Turkey: Now is no time to wait with apprehension

by Ferda Koç

Sendika News | 16 July, 2016


And so there you have it: a coup attempt by the “Peace in the Homeland Junta” that was composed of unknown elements and whose ultimate reach into the state was unclear has been thwarted. Over a 100 putschists were killed, and 3,000 active officers have been detained.Read More »


Turkey’s Faltering Democracy

by Paul Pillar

Consortium News | 18 July, 2016

Bearing in mind Erdogan’s increasingly evident authoritarian streak, defeat of the coup is not entirely a victory for liberal democracy. (Photo: Adem Altan / AFP)

Before this week it had come to be broadly accepted conventional wisdom that the days of Turkish military coups were over. After a post-World War II history in which the military had taken over the government about once every ten years, in the last couple of decades the return to the barracks appeared to be final.

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30 governors dismissed and thousands of police officers suspended while autocracy tightens its grip over troubled Turkey

A Journal of People report

A troubled time is haunting Turkey as its ruling clique continues tightening its autocratic grip on the country in turmoil. And, warplanes have patrolled Turkey’s skies following a failed coup, a sign that authorities fear the threat against the government is not yet over. Relations with the country’s western allies are deteriorating, which is becoming a burden on the ruling clique.

As a sign of disoriented governance, thousands of police officers have been suspended on July 18, 2016. The step comes on the heels of suspending thousands of members of judiciary, and detaining a number of them. And Turkey’s Finance Ministry has suspended 1500 of its workers. Read More »

Coup d’état Attempt: Turkey’s Reichstag Fire?

by Ayşe Kadıoğlu

OpenDemocracy.net | 16 July, 2016

(Photo: Eser Karadağ/flickr/cc)

On the evening of July 15, 2016, a friend called around 10:30pm and said that both bridges connecting the Asian and European sides of Istanbul were closed by military barricades. Moreover, military jets were flying over Ankara skies. As someone living on the European side of Istanbul and commuting to the Asian side to my university on a daily basis and spending many hours in traffic in order to do that, I immediately knew that the closure of both bridges was a sign of something very extraordinary taking place.

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Fears for Turkey’s Democracy Build as Post-Coup Crackdown Continues

by Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Common Dreams | 17 July, 2016

Turkish soldiers suspected of taking part in the coup are arrested by police on July 16, 2016. (Photo: AFP)

The fallout from the failed military coup in Turkey extended through the weekend, as the number of people arrested rose to about 6,000 and world leaders continued urging restraint from President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who has said the plotters would pay a “heavy price.”

Erdoğan on Sunday vowed to “clean all state institutions of the virus” of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gülen, whom the Turkish president blamed for the uprising. He said members of the “Gülen group” have “ruined” the country’s military and are being taken into custody throughout all ranks.

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Turkey in turmoil as tension grips Ankara-Washington relations after the failed coup: Bigger problems are coming up for Erdogan

A Journal of People report

The failed coup in Turkey is not creating a peaceful atmosphere for the party victorious now in Ankara – Erdogan and his associates. Rather it is creating more problems for them. Turkey’s ties with the US are more fraught now than days ago.

US, Turkey’s most important friend, has warned Turkey against “public insinuations” of US involvement in the failed coup, saying such claims are “utterly false and harmful” to their relations. US Secretary of State John Kerry was speaking after Turkey’s labor minister suggested the US was behind the coup.Read More »

No Democracy in ‘Fascist’ Erdogan’s Govt: PKK on Turkey Coup

Journal of People report

After the attempted coup in Turkey the PKK’s political affiliate, the KCK, released a statement on 16 July, 2016, condeming both Erdogan’s government and the coup.

The statement said: “This case is not a matter of defending or not defending democracy. On the contrary, this situation is the proof of a lack of democracy in Turkey.”Read More »

Amid Crackdown on Dissent, Nobel Laureates Demand Freedom for Turkish Journalists

Common Dreams | 24 March, 2016

In a letter denouncing the “the increasing climate of fear and censorship and the stifling of critical voices in Turkey,” over 100 noted international writers including Nobel laureates urge Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu to free two journalists facing potential life sentences.

Signatories to the PEN International letter, dated Thursday, include Margaret Atwood, J.M. Coetzee, Monica Ali, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Yann Martel.Read More »

The Kurds Deserve A Wide International Recognition

David Morgan explains the background to Turkey’s oppression of Kurds

Morning Star | 5 March, 2016

Turkish military operations launched late last year against Kurdish cities in the south-east such as Cizre and Diyarbakir have been extremely brutal even by Turkey’s standards.

Some 58 separate curfews have been imposed on different neighbourhoods in 21 districts of the seven Kurdish provinces of the region.

Kurdish communities are alleged to be sheltering guerillas from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). But the military clampdown has inflicted untold destruction on homes and degraded public infrastructure, as well as displacing thousands of people and leaving hundreds dead.Read More »

We Will Not Be a Party to This Crime!

By Academics for Peace

MRZINE | 10 January, 2016

As academics and researchers of this country, we will not be a party to this crime!

The Turkish state has effectively condemned its citizens in Sur, Silvan, Nusaybin, Cizre, Silopi, and many other towns and neighborhoods in the Kurdish provinces to hunger through its use of curfews that have been ongoing for weeks.  It has attacked these settlements with heavy weapons and equipment that would only be mobilized in wartime.  As a result, the right to life, liberty, and security, and in particular the prohibition of torture and ill-treatment protected by the constitution and international conventions have been violated.

This deliberate and planned massacre is in serious violation of Turkey’s own laws and international treaties to which Turkey is a party.  These actions are in serious violation of international law.

We demand the state to abandon its deliberate massacre and deportation of Kurdish and other peoples in the region.  We also demand the state to lift the curfew, punish those who are responsible for human rights violations, and compensate those citizens who have experienced material and psychological damage.  For this purpose we demand that independent national and international observers to be given access to the region and that they be allowed to monitor and report on the incidents.Read More »