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AP/Maya Alleruzzo

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

From Cairo to Baghdad, the United States is totally hypocritical in the cause of human rights, preferring the rule of brutal military despots.

Posted on Jun 23, 2014 READ MORE



183 Members of the Muslim Brotherhood Sentenced to Death

An Egyptian court handed death sentences to the leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and at least 182 of his supporters for violence in the aftermath of the coup against Mohamed Morsi last summer.

Posted on Jun 21, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Secretly Created ‘Cuban Twitter’ to Undermine Government

The U.S. government used its multibillion-dollar overseas humanitarian arm to build and launch a social media network that could be used to spark off a “Cuban Spring” and overthrow the country’s communist government, documents obtained by The Associated Press show.

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE



AP Photo/Thomas Hartwell

Head of Egyptian Army Announces He’s Running for President

Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi resigned Wednesday in order to announce his candidacy for the Egyptian presidency—an office left vacant by the coup he helped organize.

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 READ MORE



AP Photo/Ali Omar

Egypt Hands 529 Muslim Brothers the Death Sentence in One Day

Apparently Egypt’s military rulers are prepared to go much further than previous dictatorships in quashing the opposition once and for all.

Posted on Mar 24, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Themba Hadebe

Collapse of the Eighth Continent: Shangri-La Meets Global Capitalism

Madagascar’s graceful society and unique natural wonders developed over thousands of years; it has taken less than a decade to put it all on life support.

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Kerry, Kissinger and the Other Sept. 11

As President Barack Obama’s attack on Syria appears to have been delayed for the moment, it is remarkable that Secretary of State John Kerry was meeting, on Sept. 11, with one of his predecessors, Henry Kissinger, reportedly to discuss strategy on forthcoming negotiations on Syria with Russian officials.

Posted on Sep 11, 2013 READ MORE



NASA/WikiMedia Commons

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

Sixty years ago this week, the United States, in collaboration with Britain, staged a coup in Iran to preserve the control of Western companies over Iran’s rich oil fields.

Posted on Aug 20, 2013 READ MORE


A Lack of Spine on Egypt

There may be little the United States can do to end the savage bloodletting in Egypt, but at least our nation can be loyal to its ideals by bearing witness and telling the truth. In this, President Obama has failed.

Posted on Aug 15, 2013 READ MORE



Abode of Chaos (CC BY 2.0)

‘How the Mass Killing of Egyptian Islamists Is Being Justified in America’

Supporters of Egypt’s recent military coup from America’s left and right are performing “intellectual contortions” to justify “the mass killings of Islamists in the name of democracy,” Ken Silverstein writes at Harper’s Magazine. And “[t]he common denominator is that the killers were seen as pro-Western.”

Posted on Aug 8, 2013 READ MORE


What Happens in Egypt Doesn’t Stay in Egypt

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole says Americans should be very concerned about revolution in the Mideast; George Zimmerman goes free; The Advocate’s “Black, Gay, American” issue; and alt-labor.

Posted on Jul 18, 2013 READ MORE



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What Happens in Egypt Doesn’t Stay in Egypt

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Posted on Jul 18, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Nasser Shiyoukhi

Morsi Supporters Rally in Egypt by the Thousands

Hundreds of thousands of Egyptian Islamists and others who support Mohamed Morsi, the president who was deposed and arrested by the military last week, swelled the streets of Cairo and other cities Friday in an intensifying campaign aimed at returning the country’s first freely elected president to power.

Posted on Jul 12, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Hassan Ammar

A Gift From the United States to Mideast Zealots

The coup in Egypt is on our hands, and lots of luck ever convincing Islamists anywhere of the value of free elections as opposed to violence as an enabler of change.

Posted on Jul 9, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Amr Nabil

Egypt Has a New President, White House Is ‘Deeply Concerned’ Over Coup

Adli Mansour, the chief justice of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court, was sworn in on television Thursday as Egypt’s new president while his deposed predecessor, Mohamed Morsi, and dozens of Morsi’s top lieutenants were taken into custody.

Posted on Jul 4, 2013 READ MORE


Morsi Brought the Second Revolution on Himself

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi begat the misrule currently gripping his country by ignoring the needs of too many of his fellow citizens, says Egyptian writer and activist Ahdaf Soueif.

Posted on Jul 3, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Nariman El-Mofty

Coup Underway in Egypt, Morsi Adviser Says (UPDATED)

A top adviser to embattled Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi said Wednesday that a coup had begun after the Muslim Brotherhood leader again stood firm against military demands that he resign. There are fears now that “considerable bloodshed” could ensue as a result.

Posted on Jul 3, 2013 READ MORE



Flickr/Gage Skidmore

The Time Dick Armey Attempted an Armed Coup of Tea Party Group

New reports are surfacing that Dick Armey, a former House majority leader, attempted a power grab of the tea party organization FreedomWorks before eventually leaving the group.

