On Monday, the Turkish government arrested 51 high ranking military officers who were allegedly part of a plot to overthrow the democratically elected, Islamist-leaning government. Martin Savidge speaks with Dr. Ömer Taşpınar, the director of the Turkey Project at the Brookings Institution, for insight into the issue.
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Worldfocus producer Gizem Yarbil, who grew up in Turkey, shares her opinion about the recent detention of several high-profile Turkish military commanders. She argues it raises troubling questions about the role of the military in Turkey.
In Niger, known for its uranium and poverty, the military is in charge after a coup that removed the civilian leader. The president was taken into custody after soldiers attacked the presidential palace in Niamey. His whereabouts are unknown. The deposed leader had rolled back democratic gains and tried to extend his own power. Deutsche Welle reports.
The ruling junta in Guinea is continuing its manhunt for Lt. Aboubacar "Toumba" Diakite, who allegedly shot military ruler Moussa Camara in the head last week. During the past several days, security officials have rounded up at least 60 people suspected of involvement in the assassination attempt. Watch what three African news sources are saying about recent events.
Almost one year after a bloodless coup in the impoverished West African nation, security forces cracked down on around 50,000 protesters. Witnesses have accused the junta's soldiers of brutal murders and indiscriminate sexual assault.
PBS WIDE ANGLE's film "Once Upon a Coup" investigates the inner workings of a coup attempt in the tiny West African country of Equatorial Guinea. Discovery of a vast underwater oil reserve there caught the attention of the U.S., China and more.
International politics have never been far from the surface of the presidential crisis in Honduras, writes Worldfocus blogger Peter Eisner. The military-backed interim government that seized power from ousted President Manuel Zelaya has enlisted the help of Washington elites.
Honduran political cartoonist Allan McDonald, who had published several cartoons in support of ousted leader Manuel Zelaya, was arrested and detained by the Honduran armed forces, who destroyed his materials and cartoons. He joined Worldfocus to describe his experience.
On Sunday in Honduras, there was a violent clash at the airport in the capital city of Tegucigalpa when a plane carrying ousted and exiled leader Manuel Zelaya was turned away. A Worldfocus contributing blogger in Santa Rosa de Copán describes the tense climate in Honduras.
Garrick Utley of the State University of New York and Ian Bremmer of the Eurasia Group discuss the week's top stories: The U.S. offensive in Afghanistan, the American pullback in Iraq and unrest in Honduras.