Crazies, Cowards and the Trump Coup

We need moral courage, but it’s very rare.

#coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #democratic-party, #republican-party, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #treason-and-sedition, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden Should Cut Off the Gas Revenues That Fund Myanmar’s Junta

He should cut off the gas revenues that fund Myanmar’s junta.

#aung-san-suu-kyi, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #chevron-corporation, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #min-aung-hlaing, #myanmar, #rohingya-ethnic-group, #tatmadaw-myanmar, #total-sa, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Jan. 6 Hearings Underscore Hard Truths About Democracy

When political leaders face a constitutional crisis, like that of Jan. 6, the process of collectively deciding how to respond can be messy, arbitrary, and sometimes change the nature of the system itself.

#coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #elections, #latin-america, #politics-and-government, #presidential-transition-us, #project-democracy, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

Assassinations Become Weapon of Choice for Guerrilla Groups in Myanmar

A movement to restore democracy has evolved into deadly warfare between a ruthless military and a resistance force with limited weaponry.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #myanmar, #peoples-defense-force-myanmar, #politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Love Songs and Tear Gas in a Tense Sudan Ramadan

“We come to forget it all,” one young musician said during the daily end of the fast. “The heat, the electricity cuts, the protests. Here, at least, we can sing.”

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Aung San Suu Kyi Found Guilty in Myanmar Ahead of Biden Summit

The elected civilian leader, who was detained in a military coup last year, was sentenced to five years in prison in a corruption trial that was closed to the public.

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Myanmar’s Health System Is in Collapse, ‘Obliterated’ by the Regime

The country is also now one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a medical worker. At least 30 doctors have been killed since the coup, a rights group says.

#assistance-assn-for-political-prisoners, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #doctors, #hospitals, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #myanmar, #vaccination-and-immunization

Ex-Leader of Burkina Faso Convicted in Killing of Predecessor

A military tribunal sentenced former President Blaise Compaoré, who is now in exile, to life imprisonment for his role in the 1987 killing of Thomas Sankara.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #burkina-faso, #compaore-blaise, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #diendere-gilbert-1960, #sankara-thomas

The government wants Thailand’s…

The government wants Thailand’s capital to be known around the world as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon (Bangkok). Thais don’t object to the name, but they’d prefer their leaders focus on fixing the economy.

#bangkok-thailand, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #names-geographical, #politics-and-government, #royal-families, #thailand, #vajiralongkorn-1952

Myanmar Junta Holding 10,000 Political Prisoners

Most are held in deplorable conditions and face certain conviction at trial. Rights groups say the Southeast Asian nation now has the worst human rights conditions in the region.

#assistance-assn-for-political-prisoners, #aung-san-suu-kyi, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #detainees, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #myanmar, #national-league-for-democracy-myanmar, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #prisons-and-prisoners, #torture, #win-myint

Assassinated in His Prime, an Iconic African Leader Haunts a Trial and His Country

Thirty-five years after the killing of President Thomas Sankara of Burkina Faso, his supporters hope for justice. But the full truth about the murder, including any foreign role, is elusive.

#africa, #assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #burkina-faso, #compaore-blaise, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #france, #kabore-roch-marc-christian, #sankara-thomas

France and Allies to Begin Withdrawal From Mali

The military campaign was supposed to last only a few weeks, but French soldiers have been fighting insurgents in the African country for a decade.

#coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #mali, #sahel-africa

U.S. Warns of Grim Toll if Putin Pursues Full Invasion of Ukraine

Biden administration officials told lawmakers that a large-scale Russian invasion could kill as many as 50,000 civilians and prompt a refugee crisis in Europe.

#coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Amid Coups and Covid, Africa Focuses on What’s Most Important: Soccer

Many countries competing in the Africa Cup of Nations are enduring security, economic and political crises, but the tournament offers visions of unity, solidarity and joy.

#africa, #african-cup-of-nations-soccer, #burkina-faso, #cameroon, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #fans-persons, #senegal, #soccer

Africa Cup of Nations: Soccer Tournament Offers Joy Amid Coups and Covid

Many countries competing in the Africa Cup of Nations are enduring security, economic and political crises, but the tournament offers visions of unity, solidarity and joy.

