Today in Middle Eastern history: Iraq’s Ramadan Revolution (1963)

The Ramadan Revolution–don’t let the name fool you, it’s really a coup that got good branding–is the middle chapter in a trilogy of coups, from 1958 to 1968, that transitioned Iraq from a Hashemite-run monarchy to a Baathist-run republic. Obviously the third one doesn’t really matter for our purposes here, but we should briefly review… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: Iraq’s Ramadan Revolution (1963)

Today in Middle Eastern history: the 1966 Syrian coup

Syria’s road from French colony (er, I mean “protectorate” or whatever) to the mess it is today was littered with coups d’état: three in 1949, one each in 1951, 1954, 1961, 1963, and 1966, and finally the 1970 Corrective Movement that brought Hafez al-Assad to power. I’m probably missing a couple somewhere along the way.… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the 1966 Syrian coup

Today in Middle Eastern history: Iraq’s Ramadan Revolution (1963)

The Ramadan Revolution–don’t let the name fool you, it’s really a coup that got good branding–is the middle chapter in a trilogy of coups, from 1958 to 1968, that transitioned Iraq from a Hashemite-run monarchy to a Baathist-run republic. Obviously the third one doesn’t really matter for our purposes here, but we should briefly review… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: Iraq’s Ramadan Revolution (1963)