German teachers union shows support for Kurdish hunger strikers

While Western governments continue their silence in the face of the hunger strikes launched by DTK Co-chair and HDP Hakkari MP Leyla Guven to demand an end to the isolation imposed upon More »

Egypt stages referendum to institutionalize General Sisi’s dictatorship

by Bill Van Auken Egypt’s military-dominated dictatorship is rushing ahead with a referendum this weekend on constitutional amendments that would effectively make Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi dictator for life, while institutionalizing the More »

Former Peruvian President Alan Garcia dies after shooting himself

Former Peruvian President Alan Garcia died on Wednesday in a hospital in Lima, Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra confirmed on Twitter. Vizcarra said that he was “consternated” by Garcia’s death, and sent his More »

Fierce clashes erupt in northern Aleppo between Turkish-backed rebels and Kurdish forces

A series of intense clashes broke out in the northern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate on April 11, after the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) attacked the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) More »

Julian Assange has been arrested for US extradition; the time to act is now

by Caitlin Johnstone WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested and taken into custody by the London’s Metropolitan police, just as WikiLeaks warned days ago was about to happen. Assange’s lawyer Jen More »

 

Turkey | Humiliating defeat for Erdoğan in local elections: the working class punishes the government for the economic crisis

Erdoğan’s AKP government in Turkey has suffered a humiliating defeat at the local elections in Turkey. The working class has punished Erdoğan’s government for the deep economic crisis in the form of a stagflation that has gripped the country for the last six months and promises to cause even further damage for the labouring population for the foreseeable future.

Turkey | Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) wins Dersim province in local elections

For the first time in the history of Turkey, communists will be administering the municipality of a province. In the municipal elections held on March 31, running as the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) candidate on the Dersim Democratic People Solidarity (DDHD) ticket, Fatih Mehmet Maçoğlu won the mainly Kurdish province of Dersim in Eastern Turkey with 32 percent of the votes. The Kurdish opposition party, Peoples’ Democracy Party (HDP) came second at 28 percent followed by the social democratic Kemalist CHP (Republican People’s Party) at 20 percent.

Turkey | Hagia Sophia might be reverted to a mosque, Erdogan says

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday voiced the possibility of reverting the Hagia Sophia, which has been used as a museum since 1935 and is considered one of the world’s wonders, to a mosque.

“This is not unlikely. We might even change its name to Ayasofya Mosque,” Erdoğan said during a live interview with Turkish broadcaster TGRT.

Turkey | Conference on the Centenary of the Comintern: Anti-imperialist fury! Internationalist enthusiasm! Working class determination!

The conference titled “Centenary of the Communist International: From the Comintern to the World Party of the Future”, organized by the web network RedMed and the Christian Rakovsky Balkan Socialist Center and hosted by DIP (Revolutionary Workers Party),was held with a crowd filling Beyoglu Ses theater in an enthusiastic atmosphere. The conference brought together socialists from Argentina, Greece, Russia, France, Bulgaria, Serbia, Azerbaijan, Macedonia, Finland, Iran, and of course Turkey. HT Solar and Cargill workers left their marks at the very beginning of the conference.

Turkey | Turkey’s attack on Rojava resuscitates ISIS

The Turkish state’s hostility towards the Kurdish people and its threats against Rojava continue. On December 12, 2018, the Turkish Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, during his speech at a meeting with the defense industry, declared the following: “Whilst we issued our warnings concerning the east of the Euphrates, we were also engaged in preparations. We will start the operation to clear the east of the Euphrates from separatist terrorists in a few days.”

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