Tag Archives: Turkey

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.

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.