Category: Turkey

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Richard Falk: A Warming of US/Turkish Relations?

What Erdoğan and Obama achieved was mainly in the realm of intangible signs of mutual appreciation and understanding

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Richard Falk: The Uses and Abuses of Uncertainty: The Case of Turkey

This unfolding future should gradually tell us which mix of certainties and uncertainties will govern the Turkish internal and international future

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Patrick Cockburn: Syrian Kurds vow to fight to the death to stop Turkey ‘invading’ their territory

Officials fear growing co-operation between the Syrian and Turkish governments in opposition to Kurdish separatism

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Conn Hallinan: Turkey’s Coup: Winners & Losers

The obvious winner is Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogen and his campaign to transform Turkey from a parliamentary democracy to a powerful, centralized executive with himself in charge

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Robert Fisk: Alan Kurdi symbolised an army of dead children. We ignore them at our peril

One year on, has the world learned the lesson of the three-year-old boy washed up on a Turkish beach?

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Patrick Cockburn: Turkey could be overplaying its hand with Syria ground offensive as civil war reaches crucial point

As US and Russian officials meet in Geneva to discuss potential cooperation, Turkey’s involvement means the multi-sided conflict is becoming ever more complex

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Juan Cole: US: Turkish-backed campaign against our Allies in Syria ‘unacceptable’

These developments look a lot like when Lucy pulls the football away from Charlie Brown at the last minute and he ends up on his back

Phil Hearse: Turkey’s incursion in Syria is aimed at defeating the Kurds and overthrowing Rojava

Turkey’s major objective is to crush the 50,000-strong Kurdish YPG militia, and overrun the three autonomous Kurdish dominated areas, collectively called ‘Rojava’ by the Kurds

Joris Leverink: Fabricating illusions of people power in post-coup Turkey

Nationalist sentiment, mass rallies and divisive politics have dangerously polarized Turkish society in the weeks since the failed coup attempt

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Vijay Prashad: Turkey’s Offensive Against ISIS & Press Crackdown is Really Just War on Kurds

As the United States backs a Turkish military incursion into Syria targeting ISIS-held areas along the border, Turkey says it’s also concerned about Syrian Kurdish militias at the border who are backed by the United States

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