By Halil Celik, 6 December 2017
The case poses a direct threat to Turkish President Recept Tayyip Erdogan, amid mounting divisions over US wars in Syria and Iraq, and US threats against Iran.
By Halil Celik, 23 November 2017
The presidents of Turkey, Russia and Iran met at a summit in Sochi, a Black Sea resort town, to discuss the political future of Syria.
By Halil Celik, 21 November 2017
Ankara has demanded apologies after NATO technicians labelled the Turkish president an “enemy collaborator” and the founder of the Republic of Turkey a “hostile leader.”
By Halil Celik, 10 October 2017
The move comes amid deterioration in ties between the two NATO allies and the Trump administration’s war threats against North Korea and Iran.
By Halil Celik, 3 October 2017
Washington has long promoted the KRG, but views its current independence bid as an obstacle to US plans to escalate military-strategic confrontation with Iran.
By Halil Celik, 27 September 2017
Turkish President Erdogan has warned Iraq’s Kurdish Regional Government that its bid to create an independent state could trigger “ethnic war.”
By Jean Shaoul and Jordan Shilton, 25 September 2017
Washington has long served as a patron of the Kurdish Regional Government but opposed the referendum fearing it would create greater regional instability.
By Halil Celik, 25 September 2017
Turkey, Iran, and Iraq have all made clear that they view the Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum as a dire threat to their territorial integrity.
By Johannes Stern, 25 August 2017
Foreign policy relations between Berlin and Ankara have reached a new low amid hysterical denunciations of the Turkish government by German politicians.
By Halil Celik, 4 August 2017
On August 1, Ankara’s Fourth Criminal Court launched a trial of 486 defendants accused of complicity in the attempted coup in Turkey on July 15 of last year.
By Johannes Stern, 24 July 2017
Last week, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel announced a realignment in the government’s policy toward Turkey.
By Halil Celik, 21 July 2017
By obtaining its first long-range air and anti-missile defense system from Russia, Turkey could conceivably close its skies to NATO fighters if necessary.
By David North, 23 June 2017
A Turkish language edition of The Heritage We Defend by David North will be released next month by Mehring Yayıncılık, the publishing house of the Socialist Equality Group (Toplumsal Esitlik), the Trotskyist organization in Turkey working in political solidarity with the International Committee of the Fourth International. The Heritage We Defend was originally published in 1988. We are posting the preface for the Turkish edition written by David North.
By Halil Celik and Alex Lantier, 9 June 2017
With the tacit consent of imperialist powers in Europe, Turkey is siding with Qatar in a conflict with Saudi Arabia and the Trump administration.
By Johannes Stern, 8 June 2017
The German government has responded to deepening tensions with Turkey, nominally its NATO ally, by withdrawing its military assets from the country’s Incirlik airbase.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 May 2017
While the Turkish leader publicly condemned the US arming of Syrian Kurdish fighters, there appeared no prospect that he would shift the Pentagon’s policy.
By Bill Van Auken, 12 May 2017
The Pentagon has stepped up airstrikes, inflicting a growing toll in civilian lives, in preparation for a siege of the Syrian city of Raqqa.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 May 2017
The announcement that the Pentagon will begin directly arming the Syrian Kurdish YPG came just a week before President Erodgan is set to visit the White House.
By Halil Celik, 5 May 2017
In the aftermath of its extremely narrow victory in the April 16 constitutional referendum, Ankara is banning Wikipedia and threatening Turkey’s principal bourgeois opposition party.
By Bill Van Auken, 27 April 2017
At least 70 people were reported killed in the Turkish airstrikes, which also struck Kurdish positions in neighboring Iraq.
By Ulrich Rippert, 22 April 2017
While the extreme-right AfD has used the Turkish referendum vote to launch a “Turks out” campaign, some of the worst witch-hunting comes from the Left Party and the ostensibly left-liberal political milieu.
By Halil Celik, 18 April 2017
Sunday’s constitutional referendum in Turkey has intensified the political crisis within the country and further complicated Ankara’s already tense relations with Europe.
By Halil Celik, 17 April 2017
According to results posted last night, the constitutional referendum of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won 51.4 percent of the vote.
