Celebrations and Dangers for Egypt’s Revolutions

Celebrations and Dangers for Egypt’s Revolutions

The democracy of the street–which 16 months ago led to the overthrow of the longstanding President Hosni Mubarak–is claiming the same kind of people’s victory in the overthrow of Morsi. There are similarities. Like in 2011, the military’s move against the...
Changing of the Guard All Too Common in the Central African Republic

Changing of the Guard All Too Common in the Central African Republic

Described by journalist Graeme Wood as a “black hole of governance at the center of the continent,” the Central African Republic has been plagued by conflict and coups since its birth. In the most recent unrest, President Francois Bozize (who himself led a...
Chavez: Lest We Forget

Chavez: Lest We Forget

In early December 2001, I was searching through my files looking for a column topic. At the time I was writing on foreign policy for the San Francisco Examiner, one of the town’s two dailies. A back page clip I had filed and forgotten caught my attention: on...
Coups Return to Latin America

Coups Return to Latin America

On June 22, the Paraguayan Congress impeached President Fernando Lugo, a progressive who assumed office in 2008. Although technically legal, Lugo’s removal threatens the very integrity of democracy in Paraguay. It is the latest in a disconcerting series of...

Media, Power and Politics in Venezuela: Inside the Coup 2002

You are invited to a talk with award-winning Venezuelan journalist Ernesto Villegas Poljak as he discusses his new book, Abril Golpe Adentro (Inside the April Coup). Mr. Poljak is currently the editor-in-chief of the daily newspaper Ciudad Caracas and has also written...

Honduran Coup: The U.S. Connection

While the Obama administration was careful to distance itself from the recent coup in Honduras — condemning the expulsion of President Manuel Zelaya to Costa Rica, revoking Honduran officials’ visas, and shutting off aid — that doesn’t mean...

Electoral Hypocrisy in Latin America

Honduras has been violently crumbling into a state of political crisis since the coup that ousted President Manuel Zelaya on June 28. The disaster Honduras faces today stands in stark contrast with the political climate in Colombia, even though they have faced similar...
Honduras: A Broken System

Honduras: A Broken System

President Manuel Zelaya and his opponents now in charge in Honduras remain in a standoff. Inside the country, supporters of both sides are waging mass protests, while concerns continue regarding media censorship. This crisis provides an opportunity to look more...

Behind the Honduran Coup

On the morning of June 28, masked soldiers burst into the home of Honduran President Manuel “Mel” Zelaya and forced the elected head of state onto a plane out of the country. Later that day, the Honduran congress overwhelmingly elected its speaker Roberto...

Thailand: The Certainty of Uncertainty

Three prime ministers in three months. Two airports in the Thai capital blockaded for a week. Protesters twice booting out of office an elected government. All of these scenes in Thailand’s political drama unfolded in less than a year. The only political...

Pakistans Wounded Dictator

After more than two weeks of supreme military command, Pakistan’s General Pervez Musharraf has had enough. Enough of international pressure to lift martial law, that is. Claiming to “have introduced the essence of democracy in Pakistan, whether anyone...

Rule of Force vs. Rule of Law in Pakistan

In a desperate bid to stay in power, General Pervez Musharraf has staged a coup against the rule of law in Pakistan. His declaration of martial law, suspension of the constitution and basic rights was aimed at overthrowing Pakistan’s Supreme Court, which was...

The Thai Coup

Even before the military ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on September 19, Thai democracy was in severe crisis. The country had suffered a succession of elected but do-nothing or exceedingly corrupt regimes. The International Monetary Fund (IMF), which for all...
A Siamese Tragedy

A Siamese Tragedy

The military coup in Thailand is the second high-profile collapse of a democracy in the developing world in the last seven years. The first was the coup in Pakistan in October 1999 that brought General Pervez Musharraf to power. There are some disturbing parallels...
Oil Trip

Oil Trip

It is almost impossible to imagine, as we sit in a well-lit, fully functioning gas station on Main Street, USA, that a community blessed with oil riches under its soil could look as impoverished as Yenagoa in the Nigerian state of Bayelsa. Yenagoa is the site of one...