Turkey

Millions demonstrate throughout Turkey against July 15 coup attempt

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.

Turkish regime imprisons and harasses artists, journalists and academics after coup attempt

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.

What is behind the campaign against Erdogan?

By Ulrich Rippert, 5 August 2016

German politicians are demanding firm measures against Turkey and the break-off of accession talks to the EU.

New York Times covers up Obama administration’s role in Turkish coup

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.

Erdogan accuses US of supporting failed coup in Turkey

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.

Turkish newspaper identifies US general behind failed military coup

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.

Opposition parties meet with Turkish President Erdogan

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.

The Turkish coup, US militarism and the collapse of democracy

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.

State of emergency declared in Turkey

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.

Washington and Brussels step up pressure on 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.

Our man in Ankara: US ambassador denies US role in Turkish coup

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.

US and Germany livid over failure of Turkish coup

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.

The Turkish coup: A warning to the international working class

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.

Failed military coup in Turkey

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.

The Istanbul airport bombing: Blowback from the war in Syria

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.

Death toll in Istanbul airport attack rises to 41

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.

Dozens killed in bomb attacks at Istanbul airport

By Patrick Martin, 29 June 2016

The death toll has mounted in the second major terrorist attack on a European airport in three months.

Turkey’s Erdogan uses terror attack to escalate repression of opposition

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.

Turkey seeks increased presidential powers amid rising social tension

By Jean Shaoul, 2 June 2016

Hundreds of armed police, as well as riot control vehicles and water cannon were deployed.

German chancellor boosts anti-refugee deal in visit to Turkey

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.

Refugees shot by Turkish border guards

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.

Turkish Prime Minister Davutoglu resigns amid mounting government crisis

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.

The German chancellor’s PR tour in Turkish refugee camps

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.

After the Brussels attack, Podemos defends “war on terror”

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.

European Union and Turkey reach deal to seal borders and expel refugees

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.

European Union chiefs determined to reach deal with Turkey to deter refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 18 March 2016

EU-Turkey summit marks another grim chapter in the establishment of “Fortress Europe.”

Second terrorist attack in a month in Turkish capital kills at least 37

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.

Turkish government intensifies crackdown on media, opposition parties

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.

EU countries and Turkey move to seal refugee routes

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.

NATO operation in Aegean heightens threat of war with Russia

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.

Under cover of truce with Russia, US prepares military escalation 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.”

Turkish threats against Kurds set stage for ground invasion of Syria

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.

Turkey escalates war threats after terror attacks

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.

Saudi Arabia pushes for alliance with Turkey and Egypt

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.

Turkey pushes for ground invasion of Syria

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.

German Chancellor Merkel announces NATO intervention in Aegean Sea

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.

Turkish invasion threat escalates Syrian conflict

By Bill Van Auken, 22 January 2016

The reports of Turkish incursions into northern Syria come amid heightened tensions between Ankara and Moscow.

Turkey and Western powers escalate war rhetoric in response to Istanbul attack

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.

Turkey and Arab states line up with Israel over Syria, repression of Palestinians

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.

NATO to station AWACS radar aircraft in Turkey

By Christoph Dreier, 31 December 2015

After the downing of a Russian fighter by Turkish aircraft, NATO demonstratively gave its backing to Turkey and announced it would provide Ankara with military assistance.

As fighting in Turkey mounts, Kurdish nationalists escalate independence drive

By Halil Celik, 30 December 2015

Kurdish nationalist groups are responding to the Turkish military crackdown with appeals to Russia and the imperialist powers for support to wage war inside Turkey.

Turkey escalates war drive against Kurds at home and across the region

By Halil Celik, 19 December 2015

Turkey’s majority-Kurdish southeast is being plunged into civil war as the fighting from the imperialist war to topple the Syrian regime spreads into Turkey itself.

Shots fired amid Russian-Turkish naval standoff in Aegean

By Thomas Gaist, 14 December 2015

A Turkish fishing vessel nearly rammed a Russian warship near the Aegean island of Lemnos on Sunday, prompting warning shots to be fired by the Russians.

