100th day after the Soma Massacre* – Kıvanç Eliaçık

With each passing day, we understand better that what happened on 13th May in Soma was not an accident but a result of economic and political regulations. It has been more than a hundred days since reportedly 301 miners were killed. There is neither a prosecution nor preventive measures for similar incidents in the mines. Instead of this a strict ban on commemorations, protests and union activities has been ...

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Ukraine: Destructive engagements – Joachim Becker

The EU passed unanimously a package of economic sanctions against Russia. These sanctions restrict massively the access of Russian state-controlled banks to the EU financial market, the export of high technology for oil extraction and ban arms exports. With these sanctions, the EU finally fell in with the hard-line of the US government against Russia though some governments – like the German government – ha ...

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How I was tortured on May Day – Umur Ozan

I am one of many who got detained on May Day in Beşiktaş, Istanbul. I wrote this text because I think everyone (and not only my family and friends) should know that what we experienced was unlawful. May Day was not a holiday in the advertising agency I work. Early in the morning I left my house for work, but I was not able to catch the bus because police would not let me go to the main avenue. I took anothe ...

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State-ownership: On the Road for Making Public – Thomas Marois & Ali Rıza Gungen

Neoliberal promises that private ownership can resolve all developmental problems have proven not only economically hollow, but physically dangerous. Consequently, the latest mine disaster in Soma brought back in the debate of nationalisation in Turkey.[1] Liberals were quick to declare the disaster a result of careless ways of making business and as a failure to imitate working conditions in the West. The ...

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Zizek replics in Trier’s Nymphomaniac – Engin Kurtay

Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac, banned after first impressions at the Istanbul Independent Film Festival (IF), is worthy of being analyzed scene by scene. The arts and culture community in Turkey must be grateful to the Ministry of Culture censorship (officially called "rating") board for having banned the film! They could not have done better to ignite public interest for this masterpiece at a time when int ...

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Turkey’s neoliberal death toll: Hundreds of miners died in great Soma massacre

On Tuesday, May 13, at 15.00, Turkey witnessed one of the greatest workplace murders in its history. More than 700 mine workers were trapped in Soma Coal, a private lignite mine in Soma, in the western province of Manisa. The Justice and Development Party (AKP) government has tried to minimize the figures, while deploying hundreds of military troops and police forces to the town and the miners’ village of E ...

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The day before May Day in İstanbul / Turkey

Unions, including the Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions (DİSK) and the Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions (KESK) had renewed their request, underlining that the measure was incompatible with previous decisions ruled by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ensuring freedom of assembly. More than 60 organisations including labor unions and political parties intent on defying a government ...

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NATO and Turkey’s genocidal war on Syria – Cem Ertür

“President [Obama] has been clear: Any [military] action that he might decide to take will be a limited and tailored response to ensure that a despot’s brutal and flagrant use of chemical weapons is held accountable.” [U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, speech at the U.S. State Department, Washington D.C., 30 August 2013] 1 “What matters is to weaken the regime to the point where it gives up power. [...] W ...

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Turkey’s leftist-socialist forces to call for a return to streets after elections

Leftist and socialist parties, together with democratic societal organizations, have called for a return to the streets and the strengthening of the struggle to overcome the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the wake of the 30 March local elections. Parties and other organizations outlined both their victories and engaged in self-criticism in their analyses of the results. Peace and Democracy Party (BD ...

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The Red Line and the Rat Line: Seymour M. Hersh on Obama, Erdoğan and the Syrian rebels

In 2011 Barack Obama led an allied military intervention in Libya without consulting the US Congress. Last August, after the sarin attack on the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, he was ready to launch an allied air strike, this time to punish the Syrian government for allegedly crossing the ‘red line’ he had set in 2012 on the use of chemical weapons.​* Then with less than two days to go before the planned strike ...

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