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New Anti-capitalist Party demands military escalation against Turkey in Syria

By Alex Lantier, 12 October 2019

The Pabloite NPA bitterly opposes a struggle to unify the working class internationally in a movement against imperialist war and the Middle Eastern bourgeoisie.

Crisis mounts over Turkish offensive against Kurdish forces in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 11 October 2019

Trump’s green light for the Turkish invasion has prompted heated condemnations from his Republican allies as well as within the US military.

Turkey launches US-backed offensive targeting Kurdish forces in Syria

By Alex Lantier, 10 October 2019

Turkish air raids and artillery bombardments hit cities and military and civilian targets along approximately 100 kilometers of the Turkey-Syria border.

Washington green lights Turkish attack on Kurdish forces in Syria

By Alex Lantier and Ulaş Atesci, 8 October 2019

Trump abandoned to their fate Kurdish nationalist militias that have fought since 2015 as Washington’s main proxy force in the NATO war for regime change in Syria.

After the Turkish elections: How the pseudo-left rallied behind the CHP

Part III: The role of the Revolutionary Workers Party (DİP)

By Ulas Atesci and Alex Lantier, 4 October 2019

The 2019 municipal elections and re-run of the vote in İstanbul were a milestone in the integration of a whole layer of middle-class parties into the ruling establishment.

After the Turkish elections: How the pseudo-left rallied behind the CHP

Part II: The dead end of the petty-bourgeoisie’s orientation to the CHP

By Ulas Atesci and Alex Lantier, 3 October 2019

The 2019 municipal elections and their re-run in İstanbul were a milestone in the integration of a whole layer of middle-class parties into the ruling establishment.

After the Turkish elections: How the pseudo-left rallied behind the CHP

Part I: A political liquidation into the capitalist establishment

By Ulas Atesci and Alex Lantier, 2 October 2019

The 2019 municipal elections and re-run of the vote in İstanbul were a milestone in the integration of a whole layer of middle-class parties into the ruling establishment.

Introduction to the Turkish language edition of In Defense of Leon Trotsky

Leon Trotsky’s four fateful years in Prinkipo: 1929-1933

By David North, 23 September 2019

The following is the introduction to the recently translated Turkish edition of In Defense of Leon Trotsky, written by the book’s author, David North, chairman of the international editorial board of the World Socialist Web Site. The book was originally published in 2013.

Russia and Turkey intensify military cooperation over US objections

By Ulas Atesci, 4 September 2019

Turkish purchases of Russian missiles and possibly fighter jets are fuelling tensions between Turkey and its imperialist allies in Washington and Europe.

Turkey removes HDP mayors amid impending military attack on Syria

By Ulas Atesci, 20 August 2019

The Turkish government removed mayors belonging to the Kurdish nationalist party as it plans a renewed attack on Kurdish YPG militias in Syria.

Amid Turkish war threats, Ankara and Washington to build “safe zone” in Syria

By Ulas Atesci, 8 August 2019

The Turkish government is seeking US approval to invade Syria and target Kurdish nationalist militias that serve as key US proxies in the Middle East.

Turkish government prepares to deport Syrian refugees living in Istanbul

By Çetin Akın and Ulas Atesci, 24 July 2019

Ankara has announced that Syrian refugees not registered in Istanbul have until August 20 to return to the cities in Turkey where they are registered or face deportation.

23 July 2019

US, EU hail election of İstanbul mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu

By Ulas Atesci, 4 July 2019

Whatever hopes workers and youth are encouraged to place in İmamoğlu and his political allies will be rapidly disappointed.

Turkish ruling elite whips up chauvinism against Syrian war refugees

By Barış Demir, 27 June 2019

Before the re-run of the Istanbul elections on Sunday, politicians from every major bourgeois party tried to whip up hostility against Syrian refugees in Turkey.

Turkey’s ruling AKP defeated in re-run of İstanbul mayoral election

By Ulas Atesci, 24 June 2019

The candidate of Erdoğan’s AKP, Binali Yıldırım, conceded the election Sunday night. The AKP forced the cancellation of the first election result on March 31 after suffering a narrow defeat.

As Washington threatens to punish Ankara over Russian S-400 missile purchase

US-Turkey conflict nears breaking point

By Ulas Atesci, 20 June 2019

Ankara’s S-400 purchase is a flashpoint for more significant and intractable geopolitical differences with Washington, including over the US war drive against Iran.