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 READ MORE



Brennan Cavanaugh (CC-BY)

OWS Organizer Questions Intentions of Secretive Affinity Group

Over a pair of steaming coffee cups, I was told that a secret faction has developed within New York City’s Occupy movement, made up of big-name celebrities and would-be leaders, some of whom look determined to steer the movement in a direction of their choosing.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / ¡Que comunismo!

What Hugo Chavez Is Up To

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has been busy courting countries from Latin America to Eastern Europe to the Middle East to the Far East to assemble a political and economic bulwark against American imperialism. (more)

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 READ MORE



Associated Press / Sakchai Lalit

Hey Thai Government, This Girl Just Kicked Your Ass

Yingluck Shinawatra is expected to become Thailand’s first female prime minister after her opposition party won an outright majority in parliamentary elections Sunday. Shinawatra is the sister of Thaksin Shinawatra, himself prime minister until 2006 when a military coup forced him into exile. (more)

Posted on Jul 3, 2011 READ MORE


Hope and Resistance in Honduras

While most in the United States were recognizing Memorial Day with a three-day weekend, the people of Honduras were engaged in a historic event: the return of President Manuel Zelaya, 23 months after he was forced into exile at gunpoint in the first coup in Central America in a quarter-century.

Posted on May 31, 2011 READ MORE



Yamil Gonzales (CC-BY-SA)

Exiled President Back in Honduras Preaching Peace

This isn’t the first visit Manuel Zelaya has made to Honduras since a 2009 coup toppled his presidency and he was exiled, but he may be able to stick around this time. Zelaya cut a deal with the current regime and returned to Tegucigalpa calling for peaceful resistance.

Posted on May 29, 2011 READ MORE



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Murder Mystery: Chile Exhumes Salvador Allende

A panel of forensic scientists will examine the remains of former Chilean President Salvador Allende, who either killed himself or was slain as forces loyal to all-around bad guy Augusto Pinochet stormed the presidential palace in 1973.

Posted on May 24, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ramon Espinosa

Exiled Aristide Returns to Haiti

Arriving on a charter jet from South Africa, former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide has returned to Port-au-Prince after seven years in exile.

Posted on Mar 18, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Alexander Zemilanichenko

Landmark Election in Kyrgyzstan

Following a coup, bitter ethnic violence and skyrocketing food prices, Kyrgyzstan managed to hold a peaceful landmark election on Sunday that may very well establish the beleaguered country as the first parliamentary democracy in Central Asia.

Posted on Oct 10, 2010 READ MORE


Sept. 11: A Day Without War

The ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States should serve as a moment to reflect on tolerance. It should be a day of peace.

Posted on Sep 7, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Kent Gilbert

Honduras Casts Shadow Over OAS Meeting

It’s been almost a year since the coup that ousted leftist leader Manuel Zelaya in Honduras, but disagreement over the legitimacy of the new government there continues as leaders of the Organization of American States gather in Peru.

Posted on Jun 6, 2010 READ MORE



Al Jazeera English

Honduran Judges Fight Back

Remember that coup in Honduras last year? Well, a group of judges who were fired after making legal decisions against the widely-accepted-as-illegal coup have launched a hunger strike against their dismissal.

Posted on May 22, 2010 READ MORE


Bakiyev
Wikimedia Commons / Steele C.G. Britton, U.S. Air Force

Kyrgyz President Defiant as Transitional Gov’t Forms

Although he fled the capital city of Bishkek on Wednesday, Kyrgyzstan’s President Kurmanbek Bakiyev announced Thursday from an unknown locale that he wasn’t stepping down, despite the apparent takeover of the Krgyz government by opposition politicians, according to The New York Times.

Posted on Apr 8, 2010 READ MORE


Kyrzyg uprising
youtube.com

Kyrgyzstan in State of Emergency as Protesters Storm the Capital (Update)

Kyrgyzstan was thrown into turmoil Wednesday after clashes between protesters and police killed at least 17 people, according to The New York Times, and caused Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev to flee the capital of Bishkek.

Posted on Apr 7, 2010 READ MORE



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Thai Red Shirts Dump Their Own Blood on the Government

An estimated 50,000 red-shirted protesters donated their own blood to be poured onto government and ruling party headquarters in Bangkok on Tuesday. The supporters of deposed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra demanded new elections. Their numbers crested at an estimated 100,000 but appear to be dwindling.

Posted on Mar 16, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Rebecca Blackwell

Niger Hit by Military Coup

A military junta, the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy, captured Niger’s President Mamadou Tandja and his Cabinet on Thursday in a coup d’etat welcomed by opposition leaders and potentially by a population frustrated with the government, which critics say has stayed in power past its legal term.

Posted on Feb 19, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Arnulfo Franco

From Coup-Lite to Truth-Lite: 10 Ways the U.S. Fought Democracy in Honduras

Andrés Thomas Conteris, reporting from within the besieged embassy where ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya has taken shelter, outlines 10 ways the United States has supported the coup and undermined democracy in Honduras.

