Category Archives: Turkey

Turkey | CPJ calls on Saudi Arabia to account for Jamal Khashoggi’s whereabouts

The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Saudi Arabia to immediately account for the whereabouts of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who has not been seen since entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. Multiple news outlets reported today that Turkish authorities, who have been investigating his disappearance and who spoke to the media on the condition of anonymity, believed that Khashoggi is dead and was killed inside the consulate.

Erdogan points to Kurds with the Idlib wave

The deal Russia and Turkey made over Idlib hasn’t come to fruition yet. Turkey has to convince their own gangs still. But Erdogan has already pointed to Kurds as the next target.

The deal announced after Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s meeting last week foresees a buffer zone.

Turkey | Shift in Military Alliances: America Declares War on Turkey? #NATOExit?

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky

A major and far-reaching shift in military alliances is unfolding.

While Turkey is still “officially” a member of NATO, president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been developing “friendly relations” with two of America’s staunchest enemies, namely Iran and Russia. (see image right). 

Turkey | Not negotiations with imperialism but anti-imperialist struggle! Turkey out of NATO! Shut down Incirlik!

One of the important contradictions that shape the political situation in the Middle East is the growing tension between two NATO members, Turkey and the USA. This tension came to a head last week, when the US Secretary of the Treasury announced the imposition of sanctions on two senior ministers in the administration of Erdoğan. The immediate reason was the fact that an American Evangelical pastor, Andrew C. Brunson, has been incarcerated by the Turkish judicial system for close to two years for allegedly assisting the organization, led by the notorious imam Fethullah Gülen, deemed to be behind the failed coup of 15th July 2016,. While certain sectors of the left including the Kurdish movement were happy to see the US attack the Turkish government and others were simply paralyzed, the Revolutionary Workers’ Party (DIP) took a clear anti-imperialist stand without extending an iota of support to the government of Erdoğan, around which the entire bourgeois opposition united. We publish below the English translation of the statement put out by DIP immediately (posted on its web site on Friday, 3rd August). 

Turkey | New drama: Turkey’s state theatre freedoms curbed under presidential system

by Ece Goksedef

For nearly 70 years, Turkey’s state-funded theatre has trained the country’s most famous actors and actresses and brought affordable plays, dancing and opera to the public.

In the past, when politicians tried to interfere in Turkish State Theatres’ productions – to complain about a scene or call for certain writers to be avoided – the organisation has been free to push back and was legally protected from any enforcement.