Now Turkey is bombing Kurdish-led revolutionaries in Syria — with Western complicity

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Tony Iltis. Posted on The Green Left on April 28. Turkish war planes launched air strikes against Syria and Iraq on April 24. For months local and foreign…

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Fear and Loathing in Turkey: The Backstory to Erdoğan’s Referendum

Monday, May 1, 2017

Ümit Cizre, Merip Report. This article was first posted on Merip Report on April 26, 2017. Shortly after the failed coup attempt of July 16, 2016 in Turkey,…

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‘No’ – it’s not over yet! The AKP government in crisis following rigged referendum.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Esen Uslu, Weekly Worker. The shambles that followed the April 16 referendum to amend the constitution confirmed the widely held expectations of the left: president Recep Tayyip Erdogan…

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The freedom to say “No”: Interview with dismissed Turkish academic and Yeniyol editor Uraz Aydin

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

This interview was posted on Links International from Left East before the constitutional referendum in Turkey. However, it covers many points that remain relevant regardless of the result…

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Iran in crosshairs as Syrian war winds down

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Ali Hashem, Al Monitor. A new wave of violence seems to be shaking the fragile truce in Syria. On March 19, opposition groups launched a surprise attack on Damascus in apparent coordination with a…

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The most expensive weapon ever built

Friday, March 24, 2017

Daniel Soar, London Review of Books. On the night of 12 January, there was a series of explosions at Mezzeh military airport on the outskirts of Damascus. A…

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Between Slow and Sudden Death in Turkey

Monday, March 20, 2017

This article was originally published by the Committee for Human Rights of the American Anthropological Association and  reprinted in Jadaliyya on March 17, 2017. On 25 February 2017,…

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All or nothing: Erdoğan is going for bust in an attempt to cling onto power,

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Esen Uslu, Weekly Worker. The winds of change sweeping the turbulent waters of Turkish politics have been pounding president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rocking and rolling caïque and driving…

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Turkey’s Fragile Bonapartism

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Barış Yıldırım and Foti Bensiloy, Left Voice. Turkey may hold a referendum on the transition to an authoritarian presidential system as soon as late March; however, Erdoğan’s Bonapartist…

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The fall of Aleppo

Friday, December 16, 2016

Sam Hamad, The New Arab. The fall of Aleppo to pro-Assad militias is a catastrophic blow to the revolutionary forces in Syria. Of this there is no doubt. Even…

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Why schools have become a battleground in Turkey

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Scott Peterson, Christian Science Monitor. When Turkey’s teachers returned to school in September, they found their numbers decimated by expulsions, more than half their textbooks gone, and some…

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Turkey and the Road to Genocide

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Djene Bajalan, Jacobin. On Sunday, April 24, 1915, Ottoman minister of the interior, Talat Pasha, ordered the arrest and detention of Armenian community leaders residing within the empire….

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Only power rules: Turkey after the failed coup

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Nick Ashdown, Los Angeles Review of Books. There are some things I remember about the night of July 15 in Istanbul. I was with my then girlfriend and…

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Turkey: HDP on the arrests of party co-chairs and MPs and the eradication of rule of law

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Hişyar Özsoy and Aysel Tuğluk, Links. This brief presents an overview of the illegality of the entire political and judicial process leading up to the arrest of our…

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Amid Mosul offensive, Turkey denounces US policy, stakes claims in Balkans

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Alex Lantier, World Socialist Web Site. The US-directed attack on Mosul and fallout from the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in July, backed by Washington and…

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The Kurdish Question Then and Now

Friday, October 14, 2016

Semir Amin, Monthly Review. The political chaos that has recently dominated the scene in the Middle East is expressed, among other ways, by the violent resurgence of the…

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Will Turkey be dragged deeper into Syria?

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Kadri Gursel, Al Monitor. The main determinant for Turkey’s Operation Euphrates Shield in Syria, launched Aug. 23 in cooperation with Ankara-sponsored jihadi groups, was not the threat posed…

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On Turkish-American Cooperation in northern Syria

Monday, September 19, 2016

Defend Democracy. On September 7th, the Turkish president Erdogan made an important statement on the results of talks with the US President Barack Obama at the G20 summit…

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PKK foreign relations head speaks out

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Mohamed Noureddine Al-Monitor The Kurds have been the most oppressed people of the region for the past 100 years. Although they have a strong, ancient and well-established presence…

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Five years after the Arab uprisings: An interview with Asef Bayat

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Özgür Gökmen, Jadaliyya. Özgür Gökmen (ÖG): In Life as Politics you refer to the dangers of foreign intervention more than once. Expectations were not high but there was…

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Bombers Over Hasakah: Assad Clashes With the Kurds

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Aron Lund, Carnegie Middle East Center. On Thursday August 18, the Syrian Air Force struck several targets in the provincial capital of Hasakah in eastern Syria. It was…

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Coup and counter-coup in Turkey and Kurdistan

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Sarah Parker and Phil Hearse, Links. The dramatic events of 15/16 July created an international shock wave: this was, contrary to some initial opinions, a very serious coup…

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What’s behind AKP’s allegations of Gulen-PKK ties?

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Irfan Aktan/Timur Göksel, Al Monitor. Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) government, which stepped up operations against the Fethullah Gulen movement after the July 15 coup attempt, is now…

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How Turkey’s Reconciliation Deal with Israel Harms the Palestinians

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Jeremy R Hammond, Counterpunch. With Israel and Turkey having announced a reconciliation agreement this week, Turkey is portraying itself as a protector of the oppressed by arguing that…

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Turkey, Opposing the Coup, Surviving Erdogan

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Joseph Daher, Peace News. On the night of Friday to Saturday, July 15-16, a fraction of the Turkish army attempted a military coup against the AKP government. It…

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A Coup Foretold (Turkey and the Neocons)

Monday, August 1, 2016

Dimitris Konstantakopoulos, Defend Democracy Press. Some hours before the Brussels terror attacks, on the other side of the Atlantic, a rather astonishing article was posted on the website…

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The fall of the Turkish model: Book review

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Ece Temelkuran reviews book in New Left Review Fall of the Turkish model, by Cihan Tuğal, Verso books, 2016 If Cihan Tuğal’s book was filmed as a political…

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It’s the will of the Turkish people, Erdogan says. But which people?

Thursday, July 28, 2016

 Ayça Çubukçu, The Guardian. There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen,” Lenin said. Turkey is having weeks like that. After the failed…

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Turkey: Stand against freedom violations

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

European Federations of Journalists. Attacks targeting the media in Turkey have led the International and European Federations of Journalists (IFJ/EFJ) to alert the Council of Europe about a…

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Erdoğan’s counter-coup coup in Turkey

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Esen Uslu, Weekly Worker. When I was writing the following lines two years ago, I was almost able to see the smirk on the face of some of…

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