Australian workers and youth voice concerns over downing of Russian jet

By our correspondents, 3 December 2015

Workers and youth interviewed by the WSWS pointed to the role of the US in stoking global geo-strategic tensions.

NATO and Turkey defend shoot-down of Russian jet

By Thomas Gaist, 1 December 2015

Leading officials categorically defended the attack on a Russian bomber jet along the Turkey-Syria border, and implied that future incidents along the same lines are unavoidable.

US-Russian tensions surge after Turkey downs Russian jet

By Alex Lantier, 26 November 2015

The decision to shoot down the Russian bomber was the result of a standing order issued at the highest levels of the Turkish state.

Turkey’s downing of a Russian jet and the danger of world war

World Socialist Web Site Editorial Board, 25 November 2015

The downing of a Russian jet threatens to provoke all-out war between Russia on the one hand, and Turkey and the rest of the NATO alliance on the other.

US and Turkey planning new military operations along Syrian border

By Thomas Gaist, 19 November 2015

The US is launching new military operations along the Turkish border amid signs of a US-French-Russian rapprochement over Syria.

Turkey after the elections

By Peter Schwarz, 7 November 2015

Erdoğan’s AKP government is a regime of crisis. The wars carried out by the US and its imperialist allies have shattered the social and political structures of the entire region.

Erdoğan’s AKP wins surprise fourth term amid escalating violence in Turkey

By Halil Celik and Alex Lantier, 2 November 2015

The elections took place amid political turmoil triggered by the war in neighboring Syria and fighting between the Turkish government and the Kurdish minority.

The class issues in the Turkish elections

By Halil Celik and Peter Schwarz, 31 October 2015

Under the impact of the global economic crisis and the Syrian civil war, bourgeois rule in Turkey is in deep crisis in the run-up to elections on November 1.

Turkish police storm opposition media in run-up to Sunday’s election

By Alex Lantier, 29 October 2015

Undermined by its participation in the US-led war in Syria and facing possible defeat on Sunday, the Turkish government is desperate to silence opposition media.

German chancellor strikes sordid deal with Turkish government to block refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 22 October 2015

Turkey will serve as a buffer zone against refugees from Syria and Iraq as the regime in Ankara becomes a principal border guard of the EU.

Turkish government tries to repress a growing wave of protests

By Halil Celik, 15 October 2015

The Erdogan government used the police to impose bans on rallies.

Turkey gripped by protests against Erdogan government

By Chris Marsden, 13 October 2015

Thousands protested at the funerals of those slain in Saturday’s suicide bombings.

Angry protests follow terror bombings in Turkey

By Jean Shaoul and Halil Celik, 12 October 2015

Demonstrators blamed President Erdoğan's anti-Kurdish campaign of bombings and repression for the explosions that turned a peaceful protest into a bloody nightmare.

A dirty deal in Brussels: EU to stop refugees with Erdogan’s support

By Johannes Stern, 8 October 2015

Erdogan expects the European powers to abandon all criticism of his regime, and above all support his foreign policy plans.

US ratchets up war rhetoric against Moscow following Turkish intercept of Russian jet

By Thomas Gaist, 6 October 2015

Responding to reports that Russian jets “locked on” to Turkish fighters, Western officials issued a round of denunciations against Russian military support for the Assad government.

Turkish government escalates war against Kurdish PKK

By Jean Shaoul and Halil Celik, 9 September 2015

The Turkish government has put much of southeastern Turkey under de facto martial law and is escalating its military operations against the Kurds in Turkey, Iraq and Syria.

Turkey before the elections: Political instability, economic crisis and war

By Johannes Stern, 22 August 2015

Recent polls show that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamic-conservative AKP continue to lose support.

Turkish government steps up repression of political opponents

By Halil Celik and Jean Shaoul, 12 August 2015

Police have violently broken up peaceful antiwar demonstrations, and the government has blocked more than 90 news websites.

German-US tensions intensify following Turkish attack on Kurdish minority

By Stefan Steinberg, 3 August 2015

The latest edition of Die Zeit warns that Obama’s policy could lead to a direct military confrontation between the US and Syria, in turn risking military conflict with Russia and Iran.

