Turkey after the elections: Expect the unexpected

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Esen Uslu. Turkey is no longer a dark space, about which the British public occasionally gets scraps of information – it has become a centre of news fed…

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A Political Quake in Turkey as Erdogan’s Party Loses in His Home Base of Support

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Carlotta Gall. Step by step over the years, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey sought to ensure nobody could challenge him. He marginalized adversaries. He purged the army,…

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Don’t believe the hype, Isis has not yet been defeated

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Robert Fisk. After all the headlines about the supposed defeat of Isis, anyone who doesn’t believe a word of it may seem a bit of a spoilsport. But whenever…

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How Turkey’s local elections became ‘matter of national survival’

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Orhan Kemal Cengiz. On March 31, Turkey will elect mayors for 81 provincial capitals and 957 towns. Under normal conditions in Turkey, local elections are considered to be of…

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Hunger striking for peace in Turkey

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Dougie Gerrard. By any measure, Leyla Güven is in a bad way. She is assailed by painful cramps, the result of a protein breakdown in her muscular tissue….

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Turkish Leader’s Election Woes

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Conn Hallinen. “Democracy is like a tram; you get off when you have reached your destination.” The comment by Recep Tayyip Erdogan—made more than 20 years ago when…

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Stand with Rojava, oppose Turkey’s war

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Internationalist Commune of Rojava. The threat of yet another war looms over northern Syria once again. Turkish troops and their Islamist mercenaries are massing on the borders of…

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Turkey: “It is still early to write the history of Gezi” An Interview with Mücella Yapıcı

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Mücella Yapıcı is an architect and activist, known for her work against urban renewal projects and environmental destruction in Turkey. She is the secretary and spokesperson of the…

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Iran’s Policy In Post-US Syria Is To Block Kurdish Left

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Maysam Behravesh. US President Donald Trump’s abrupt announcement last week of the withdrawal of American troops from Syria caught many people off guard, including his own administration officials. It…

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Reflection of a Kurdish feminist

Monday, December 31, 2018

Dr Hawzhin Azeez If you want freedom you have to take it! You cannot appeal to the conscience of the imperialists, the colonialists, the oppressors, and the creators…

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Syrian army says it has entered key city of Manbij after appeal from Kurdish fighters

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Bianca Britton and Gul Tuysuz. Syria’s army said Friday it had entered the northern city of Manbij for the first time in years after Kurdish fighters called on…

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Saudi plans for regional domination are not meeting with much success

Monday, November 19, 2018

Yassamine Mather. More than six weeks after the death of Jamal Khashoggi we know a lot more about his tragic plight after he entered the Saudi consulate in…

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Turkey’s pro-Kurdish opposition struggles to be heard

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Ayla Jean Yackley. ISTANBUL — Five months ago, Selahattin Demirtas, a popular Kurdish politician jailed for his fiery speeches targeting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, staged an unlikely challenge…

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Saudi hit squad is another godsend for Erdoğan

Monday, October 29, 2018

Esen Uslu. Almost two years ago, when the military challenged his rule by attempting a coup and were beaten back, president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan famously said: “It was…

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The Women of the Revolution: inside the Kurdish Rojava Revolution

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

David Pratt. A remarkable story is unfolding that defies the usual narrative about Syria. In contrast to the misogyny and anti-democratic values of the jihadists of the Islamic…

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Gulf countries concerned as Turkey cozies up to Kuwait

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Fehim Tasteki. As repercussions from Turkey’s move to set up a military base in Qatar continue to resonate, Ankara is going ahead with adding a military dimension to relations…

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Turkey: A vindictive and pitiless regime

Monday, October 1, 2018

Esen Uslu. The Turkish army of the modern republican era has never withdrawn from any piece of land it has occupied on whatever pretext. A former British army…

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Idlib, Syria: Fire burn and cauldron bubble

Monday, September 17, 2018

Esen Uslu. Posted on Weekly Worker Sept 13, 2108. The forces of Bashar al-Assad and his allies, Iran and Russia, are poised to strike deep into Syria’s Idlib…

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The US-Turkey standoff in context: Global capitalism and the crisis of hegemony

Thursday, September 6, 2018

By Vassilis K. Fouskas and Bülent Gökay. Posted on ZCommunications September 5, 2018. Source: Links.org Turkey was thrust into a full-blown currency crisis when United States President Donald Trump…

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Squeezing Iran: Part 1, Trump’s project in the Middle East

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Interview with Ardeshir Mehrdad. Mehdi Kia: The last few weeks has seen an escalation of US pressures on an Iran already reeling under economic and political crisis and…

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Asia’s Shifting Alliances in the Time of Trump

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Conn Hallinan. Posted on ZNet August 30, 2018. “Boxing the compass” is an old nautical term for locating the points on a magnetic compass in order to set…

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Turkey: Capitalism nurtured by the state

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Esen Eslu. Posted on Weekly Worker August 16, 2018. The downward spiral of the lira has meant that suddenly Turkey is headline news in the international media, as…

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Turkey’s economy in full meltdown

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Michael Roberts. Posted on August 11, 2017. The Turkish lira is in total meltdown.  It has lost 40% of its value against the dollar in the last six…

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Erdogan’s Turkey: an economy in deep trouble

Monday, June 25, 2018

Posted by Michael Roberts 25th June 2018. Turkey is a country of 80m people and 56m adults had the right to vote in Sunday’s general election.  87% of…

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Erdogan has used same techniques as Trump to de-democratize Turkey

Monday, June 25, 2018

Juan Cole. Posted on Informed Comment 25th June 2018. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey, began his legitimate political career at the turn of this century with…

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Istanbul’s Gezi Park: how did visual communication between protesters help create a movement?

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Olu Jenzen and Aidan McGarry. Posted on Open Democracy. This article is part of Right to Protest, a partnership project with human rights organisations CELS and INCLO, with support from…

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A Brief History of the Turkish Left, Part 2: from the 1980 Coup to the Present

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Foti Benlisoy. Posted on Left East. This is the second part of our interview with Foti Benlisoy on the history of the Turkish Left from its late-Ottoman beginnings…

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A Brief History of the Turkish Left, Part I: from the Origins to the 1980 Coup

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Foti Benlisoy Posted on Left East We have interviewed prolific Turkish leftist commentator Foti Benlisoy on the history of the Turkish left, from its Ottoman beginnings on to…

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Erdoğan’s ‘new’ Turkey: Purges and Paranoia

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Ella George. Published by London Review of Books Vol. 40 No. 10 · 24 May 2018 The elections due to be held on 24 June, brought forward abruptly…

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Turkey: Erdoğan’s Cesspit

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Daniel Finn. Editorial in New Left Review number 107. For the gatekeepers of established wisdom in the West, the rise of Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) was…

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