#africa, #african-cup-of-nations-soccer, #burkina-faso, #cameroon, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #fans-persons, #senegal, #soccer

Gunfire in Guinea-Bissau Prompts Fears of Another Coup in Africa

The small coastal country in West Africa has experienced four coups and at least a dozen attempted takeovers since it gained independence from Portugal nearly 50 years ago.

#africa, #burkina-faso, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #economic-community-of-west-african-states-ecowas, #guinea-bissau, #umaro-sissoco-embalo

Myanmar Is Mired in Conflict and Chaos a Year After a Coup

Daily protests, once loud and colorful, have been replaced by an eerie quiet. To mark the anniversary of the military takeover, protest leaders have called for a “silent strike.”

#assn-of-southeast-asian-nations, #aung-san-suu-kyi, #civilian-casualties, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #humanitarian-aid, #karen-national-union, #min-aung-hlaing, #myanmar, #national-unity-government-myanmar

Burkina Faso and 5 Other Coups in Africa, Explained

Burkina Faso this week joined a list of countries that have recently experienced military takeovers — most plagued by insecurity, poor governance and frustrated youth. But there’s no one-size-fits-all explanation.

#africa, #burkina-faso, #chad, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #economic-community-of-west-african-states-ecowas, #guinea, #mali, #sudan

Smedley Butler, America’s Wars, and the Threat to Democracy

The life of Smedley Butler shows us that we can’t fix American democracy without reckoning with its military interventions.

#coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #roosevelt-franklin-delano, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps, #united-states-politics-and-government

After Coup in Burkina Faso, Protesters Turn to Russia for Help

Fed up with the failure of their government, and France, to stop the violence caused by militants, some citizens now call for Russia to intervene.

#burkina-faso, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #damiba-paul-henri-sandaogo, #france, #kabore-roch-marc-christian, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #russia, #wagner-group

Burkina Faso President Ousted in Military Coup

Mutinous officers said the public was fed up with President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré because of his inability to stop attacks by Islamist militants.

#burkina-faso, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #kabore-roch-marc-christian, #politics-and-government, #terrorism

Britain Says Moscow Is Plotting to Install a Pro-Russian Leader in Ukraine

In a highly unusual public statement, backed by U.S. officials, London named the putative head of a potential puppet government but few other details.

#blinken-antony-j, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #manafort-paul-j, #putin-vladimir-v, #ukraine

Sudan’s Security Forces Kill Protesters as U.S. Diplomats’ Visit Nears

Seven people died after being shot at demonstrations in the northeast African country, a doctors’ group said, bringing the civilian death toll since the military seized back power to 71.

#al-burhan-abdel-fattah, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #deaths-fatalities, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #hamdok-abdalla, #khartoum-sudan, #politics-and-government, #sudan, #united-states-international-relations

Pay Your Power Bill, Myanmar Soldiers Say, or Pay With Your Life

Facing a huge loss of revenue amid economic turmoil, the military has sent soldiers to act as debt collectors.

#coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #electric-light-and-power, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #myanmar, #recession-and-depression

Haitian Prime Minister Had Close Links With Murder Suspect

New evidence suggests the man who took over from Haiti’s murdered president had close links to a prime suspect in the assassination — and that the two stayed in contact even after the crime.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #haiti, #henry-ariel, #moise-jovenel-1968

Aung San Suu Kyi Gets 4 Years on Walkie-Talkie and Covid Charges

Myanmar’s ousted civilian leader was convicted on three more counts, which her defenders said were politically motivated.

#aung-san-suu-kyi, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #min-aung-hlaing, #national-league-for-democracy-myanmar, #national-unity-government-myanmar, #politics-and-government, #rohingya-ethnic-group, #tatmadaw-myanmar, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #win-myint

Christian Nationalism Is One of Trump’s Most Powerful Weapons

And it is still being wielded in service of Trump’s fictions.

#coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #falwell-jerry, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

Sudan Braces for ‘the Worst’ after Prime Minister Resigns

With the departure of the civilian prime minister Abdalla Hamdok on Sunday, the military and security forces are now fully in control of Sudan again.

#al-burhan-abdel-fattah, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #hamdok-abdalla, #international-relations, #khartoum-sudan, #politics-and-government, #sudan

Sudan’s Prime Minister, Abdalla Hamdok, Resigns

Mr. Hamdok was restored to power a month ago after being deposed in a coup, but he was never able to gain control of the fractious country.

#coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #hamdok-abdalla, #politics-and-government, #sudan

Stay or Go? For Myanmar’s Latest Wave of Refugees, There’s No Good Choice.

Hundreds of thousands who fled deadly unrest at home confront an uncertain future abroad. Yet for many who remained, conditions are dire.

#coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #farkawn-india, #humanitarian-aid, #india, #myanmar, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #tatmadaw-myanmar

လိမ္မာပါးနပ်သည်၊ နှစ်လိုခင်မင်ဖွယ်ကောင်းသည်၊ ကြမ်းကြုတ်သော စစ်တပ်တစ်တပ်ကို တိတ်တဆိတ် လက်နက်တပ်ဆင်ပေးနေသည်။

ဗမာ-အိုင်ယာလန် ကပြားမိသားစုတစ်စုက ပိတ်ဆို့အရေးယူမှု စစ်ဆေးမှုများကို ရှောင်ကွင်းလျက် မြန်မာ စစ်အစိုးရအတွက် လေယာဉ်များ၊ ကာကွယ်ရေး ရေဒါ၊ အခြားနည်းပညာနှင့် ကိရိယာများကို ကူညီဝယ်ယူ ပေးနေသော်လည်း အမြဲသူတော်ကောင်းစကားသာ ဆိုကြလေသည်။

#arms-trade, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #kyaw-thaung-jonathan, #kyaw-thaung-moe, #min-aung-hlaing, #myanmar, #politics-and-government, #tatmadaw-myanmar

In Myanmar, a Notable Burmese Family Quietly Equipped a Brutal Military

A Burmese-Irish family said all the right things, even as it helped Myanmar’s rulers avoid sanctions scrutiny in buying airplanes, defense radar and more.

#arms-trade, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #kyaw-thaung-jonathan, #kyaw-thaung-moe, #min-aung-hlaing, #myanmar, #politics-and-government, #tatmadaw-myanmar, #u-moe-kyaw-thaung

As U.S. Navigates Crisis in Haiti, a Bloody History Looms Large

American policy decisions are vital to understanding Haiti’s political instability, and why it remains the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

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‘I Didn’t Look Like a Human’: Journalist Tells of Myanmar Torture

When Ko Aung Kyaw erased his cellphone contacts to protect his sources, he knew his interrogators would make him pay a horrific price. He did it anyway.

#aung-kyaw, #content-type-personal-profile, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #freedom-of-the-press, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #interrogations, #myanmar, #political-prisoners, #prisons-and-prisoners, #torture

Aung San Suu Kyi Falls, but Myanmar’s Democratic Hopes Move On

The ousted civilian leader faces years in custody after being sentenced on the first of several charges. In her absence, a new generation of younger, more progressive politicians is emerging.

#aung-san-suu-kyi, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #myanmar, #national-unity-government, #politics-and-government

Fatalities Reported After Military Truck Rams Protesters in Myanmar

Witnesses said soldiers also fired into the crowd and kicked wounded demonstrators, the latest in a series of confrontations in which the military’s behavior has infuriated citizens.

#aung-san-suu-kyi, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #myanmar, #yangon-myanmar

Sudan’s Military Agrees to Reinstate Civilian Prime Minister, Mediator Says

The deal to reinstate Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, announced by a mediator, was reached hours before a planned new wave of protests against the Oct. 25 coup.

#al-burhan-abdel-fattah, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #hamdok-abdalla, #khartoum-sudan, #political-prisoners, #sudan

Myanmar’s Notorious Army Is Facing a Morale Crisis

The number of defectors, while not enough to topple the Tatmadaw, is growing, galvanized by the nationwide anti-coup movement.

#coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defectors-political, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #min-aung-hlaing, #myanmar, #tatmadaw-myanmar

U.S. Journalist Danny Fenster Is Freed From Myanmar Prison

The release was a rare positive development in the country, which has been torn apart by violence since a February coup.

#coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #fenster-danny, #min-aung-hlaing, #myanmar, #political-prisoners, #richardson-bill

Sudanese Security Forces Fire on Protesters as Military Tightens Grip

One person was killed and several wounded as riot police fired bullets at demonstrators in Sudan’s capital, two days after the army chief signed a contentious decree.

#al-burhan-abdel-fattah, #bashir-omar-hassan-al, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #hamdok-abdalla, #khartoum-sudan, #sudan, #united-states-international-relations

Sudan’s Top General Entrenches Military Coup, Frustrating Western Efforts

A little over two weeks after seizing power, Sudan’s top general created a new ruling body led by himself. The civilian prime minister remains under house arrest.

#al-burhan-abdel-fattah, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #politics-and-government, #sudan

U.N. Rights Panel Pressures Sudan Over Coup

The Human Rights Council appointed an expert to investigate abuses in the country since the military seized power on Oct. 25, and members called for the prime minister’s release.

#bachelet-michelle, #bashir-omar-hassan-al, #civilian-casualties, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #farhan-haq, #guterres-antonio, #hamdok-abdalla, #international-criminal-court, #international-relations, #politics-and-government, #sudan, #united-nations, #united-nations-human-rights-council, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

The Coup in Sudan Can Be Stopped

The counterrevolution can still be reversed.

#al-burhan-abdel-fattah, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #sudan, #united-states

Sudan’s Prime Minister Is Detained at Home of General Who Led Coup

Protesters demanding civilian rule flooded into the streets of major cities a day after a military takeover. Many schools, banks and shops shut, answering a call for civil disobedience from pro-democracy groups.

#al-burhan-abdel-fattah, #bashir-omar-hassan-al, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #khartoum-sudan, #sudan

Aung San Suu Kyi to Defend Herself in Myanmar ‘Show Trial’

The United Nations has described the charges against the former leader as politically motivated. If convicted, she could face a maximum of 102 years in prison.

#assn-of-southeast-asian-nations, #aung-san-suu-kyi, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #min-aung-hlaing, #myanmar, #national-league-for-democracy-myanmar, #naypyidaw-myanmar, #political-prisoners

Sudan’s Shuttered Capital Pauses Before a Fresh Day of Protest

Schools, banks and shops shut in the capital, Khartoum, and other cities in response to a call for civil disobedience from pro-democracy groups, a day after a military coup.

#al-burhan-abdel-fattah, #bashir-omar-hassan-al, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #khartoum-sudan, #sudan

Sudan’s Military Seizes Power, Casting Democratic Transition Into Chaos

Civilian and military leaders were supposed to share power after a popular uprising in 2019 overthrew a decades-long dictatorship. On Monday the military detained the civilian prime minister.

#al-burhan-abdel-fattah, #bashir-omar-hassan-al, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #hamdok-abdalla, #sudan

Sudan Rocked by Protests Amid Warnings of a Coup

Demonstrators burned tires and chanted slogans in the capital, Khartoum, and there was a “significant disruption” to the internet.

#africa, #bashir-omar-hassan-al, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #sudan

Myanmar Announces Amnesty for Thousands of Anti-Coup Protesters

The junta, which seized power in February, said it was releasing the prisoners to mark the Lighting Festival, a three-day holiday that begins Tuesday.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #assn-of-southeast-asian-nations, #aung-san-suu-kyi, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #min-aung-hlaing, #myanmar, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government

Who Killed Thomas Sankara? Trial Opens, 34 Years After His Death.

The president of the West African nation of Burkina Faso, an anticolonial leader celebrated across the continent, was assassinated in 1987. Now 14 men, including the president who took his place, are on trial.

#africa, #assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #burkina-faso, #compaore-blaise, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #sankara-thomas