Turkey

Activists arrested in Turkey for solidarity with hunger strikers

Nuriye Gulmen and Semih Ozakca, left-wing educators dismissed from posts.

An anarchist comrade along with several others were arrested violently by the police during a solidarity demonstration with Nuriye Gulmen and Semih Ozakca*.

Revisiting Turkey: how Jack became an anarchist

Exiled Bulgarian anarchist Jack Grancharoff recounts how he became an anarchist.

Recent developments in Turkey's transition to fascism

Report from Turkey on recent developments in the country as leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan strengthens his grip on power.

Turkey’s referendum: a win or what...?

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the YES Vote

Does the electoral process, any kind of it, justify the dictatorial alteration of Democracy? Are the formation of law and the democratic procedure of decision making enough for Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to be a Sultan? The formation of the legal-mathematical formula of the referendum, as in any electoral process, cannot decide and this marginal situation in Turkey unfolds the inner contradiction of democratic political form.

Turkey-Netherlands riot: both prime ministers gain, the workers lose

Erdogan Rutte row Turkey  - The Netherlands

Analysis and critique of both sides in the diplomatic spat between Turkey and the Netherlands which has led to riots and name-calling between the two governments.

Turkey: Torture and murder by the State in Kurdish village of Koruköy

Have you ever heard of Koruköy before? It is a small village in Nusaybin county, Mardin province on the southern Turkish border. It is the hometown of people who had been forced to leave their villages after the government’s murderous repression of Kurdish separatism in 1995 but were slowly beginning to return to their villages as the environment stabilised.

Authoritarian Neoliberalism: the Specter of Pinochet

Vaporwave Pinochet

This essay explores the rise of populist demagogues and the economics of their regimes. Rather than marking a clear break with neoliberalism or a direct tie to early twentieth century fascism, these figures historically connect to the regime of Augusto Pinochet and illustrate a growing trend of authoritarian-neoliberalism.

Meydan Gazette: "We are being cornered"

Late last month the editor of Meydan anarchist newspaper in Istanbul was sentenced to a year and three months in prison for “supporting terror,” the latest in a string of attempts by the Turkish State to shut down dissenting voices against Erdogan’s government. This translation of Meydan’s uncompromising response, from issue 35, was first published by Freedom News.

A historical look at attitudes to homosexuality in the Islamic world

Although it is very different now, Shoaib Daniyal recounts historical examples of tolerance of homosexuality in the Muslim world, prior to colonisation by the West.

Attempted military coup in Turkey

Turkish soldiers block Istanbul's Bosphorus Bridge.

Ongoing updates and discussion on the attempted military coup in Turkey with contributions from working-class radicals on the ground.