condemning violence against Egyptian protesters. But many are lobbying Washington to turn a blind eye to what is happening in strategically important Egypt.

The Moment the U.S. Ended Iran's Brief Experiment in Democracy

Robert Scheer | Posted 10.20.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Sixty years ago this week the United States successfully staged a coup in Iran to overthrow democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh that a newly declassified CIA document reveals was designed to preserve the control of Western companies over Iran's rich oil fields.

60 Years of Middle-East Meddling

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The whole Arab Spring movement has woken America up to the fact that we've been propping up some pretty brutal leaders for a long, long time. Which leads us to the uncomfortable position of not having a clear ideological position.

To Restore Egypt, Neutralize the Military

William J. Furney | Posted 10.19.2013 | World
William J. Furney

The longer it takes to restore the ballot box to the heart of the country's authority, and banish the meddling military from politics, the harder it will be to achieve lasting stability.

A Coup is a Coup; a Democracy is More Difficult to Define

Richard Klass | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics
Richard Klass

Democracy is neither a simple concept nor a tidy process. But fundamental to democracy is the rule of law. Not a parsed or convenient interpretation...

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.

A Gift From the United States to Mideast Zealots

Robert Scheer | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Embarrassingly, our law professor president refuses to label the arrest of Egypt's freely elected president by the military a coup because that would trigger an end to the $1.5 billion in U.S. aid as a matter of law.

Using the C-word About Egypt

Maryam Abolfazli | Posted 09.03.2013 | World
Maryam Abolfazli

I woke up the other morning hoping my Facebook newsfeed was not still asking this question. But it was. My friend texted me, "is this a coup?" "Tec...

Egypt: Another Good Coup?

Marco Cáceres | Posted 09.03.2013 | World
Marco Cáceres

If it was a coup, was it a good coup? Can any coup ever be described as good? There may never be a consensus on an answer to this question. What is certain is that the world will not be as eager to condemn what has happened to Mr. Morsi as it was with Mr. Zelaya.

Will Obama's Legacy Be a Death Squad Government in Honduras?

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 06.01.2013 | World
Mark Weisbrot

A death squad government may not be the Obama administration's first choice for Honduras, but they prefer it to another left government that people might elect if they were able to organize in a free election.

Chile After The Coup

Jim Calio | Posted 12.25.2012 | Travel
Jim Calio

Back in 1975, when I was traveling through South America, I decided to go to Santiago, Chile. I had been told that the country was beautiful, especially the area around the Pacific resort of Vina del Mar. I also knew that there had been a coup two years earlier, and I was curious to see that the country looked like in its aftermath.

How To Plan The Perfect Coup

Mohamed Nasheed | Posted 11.10.2012 | World
Mohamed Nasheed

The man who takes over from the democratically elected leader should not wear military fatigues, as Commodore Frank Bainimarama did in Fiji; instead wear a lounge suit, as former Vice President Waheed Hassan did in the Maldives.