Coup d'etat

Mourners pray for the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej during the procession transferring the relics and his ashes from the Grand Palace to a local temple in Bangkok on Oct. 29. (Ye Aung/AFP/Getty Images)

The King Is Dead, and Thailand’s Storybook Monarchy Might Be Next

As Thailand mourns its revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the public braces for an uncertain future.

Anti-government activists stand near a barricade burning in flames in Venezuela's third city, Valencia, on August 6, 2017, a day after a new assembly with supreme powers and loyal to President Nicolas Maduro started functioning in the country.
In the video posted online earlier, allegedly at an army base used by the National Bolivarian Armed Forces in Valencia, a man presenting himself as an army captain declared a "legitimate rebellion... to reject the murderous tyranny of Nicolas Maduro" and demanded a transitional government and "free elections." After the video surfaced, military chiefs said troops had put down the "terrorist" attack.

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Venezuela Quells Military Uprising, Fires Outspoken Government Critic

The protest-rocked country could face a fresh round of U.S. economic sanctions.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a ceremony marking the last year's failed coup, at the Bestepe People's Culture and Congress Centre in Ankara, on July 13, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN        (Photo credit should read ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images)

First, They Came for the Gulenists

Erdogan isn’t the root of Turkey’s troubles. It’s a deep-seated cycle of repression and revenge — with no end in sight.

TOPSHOT - EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / Turkish anti riot police officers escort Turkish soldiers who allegedly took part in a military coup as they are leaving the courthouse at Bakirkoy district in Istanbul on July 16, 2016. 
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan battled to regain control over Turkey on July 16, 2016 after a coup that claimed more than 250 lives, bid by discontented soldiers, as signs grew that the most serious challenge to his 13 years of dominant rule was faltering. / AFP / OZAN KOSE        (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkey’s Post-Coup Purge and Erdogan’s Private Army

The Turkish president has brutally cleansed ranks and is building a new army with some strange bedfellows.

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On a Mission to Mars, Imprisoned in Turkey

The Kafkaesque trial of a U.S. NASA scientist — accused of being a coup-plotter — shows just how paranoid the Turkish judiciary has become.

TOPSHOT - Pro-Erdogan supporters react during a protest at the Sarchane park in Istanbul on July 19, 2016. 
The Turkish army said on July 19 that the vast majority of its members had no links with the July 15 attempted coup and warned that the putschists would face severe punishment. The armed forces blamed the "Fethullah Terrorist Organisation" (FETO) for the failed putsch, referring to Fethullah Gulen, a one-time ally turned foe of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey's prime minister said on July 19 his government had sent four files to the United States, as Ankara seeks the extradition of US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen. / AFP / ARIS MESSINIS        (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

The United States Should Extradite Fetullah Gülen

It is clear to the government of Turkey that the Pennsylvania cleric is a coup plotter. Donald Trump should honor our request to bring him to justice.

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First Major Trials Begin for the Failed Turkey Coup

But post-coup crackdowns that worry international observers continue unabated.

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY PIERRE CELERIER  (FILES) -- In a file picture taken in January 1979, Iranian protestors hold a up a poster of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini during a demonstration in Tehran against the Shah. Iran will begin 10 days of celebrations on February 1, 2009, marking the 30th anniversary of the return of the exiled Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and the revolution which toppled the US-backed shah.  (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

What Erdogan and Khomeini Have in Common

The Turkish president’s post-coup crackdowns are following in the footsteps of Iran’s Islamic revolution.

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Here’s How to Stop Turkey’s Anti-American Turn

Turks are wondering if the United States was behind the coup to overthrow Erdogan. And Washington should realize they have good reasons to worry.

ADANA, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 06: The U.S. deploys six F-15 fighters jets to the Incirlik Air Base in Adana, Turkey as a part of Washington's adjustments to an anti-Daesh campaign, on November 06, 2015. (Photo by Incirlik Air Base/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

No, the U.S. Is Not Moving Its Nukes From Turkey to Romania

Romania dismisses baseless report alleging it will now host American nuclear weapons

PATTANI, THAILAND - AUGUST 19: A Thai soldier casts his vote in Thailand's first referendum for a new draft constitution on August 19, 2007 in Pattani Province, Thailand. Some 45 million voters were asked to vote in the kingdon's first-ever referendum to accept or reject a constitution drafted by the military-appointed committee in the wake of September 19, 2006 coup that ousted former premier Thaksin Shinawatra.  (Photo by Chumsak Kanoknan/Getty Images)

How to Get the Public to Enshrine the Power of Your Military Junta: Thailand Edition

Getting the voting public to approve your constitutional rewrite can be trying work.

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This Turkish NBA Star’s Family Cut Ties with Him Over His Support for Gulen

Enes Kanter's family has disowned him over the NBA player's support for Fethullah Gulen.

Scenes from faith University in Istanbul, Turkey. The University one of the learning establishments founded by the Gulen movement, or Cemaat, an organization that champions math and sciences. The organization is run by a reclusive cleric based in the US named Fethullah Gulen. The movement is in current conflict with the ruling AKP party, and its had Prime Minister Erdogan in Turkey. (Photo by )

Fethullah Gulen’s Race to the Top Is Over

The Turkish cleric's decades-long plan to use schools to acquire political power and cultural influence has ended in shambles.

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - JULY 17 : President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C) speaks to press members after performing Eid al-Fitr prayer at Mimar Sinan Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey on July 17, 2015. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Fitr (Ramadan Holiday) as the fasting during Ramadan Month finishes. (Photo by )

Erdogan’s Purge Is a Sectarian War

The alliance between Erdogan and Gulen came apart because it's impossible to reconcile their rival interpretations of Islam — and Islamism.

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