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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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: Kurdish movement condemns coup and counter-coup

Friday, July 22, 2016

Green Left. The umbrella organisation of the Kurdish movement, the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) Executive Council Co-Presidency, released the following statement on July 16: There has been a…

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PKK on Turkey coup: No democracy in ‘fascist’ Erdogan-led government

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Open Democracy. In a statement published on July 16, the political affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), the Koma Civakên Kurdistan (Group of Communities in Kurdistan –…

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Behind Terror and Anti-Terror

Friday, July 1, 2016

Dimitris Konstantakopoulos Defend Democracy Press Stop discussing about the roots of terrorism, stop debating our policies in the Middle East (and all the Third World, but those are…

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How the Syrian Revolt Became Armed

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Robin Yassib-Kassab/Leila al-Shami The Daily Beast The Bashar al-Assad regime has burned Syria with artillery, Scud missiles, barrel bombs and sarin gas. According to the United Nations Human…

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Committees, Councils and Cultural Production

Friday, June 24, 2016

Gunfuz Middle East for Change links to this podcast because of the light it throws on democratic achievements and self-government in Syria. In this presentation on Syria –…

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America’s War for the Greater Middle East Cannot Be Won

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Andrew Bacevich Democracy Now When will the United States realize a military victory is impossible in the Middle East? Military historian Andrew Bacevich asks this question in his…

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The “New Turkey”: Fetishizing Growth with Fatal Results

Friday, June 3, 2016

Zuhal Yeşilyurt Gündüz Monthly Review Turkey’s ruling party has turned the country, which it calls “the new Turkey,” into a capitalist nightmare: a triad of neoliberal economics, political…

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A Commune in Rojava?

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Alex de Jong New Politics The siege of Kobani by Islamic State (ISIS) brought worldwide attention to the Syrian Kurdish PYD (Partiya Yekîtiya Demokrat, Democratic Union Party), the…

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Turkey: HDP proposes law for peace

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Green Left The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), a Kurdish-led party that has united a swath of Turkey’s broad left, has proposed a new law in parliament to establish…

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What Is The Kurdish Calculation In Rojava?

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Fehim Taştekin interviews Eldar Halill Links The US Department of State and the Pentagon had given certain warnings to the YPG, in an attempt to appease Turkey’s anger…

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Struggle for a Democratic Socialism in the Middle East: Interview

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Joseph Daher Problematica/Syria Freedom Forever Recent mass movements in Middle Eastern and North African countries, despite their defeats and failures, showed prospects and possibilities of a progressive change…

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The perils and promise of wartime analysis: Lessons from Syria

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Ghaleb Attrache Berkley Journal of Sociology For many, the “Syrian tragedy” is a prime example of popular aspirations gone disastrously awry, the “revolution-turned-civil-war”. Was any of this was…

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Burning country: Syrians in revolution and war

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Robin Yassin-Kassab Syria Solidarity UK Talk given at LSE on March 21 2016. Robin Yassin Kassab is author of Road from Damascus and is closely involved with the…

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Kurdish PYD leader: Time has proved us right

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Interview by Karlos Zurutuza Links Salih Muslim Muhammad is co-chairman of the Democratic Union Party – PYD, the political force that has led the uprising of the Kurds in…

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On Texas secession, Syrian partition and imploding nation-states

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Christina Lin Asia Times The house of international law could be shaken to its foundations if Secretary of State John Kerry removes a critical cornerstone that holds it…

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Iran-Iraq War, Chemical Wonders: Book Review

Friday, February 12, 2016

London Review of Books Joost Hiltermann reviews a new book on the Iran-Iraq war by Pierre Razoux, translated into English by Nicholas Elliott. Hiltermann, a program director of…

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Experiment in communal living in Eastern Turkey destroyed

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Abdullah Demirbas New York Times Former mayor of Diyarbakir’s historic Sur district in eastern Turkey describes how an experiment in peaceful communal living among different ethnic and religious…

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Why are so many staying silent on the Kurdish conflict?

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Pinar Tremblay Al-Monitor The current war imposed on the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the Kurdish people by the Erdogan regime in Turkey is not only causing terrible…

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