Turkey

Explosion at Turkish coal mine kills at least 238

By Thomas Gaist, 14 May 2014

With more than 100 miners still trapped underground, Turkey's energy minister said hopes for rescue were "dimming."

German President Gauck visits Turkey—the arrogance of German imperialism

By Peter Schwarz, 2 May 2014

German President Joachim Gauck provoked a bitter public row during an official state visit to Turkey with sharp criticism of the government of Recip Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkish parliament adopts law strengthening secret service

By Halil Celik, 21 April 2014

The action is a further step by the government of Prime Minister Erdogan in building up a powerful police/intelligence apparatus against the working class and youth.

Erdogan’s AKP wins Turkish municipal elections

By Peter Schwarz, 1 April 2014

The AKP’s election victory will not defuse the tense political situation in Turkey. On election night, Erdogan threatened his political opponents.

Turkish officials plan false-flag attacks to create pretext for war with Syria

By Alex Lantier, 29 March 2014

Leaked recordings show that top Turkish diplomats and intelligence officials planned covert attacks on Turkish forces to justify starting a war with Syria.

Turkey shoots down Syrian fighter jet

By Halil Celik and Ulrich Rippert, 26 March 2014

Just days before regional elections, Turkey’s government led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is increasingly unstable.

Protests in Turkey threaten Erdogan government

By Jean Shaoul, 15 March 2014

Protests have erupted across Turkey in response to the death of a 15-year-old initially injured in anti-government demonstrations last June.

Erdogan crisis destabilises Turkey

By Jean Shaoul, 5 March 2014

The turmoil within the Turkish ruling elite comes in the wake of the political crisis provoked by sudden shifts in US imperialism’s Middle East policy.

Turkish interest rate leaps amid currency market turmoil

By Nick Beams, 29 January 2014

The massive rate hike followed warnings of financial “carnage” amid growing concerns over the stability of “emerging markets.”

Amid mounting political crisis, Turkey shifts policy on Syria

By Isaac Finn, 17 January 2014

Confronted with a government corruption scandal and growing instability on the Turkish-Syrian border, the AKP government has signaled a sudden shift in policy.

Corruption scandal threatens to implode Turkish regime

By Jean Shaoul, 14 January 2014

Turkey is in the grip of an escalating political crisis over a huge corruption scandal involving the State Bank and sons of top officials.

Protests hit Turkey as corruption probes target Erdogan government

By Johannes Stern, 31 December 2013

The government of prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is coming under increasing pressure from protesters at home and also faces growing international criticism.

Power struggle intensifies in Turkey

By Justus Leicht and Stefan Steinberg, 28 December 2013

The current wave of cabinet resignations signals a major crisis for the Erdogan government, which has held power since 2003.

Syrian “rebel” factions battle each other on Turkish border

By Bill Van Auken, 4 October 2013

The local population, unwilling bystanders to the armed conflict between Al Qaeda fanatics and vicious criminals, only want them all to go away and leave them alone.

Hundreds of Turkish officers, officials sentenced in Ergenekon trial

By Alex Lantier, 9 August 2013

Top officers and officials were convicted of plotting coups against the Islamist regime, killings, and paramilitary operations.

Turkish police crack down on internal opposition

By Stefan Steinberg, 23 July 2013

As part of its ongoing crackdown on political opposition, the Istanbul police carried out a series of raids last week.

Turkish police attack demonstrators attempting to enter Gezi Park

By Stefan Steinberg, 10 July 2013

Turkish riot police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to block protesters from entering Gezi Park, the scene of repeated conflicts between police and demonstrators last month.

Turkish police renew attacks on protesters

By Justus Leicht, 25 June 2013

After six days of relative calm, the Turkish police resumed their violent attacks on demonstrators Saturday, using tear gas, water cannon, rubber bullets and batons

Turkish unions, business groups back crackdown on Taksim Square protest

By Thomas Gaist and Alex Lantier, 20 June 2013

Twenty business groups and union federations issued a statement Wednesday calling on protesters to abandon their occupation of Taksim Square.

Security forces raid homes across Turkey as top officials threaten military crackdown

By Thomas Gaist, 19 June 2013

Turkish counterterrorism teams carried out mass arrests Tuesday of leftist opponents of the US-backed Erdogan regime.

Turkish minister threatens to mobilize the army against protests

By Stefan Steinberg, 18 June 2013

In a new escalation of state repression, the Turkish government threatened on Monday to mobilize the army against demonstrators.