Istanbul public meeting calls for the defence of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

By our correspondents, 30 May 2019

Leading members of Sosyalist Eşitlik and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality addressed the meeting, which adopted a resolution calling for the freedom of Assange and Manning.

Socialist Equality Group to hold public meeting in Turkey to demand freedom for Assange and Manning

By the Sosyalist Eşitlik, 22 May 2019

The meeting is part of the ICFI’s ongoing international campaign to defend Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange and whistleblower Chelsea Manning.

Acceding to Erdoğan’s demand

Turkish election authorities order re-vote in Istanbul

By Ulas Atesci and Keith Jones, 10 May 2019

If Erdoğan went to such lengths to overturn the Istanbul mayoral election results, it is because he fears any weakening of his control of the state apparatus under conditions of deepening economic and geopolitical crisis.

Turkey’s political crisis escalates after mob attack on CHP leader

By Ulas Atesci, 24 April 2019

The near lynching of the head of the main opposition party is the outcome of a bellicose nationalist campaign mounted by President Erdogan, his AKP, and their far-right MHP allies.

Opposition leader named Istanbul mayor, but election dispute continues amid multiple crises

By Ulas Atesci and Keith Jones, 19 April 2019

Even as its support among the urban poor has been seriously eroded, Turkey’s Islamist populist government is moving to impose a savage new round of capitalist austerity.

Defying US threats, Turkey vows to deploy Russian air-defence system

By Keith Jones, 12 April 2019

In a New York Times op-ed, senior Democratic and Republican leaders have signaled bipartisan Congressional support for the Trump administration’s threats to roil Turkey’s economy if it deploys the S-400.

US escalates threats against Turkey, leverages election controversy

By Keith Jones, 5 April 2019

The conflict over Ankara’s S-400 air defence purchase is a flashpoint for larger geopolitical conflicts arising from Washington’s turn to “strategic conflict” with Russia and China.

Ruling AKP retains majority, loses large cities in Turkish local elections

By Alex Lantier and Ulas Atesci, 1 April 2019

Workers' anger is growing over the economic crisis and the Justice and Development Party (AKP's) policies, but this opposition can find no expression within Turkey’s bankrupt political system.

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US threatens Turkey over Russian S-400 air defence purchase

By Jordan Shilton, 28 March 2019

Despite Washington’s threats of sanctions and a downgrade in US-Turkish military security ties, Erdogan has vowed to proceed with the purchase and deployment of the S-400.

Turkish economy falls into recession, amid fears of further US economic reprisals

By Baris Demir, 26 March 2019

The Turkish lira depreciated by more than 5 percent last Friday, just nine days before nationwide local elections in which the ruling AKP is expected to suffer significant losses.

After fascist terror attack, New Zealand and Australia stoke tensions with Turkey

By Tom Peters, 25 March 2019

The Australian and New Zealand governments responded furiously to statements by Turkey’s president linking the massacre of Muslims in Christchurch with the Allies’ World War I campaign against the Ottoman Empire.

69th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 9

Three Turkish films (A Tale of Three Sisters, Daughters of Two Worlds, Oray)—Hoping for a better life

By Bernd Reinhardt, 25 March 2019

Three films at the Berlinale ​​exude a humanistic spirit of enlightenment and dialogue. They suggest that everyone, regardless of their ethnic, religious or cultural background, has the right to a better life.

Amid deepening economic and political crisis, Turkey holds local elections

By Ulas Atesci, 21 March 2019

The ruling AKP faces bitter tensions with Washington and Turkey’s other NATO allies and an economic crisis triggered by the Trump administration’s trade war measures.

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19 February 2019

Halil Celik, a fighter for socialism (1961-2018)

By Peter Schwarz, 1 February 2019

On December 31, 2018, Halil Celik, founder and leader of the group Sosyalist Eşitlik, which supports the International Committee of the Fourth International in Turkey, died of cancer at the age of 57. This obituary presents an overview of his life.

US ratchets up threats against Iran, Turkey amid Syria withdrawal plans

By Bill Van Auken, 15 January 2019

While the timetable for US troops to pull out of Syria remains unclear, Washington is steadily escalating tensions in the region.

US, Turkey clash over Turkish plan to buy Russian S-400 missiles

By Baris Demir, 15 January 2019

The US team is expected to warn Ankara that Washington will not tolerate a Turkish purchase of Russian air defence systems.

