Yemen’s government just collapsed — Here’s why it matters

Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, along with his prime minister and cabinet, resigned Thursday following days of clashes with a rebel group known as the Houthis. While international observers attempt to parse the outcome of government’s collapse, one thing is certain: The country is entering yet another period of turmoil in a seemingly endless cycle of political crises.

How this could spell trouble for the U.S. 

Coup Plot in Venezuela Thwarted

A coup plot against the Venezuelan government has been foiled, with both civilians and members of the military detained, President Nicolas Maduro revealed Thursday in a televised address.

Those involved were being paid in U.S. dollars, and one of the suspects had been granted a visa to enter the United States should the plot fail, Maduro said.

Venezuela’s president stated that the coup plotters already had a “transitional” government and program lined up once the plan, which included bombings on the Miraflores Palace and the teleSUR offices in Caracas, as well as assassinations of members of the opposition, Maduro and others, was carried out.

Maduro explained that a video of masked military officials speaking out against the government had been recorded, which was set to be released after the planned assassination was carried out.

Venezuelan Minister of Defense Vladimir Padrino Lopez stated via his Twitter account that the armed forces remain loyal to the constitutional government.

Tank in front of Fa'iq Hassan’s mural “Peace”, following the February coup, al-Tayaran Square, Baghdad, 1963

دبابة أمام جدارية فائق حسن “السلام"، بعد إنقلاب شباط، ساحة الطيران، بغداد، ١٩٦٣

Archaeologists find traces of violent coup in ancient Kingdom of Bosporus

ANAPA, DECEMBER, 2015 – The Volnoe Delo Oleg Deripaska Foundation, one of the largest private charities in Russia, has announced that Russian archaeologists working at the site of the ancient Greek city of Phanagoria near the Black Sea have discovered traces of a violent coup at the site, which at one time was the capital of the Kingdom of Bosporus in the 5th-4th century BC.

Following the Foundation-supported 12th archaeological season at the site of ancient Phanagoria, archaeologists reached ancient layers dating back to the 6th-5th century BC. They unearthed fragments of a city destroyed by a massive fire in 480-470 BC. It matches historic chronicles about power transition in the Kingdom of Bosporus when a Thracian dynasty of Spartocids deposed the ruling Archaeanactids dynasty in the 5th century BC. 

The discovery suggests that the ruling dynasty’s takeover was accompanied by violent clashes that destroyed the entire city. Read more.
Washington Was Behind Ukraine Coup: Obama admits US 'Brokered Deal' for Regime Change

On Sunday, US President Barack Obama, in an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakiria, explained that the United States “brokered a deal to transition power in Ukraine.” The US President said that Russian President Vladimir Putin made his decision to legally annex Crimea “not because of some grand strategy, but essentially because he was caught off-balance by the protests in the Maidan.”