Turkish PM Erdogan mobilizes supporters and violently clears Gezi Park

By our correspondents, 17 June 2013

The AKP government is emboldened in its arrogance and brutality by its support from the US and other imperialist powers.

Turkey, Syria and the hypocrisy of US imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 14 June 2013

The social upheavals in Turkey, arguably Washington’s most important regional ally, have torn to shreds the phony democratic pretenses and exposed the hypocrisy of US policy in the region.

US-backed Turkish government threatens violent crackdown

By Johannes Stern, 14 June 2013

The US-backed Turkish government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is preparing for a massive police crackdown on anti-government protests.

Turkish police launch brutal crackdown on Taksim Square protests

By Alex Lantier, 12 June 2013

Turkish riot police attacked protesters to clear Taksim Square yesterday afternoon in Istanbul, arresting hundreds of people.

Turkish protests grow as Erdogan calls counter-demonstrations

By Alex Lantier, 10 June 2013

Protests against the Islamist government of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan grew over the weekend, as Erdogan called counter-demonstrations.

Erdogan vows to run roughshod over continuing protests in Turkey

By Alex Lantier, 7 June 2013

The Turkish prime minister vowed to continue with plans to destroy Taksim Gezi Park in Istanbul, which triggered large-scale protests against his regime last week.

Turkey at the crossroads

By Bill Van Auken, 6 June 2013

The massive protests of the past week have deep roots in the growth of social inequality that has accompanied Turkey’s closer integration into the capitalist world market.

Turkish police round up young protesters for use of social media

By Bill Van Auken, 6 June 2013

Dozens of people ranging in age from 18 to 24 have been rounded up in the Turkish port city of Izmir on charges of “encouraging rebellion” through the use of Twitter and other social media.

Strikes spread with two killed in Turkish protests

By Bill Van Auken, 5 June 2013

A second major Turkish trade union federation, DISK, called a one-day general strike for June 5 in response to the government’s nationwide repression of protests.

Turkish clashes continue as Erdogan brands protesters “extremists”

By Bill Van Auken, 4 June 2013

Confrontations between demonstrators and riot police continued Monday in Istanbul, Ankara and cities across Turkey.

Mass protests shake Turkish government

By Alex Lantier, 3 June 2013

The protests reflect rising discontent with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s domestic policies and his support for the US-led proxy war in neighboring Syria.

Reports suggest Syrian opposition involvement in Turkish bombings

By Thomas Gaist, 14 May 2013

Despite evidence that groups involved in the campaign against the Syrian regime were behind the bombings, Turkish leaders are pushing to use them as a pretext for war.

Agreement reached between Turkish government and Kurdish nationalist PKK

By Justus Leicht, 29 March 2013

Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed Kurdish nationalist leader, called for a ceasefire on March 21, the traditional Kurdish Newroz festival.

Agreement reached between Turkish government and Kurdish nationalist PKK

By Justus Leicht, 28 March 2013

Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed Kurdish nationalist leader, called for a ceasefire on March 21, the traditional Kurdish Newroz festival.

Kurdish nationalists pursue US-backed talks with Turkey

By Isaac Finn, 14 March 2013

Jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan is discussing a US-backed peace plan with the Turkish government.

Eight workers killed in Turkish mining disaster

By Isaac Finn, 12 January 2013

Eight coal miners were killed January 7 by a methane gas leak in Turkey’s Black Sea province of Zonguldak.

Turkey’s foreign minister demands war in the name of “human rights”

By Niall Green, 22 October 2012

Speaking with the Guardian newspaper, Ahmet Davutoglu employed the lie that a war against Syria was necessary to defend “human rights.”

Turkey leads US-sponsored military encirclement of Syria

By Chris Marsden, 18 October 2012

Despite concerns of blowback in Syria due to the arming of jihadist groups, a military build-up on Syria’s borders is proceeding apace.

Turkey’s hijacking of Syrian plane raises specter of wider war

By Bill Van Auken, 13 October 2012

Turkey’s forcing down of a Syrian passenger plane flying from Moscow has escalated tensions in the region and drawn a sharp protest from the Russian government.

Mass protest against threatened Turkey-Syria war

By Chris Marsden, 6 October 2012

Tens of thousands of anti-war protesters gathered in Istanbul, Thursday evening, opposing military action against Syria.

Turkey attacks Syria after stray shelling

By Bill Van Auken, 4 October 2012

Turkey’s military attacked Syria Wednesday after a stray shell from Syria killed five in a Turkish border town. With Ankara invoking NATO’s collective defense agreement, the danger is rising of a direct Western intervention.

