The Wounds of Afrin, the Promise of Rojava: an Interview with Nazan Üstündağ

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Nazan Üstündağ. Posted LeftEast Februry 14, 2018. LeftEast interviewed sociologist and feminist Nazan Üstündağ on Afrin, Rojava and the social stakes of the resistance to Turkey’s current military…

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The Story Behind the Rise of Turkey’s Ulema

Friday, February 16, 2018

Ceren Lord. Posted by MERIP on February 4, 2018. At the heart of the controversy over Islamization in Turkey has been the accelerated rise and visibility of the…

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Shifting Relations Between Turkey and the U.S. and the State of the Turkish Left

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

 Foti Benlisoy. Posted on left voice January 4, 2018. Left Voice recently spoke with Foti Benlisoy of Başlangıç Dergisi, a socialist organization in Turkey, to discuss the political…

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On the front line in Syria, a confusing conversation with a doctor who may be an official of the YPG

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Robert Fisk. Posted by the Independent on February 2, 2018. Dr Heddo – trained as a doctor at the Aleppo medical school, he confided – wouldn’t exactly confirm…

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Female Kurdish Fighter Kills Turkish Troops in Likely Suicide Bombing in Syria

Monday, January 29, 2018

Rod Nordland. Posted on New York Times, January 28, 2018. QAMISHLI, Syria — A female Kurdish fighter carried out what appeared to be a suicide bombing attack on…

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Showdown in Afrin: Turkey’s Attack on Syria’s Kurds Threatens That Country’s Most Democratic, Pluralist Force

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Meredith Tax. Posted on the Nation 26th January 2018. The Kurds have said they will fight to the death before they give up an inch of Afrin. Last…

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The next Kurdish war is on the horizon – Turkey and Syria will never allow it to create a mini-state

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Robert Fisk. Posted on the Independent January 22, 2018.   Syria cannot countenance Kurdish presence on its territory and Turkey cannot tolerate a Kurdish enclave along its southern…

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Shifting Relations Between Turkey and the U.S. and the State of the Turkish Left

Saturday, January 13, 2018

 Foti Benlisoy. Posted on Left Voice on January 4, 2018. Foti Benlisoy describes the rising authoritarianism in Turkey after the 2017 referendum, the role of Turkey in the…

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A Looming Crisis for Turkey’s President

Friday, December 22, 2017

Conn Hallinan. Posted on Znet on December 21, 2017. Viewed one way, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan looks unassailable: He weathered last year’s coup attempt, jailed more than…

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Russia’s multilayered Syrian diplomacy worries Iran

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Hamidreza Azizi. Posted by al Monitor on December 6, 2017. TEHRAN, Iran — The Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi, widely known for its tourist attractions, has recently…

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Tukey’s New Left

Monday, November 27, 2017

Cengiz Gunez. Posted by New Left Review 107, September-October 2017. In the Turkish general election of June 2015, the left-wing Peoples’ Democratic Party (hdp) won 13 per cent…

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New alliance against Iran

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Yassamine Mather. Posted on Weekly Worker issue 1180, November 23, 2017. Last year, when Donald Trump was elected US president, old-order defenders of imperialism were telling the citizens…

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Ten Conflicts to Watch in 2017

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Jean-Marie Guéhenno. Published in Foreign Policy . The world is entering its most dangerous chapter in decades. The sharp uptick in war over recent years is outstripping our…

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Does the referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan fulfill with the right to self-determination?

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Hedayat Soltanzadeh The following is an abridged translation of an article that has been published on several Farsi language sites. It was written on the eve of the…

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Iraqi Kurdish referendum: Why international powers fear independence vote could derail fight against Isis

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Patrick Cockburn. Posted on Independent on line on September 19, 2017. The Kurdish leadership is coming under intense international pressure to postpone the referendum on independence due to…

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Is Turkey the next country for a “proxy and long war” of the Transnational Elite?

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Ylli Përmeti, Posted on Pravda.ru on July 31, 2017. While Russia helped Ankara ‘without conditions’ during the coup – a massive fire exploded near the military base of…

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Turkey: Kemalists seize the moment

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Esen Uslu. This post appeared on Weekly Worker July 13, 2017. Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu decided on his ‘Justice’ march in response to the 25-year jail sentence imposed on Enis…

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Refugees: Should we build a wall around North Wales? Book Review

Monday, July 10, 2017

Daniel Trilling. First published London Review of Books Vol. 39 No. 14 · 13 July 2017 Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move by Reece Jones. Verso, 208 pp,…

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To the barricades: Has protesting become too easy?

Friday, May 12, 2017

Isaac Chotiner Slate. Book Review: Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest. Interview with author Zenep Tufekc. First posted on Slate May 8, 2017….

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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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Trump and the Middle East: A talk with Ardeshir Mehrdad

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Mehdi Kia: In an earlier interview with Barabari television station you talked about the apparent change of direction in Trump administration’s foreign policy which you called “going beyond…

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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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Israel Key Link in Exporting ISIS Oil: Interview

Friday, January 27, 2017

Vijay Prashad, Canadian Dimension. Thirty thousand barrels of oil a day. $19 million a month. That’s apparently the revenues that are flowing to the Islamic State. Its oil…

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Combating Al-Qaeda in Syria

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Pulsemedia Leading experts on Syria discuss strategies for combating ISIS and Al Qaeda in Syria Featuring Faysal Itani Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East Atlantic…

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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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