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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CHP fails in alliance with Cemaat, rightist candidates and attempt to steer rebellion to the right

The Republican People’s Party (CHP) failed to achieve the results it expected in the 30 March local elections after turning its back on the June Revolt, which had presented both risks and a great opportunity for the party, abandoning the Alevis – whom it viewed as a slam dunk – to right-wing candidates, and following a rightist course with right-wing candidates. The party failed to increase its votes throug ...

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Turkey/Local elections: Widespread electricity cuts and media manipulation while vote counting

Vote counting is still ongoing in Turkey. While Turkey is still waiting for the “broadcasting ban” to end at 21.00 o’clock to start learning first official election results, widespread electricity cuts are reported in all over the country. In Hatay close to the Syrian border, Urfa, Van, Gaziantep and in some districts of İstanbul, electricity is cut and citizens are called to “sit over the ballot boxes” in ...

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An Open Attempt of Massacre: Brutal Police Attack on Peaceful Demonstrators in Berkin Elvan’s Funeral (Video footage, 12 March 014, Istanbul)

 On 12 March, in Istanbul nearly one million people participated in the funeral organised for Berkin Elvan, 14 years old boy, who was shot at his head by police forces by gas canister on 16th January during the Gezi Revolt and passed away on 11th March after resisting for 269 days. Peaceful demonstrators marched for 4 hours from Okmeydanı, the neighbourhood of Berkin Elvan to Osmanbey, another district clos ...

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Organizing for Public Lands in Community Hands – by Charlie Sciammas

Every once in a while newspapers fill cover stories with breathless photos of mass movements and social revolutions, chipping away at systems and institutions.  More often, elected leaders step forward as the face of change by instituting policy wins, reforms or new programs.  Rarely do we hear about the actions of everyday people, working in their neighborhoods day in and day out so that change can take ro ...

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Cambodia: Long Live the Heroic Struggle of the Textile Workers!

Prepare for a General Strike! Build an Independent Workers Party! Fight for a Workers’ and Peasants’ Government! Statement of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 18.1.2014, www.thecommunists.net 1.            Hundreds of thousands of Cambodian textile workers – most of them women – are engaged in a heroic struggle for higher minimum wages. Their protests have been met with brutal repr ...

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Ethem’s Family has no right of opposition!

4th July 2013 The appeal filed by Ethem Sarısülük’s family and their lawyers for concerning Ethem’s murderer’s going scot free has been rejected by the court, arguing that the family has no right of opposition. The court rejected the appeal filed by Ethem Sarısülük’s family, he who got murdered by a police bullet on the 1st of June in Kızılay Square during the “June Resistance”, for the police officer Ahmet ...

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“We are judging police from violence and harassment!”

Police, during the march in Dikmen, Ankara on June, 26 attacked the protesters with TOMA* and tear gas and took 10 people into custody. Member of People’s Houses, Eylem Karadağ, was also among the ones detained. She was exposed firstly to police violence and then harassment in the military vehicle called as “Scorpion”. She was also threatened with rape as a result of her resistance against the police. We, a ...

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