By Halil Celik, 15 April 2017
On Sunday, more than 55 million Turkish citizens will participate in a referendum on the constitutional amendments proposed by the ruling Justice and Development Party.
By Halil Celik, 12 April 2017
Top Turkish officials are insisting that last week’s US strike on Syria will have no impact unless Washington follows it up with a broader military campaign.
Vote “no” on Turkey’s constitutional referendum! For the United Socialist States of Europe and the Middle East!
Statement of Toplumsal Esitlik
5 April 2017
Toplumsal Esitlik (TE, the Social Equality Group), in political sympathy with the International Committee of the Fourth International, calls for a “no” vote in the referendum on April 16.
By Johannes Stern, 23 March 2017
German-Turkish relations have reached a new low point after the Berlin government threatened to impose a ban on public appearances by Turkish politicians in Germany.
By Halil Celik, 14 March 2017
The Turkish government is using the Dutch ban on public appearances by Turkish officials in the Netherlands to promote its reactionary constitutional referendum.
By Alex Lantier, 13 March 2017
The move is part of a nationalist campaign by Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who is appealing to anti-Muslim sentiment in the run-up to the March 15 elections.
By Justus Leicht and Peter Schwarz, 7 March 2017
More than a million Turkish citizens living in Germany are entitled to vote in the April 16 referendum in their home country.
By Halil Celik, 3 March 2017
Ankara is expected to expand its intervention in the wars in Syria and Iraq, while also threatening Iran.
By Halil Celik, 13 February 2017
The proposed amendments would turn Turkey into a presidential dictatorship, undermining fundamental democratic rights.
By Johannes Stern, 4 February 2017
The meeting took place under conditions of an extremely tense foreign policy climate in the wake of the inauguration of US President Donald Trump.
By Halil Celik and Alex Lantier, 21 January 2017
Erdogan is pushing for dictatorial powers as he faces rising strike activity in the working class and escalating tensions with the major NATO powers over his growing ties to Russia.
By Halil Celik, 5 January 2017
Turkish authorities issued photos of the alleged member of the Islamic State who reportedly entered Turkey from Syria and stayed in the province of Konya.
By Alex Lantier and Halil Celik, 3 January 2017
Around 700 people were celebrating the New Year at the Reina nightclub when a lone gunman entered the premises, shot unarmed security guards and killed 39 people.
By Alex Lantier, 29 December 2016
On Wednesday, Turkish officials announced that they had reached an agreement with their Russian and Iranian counterparts to extend a cease-fire declared in Aleppo to all of Syria.
By Halil Celik and Alex Lantier, 21 December 2016
Though Turkey is a NATO ally of the United States, it is reacting to the victory of the Syrian regime in Aleppo by moving closer to Russia and Iran.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 December 2016
The assassination by an off-duty policeman of the Russian ambassador comes amidst rising international tensions over the Syrian government’s retaking of Aleppo.
By Halil Celik, 19 December 2016
A suicide car-bomb attack in Kayseri killed 15 soldiers and wounded and 54 others, including civilians, on Saturday.
By Halil Celik, 9 December 2016
After the NATO-backed coup of July 15 and rising tensions with the European Union, the Turkish government is threatening that it might ally with Russia and China.
By Halil Celik, 24 November 2016
Turkish officials initially reacted to Trump’s election by escalating the drive towards authoritarian forms of rule and signaling a possible warming of ties with China.
By Halil Celik, 8 November 2016
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his AKP party are moving towards an authoritarian presidential system.
By Alex Lantier, 5 November 2016
Under the state of emergency imposed after a failed, NATO-backed coup in July, Turkey is rapidly being transformed into a presidential dictatorship.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 October 2016
The fractious and mutually antagonistic alliances forged by Washington in its interventions in Syria and Iraq threaten to explode into a regional and perhaps a world war.
By Alex Lantier, 20 October 2016
Greek officials warned that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's statements threatened to undermine Turkey's relations with Greece and the entire European Union.
By Jordan Shilton, 19 October 2016
The offensive on Mosul not only threatens the city’s more than 1 million residents, but is intensifying the ethnic and regional conflicts in Iraq and throughout the Middle East.
