Turkey

US escalates trade war against Turkey as Ankara moves to attack workers

By Alex Lantier, 17 August 2018

Washington is waging trade war on Turkey even as the financial collapse of the lira currency tears apart the Turkish economy.

Turkish crisis hits working people

By Halil Celik, 16 August 2018

The Turkish lira’s free-fall against the US dollar and the euro is having immediate repercussions on prices of goods and services.

The global implications of the Turkish lira crisis

By Nick Beams, 16 August 2018

Ten years after the 2008 financial crisis, the growing intensity of economic warfare threatens to collapse the financial house of cards created by the multi-trillion-dollar bailout of the global banking system.

The Turkish crisis and the threat of world war

By Bill Van Auken, 15 August 2018

Underlying the reckless and punishing attack by Washington on Turkey’s economy are predatory geostrategic aims that are threatening to drag humanity into a new world war.

Erdogan charges US “stab in the back” as Turkey crisis deepens

By Bill Van Auken, 14 August 2018

The Turkish president vowed to retaliate against “traitors” undermining the economy as the lira slid again precipitously on Monday.

World markets brace for impact of Turkish lira crisis

By Nick Beams, 13 August 2018

The European Central Bank has put on watch major European banks that are heavily exposed to Turkish debt.

Turkish lira plunges as US trade war measures strangle Turkish economy

By Alex Lantier and Halil Celik, 11 August 2018

President Trump is trying to use trade tariffs to compel Ankara to step up attacks on the working class and totally subordinate its foreign policy to US imperialism’s demands.

012 Turkish elections

26 June 2018

Erdogan wins Turkish elections with reduced majority

By Halil Celik, 25 June 2018

The electoral success of Erdogan and his AKP is mainly due to the bankruptcy and anti-working-class character of the opposition.

On the eve of Turkish elections: Erdogan prepares new intrigues and a major crackdown

By Halil Celik, 20 June 2018

In a short video, Erdogan asks his cadres to secure AKP majorities on ballot box monitoring committees, to “finish the job in Istanbul before it has even started.”

070 Turkey election

19 June 2018

Support the Socialist Equality group in Turkey!

Statement of the SE group, in sympathy with the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI), on the snap elections in Turkey

14 June 2018

On June 24, more than 59 million voters will go to the polls in snap parliamentary and presidential elections called by the Turkish government.

Turkish sympathizing group of the ICFI adopts new name

By the Socialist Equality Group (Turkey), 8 June 2018

Toplumsal Esitlik (TE–the Social Equality Group) has changed its name to Sosyalist Esitlik (SE–Socialist Equality Group).

Turkey’s petty-bourgeois left lines up behind bourgeois pro-NATO opposition

By Halil Celik, 26 May 2018

Turkish pseudo-left parties and organisations are lining up behind the pro-NATO and pro-EU bourgeois opposition parties in the upcoming election.

Statement of the Turkish supporters of the ICFI on the Israeli massacre of Palestinians in Gaza

By Toplumsal Eşitlik, 19 May 2018

The Toplumsal Eşitlik (Social Equality) group condemns the massacre carried out by Israeli troops, as well as the cynical attempts of the Turkish government to pose as defenders of the Palestinian people.

US withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal drives Ankara into a corner

By Halil Celik, 14 May 2018

Washington’s reimposition of punishing economic sanctions on Iran, and its plans to force other countries to follow suit, threatens to roil the already crisis-ridden Turkish economy.

Turkish government calls snap election for June 24

By Halil Celik, 21 April 2018

Amid a deepening economic crisis, the Erdogan government has decided to hold parliamentary and presidential elections 17 months ahead of schedule.

Turkish, Russian and Iranian presidents meet in Ankara

By Halil Celik, 10 April 2018

The presidents of Turkey, Russia and Iran came together in Ankara April 4 to discuss developments in Syria as well as the relations between the three countries.

Stop the prosecution of left-wing anti-war students in Turkey

Statement of Toplumsal Esitlik—the ICFI’s Turkish supporters, 28 March 2018

The crackdown against Bogazici University students is part of broader repression against the workers and youth by President Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party.

