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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 | 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.

Turkey | Declaration of DIP: Ballot boxes closed, class struggle continues!

The joint presidential and parliamentary elections in Turkey unfolded on Sunday, 24 June 2018 and ended with Recep Tayyip Erdoğan elected as president of the country, with a majority of seats going to the alliance between his party (AKP) and the traditional fascist party of the country, the Nationalist Action Party (MHP). The Revolutionary Workers’ Party, or DIP in its Turkish acronym, worked before the elections for a united front of a broad array of socialist parties, along with the so-called June Bloc, which initiative met with indifference on the part of the majority of the socialist parties, tail-ending either the self-styled social democrats of the bourgeois Republican People’s Party (CHP) or the pro-Kurdish People’s Democracy Party (HDP). The DIP was barred from running itself at the elections by the reactionary electoral laws of Turkey, as are so many other socialist parties. During the elections, it called on the working class and the labourers not to vote for Erdoğan and the AKP, who are out to destroy all the rights and gains of the working class as well as decimating democratic freedoms.

Turkey | Erdogan wins Turkish presidential elections

Recep Tayyip Erdogan was re-elected president of Turkey on Sunday in a hotly contested vote that will see him take the helm of an enhanced presidential system.

With 52.55 percent of the vote, the long-standing president won without the need for a second round in the presidential elections, although critics argued that conditions were lacking for a free and fair vote.

Turkey | Writer Fikret Başkaya and HDP members detained in Ankara

Turkish police detained writer Fikret Başkaya (77) and some HDP members in Ankara.

The AKP/Palace regime continues attacking opponent intellectuals and writers as well as Kurdish people and their elected representatives.