By Peter Schwarz, 12 October 2016
Erdogan and Putin met in Istanbul on Monday, discussed the war in Syria and sealed an agreement to construct the long-planned Turkish Stream gas pipeline.
By Johannes Stern, 9 September 2016
According to media reports, the German army will massively expand its presence at the Incirlik air base in southeastern Turkey.
By Bill Van Auken, 8 September 2016
A joint US-Turkey incursion raises again the possibility of a direct conflict with the Russian-backed Syrian government, as the civil war in Syria threatens to spiral out of control.
By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 3 September 2016
Despite talks between the United States, Russia, and Turkey, conflicts inside Syria continue to mount as the Turkish invasion of northern Syria proceeds.
By Patrick Martin, 30 August 2016
The Obama administration is allied with both sides in the mounting conflict provoked by Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria.
By Jordan Shilton, 29 August 2016
The incursion of NATO member states into northern Syria heightens the potential for a direct clash between Russia and the US which could quickly spiral out of control.
By Christoph Vandreier, 27 August 2016
The return of Germany to an aggressive foreign policy is being accompanied by the racist stigmatising of entire sections of the population.
By Jordan Shilton, 26 August 2016
Washington’s support for the Turkish invasion is aimed at creating the conditions for a broader intervention to topple the Assad regime.
By Halil Celik, 25 August 2016
The US vice president declared Washington’s support for the escalation, while Russian officials said they were following the invasion with concern.
By Barry Grey, 24 August 2016
Turkey and the US are increasingly working at cross purposes in Syria, further frustrating Washington’s central aim of removing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
By Alex Lantier, 22 August 2016
The atrocity is the bloody outcome of years of incitement of Islamist terror and ethnic warfare in Syria by Washington and its imperialist allies in Europe.
Berlin Election 2016
By our correspondents, 20 August 2016
The discussions with workers at the Crellemarkt outdoor market in Berlin focused on the attempted coup in Turkey on July 15.
By Johannes Stern, 19 August 2016
Relations within NATO have reached new lows, four weeks after the failed military coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
By Halil Celik and Peter Schwarz, 10 August 2016
Washington is fearful that Erdogan’s visit might signal a strategic reorientation by one of the most important members of the NATO alliance.
By Halil Celik, 9 August 2016
In what was apparently the largest rally in the country’s history, millions of people gathered throughout Turkey to protest last month's attempted seizure of power by a section of the military.
By Sandy English, 8 August 2016
In the aftermath of the July 15 attempted coup, the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has imprisoned artists, banned books and frozen academic relations with other countries.
By Ulrich Rippert, 5 August 2016
German politicians are demanding firm measures against Turkey and the break-off of accession talks to the EU.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 August 2016
The combination of propaganda and disinformation makes it impossible to know where the CIA ends and the Times editorial board begins.
By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern, 1 August 2016
The attempted coup has exposed the explosive tensions growing behind the scenes within the NATO alliance, of which Turkey is a member state.
By Johannes Stern, 28 July 2016
The newspaper describes a huge Pentagon/CIA-sponsored operation spanning several months and involving billions of dollars to prepare the coup.
By Halil Celik, 27 July 2016
An intensive media propaganda campaign is underway aimed at whitewashing the highest level of the Turkish military and declaring it innocent of involvement in the failed coup of July 15.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 July 2016
The tumultuous events in Turkey have exposed the interconnection between the worldwide eruption of US militarism and the global breakdown of democratic forms of rule.
By Jean Shaoul, 21 July 2016
The speed and scale of the post-coup purge are indicative of the political and social tensions wracking Turkey.
By Halil Celik, 20 July 2016
US Secretary of State John Kerry indirectly threatened Turkey with the loss of its NATO membership as Ankara carried out mass arrests following the July 15 coup attempt.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 July 2016
Ambassador Bass, a former advisor to Dick Cheney, issued a “categorical” denial that Washington had any involvement in the Turkish military’s abortive uprising of July 15.
By Peter Schwarz, 19 July 2016
The angry denunciations of the Erdogan government by the United States and Germany make clear that they had hoped for the success of the military coup.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 July 2016
The attempted seizure of power by the military in Turkey, a key NATO member and sixth largest economy in Europe, is indicative of far broader dangers across the globe.
