A Morning Star Editorial | 18 April, 2017
TURKEY’S constitutional changes endorsed in Sunday’s referendum threaten to take that country further down the road to fascism.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will assume sweeping new powers with which to pursue his authoritarian, neoliberal and Islamist agenda.
Already, since his election in 2014 to what had hitherto been a largely ceremonial post, Erdogan has tightened his grip over the media, the military and the judiciary, backed by his Justice and Development Party (AKP) and extreme nationalist and clerical forces.Read More »
by Joe Lauria
More than two weeks after Turkey’s dramatic failed coup, what exactly happened remains shrouded in mystery leaving only speculation that has hardened into “fact” in the absence of convincing evidence.
Two main theories have emerged: The first is that this was yet another in a longline of CIA-backed coups. The other is that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan either staged or let the coup happen to give him the opportunity to consolidate his rule through a vicious and ongoing purge of his perceived enemies.
The first theory has now passed into the realm of “fact” because some commentators unquestioningly accept that the CIA tried to remove Erdogan for suddenly seeking to repair relations with Russia, Iran and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Assad is a man Erdogan has squandered substantial political capital trying to overthrow for five years.Read More »
by Mehmet Bayram
Here is a list of assaults and provocations we received as of today. We will be updating the list as we get and verify more attacks.
01:50AM Plainclothes police are provoking the residents in Tuzlucayir, Ankara by swearing and assaulting them then trying to arrest. Those who escape the police assaults are seeking refuge in nearby apartments.
00:35AM People refuse to leave the central Ugur Mumcu street in an anti-fascist protest.
00:23AM Police dismantles the barricades in Istanbul’s Gazi district, Yunus Emre neighborhood. Clashes continue in back streets.Read More »
by Ferda Koç
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 »