Category Archives: Turkey

Turkey | Erdogan and Putin lay key piece of TurkStream

TurkStream natural gas pipeline project ready to operate in 2019 after tests, says Turkish President Erdogan.

With the Turkish and Russian presidents doing the honors, on Friday the last offshore section of a landmark natural gas pipeline was put into place.

Saudi Arabia | CIA concludes Saudi Crown Prince bin Salman ordered Khashoggi murder

The CIA has concluded in an assessment that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last month.

The US agency said it had collected multiple sources of intelligence indicating that the crown prince, known as MBS, issued the instructions for the killing, the Washington Post reported on Friday.

Turkey | The crisis of capital, money and state in Turkey: An attempt at demystification

by Pinar Donmez

‘If they have their dollars, we have our Allah’ This is how the President of Turkey responded to the historic drop in the value of the lira in August this year before calling for boycotts of US products and discouraging the citizens from exchanging their liras into foreign currency in the name of defending the national economy against the so-called interest rate lobby and foreign powers. Only a few days later a swap agreement between the central banks of Qatar and Turkey was announced amidst an extreme hike in inflation and continual fall in the value of the domestic currency. There was a pronounced pressure from the financial markets and international media on the Central Bank to raise the interest rates despite the President’s declarations. However the Bank chose not to act on it until recently. In a matter of days the Turkish Lira lost over 35% of its value against the dollar with food, subsistence and energy prices skyrocketing. Only a few weeks later, the workers at the third international airport construction site in Istanbul set off their protest against the inhumane work and pay conditions which met with severe police violence and detentions.

Call for urgent action for Kobanê

European Democratic Kurdish Society Congress (KCDK-E) Co-presidential Council protested the invading Turkish state attacks against Kobanê’s Kor Eli and Selim villages.

KCDK-E issued a written statement and, pointing to the Turkish state attacks coinciding with November 1 World Kobanê Day, called for strong participation to the demonstrations.

Saudi Arabia | Stop the whitewashing of the murderous Saudi Kingdom, lackey of imperialism!

It has finally been admitted that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Istanbul consulate of Saudi Arabia, where he was last seen entering. The announcement was made by the Saudi Press Agency, based on the declaration of Saudi officials. This confession of Saudi Arabia seeks to put the blame of this murder on some intelligence agents. 18 Saudi suspects are mentioned. There is no doubt that Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, who controls the whole military and intelligence apparatus and who eliminates his opponents by any means possible, is the instigator of this crime. And now they have found the way to cover up for him: “King Salman has ordered the restructuring of the intelligence agency.” And who will lead the committee in charge of this restructuring? Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman himself!