Posted on Jan 13, 2010 READ MORE


Caballo y Jara
Wikimedia Commons

A Chilean Icon Is Reburied

Victor Jara, acclaimed Chilean singer, was tortured and killed in 1973 during the U.S.-directed coup that brought Augusto Pinochet to power. He was to be reburied in Santiago Friday after hundreds of people paid their final respects. The body had been exhumed in June to clarify how he died. He had been shot more than 30 times.

Posted on Dec 4, 2009 READ MORE


Manuel Zelaya
ABR / Ricardo Stuckert

U.S. Critical of Zelaya, Honduran Government

Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya (above) shouldn’t have returned to his home turf before striking some kind of agreement with the regime that seized power during last summer’s coup, according to Lewis Amselem, U.S. ambassador to the Organization of American States—but Amselem also fired off some words of official disapproval about said regime while he was at it.

Posted on Sep 28, 2009 READ MORE


Radio Globo
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2 Honduran Media Outlets Silenced

As if the Honduran coup leaders couldn’t get any more nostalgic for the 1980s, they have closed down two domestic media organizations critical of the interim government, a move that shadows pretty much every Latin American coup in the past half-century.

Posted on Sep 28, 2009 READ MORE



Diario El Tiempo

Honduras Curfew Suspended

The de facto government in Honduras lifted a three-day curfew imposed after ousted President Manuel Zelaya returned to the Central American country. As the political drama played out, residents of the capital rushed out to shop for food and supplies.

Posted on Sep 24, 2009 READ MORE


President Zelaya and the Audacity of Action

Manuel Zelaya, the democratically elected president of Honduras, is back in his country after being deposed in a military coup June 28.

Posted on Sep 22, 2009 READ MORE


Manuel Zelaya
ABR / Ricardo Stuckert

Ousted Honduran President Makes His Return

After nearly three months in exile, ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya has reportedly returned to his home turf, although his exact whereabouts were unclear Monday. Meanwhile, the U.S. government is still putting pressure on current leader Roberto Micheletti and his camp to restore Zelaya to power.

Posted on Sep 21, 2009 READ MORE



State Department / Michael Gross

Honduras Headache Won’t Go Away

The Honduran Supreme Court just stuck its tongue out at the rest of the world, which has been waiting patiently for the country’s coup leaders to restore lawfully elected and promptly ousted Manuel Zalaya to the presidency. A carefully negotiated deal would have hit the reset button and called for early elections, but the court wasn’t interested. It doesn’t help that the U.S. has softened its position.

Posted on Aug 23, 2009 READ MORE


Onion coup

Pesky National Debt Wiped Out by Faux Coup

Should this ever actually happen, The Onion gets credit for its prescient mock-up of a hostile takeover of the American government by a militant, yet strangely familiar, enemy organization bent on ... completely obliterating the ever-increasing U.S. debt.

Posted on Aug 4, 2009 READ MORE


A Coup for Lobbyists at the White House

Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, ousted in the middle of the night just over a month ago, enjoys global support for his return, with the exception of the Obama White House.

Posted on Aug 4, 2009 READ MORE


Showdown in Honduras [A Cartoon From Germany]

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Posted on Jul 27, 2009 READ MORE


Honduras
nytimes.com

EU Suspends Aid to Honduras

More than three weeks after the coup, the European Union has decided to halt aid to Honduras. The EU refused to give coup leaders $90 million in aid after the interim government rejected its demands that power be returned to ousted President Manuel Zelaya. That rejection caused EU-Honduran talks to break down.

Posted on Jul 20, 2009 READ MORE



ABR / Ricardo Stuckert

Honduras Talks Get Lost in Costa Rica

Honduras’ coup-empowered interim government refuses to discuss any deal that involves the return of ousted President Manuel Zelaya, pictured above, despite overwhelming international and regional pressure. But Costa Rica’s Nobel Prize-winning President Oscar Arias isn’t giving up for fear that failure could lead to civil war.

Posted on Jul 20, 2009 READ MORE


Honduras Craziness [A Cartoon From Germany]

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Zelaya
blogia.com

Day-1 Honduras Talks Fail

Talks between Honduras’ President Manuel Zelaya and not-president/coup-leader Roberto Micheletti expectedly failed Thursday. Now, negotiations will fall to the staff members of each politician, as the two leaders have refused, and will refuse, to meet face to face.

Posted on Jul 10, 2009 READ MORE


Zelaya plane
AP photo / Eduardo Verdugo

Zelaya’s Plane Barred From Landing in Honduras

Ousted President Manuel Zelaya made an attempt to return home to Honduras, but he ended up doing a flyover on Sunday when authorities blocked his plane from landing at the Tegucigalpa airport. On the runway, Zelaya supporters clashed with military and police forces. At least one person was reported killed.

Posted on Jul 5, 2009 READ MORE


OAS chief
AP photo / Esteban Felix

Honduras’ Top Court Refuses to Reinstate Zelaya

The Supreme Court of Honduras, defying an order of the Organization of American States, is standing by its decision to oust former President Manuel Zelaya. The court repeated its earlier position after a two-hour meeting with OAS head Miguel Insulza on Friday. And now for the international backlash.

Posted on Jul 3, 2009 READ MORE


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