Turkey’s seizure of Afrin and the growing threat of a regional war in the Middle East

By Halil Celik, 21 March 2018

While drifting away from its NATO partners, Ankara has forged closer relations, including both trade and military ties, with Russia and Iran, two main targets of US imperialism.

Trade disputes further erode Turkish-US-relations

By Halil Celik, 12 March 2018

New US tariffs threaten the economy of Turkey, whose steel exports to the US were worth $1.2 billion last year, while aluminum exports reached $78.5 million.

Turkish government escalates crackdown on opposition as toll of Afrin invasion mounts

By Halil Celik, 9 March 2018

More than 200 Turkish journalists are behind bars, while another 2,500 have lost their jobs following a media purge by the Erdogan government.

Tensions over Syria further undermine Turkish-NATO relations

By Halil Celik, 28 February 2018

Turkish government officials insist that the UN’s ceasefire resolution does not apply to Ankara’s invasion of the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin, which they claim is directed against “terrorists”.

Syrian government offensive prompts calls for intensified US military intervention

By Jordan Shilton, 22 February 2018

US media outlets have seized on the escalation of violence to call for the expansion of Washington’s illegal military intervention.

Syrian conflict further escalates as pro-Syrian forces enter Afrin

By Halil Celik, 22 February 2018

The multi-sided conflict in Syria is becoming increasingly complex and entangled, with Turkish, Syrian Kurdish and Syrian forces now facing each other in the same small area.

Tillerson declares US-Turkey relations in “crisis”

By Jordan Shilton and Halil Celik, 17 February 2018

The announcement of a joint initiative to manage conflicting interests in Syria could not conceal the deep rift between the two NATO allies.

Russians reported killed in US strikes in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 10 February 2018

The reports of Russian casualties came as Turkey resumed its own air strikes against the Kurdish enclave of Afrin.

US threat to escalate Syria war over alleged gas attacks

By Bill Van Auken, 7 February 2018

Washington’s threat to retaliate over alleged use of chemical weapons comes amid a steady widening of the multi-sided war in Syria.

Turkish employers grant pay raises in hopes of appeasing metalworkers

By Halil Celik, 2 February 2018

With social tensions growing along with opposition to the Turkish invasion of Syria, the employers association granted a 24.6 percent wage increase to 130,000 metalworkers.

US escalates war for annexation of Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 25 January 2018

In Syria, the Pentagon’s declared shift from the “war on terror” to great power conflict has already been realized in bloody facts on the ground.

Ankara cracks down on opposition to Turkish invasion of Syria

By Halil Celik, 24 January 2018

As Turkey’s military operation against US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria entered its fourth day, at least 50 people had been arrested across Turkey.

Turkey invades Syria to attack US-backed Kurdish forces

By Halil Celik and Alex Lantier, 22 January 2018

The Turkish invasion points to a historic breakdown of the NATO alliance, of which the United States and Turkey are both members.

US announces indefinite deployment of military forces in Syria

By James Cogan, 19 January 2018

The pretext that the motive of the US in Syria was to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has been cast aside.

Turkish attack on Syrian Kurds marks major escalation in Middle East

By Halil Celik, 19 January 2018

The attack on Syria’s Afrin region is Turkey’s hostile response to the US announcement that it will continue supporting Kurdish forces as its key proxies in Syria.

US indicts Turkish banker Mehmet Atilla amid mounting US-Turkish tensions

By Halil Celik, 6 December 2017

The case poses a direct threat to Turkish President Recept Tayyip Erdogan, amid mounting divisions over US wars in Syria and Iraq, and US threats against Iran.

Russia, Turkey, Iran meet on Syria at Sochi Summit

By Halil Celik, 23 November 2017

The presidents of Turkey, Russia and Iran met at a summit in Sochi, a Black Sea resort town, to discuss the political future of Syria.

Crisis erupts as Turkey is labelled a hostile power in NATO military exercise

By Halil Celik, 21 November 2017

Ankara has demanded apologies after NATO technicians labelled the Turkish president an “enemy collaborator” and the founder of the Republic of Turkey a “hostile leader.”

