Turkey

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.

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.