Turkey put on a war footing

By Halil Celik and Jean Shaoul, 31 July 2015

President Erdoğan’s government has mobilised the military and police to target both the Kurdish nationalist movement and the “left” and anti-war opposition in general.

NATO backs Turkish/US regime-change offensive in Syria

By Jean Shaoul, 29 July 2015

In exchange for a green light to attack the Kurds, Turkey has made a U-turn to join the US-led campaign of air strikes in Syria.

With US backing, Turkey prepares to seize buffer zones inside Syria

By Peter Schwarz, 28 July 2015

Plans for Turkish military intervention in the Syrian civil war mark a major escalation in the re-division of the Middle East led by the imperialist powers.

Turkey joins US war in Syria

By our Turkish correspondent, 25 July 2015

While joining the US war against ISIS, Ankara is simultaneously stepping up its offensive against Kurdish nationalist groups.

Atrocity sparks calls for Turkish intervention in Syria

By our Turkish correspondent, 22 July 2015

Dozens were killed by a suicide bomb outside a cultural center in a town on the Turkish border with Syria.

Turkey, Jordan discuss moves to seize territory in Syria

By Thomas Gaist, 1 July 2015

Turkish and Jordanian military forces are on the brink of intervening in Syria to establish occupation zones in the northern and southern areas of the country.

Erdogan’s AKP loses parliamentary majority in Turkey

By Halil Celik and Jean Shaoul, 10 June 2015

The main winner of Sunday’s election was the Kurdish People’s Democratic Party, which sought to reposition itself as a “left” party along the lines of Syriza in Greece.

Turkish election exposes deepening crisis of rule

By Halil Celik and Jean Shaoul, 6 June 2015

Turkey’s parliamentary election on Sunday takes place amid increasing social and political tensions that will intensify, whichever party wins.

Turkey says US agrees to provide air cover for anti-Assad “rebels” in Syria

By Niles Williamson, 26 May 2015

The provision of air cover by the US for its proxy forces on the ground in Syria would follow the pattern of the 2011 US-NATO air war in Libya.

Most Turkish auto workers end strike

By Jean Shaoul, 26 May 2015

The apparent concessions by the auto manufacturers reflect extreme nervousness on the part of the corporations and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government.

Thousands of auto workers strike in Turkey against Renault and union

By Halil Celik, 18 May 2015

The strike by 5,000 auto workers at the Renault plant in Bursat has quickly spread to other factories, with workers denouncing the pro-corporate Türk-Metal union.

Turkish government supports Saudi-led coalition’s attacks on Yemen

By Halil Celik, 31 March 2015

In supporting Saudi-led strikes in Yemen and taking a tougher line against Iran, Ankara is reconciling itself to the interests of US imperialism and Saudi Arabia.

Centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign: Turkish elite commemorates imperialist bloodbath

By Halil Celi, 25 March 2015

The Turkish ruling elite has promoted the glorification of the imperialist bloodbath at the Dardanelles as “the defence of the motherland.”

Turkey escalates involvement in Iraq-Syria war

By Halil Celik, 17 March 2015

Turkey was until recently reluctant to play an active role in the US-led coalition, and was subject to considerable criticism from the Western powers.

Turkish troops enter northern Syria

By Patrick Martin, 23 February 2015

The two-day operation, which reportedly began Saturday and ended Sunday, was denounced as a “flagrant aggression” by Syrian officials.

Turkish government mounts police state crackdown on opposition media

By Halil Celik, 16 December 2014

Early on Sunday, at least 25 people, including journalists, screen writers and former police chiefs were detained in nationwide police raids.

Mine disaster deepens crisis of Turkish government

By Isaac Finn, 30 October 2014

The mining disaster in Turkey led to the cancellation of celebrations of a national holiday.

US boosts support for Kurdish militia in Syria

By Peter Symonds, 21 October 2014

While the PYD and its armed wing are still on the US list of terrorist organisations, Secretary of State Kerry is rebadging them as Washington’s latest “valiant” freedom fighters.

Turkish government seeks new police state powers

By Jean Shaoul, 21 October 2014

According to Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc, the Homeland Security Reform Bill would “give the upper hand to the police” and “more space to resort to new tools and measures.”