US, Turkey suspend visa services in diplomatic row

By Halil Celik, 10 October 2017

The move comes amid deterioration in ties between the two NATO allies and the Trump administration’s war threats against North Korea and Iran.

Washington condemns Kurdish referendum as Iraq mobilizes its army

By Halil Celik, 3 October 2017

Washington has long promoted the KRG, but views its current independence bid as an obstacle to US plans to escalate military-strategic confrontation with Iran.

Turkey threatens Iraqi Kurdish government with war

By Halil Celik, 27 September 2017

Turkish President Erdogan has warned Iraq’s Kurdish Regional Government that its bid to create an independent state could trigger “ethnic war.”

Iraqi Kurdish referendum stokes Mideast war tensions

By Jean Shaoul and Jordan Shilton, 25 September 2017

Washington has long served as a patron of the Kurdish Regional Government but opposed the referendum fearing it would create greater regional instability.

Turkey threatens war over Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum

By Halil Celik, 25 September 2017

Turkey, Iran, and Iraq have all made clear that they view the Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum as a dire threat to their territorial integrity.

Berlin intensifies agitation against Turkey

By Johannes Stern, 25 August 2017

Foreign policy relations between Berlin and Ankara have reached a new low amid hysterical denunciations of the Turkish government by German politicians.

Turkey launches mass trial of officers charged in July 2016 coup attempt

By Halil Celik, 4 August 2017

On August 1, Ankara’s Fourth Criminal Court launched a trial of 486 defendants accused of complicity in the attempted coup in Turkey on July 15 of last year.

070 Turkey

27 July 2017

German government escalates confrontation with Turkey

By Johannes Stern, 24 July 2017

Last week, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel announced a realignment in the government’s policy toward Turkey.

Turkish-Russian missile deal escalates Turkey-NATO conflict

By Halil Celik, 21 July 2017

By obtaining its first long-range air and anti-missile defense system from Russia, Turkey could conceivably close its skies to NATO fighters if necessary.

100 Anti-Erdogan protests in Turkey

12 July 2017

Preface to the Turkish edition of The Heritage We Defend

By David North, 23 June 2017

A Turkish language edition of The Heritage We Defend by David North will be released next month by Mehring Yayıncılık, the publishing house of the Socialist Equality Group (Toplumsal Esitlik), the Trotskyist organization in Turkey working in political solidarity with the International Committee of the Fourth International. The Heritage We Defend was originally published in 1988. We are posting the preface for the Turkish edition written by David North.

Turkey prepares to send troops to Qatar in conflict with Saudi Arabia

By Halil Celik and Alex Lantier, 9 June 2017

With the tacit consent of imperialist powers in Europe, Turkey is siding with Qatar in a conflict with Saudi Arabia and the Trump administration.

Germany to withdraw military aircraft from Turkey

By Johannes Stern, 8 June 2017

The German government has responded to deepening tensions with Turkey, nominally its NATO ally, by withdrawing its military assets from the country’s Incirlik airbase.

035 German withdrawal from Turkey

7 June 2017

Erdogan’s White House visit papers over US-Turkish tensions

By Bill Van Auken, 17 May 2017

While the Turkish leader publicly condemned the US arming of Syrian Kurdish fighters, there appeared no prospect that he would shift the Pentagon’s policy.

US bombs kill 11 civilians in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 12 May 2017

The Pentagon has stepped up airstrikes, inflicting a growing toll in civilian lives, in preparation for a siege of the Syrian city of Raqqa.

US-Turkish tensions mount over plan to arm Syrian Kurdish militia

By Bill Van Auken, 11 May 2017

The announcement that the Pentagon will begin directly arming the Syrian Kurdish YPG came just a week before President Erodgan is set to visit the White House.

Turkish government launches crackdown on Internet, opposition parties

By Halil Celik, 5 May 2017

In the aftermath of its extremely narrow victory in the April 16 constitutional referendum, Ankara is banning Wikipedia and threatening Turkey’s principal bourgeois opposition party.