By James Cogan, 16 July 2016
The political upheaval in Turkey is testimony to the generalised breakdown taking place internationally in the political institutions and mechanisms of bourgeois rule.
By Bill Van Auken, 1 July 2016
The identification of all three suicide bombers as having come from Russia and former Soviet republics points to broader geo-strategic forces underlying the terrorist attack.
By Alex Lantier, 30 June 2016
The massacre is the tragic yet predictable outcome of the NATO powers' backing of Al Qaeda-linked forces in their war for regime-change in Syria.
By Patrick Martin, 29 June 2016
The death toll has mounted in the second major terrorist attack on a European airport in three months.
By Halil Celik, 11 June 2016
The latest terror attack will only accelerate and facilitate the drive of the Turkish ruling elite towards militarism and dictatorship, while confusing the masses.
By Jean Shaoul, 2 June 2016
Hundreds of armed police, as well as riot control vehicles and water cannon were deployed.
By Peter Schwarz, 26 May 2016
Angela Merkel traveled to Turkey last week in an attempt to shore up the deal stuck between Turkey and the EU to block refugees from entering Europe.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 17 May 2016
According to eyewitness reports published by Human Rights Watch, at least five people were shot or beaten to death by Turkish border guards on the country’s border with Syria in March and April.
By Halil Celik, 6 May 2016
Fighting also erupted in the Turkish parliament as deputies from the ruling party assaulted their colleagues from the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 29 April 2016
The trip by the German chancellor and EU Council president to the refugee camp at Nizip resembled a visit to a Potemkin village.
By Alejandro López, 31 March 2016
Podemos General Secretary Pablo Iglesias is falling in line with false arguments that intelligence agencies failed to “connect the dots” to prevent the Brussels attacks.
By Jordan Shilton, 19 March 2016
Refugees arriving on the Greek islands by crossing the Aegean Sea will be returned to Turkey, following the completion of a farcical asylum procedure in Greece.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 18 March 2016
EU-Turkey summit marks another grim chapter in the establishment of “Fortress Europe.”
By Halil Celik, 15 March 2016
The ruling elite is exploiting the attack to justify stepped-up security operations in Kurdish areas of Turkey and preparations to invade Syria.
By Halil Celik, 12 March 2016
Ankara calculates that the European powers, who are asking it to halt the flow of Middle East refugees to Europe, will not protest its anti-democratic actions.
By Peter Schwarz, 8 March 2016
The 28 EU member states worked out a deal Monday with Turkey that would make it even more difficult for the millions of people fleeing the wars in the Middle East to enter Europe.
By Johannes Stern, 29 February 2016
The dispatch of warships under German leadership to the strategic Aegean Sea to deter refugees heightens the risk of NATO intervention in Syria.
By Barry Grey, 24 February 2016
The Obama administration has pushed for a truce largely to buy time and prevent a complete military rout of the Al Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front and its allied “rebels.”
By Halil Celik, 20 February 2016
The Turkish government is escalating its accusations that Syrian Kurdish forces carried out Wednesday’s terror bombing in Ankara.
By Johannes Stern, 19 February 2016
NATO member Turkey is deliberately risking a military confrontation with Russia, which could rapidly develop into all-out war between the great powers.
By Jean Shaoul, 19 February 2016
Saudi efforts to effect reconciliation between Egypt and Turkey come in the wake of last December’s agreement to restore diplomatic relations between Israel and Turkey.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 February 2016
The call for a major escalation of the imperialist intervention in Syria has been accompanied by a propaganda campaign over alleged Russian strikes on hospitals.
By Ulrich Rippert, 11 February 2016
Merkel was once again in Ankara on Monday. This time, political and military collaboration against Russia was at the heart of the talks.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 January 2016
The reports of Turkish incursions into northern Syria come amid heightened tensions between Ankara and Moscow.
By Thomas Gaist, 13 January 2016
Tuesday’s suicide attack in the heart of Istanbul has provoked an outburst of war threats and moralizing from the Turkish and NATO elites.
By Jean Shaoul, 8 January 2016
Turkish President Erdoğan made a state visit to Saudi Arabia a few days ago, just two weeks after signing an agreement with Tel Aviv to restore diplomatic relations.