Turkey’s role in ISIS conflict threatens to reignite civil war

By Jean Shaoul, 9 October 2014

Ankara is determined that anti-ISIS operations do not strengthen Kurdish forces in either Syria or Turkey itself.

ISIS gains provide further pretext for US ground troops in Iraq and Syria

By Mike Head, 7 October 2014

Air strikes by the US and its allies have failed to halt the ISIS siege of Kobane on the Syrian-Turkish border.

Turkey lines up for military role in Syria–Part 2

By Jean Shaoul, 1 October 2014

Turkish President Recep Erdogan has come under enormous pressure from Washington to join President Obama’s coalition for a new war of aggression in the Middle East.

Turkey lines up for military role in Syria–Part 1

By Jean Shaoul, 30 September 2014

Turkish President Recep Erdogan has come under enormous pressure from Washington to join President Obama’s coalition for a new war of aggression in the Middle East.

Turkey: Erdoğan’s presidential win presages deepening social, political conflicts

By Halil Celik and Jean Shaoul, 14 August 2014

The most striking feature of the vote was the low turnout in a country where voting is mandatory.

Turkey to hold first popular election for president

By Halil Celik, 8 August 2014

Behind the turn to a popular election, all the major parties are lining up behind the ruling class’s drive toward authoritarian rule and war.

Turkey moves toward talks with Kurdish nationalists

By Isaac Finn, 26 July 2014

The AKP government is establishing the legal basis for discussions with Kurdish militants in Iraq, Turkey, and Syria.

The crisis in Iraq and the response of the Turkish ruling class

By Halil Celik, 19 June 2014

The ISIS offensive in Iraq has revealed the corrupt and cynical character of the regional allies of American imperialism—first and foremost, the Turkish ruling class and its political representatives.

Turkey: Massive police operation against protesters

By Stefan Steinberg, 2 June 2014

In the past year at least twelve protesters have died at the hands of the state and thousands have been prosecuted for participation in protests.

Tensions mount in Turkey after second death in protests

By Bill Van Auken, 24 May 2014

Prime Minister Erdogan declared himself amazed at the “patience” of Turkish riot police after violent repression of protests over the Soma mine disaster left two dead in Istanbul.

Ten days since the Turkey mining massacre: Government and unions try to evade responsibility

By Halil Celik, 23 May 2014

The disaster at the Soma mine was a massacre motivated by greed for profit on the part of the company, knowingly and willfully supervised by the government.

Evidence mounts of criminal negligence in Turkish mine disaster

By Jerry White, 21 May 2014

More than a week after the disaster that killed 301 coal miners, evidence continues to emerge that the Turkish government sanctioned deadly conditions in the Soma mine.

After clashes, riot police put Turkish disaster mine under lockdown

By Patrick Martin, 19 May 2014

The Turkish government has responded to the country’s worst industrial disaster by sending in police to attack protesting workers.

Turkish mine explosion: 2010 report warned dangerous conditions could produce “disaster”

By Joseph Kishore, 17 May 2014

Turkish police used tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons against thousands of protesters Friday.

“All over the world, socialism and the ideas of the Fourth International are growing”

Turkish workers and youth salute the International May Day Online Rally

17 May 2014

Participants in the May 4 International Online Rally, organized by the International Committee of the Fourth International, sent messages of support and solidarity.

The Turkish catastrophe and the global mining slaughterhouse

By Jerry White, 16 May 2014

The horrific mine explosion in Turkey is not an unexplainable “accident” but the inevitable result of privatization, government neglect and the capitalist profit system.

Mining disaster in Turkey: Anger with the government grows

By Peter Schwarz, 16 May 2014

The disaster in Soma has revealed the dirty secret behind Turkey’s internationally acclaimed economic growth: the ruthless exploitation of the working class.

Protests erupt across Turkey as death toll in Soma mine disaster tops 274

By Alex Lantier, 15 May 2014

Anger exploded as the government defended the lack of safety precautions at the mine and proclaimed the catastrophe to be inevitable.

Corporate, government profiteering caused Soma mining catastrophe

By our correspondent, 15 May 2014

As they slashed costs and extracted super-profits at the Soma mine, corporate and state officials refused to invest in basic safety equipment that would have prevented the blast.