US-Turkish tensions rise over Syria withdrawal plan

By Bill Van Auken, 9 January 2019

Turkey’s president denounced statements by national security adviser John Bolton on the Syrian Kurds after refusing to meet with a US delegation.

Turkey threatens to invade Syria amid tensions with Washington

By Barış Demir, 20 December 2018

Trump’s call yesterday for a US withdrawal from Syria reflected growing conflicts between Ankara and Washington over the bloody proxy war in Syria.

Trump rules out further action against Saudi regime over Khashoggi’s murder

By James Cogan, 21 November 2018

Trump’s only real concern is US “national interest”—namely, lucrative economic relations with the Saudi monarchy and Saudi support for US aggression in the Middle East.

US imposes limited sanctions on Saudi officials over Khashoggi’s murder

By Mike Head, 16 November 2018

The announcement’s timing points to the White House seeking to shore up the latest Saudi version of the events, which protects Crown Prince Mohammed.

US, Turkey risk direct military clash as they escalate war in Syria

By Barış Demir, 8 November 2018

Ankara is threatening an outright military occupation of large parts of Syria, which could provoke a direct clash with US forces.

Turkish ruling parties break planned election alliance

By Barış Demir, 2 November 2018

The AKP and MHP broke their alliance in the 2019 elections amid mounting differences on social anger among workers over the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Trump scrambles to cover for Saudi regime as crisis over Khashoggi murder mounts

By Barry Grey, 19 October 2018

Pompeo’s meetings with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed were aimed at signaling continued US support while making a pretense of seeking a full accounting of Khashoggi’s disappearance.

Trump backs Saudi Arabia, suggesting “rogue killers” murdered Khashoggi

By Peter Symonds, 16 October 2018

While Trump’s remarks are absurd, the hypocrisy of his critics in American ruling circles, given their long support for the murderous Saud regime, is staggering.

US, European powers threaten Saudi crown prince after Khashoggi murder

By Alex Lantier, 15 October 2018

Evidence that America’s closest Arab Middle East ally murdered a well known journalist exposes the criminality of the entire global financial aristocracy.

As evidence mounts of Khashoggi’s murder

Trump rejects calls for US to end arms sales to Saudi monarchy

By Jordan Shilton, 13 October 2018

The imperialist powers, with the US in the lead, are up to their necks in the blood-soaked repression of the Saudi regime, which has been exposed once again by the apparent murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Murder in Istanbul

By Bill Van Auken, 11 October 2018

The apparent brutal assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul exposes the criminality not only of the Saudi regime, but also its principal patron, US imperialism.

Turkish government steps up attack on jailed airport construction workers

By our reporter, 10 October 2018

The arrests and the police-state methods of the Turkish government are an attack on workers not only in Turkey, but internationally.

The disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the hypocrisy of the New York Times

By Jordan Shilton, 10 October 2018

If true, the murder of Khashoggi will join a long list of savage crimes by the Saudi regime, very few of which have troubled the Times.

Journalist reported tortured and slain in Saudi consulate in Istanbul

By Bill Van Auken, 9 October 2018

The disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi a week ago is further confirmation of the barbaric character of Washington’s closest ally in the Arab world.

Turkish president visits Berlin as US-European conflict in Middle East rises

By Alex Lantier, 28 September 2018

Erdogan went to Germany seeking an ally against Trump’s trade war measures and increasingly hostile policy toward Turkey in the Syrian war crisis.

Release the framed-up Istanbul airport workers!

No to pressure and intimidation against the working class!

By the Socialist Equality Group of Turkey, 25 September 2018

Construction workers framed by the government should be released instantly, and their demands for humane and decent working conditions granted.

WSWS demands Turkey release Max Zirngast, Hatice Göz and Mithatcan Türetken

By the World Socialist Web Site Editorial Board, 25 September 2018

Zirngast, an Austrian graduate student and journalist, was arrested September 11 together with the two Turkish leftists on trumped-up terrorism charges.

“It is not a crime for workers to seek their rights”

Turkish government frames up airport construction workers

By Jean Shaoul, 20 September 2018

More than 40 workers face severe charges, while hundreds remain detained after the government crackdown on construction workers protesting deadly conditions at a new airport site.

Hundreds arrested as construction workers at Turkish airport clash with security forces

By Jerry White, 17 September 2018

Thousands of workers downed their tools Friday after the latest in a series of fatal and near-fatal accidents at a construction site near Istanbul.

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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.