Category: Turkey

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Patrick Cockburn: Kurdish women protest after being told to wear the hijab

Campaign trying ‘to force women to stay in their homes and not to take part in public life as Kurdish women have traditionally been able to do’

Patrick Huff: War criminal Erdoğan gears up for a power-grab

Europe rolls out the welcome mat for the Turkish leader, while Kurds are ethnically cleansed

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Conn Hallinan: Turkey’s President: Short Term Victory, Long Term Trouble

The moves the President is making to insure a victory next month may come back to haunt him in the long run

Amber Huff: Afrin is a struggle for radical democracy

Under fire from the forces of reaction, Afrin is the frontline in the fight for democracy. We cannot afford to ignore or abandon the revolutionaries there

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Juan Cole: Turkey takes Afrin

This weekend, the Turkish military and its allies from among the fundamentalist Arab guerrillas of the Free Syrian Army swept into the city of Afrin, taking it and displacing tens of thousands of leftist Kurds

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Patrick Cockburn: Turkish President threatens to launch wider offensive

Turkey’s vow to ‘hand [Afrin] back to its real owners’ suggests fears of the ethnic cleansing of the Syrian enclave may be realised

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Patrick Cockburn: While the world looks away

Civilians in Afrin are being slaughtered in their hundreds by Turkish forces

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Robert Fisk: Erdogan’s Motive?

In 2003, the Armenian newspaper Agos, whose editor Hrant Dink was assassinated outside his office in 2007, reported that the Turkish government was secretly coding minorities in registers

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Vijay Prashad: In Turkey, ruling by decree

The Erdoğan regime’s onslaught against dissenters continues unabated

William Eichler: As Afrin burns, where is the left?

For many on the left, it is not “western” enough to care about and therefore its victims are invisible.

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