AKP government moves against Turkish army

By Jean Shaoul, 29 September 2012

Several generals were sentenced to lengthy prison terms on charges of plotting a coup against the Islamist AKP government.

Turkish government raises consumption taxes

By Isaac Finn, 28 September 2012

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has announced plans to raise consumption tax on automobiles, petroleum products, and alcoholic drinks to help pay off the budget deficit.

Turkey ramps up war threats against Syria

By Chris Marsden, 11 September 2012

Turkey has escalated its war rhetoric against Syria, placing itself at the forefront of any military intervention to depose the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

US escalates CIA intervention on Syrian-Turkish border

By Bill Van Auken, 8 September 2012

Washington is rushing a beefed-up contingent of CIA operatives to the border between Turkey and Syria in a bid to escalate the war for regime change.

US coordinates with Turkey in proxy Syria war

By Chris Marsden, 16 August 2012

US efforts to bring down the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria focus on collusion with Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP).

New York Times gives glimpse of sectarian bloodbath being prepared by Syria intervention

By Bill Van Auken, 8 August 2012

An article published last week in the New York Times on the spillover of sectarian tensions from Syria into Turkey belies the “democratic” and “humanitarian” pretexts for the ever more violent drive for regime change by the US and its allies.

Turkey attacks Kurds, threatens military action against Syria

By Chris Marsden, 7 August 2012

On the eve of an expected offensive in Aleppo by the Syrian regime, Turkey has threatened to invade Syria.

US seeks casus belli

Downed Turkish jet pretext for new provocations against Syria

By Joseph Kishore, 26 June 2012

The major imperialist powers, led by the United States, have issued a series of bellicose statements after Syria shot down a Turkish war plane that had entered its airspace.

Washington’s hypocrisy over Russian arms in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 23 June 2012

Western denunciations of Russia for sending back refurbished helicopters to Syria recall nothing so much as the old adage, “Do as I say, not as I do.”

Turkey threatens intervention into Iraq

By James Cogan, 26 January 2012

The Turkish stance toward Maliki is inseparable from the broader US-backed drive to shatter the regional influence of Iran.

Former Turkish army chief of staff arrested

By Peter Schwarz, 13 January 2012

The former chief of staff of the Turkish army, Ilker Basbug, was arrested last Friday in Istanbul, accused of leading a “terrorist organisation” and planning to overthrow the AKP (Justice and Development Party) government.

France prepares ban on denying a Turkish genocide of Armenians

By F. Dubois, 30 December 2011

The National Assembly’s passage on December 22 of a law banning the public denial of the Armenian genocide has provoked a major diplomatic crisis between France and Turkey.

Death toll rises in Turkish earthquake

By Stefan Steinberg, 26 October 2011

The principal reason for the high rate of casualties following Sunday’s earthquake is the lack of proper building standards.

Turkey launches anti-Kurdish raids into northern Iraq

By I.K. Karlsson, 25 October 2011

Turkey has launched a major incursion into northern Iraq after Turkish soldiers were killed in a raid by Kurdish PKK militants in the Turkish-Iraqi border region.

Turkey’s Erdogan tours North African capitals

By Jean Shaoul, 20 September 2011

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week visited the three North African capitals that have seen the ouster of longstanding regimes—Cairo, Tunis and Tripoli.

Growing tensions between Turkey and Israel

By Jean Shaoul, 12 September 2011

Relations between Turkey and Israel have deteriorated sharply, despite US attempts to broker negotiations between the two countries.

Turkey’s assault on Kurds in Iraq presages regional conflicts

By Jean Shaoul, 27 August 2011

Turkish jets invaded Iraqi airspace August 17-22, carrying out an intense bombardment of the Kurdish autonomous region.

Israel threatens violence against Gaza aid convoy

By Robert Stevens, 29 June 2011

Israel has threatened violent repression against the Freedom Flotilla II aid convoy, due to sail this week on route to Gaza.

Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan wins third term

By Peter Schwarz, 14 June 2011

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party won the general election on Sunday.

Child labour in Turkey exposes growing social inequality

By our correspondent, 18 August 2010

The most glaring indicator in Turkey of economic inequality and social stratification is the high rate of child labour.

US-Turkish tensions and the Israeli assault on the Gaza flotilla

By Alex Lantier, 11 June 2010

The standoff that has developed between Turkey and Israel over Israel’s deadly assault on a flotilla delivering humanitarian supplies to Gaza highlights the explosive consequences of the breakdown of the US-Turkish-Israeli alliance.

