By Thomas Gaist, 14 May 2014
With more than 100 miners still trapped underground, Turkey's energy minister said hopes for rescue were "dimming."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Nick Beams, 29 January 2014
The massive rate hike followed warnings of financial “carnage” amid growing concerns over the stability of “emerging markets.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Alex Lantier, 9 August 2013
Top officers and officials were convicted of plotting coups against the Islamist regime, killings, and paramilitary operations.
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.
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.
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
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.
By Thomas Gaist, 19 June 2013
Turkish counterterrorism teams carried out mass arrests Tuesday of leftist opponents of the US-backed Erdogan regime.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Alex Lantier, 12 June 2013
Turkish riot police attacked protesters to clear Taksim Square yesterday afternoon in Istanbul, arresting hundreds of people.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Bill Van Auken, 4 June 2013
Confrontations between demonstrators and riot police continued Monday in Istanbul, Ankara and cities across Turkey.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Isaac Finn, 14 March 2013
Jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan is discussing a US-backed peace plan with the Turkish government.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
By Chris Marsden, 6 October 2012
Tens of thousands of anti-war protesters gathered in Istanbul, Thursday evening, opposing military action against Syria.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Jean Shaoul, 12 September 2011
Relations between Turkey and Israel have deteriorated sharply, despite US attempts to broker negotiations between the two countries.
By Jean Shaoul, 27 August 2011
Turkish jets invaded Iraqi airspace August 17-22, carrying out an intense bombardment of the Kurdish autonomous region.
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.
By Peter Schwarz, 14 June 2011
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party won the general election on Sunday.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Sinan Ikinci, 7 July 2009
The latest statistics reveal the devastating impact of the economic crisis on Turkey.
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.
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).
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.
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.
By our correspondent, 24 April 2009
Turkish steel workers have demanded details of contract negotiations from the leadership of the Türk Metal trade union.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Sinan Ikinci, 18 March 2009
Unemployment in Turkey has risen to record levels, with many branches of industry in free-fall.
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.
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.
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.
By Sinan Ikinci, 13 January 2009
Unemployment figures and the decline in industrial output are reaching record levels as a slump grips Turkish industry.
7 January 2009
We are posting a news report sent to the World Socialist Web Site by a reader from Istanbul.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.