Is this the end of democracy? – Mehmet Taş

The political philosopher Francis Fukuyama, in an interview in 1992, predicted that  “after all, the collapse of communism and Soviet Union humanity would march slowly toward the global civilisation of freedom and peace”. Since then, millions have looked forward to seeing a peaceful and flourishing planet. However, a quarter of a century has passed, and hardly anyone could argue that we are any closer to th ...

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Photos of Resistance, Solidarity, Immigration and Hope from Kobanê

On September 25, Kurdish people and revolutionists from Turkey came to Pirsus (Suruç) from Istanbul, and kept guard in Eğrice (Bêdhê) which is a village just at the Turkey-Syria border. On September 26, in order to support Kobanê people and act with solidarity, they passed through the mined territory and entered into Kobanê that is surrounded by IS (Islamic State) groups who augmented their attacks towards ...

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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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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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