A wave of mine disasters

By Mike Head, 31 May 2010

Yet another mining disaster, in which 17 miners died in a reported dynamite explosion in central China last Saturday, has highlighted the ongoing sacrifice of mine workers’ lives around the world for profit and increased output.

Trapped miners found dead in Turkey

By Mike Head, 22 May 2010

Rescuers have reached the bodies of 28 of the coal miners who had been trapped by a huge explosion at a state-run Karadon mine, near the Turkish Black Sea port of Zonguldak

Miners trapped underground in Turkish coal disaster

By Mike Head, 20 May 2010

Hopes are fading for the survival of 32 miners who were trapped underground by an explosion on Monday at a state-run mine near the Turkish Black Sea port of Zonguldak.

US-Turkey tensions mount over resolution on Armenian genocide

By Justus Leicht, 9 March 2010

While newspapers in Germany and other European countries have interpreted the adoption of the Armenian resolution by the US House Foreign Affairs Committee as a setback for Obama, the Turkish media see it more as an American-Israeli attempt to exert pressure on Turkey.

Senior military officers arrested in Turkey

By Justus Leicht, 26 February 2010

The arrest of a number of senior officers has brought the long-festering conflict between the government and the military in Turkey to a new climax.

Turkish foreign policy: growing conflicts with the West

By Justus Leicht, 20 January 2010

Tensions have been growing in the relations between Turkey and Israel for some time, and a major foreign policy crisis was only recently averted at the last moment.

Turkish Constitutional Court bans Kurdish party

By Justus Leicht, 16 December 2009

Turkey’s highest court has ordered that the Kurdish nationalist Democratic Society Party (DTP) be disbanded and has banned a number of its functionaries from holding political office.

Turkey: The Kurdish question takes centre stage

By Kerem Kaya, 31 August 2009

In recent weeks, the AKP (Justice and Development Party) government has taken steps—since dubbed the “democratic process”—towards addressing the Kurdish question through peaceful rather than military means.

Turkish unions agree to sell-out contract for public workers

By Sinan Ikinci, 10 July 2009

The Turkish trade unions have played a crucial role in the decline in living standards experienced by workers during the past 15 years.

Turkish economy in freefall

By Sinan Ikinci, 7 July 2009

The latest statistics reveal the devastating impact of the economic crisis on Turkey.

Dramatic decline in Turkish wages

By Sinan Ikinci, 30 June 2009

Figures recently released by the Turkish Statistical Institute reveal that in the first quarter of 2009, as Turkey was being hit hard by the global financial crisis, not only real wages but also nominal wages in industry decreased substantially.

Document points to alleged military plot against Turkish government

By Sinan Ikinci, 23 June 2009

On June 12, the daily newspaper Taraf published a new document, which allegedly reveals fresh plans by the Turkish military to discredit and destabilize the ruling Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP).

Turkish unemployment soars to record level

By Sinan Ikinici, 20 May 2009

Despite platitudes from the Turkish government seeking to assure the population that a recovery is “around the corner,” unemployment has soared to its highest level ever.

Massacre in Kurdish area highlights Turkey’s “village guard” system

By Justus Leicht, 13 May 2009

Gunmen from a local “village guard” killed 44 people at a wedding party in the mainly Kurdish-populated region of Turkey on May 4.

Turkey: Metal workers protest threat of wage cut

By our correspondent, 24 April 2009

Turkish steel workers have demanded details of contract negotiations from the leadership of the Türk Metal trade union.

Right-wing nationalists win Northern Cyprus elections

By Sinan Ikinci, 22 April 2009

The right-wing nationalist UBP (National Unity Party), led by Dervis Eroglu, won a landslide victory in Sunday’s early national elections in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC).

Obama visit signals increased role for Turkey and greater tensions

By Kerem Kaya, 17 April 2009

The recent visit by US President Barack Obama to Turkey confirms that the US plans to build up Turkey as a regional policeman to secure US interests in the Caucasus, the Middle East and Central Asia.

Obama pursues US strategic interests in Turkey

By Bill Van Auken, 7 April 2009

In his two-day visit to Turkey, President Obama sought to distance himself from the disastrous foreign policy legacy of George W. Bush while pursuing the same strategic interests of US imperialism that motivated the wars launched by his predecessor.

