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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Bread, water and roses: The guerrillas of Shengal (Sinjar)

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Marcel Cartier. Posted on The Region on April 4, 2018. Powerful, sobering and heart-wrenching images are once again to be seen from the Yazidi heartland of Shengal, otherwise…

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Iran, Russia and Turkey plan Syria’s future as Trump seeks an exit

Friday, April 6, 2018

Erin Cunningham Posted on Washington Post on April 4. 2018 ISTANBUL — The leaders of Iran, Russia and Turkey met Wednesday for high-level talks on ending the Syrian…

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Survivors of the Syrian Wars

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Patrick Cockburn. Published in London Review of Books Volume 40 number 7 April 5, 2018. When I first visited Kurdish-held territory in northern Syria, early in 2015, it…

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The Fall of Afrîn

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Güney Işıkara and Alp Kayserilioğlu. Posted on Jacobin 22nd March 2018. On January 20, the Turkish military launched its invasion of the Syrian-Kurdish canton of Afrîn in northwest…

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The Women’s Movement in Turkey

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Ecehan Balta and Arielle Concilio. Posted on Left Voice on February 28, 2018. Arielle Concilio of Left Voice spoke with Ecehan Balta of the socialist collective Başlangıç Kolektifi…

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Climate & Capitalism Interview with Zafer Ülger: Ecological crisis and capitalism in Turkey today

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Zafar Ugler and Arielle Conclio. Posted on Monthly Review on March 5, 2018. Originally on Left Voice.  Zafer Ülger is a member of the Başlangıç socialist collective in…

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Turkey: The struggle Continues

Monday, March 26, 2018

Esen Uslu. Posted on Weekly Worker number 1195, March 22 , 2018. After the surrender of Afrin, Esen Uslu says that the Turkish left and Kurdish movement must…

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Turkish War Planes Strike Northern Syria As Assad Continues Bombing South

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Ellen Frances. Posted on Huffington Post on March 17, 2018. BEIRUT, March 17 (Reuters) – Thousands of civilians streamed out of their towns on Saturday to escape battles…

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Syria’s war of ethnic cleansing: Kurds threatened with beheading by Turkey’s allies if they don’t convert to extremism

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Patrick Cockburn. Posted on the Independent and on ZCommunications 17 March 2018. Syrian Arab militiamen leading the Turkish attack on Afrin in northern Syria are threatening to massacre…

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Turkey: conflicts on many fronts

Monday, March 12, 2018

Esen Uslu. Posted on Weekly Worker, number 1193, March 8, 2018. Despite the popularity of Turkish actions in Syria, Cyprus and the Aegean, the ruling AKP is forced…

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Turkish armed forces meet determined resistance

Monday, February 26, 2018

Esen Uslu. Posted on Weekly Worker Issue 1191 February 22, 2018. ‘Operation Olive Branch’ has given rise to increased repression and an intense outburst of chauvinism, writes Esen…

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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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