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Turkey | Turkish revolutionary Left: Despotism has lost!

Turkish left forces continue to analize results of recent referendum. DIP, one of country’s left parties, states Erdogan lost the referendum.

The results of the referendum have not become definitive and will in all probability be debated for at least days to come. The extremely controversial decisions of the High Electoral Commission have cast a long shadow on the referendum, in addition to the manner in which the propaganda was carried on before the voting day, with public money and television channels being used in favour of the “Yes” camp in unfettered manner and with Erdoğan acting already as a partisan president, which is what is supposed to be voted on in this referendum, while the “No” campaign was attacked both by the forces of the state and thugs close to the AKP and the fascist party MHP. And despite all of this, the working masses have shown that they will not accept the despotism that is being imposed on Turkey. At least 24 million people have refused the new system.

Turkey | Turkish revolutionary workers call to struggle for the defeat of imperialism and despotism and declare 2017 the “year of the October revolution”

Turkish workers united in The Revolutionary Workers’ Party organized their regular congress and renewed the goal to defeat imperialism and the despotism on the way of construction in Turkey. The congress started with a commemoration died comrades.

The congress emphasized with the resolutions passed during its congress that the future of humanity lies in the defeat of imperialism, in revolution and in socialism, not in the so-called democratic values of the imperialist world or in nationalist dead-ends or reformist utopias. Since the crisis of 2008 has begun racism and fascism on the rise in America, Europe and in other parts of the world as well as revolutionary struggles and peoples’ rebellions should be viewed as an output of that depression. This means that revolutionary dynamics dialectically lie in the opposite poles of the crisis, war and every shade of reactionary forces growing apace.

Turkey | Turkey’s Boğaziçi University dismisses its first academic, bringing total to 7,317

Noémi Levy-Aksu, an assistant professor of history at Turkey’s prestigious Boğaziçi University, has been dismissed from her position, the GazeteDuvar.com news website reported on Thursday.

This is the first time Boğaziçi University has dismissed one of its academics since a coup attempt on July 15, 2016.

Turkey | The quest to quell opposition leads to ‘academocide’

by Candan Badem

Turkey’s Islamist government dismissed 330 academics from state service under a state of emergency decree last week, without any legal due process or evidence. Half of them are from Academics for Peace, a group of more than 2,000 academics who signed the January 2016 petition “We will not be party to this crime”, urging the government to stop violence against civilian Kurds.
I am among those who were dismissed by an earlier decree on 1 September 2016 for being a Gülenist, a follower of the man blamed by the Turkish government for being behind last year’s coup attempt.
As an openly secular, atheist person and a vocal critic of Fethullah Gülen and political Islam in general, my dismissal as a Gülenist was like a bad joke. Three days after the dismissal, my office and home were searched by the police and I was detained. A book by Gülen found in my university office was enough of a reason for my detention. This was again like a bad joke, because, for one thing, reading Gülen’s books is not a crime and, for another, I had used passages from that book against Gülen in social media.

Turkey | 6 Turkish journalists referred to court on 24th day of detention

Six journalists who were detained in an operation on Dec.25 were finally referred to court on Tuesday, the 24th day of their detention.

Police teams detained the six journalists — DİHA news manager Ömer Çelik, one of the editors of the Diken news portal, Tunca Öğreten, the Birgün daily’s accounting supervisor Mahir Kanaat, DİHA reporter Metin Yoksu, the Etkin News Agency’s Derya Okatan and the Yolculuk daily’s Eray Sargın — during simultaneous raids in İstanbul and Diyarbakır.