Turkey: Municipal elections reveal deep socio-political divisions

By Sinan Ikinci, 1 April 2009

Losses for the ruling AKP reflect a growing political polarisation in Turkey. The results represent the first electoral setback for the AKP since 2002.

Turkish municipal elections dominated by economic, political crisis

By Sinan Ikinci, 27 March 2009

Municipal elections scheduled for March 29 in Turkey are bringing into sharp relief the impact of the global economic crisis and the internecine warfare between two factions of the ruling elite, the Islamists and Kemalists.

Turkish unemployment at record rates

By Sinan Ikinci, 18 March 2009

Unemployment in Turkey has risen to record levels, with many branches of industry in free-fall.

Turkey: 12 years since the last military intervention, new coup feared

By Sinan Ikinci, 2 March 2009

Twelve years after the Turkish military last presented an ultimatum to the Islamist-dominated coalition government, there are growing discussions in Turkey of the dangers of a military coup.

40,000 demonstrate against Turkish government as economic crisis deepens

By our correspondent, 18 February 2009

In a protest organised by the Turkish trade unions, some 40,000 people demonstrated in Istanbul February 15 against the AKP government. The unions themselves have lost membership and credibility.

Union bureaucracy victimizes militants at Turkish factories

By Sinan Ikinci, 30 January 2009

The Turkish trade unions have collaborated with management to isolate and victimize militants at factories as the economic and financial crisis has deepened.

Further slump in Turkey’s industrial output

By Sinan Ikinci, 13 January 2009

Unemployment figures and the decline in industrial output are reaching record levels as a slump grips Turkish industry.

Eyewitness report of metal factory occupation in Turkey

7 January 2009

We are posting a news report sent to the World Socialist Web Site by a reader from Istanbul.

Turkish trade unions collaborate in imposing poverty wages

By Sinan Ikinci, 29 December 2008

The Turkish trade unions have collaborated in setting a new minimum wage that fails to meet elementary requirements for workers.

Recession looms for Turkish economy as job losses accelerate

By Sinan Ikinci, 18 December 2008

Turkish economic growth slowed in the third quarter, hitting a six-year low. Gross domestic product expanded by only 0.5 percent. Worse is yet to come.

Turkey hit hard by international finance crisis

By Sinan Ikinci, 8 December 2008

Prime Minister Erdogan is expressing unfounded optimism about the Turkey economy, even as industrial output plunges and the jobless rate continues to rise.

Turkish economy heading toward recession

By Sinan Ikinci, 13 November 2008

Turkey’s industrial output declined for the second consecutive month in September, according to figures released by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TUIK) on Monday. Factory after factory is halting production, both temporarily and permanently.

Turkey: Financial crisis hits textile industry

By Sinan Ikinci, 11 November 2008

The Turkish economy has entered a deep and protracted decline, hitting the textile industry particularly hard and threatening the jobs and living standards of millions of working people.

Turkish court provides explanation of its ban on headscarves

By Sinan Ikinci, 30 October 2008

Turkey’s Constitutional Court has provided a long-awaited explanation of its annulment of constitutional amendments that served to ban Muslim headscarves.

Turkey: Another political detainee tortured and killed in prison

By our reporter, 15 October 2008

Turkish police, prison officers and gendarmerie tortured and killed 29-year-old Engin Ceber, who had been arrested along with three others while distributing a legal magazine in Istanbul.

Turkish manufacturing sector hit hard by financial crisis

By Sinan Ikinci, 11 October 2008

On Wednesday, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TUIK) announced that industrial output, a leading indicator of economic growth, decreased in August at a 4 percent annual rate. In August 2007 industrial production in Turkey increased by 6.3 percent.

As the international finance crisis intensifies

Turkish economy falters

By Sinan Ikinci, 1 October 2008

Turkish prime minister and leader of the Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP) Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a televised address to the nation on Sunday to inspire confidence in the markets and proclaim the resiliency of the country’s economy in the face of the ongoing global economic crisis.

Corruption scandal shakes Turkish building workers union

By Sinan Ikinci, 13 September 2008

A massive corruption scandal has erupted in the Union of Road Building and Construction Workers of Turkey, revealing that the union leaders have been pocketing huge sums of money and engaging in other corrupt activities.

Georgian conflict poses dilemma for Turkey

The “Straits Question”

By Sinan Ikinci and Peter Schwarz, 9 September 2008

Given the proximity of Turkey to Georgia and its intense economic and political involvement in the region, the Turkish government’s reaction to the conflict between Georgia and Russia has been remarkably muted.