Turkey

Turkey’s Erdogan Extends Repression to European Critics of His Administration

September 21, 2017

President Erdogan of Turkey is blackmailing Europe by threatening an influx of refugees, while journalists and activists are being persecuted for criticizing Erdogan in Europe, explains Giran Ozcan of KurdishQuestion.com

Turks Challenge Erdogan’s Referendum Result Amid Ongoing Repression

May 6, 2017

Erdogan’s narrow win in the constitutional reform referendum means he feels insecure and therefore continues his crackdown on opponents

Erdogan’s Deviant Referendum Manipulations Likely to Undermine His Presidency

April 20, 2017

The irregularities in Turkey’s constitutional reform referendum were numerous and well documented says Conn Hallinan of Foreign Policy in Focus

Turkish Citizens Set to Vote on Referendum Further Centralizing Power in Erdogan’s Hands

March 30, 2017

Trent University lecturer Baris Karaagac says if the ‘yes’ vote wins, the state will have a limited ability to restrain President Erdogan’s heightened executive powers

Erdogan Poised to Consolidate Authoritarian Regime in Upcoming Referendum

January 31, 2017

Over the past year and a half, we’ve seen the emergence of an increasingly totalitarian regime centered around one individual who aims to radically shape and transform Turkish society, says Baris Karaagac

Turkey Leads in Jailing Journalists in 2016

December 14, 2016

Countries are using their own national security laws against journalists who are critical of authorities, says Elana Beiser

Turkey Drifting Away From the European Union

November 6, 2016

Violence will escalate now that Turkey has left no peaceful space for the Kurdish movement, says Baris Karaagac

Turkey Abandons the European Integration Project in Favor of Extreme Power Consolidation

November 3, 2016

Turkish media, Kurds and Kurdish supporters, and Gulanists, anyone who gets in the way of this consolidation of power will endure severe state repression says Baris Karaagac

Turkey’s Incursion into Syria Will Escalate Conflict with the Kurds

August 24, 2016

ISIS is likely to retaliate with terrorist attacks in Turkey, says Trent University professor Baris Karaagac

Turkey to EU: Forget Refugee Deal If No Visa-Free Travel

August 17, 2016

Baris Karaagac explains why it’s unlikely that Turkey will discard its 60-year-old alliance with the United States in favor of closer ties with Russia

How Erdogan Destabilized Turkey

July 29, 2016

Vijay Prashad explains how the Turkish pivot towards Russia is propelled by the failure of relationship building with Europe and the war with Syria

Turkey’s Night of Long Knives

July 25, 2016

Was Turkey’s failed coup a false flag operation, as many are saying? Or was it a badly botched but real attempt providing Erdogan an opportunity to purge the Turkish state of its secular components? Erdogan is using this attempted coup as an opportunity to accelerate the Islamisation of Turkey’s administration and further concentrate power in his hands. These deep and wide purges underway now will significantly weaken the Turkish military and the state. The demand of some of the AKP sections for Gülen’s extradition from the US and subsequent stand-off over Incirlik airbase, can lead to unravelling of the whole region.

Erdogan Moves to Consolidate Power After Failed Military Coup

July 19, 2016

Baris Karaagac and Ariel Salzmann discuss the July 15th coup attempt and say the Turkish president will use the crisis to eliminate all dissent from the judiciary and the military

Turkey’s Regional Ambitions Fuel Attacks Within its Own Borders

June 30, 2016

Baris Karaagac says the Turkish state must give up its aggressive, Neo-Ottomanist foreign policy if it wants to contain terrorist attacks

How Erdogan Consolidates Power in Turkey by Eliminating the Kurds

June 17, 2016

Baris Karaagac explains the history of the Turkish state’s repression of the leftist and Kurdish movements

Erdogan and Turkey in the Terror Net

June 12, 2016

Vijay Prashad explains how will the recent ISIS terror attack at the Ataturk international airport might affect Turkey’s relations in the region, and also discusses Turkey’s ambiguous position regarding Russia and the insurgency in Syria – Newsclick and TRNN Joint Production

Erdogan Targeting the 59 Pro-Kurdish HDP Parliamentarians with 445 Police Investigations

May 23, 2016

Baris Karaagac says Erdogan is continuing to consolidate power by appointing his friend and current Transportation Minister as Prime Minister

Turkey’s Intensifying Conflict with Kurds

March 22, 2016

Prof. Fuat Keyman analyzes the history and background of the recently intensifying conflict between the government of Prime Minister Erdogan and Turkey’s Kurds.

Repression in Turkey: Why International Solidarity with the Kurds Is Crucial (2/2)

March 21, 2016

Political expert Bilhan Tuncel describes the conditions of Turkish Kurdistan under President Erdogan, and calls for international solidarity with the Kurds – E&B News with Kevin Boylan