022 Turkey

4 May 2017

Turkish warplanes hit Washington’s Kurdish proxy forces in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 27 April 2017

At least 70 people were reported killed in the Turkish airstrikes, which also struck Kurdish positions in neighboring Iraq.

Media and politicians agitate against Turks living in Germany

By Ulrich Rippert, 22 April 2017

While the extreme-right AfD has used the Turkish referendum vote to launch a “Turks out” campaign, some of the worst witch-hunting comes from the Left Party and the ostensibly left-liberal political milieu.

220 German media and political campaign against Turkey

21 April 2017

Mounting political tensions in aftermath of Turkish referendum

By Halil Celik, 18 April 2017

Sunday’s constitutional referendum in Turkey has intensified the political crisis within the country and further complicated Ankara’s already tense relations with Europe.

Ballot dispute erupts as Erdogan declares a “Yes” victory in Turkish constitutional referendum

By Halil Celik, 17 April 2017

According to results posted last night, the constitutional referendum of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won 51.4 percent of the vote.

Turkey to vote on constitutional referendum Sunday

By Halil Celik, 15 April 2017

On Sunday, more than 55 million Turkish citizens will participate in a referendum on the constitutional amendments proposed by the ruling Justice and Development Party.

Turkish government presses for military escalation in Syria

By Halil Celik, 12 April 2017

Top Turkish officials are insisting that last week’s US strike on Syria will have no impact unless Washington follows it up with a broader military campaign.

Vote “no” on Turkey’s constitutional referendum! For the United Socialist States of Europe and the Middle East!

Statement of Toplumsal Esitlik

5 April 2017

Toplumsal Esitlik (TE, the Social Equality Group), in political sympathy with the International Committee of the Fourth International, calls for a “no” vote in the referendum on April 16.

215 For a "no" vote in Erdogan's constitutional referendum

4 April 2017

German Chancellor Angela Merkel threatens Turkey

By Johannes Stern, 23 March 2017

German-Turkish relations have reached a new low point after the Berlin government threatened to impose a ban on public appearances by Turkish politicians in Germany.

020 Anti-Turkey campaign in Germany

17 March 2017

Ankara whips up Turkish nationalism over Dutch bans on Turkish officials

By Halil Celik, 14 March 2017

The Turkish government is using the Dutch ban on public appearances by Turkish officials in the Netherlands to promote its reactionary constitutional referendum.

Dutch government bans Turkish ministers from speaking in Netherlands

By Alex Lantier, 13 March 2017

The move is part of a nationalist campaign by Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who is appealing to anti-Muslim sentiment in the run-up to the March 15 elections.

German authorities ban appearances by Turkish politicians

By Justus Leicht and Peter Schwarz, 7 March 2017

More than a million Turkish citizens living in Germany are entitled to vote in the April 16 referendum in their home country.

Turkey prepares for military escalation in the Middle East

By Halil Celik, 3 March 2017

Ankara is expected to expand its intervention in the wars in Syria and Iraq, while also threatening Iran.

Turkey schedules April 16 referendum on constitutional changes

By Halil Celik, 13 February 2017

The proposed amendments would turn Turkey into a presidential dictatorship, undermining fundamental democratic rights.

German Chancellor Merkel meets Erdogan ahead of EU summit in Malta

By Johannes Stern, 4 February 2017

The meeting took place under conditions of an extremely tense foreign policy climate in the wake of the inauguration of US President Donald Trump.

Fighting erupts in Turkish parliament as Erdogan pushes for presidential dictatorship

By Halil Celik and Alex Lantier, 21 January 2017

Erdogan is pushing for dictatorial powers as he faces rising strike activity in the working class and escalating tensions with the major NATO powers over his growing ties to Russia.

Turkish officials claim to have identified shooter in Istanbul nightclub attack

By Halil Celik, 5 January 2017

Turkish authorities issued photos of the alleged member of the Islamic State who reportedly entered Turkey from Syria and stayed in the province of Konya.

Islamic State claims New Year attack on Istanbul nightclub killing 39

By Alex Lantier and Halil Celik, 3 January 2017

Around 700 people were celebrating the New Year at the Reina nightclub when a lone gunman entered the premises, shot unarmed security guards and killed 39 people.

