101 Years of Communist Struggle in Turkey

Zoe Alexandra Image: Midhun Puthupattu On the 101st anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of Turkey, Peoples Dispatch spoke to Ekin Sönmez, a member of the party’s Central Committee, about how the party is confronting the urgent challenges facing Turkey’s working class and is deepening the struggle for socialism Today September 10, 2021,…

Turkey: Crisis Presents an Opportunity for the Growth of Socialism

Maurizio Coppola Hasan Durkal is a former teacher and political activist with the Party for Social Freedom. Despite the announcements from the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan that “everything is under control”, Turkey is experiencing one of the deepest crises in recent years. A conversation with Hasan Durkal. Istanbul, Turkey. Watching Turkish TV and reading newspapers…

The Specter of War Looms Over Libya

The Turkish regime still controls the political life in Tripoli, relying on the hordes of forces and mercenaries that it deploys in bases and camps. Analysts fear that the latest issuance of two arrest warrants against the commander of the Libyan army, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar and Saif al-Islam Qaddafi, is an attempt by the…

Somalia: Turkey’s Other War

Rick Rozoff Turkey opened Camp TURKSOM, military base and academy, in Mogadishu, Somalia in 2017 with the Chief of the Turkish General Staff, General Hulusi Akar, present. It can accommodate 200 Turkish military personnel and is slated to graduate over 10,000 Somali soldiers. Lying as it does immediately across the Gulf of Aden from Yemen,…

Biden Admits that U.S. Will Continue to Bomb Afghanistan

Nick Mottern U.S. jets bombing Afghanistan. These attacks will not end despite the formal U.S. withdrawal by September 11th. [Source: wired.com] After 20 Years, America’s “Longest War” Is Not Really Ending On July 2nd, fleeing questions from reporters about U.S. plans in Afghanistan, President Joe Biden sought refuge behind the July 4th Independence Day holiday….

Ever-Widening Arc: Mongolia, Turkey United in Framework of NATO Partnership

Rick Rozoff On July Turkey’s Daily Sabah featured an opinion piece by the Mongolian ambassador to Turkey, Ravdan Bold, entitled Mongolia, Turkey friendship toward strategic partnership. He began his article by drawing parallels between the histories of the two countries. In only the second sentence, however, he denounced the only two nations bordering his own…

Turkey Inaugurates NATO-Backed Bloc from Balkans to Chinese Border

Rick Rozoff Turkey has recently hosted and led several military exercises with the word Anatolian (Anadolu) as part of their code names, but two in particular, occurring simultaneously, warrant close examination. They are Anatolian 21 and Anatolian Eagle 2021: the first a special operations exercise and the second an air combat one. Anatolian 21 is…

Military Pact Marks the Dawn of a Pan-Turkic Superstate

Rick Rozoff Immediately after leaving the NATO summit in Brussels, where he met with U.S. President Joe Biden to discuss Afghanistan, Libya and Syria, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met with Azerbaijan President İlham Aliyev in the city of Shusha, captured from Nagorno-Karabakh by Azerbaijan in last year’s 44-day war. The Turkish press today reports…