Turkey claims to have brokered cease-fire in Syria

By Alex Lantier, 29 December 2016

On Wednesday, Turkish officials announced that they had reached an agreement with their Russian and Iranian counterparts to extend a cease-fire declared in Aleppo to all of Syria.

Turkey, Russia, Iran sign deal on Syria after shooting of Russian ambassador

By Halil Celik and Alex Lantier, 21 December 2016

Though Turkey is a NATO ally of the United States, it is reacting to the victory of the Syrian regime in Aleppo by moving closer to Russia and Iran.

Russian ambassador to Turkey assassinated in Ankara

By Bill Van Auken, 20 December 2016

The assassination by an off-duty policeman of the Russian ambassador comes amidst rising international tensions over the Syrian government’s retaking of Aleppo.

Terror attack claims at least 15 lives in central Turkey

By Halil Celik, 19 December 2016

A suicide car-bomb attack in Kayseri killed 15 soldiers and wounded and 54 others, including civilians, on Saturday.

040 Turkey bombing

14 December 2016

045 Turkey

13 December 2016

Tensions mount after EU freezes talks on Turkey’s membership

By Halil Celik, 9 December 2016

After the NATO-backed coup of July 15 and rising tensions with the European Union, the Turkish government is threatening that it might ally with Russia and China.

040 Turkey

3 December 2016

030 Turkey

2 December 2016

Trump’s election escalates Turkey’s disputes with its NATO allies

By Halil Celik, 24 November 2016

Turkish officials initially reacted to Trump’s election by escalating the drive towards authoritarian forms of rule and signaling a possible warming of ties with China.

After state crackdown, Turkey’s HDP halts its parliamentary activities

By Halil Celik, 8 November 2016

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his AKP party are moving towards an authoritarian presidential system.

050 Turkey

7 November 2016

Turkish government moves to crush Kurdish parliamentary HDP party

By Alex Lantier, 5 November 2016

Under the state of emergency imposed after a failed, NATO-backed coup in July, Turkey is rapidly being transformed into a presidential dictatorship.

Turkish bombing in Syria threatens wider war

By Bill Van Auken, 22 October 2016

The fractious and mutually antagonistic alliances forged by Washington in its interventions in Syria and Iraq threaten to explode into a regional and perhaps a world war.

Amid Mosul offensive, Turkey denounces US policy, stakes claims in Balkans

By Alex Lantier, 20 October 2016

Greek officials warned that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's statements threatened to undermine Turkey's relations with Greece and the entire European Union.

Mosul offensive threatens to inflame sectarian conflicts in Iraq and Syria

By Jordan Shilton, 19 October 2016

The offensive on Mosul not only threatens the city’s more than 1 million residents, but is intensifying the ethnic and regional conflicts in Iraq and throughout the Middle East.

020 Erdogan and Greece

19 October 2016

Turkey and Russia seal pipeline deal

By Peter Schwarz, 12 October 2016

Erdogan and Putin met in Istanbul on Monday, discussed the war in Syria and sealed an agreement to construct the long-planned Turkish Stream gas pipeline.

German army steps up military intervention in Middle East

By Johannes Stern, 9 September 2016

According to media reports, the German army will massively expand its presence at the Incirlik air base in southeastern Turkey.

Turkey prepares joint action with US in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 8 September 2016

A joint US-Turkey incursion raises again the possibility of a direct conflict with the Russian-backed Syrian government, as the civil war in Syria threatens to spiral out of control.

Syria war escalates in run-up to G20 summit meetings

By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 3 September 2016

Despite talks between the United States, Russia, and Turkey, conflicts inside Syria continue to mount as the Turkish invasion of northern Syria proceeds.

US pressures Turkey to curb attacks on Syrian Kurds

By Patrick Martin, 30 August 2016

The Obama administration is allied with both sides in the mounting conflict provoked by Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria.

Turkish air strikes kill civilians in US-backed invasion of Syria

By Jordan Shilton, 29 August 2016

The incursion of NATO member states into northern Syria heightens the potential for a direct clash between Russia and the US which could quickly spiral out of control.