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Turkey: A volatile cocktail of corruption and conspiracy

21 January 2014
Ron Margulies looks at the government corruption scandal that could open up new opportunities for the left in Turkey

Dogan Tarkan 1948-2013

07 January 2014
Alex Callinicos reflects on the life of a Turkish revolutionary socialist who died last month

‘Taksim Square is normal but the spirit of Gezi haunts the government’

23 July 2013
The demonstrators of Gezi Park now meet in nearly 30 parks across Istanbul and many others in other cities in Turkey. One park has become many.

Movement remembers dead protesters in Turkey

25 June 2013
Thousands of protesters gathered in Istanbul’s Taksim Square last Saturday, carrying carnations to commemorate people who died during recent protests. 

'Occupation of Taksim Square was a mosaic of anger and ideas'

18 June 2013
A protest that originally set out to save an Istanbul park spread into a movement against the Turkish government. Carol Williams spoke to activists in Taksim Square, in the days before the police destroyed their occupation while Ken Olende looks at the issues raised by the protest

Turkish police try to drown out protests in vicious crackdown

18 June 2013
The occupation of Gezi Park has, for the moment, come to an end.

Riot cops storm Turkey's Taksim Square

11 June 2013
As police try to remove protesters in Istanbul, Ron Margulies looks at the political make-up of the protests and their growing popularity across Turkey

Turkey - the great divide

11 June 2013
The protests that have exploded in Istanbul’s Taksim Square can only be understood by seeing the pressures on Turkey’s rulers that pull them in different directions

Solidarity across the world with protests in Turkey

04 June 2013
More than 500 Turkish Londoners and supporters, including many families, gathered opposite Downing Street in central London on Sunday afternoon of last week.

Turkey's uprising is against neoliberalism—not ‘Islamism’

04 June 2013
The opposition which found an echo with millions of people across Turkey is not in any way against the government’s alleged “Islamism”.

Rage explodes across Turkey

04 June 2013
Police were withdrawn from Istanbul’s main Taksim Square on Saturday of last week, following five days of protests.

Mass protests in Turkey inflict a defeat on the government

02 June 2013
The Gezi Park resistance in Turkey is in its sixth day. Protesters there organised a sit-down at the park to protect trees that were set to be cut down. Police launched a barbarous attack on them - but yesterday the government suffered a defeat.

London protest at assassination of Kurds in Paris

12 January 2013
Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the Turkish Embassy in central London yesterday, Friday, to protest at the killing of three Kurdish activists in Paris. Workers, students and campaigners united to demand justice. Among the banners were flags from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Solidarity with Kurdish prisoners

13 November 2012
Around 5,000 Kurdish and Turkish refugees asylum seekers marched through north London last Sunday. The protest was called in solidarity with political prisoners in Turkey.

Protest in London in solidarity with Kurdish hunger strikers

02 November 2012
Up to 200 people from Kurdish and Turkish organisations protested outside the Turkish embassy today, Friday.

The Syrian revolution poses a severe test for Turkey's rulers

09 October 2012
The first real sign that the civil war in Syria could spill over into a wider conflict came last week. A series of mortar and artillery exchanges took place across the border between Syria and Turkey.

West wants to control our revolution, says Syrian activist

04 October 2012
"The spotlight is now on Turkey, which is firing artillery rounds into Syria. But I don’t think Turkey is going to escalate. It’s not in their interests, and none of the Arab countries have shown support for this.

Trade unionists protest against Turkish Airlines strike ban

27 July 2012
The Unite union organised a protest today, Friday, outside the Turkish embassy in solidarity with Turkish Airlines workers who have been banned from striking.

Syrian rebels hold strong against Assad's demoralised forces

26 June 2012
The shooting down of a Turkish jet fighter by Syrian forces marks a dramatic turn in the Syrian revolution.

Turkey: Protests for right to abortion

05 June 2012
"I consider abortion to be murder."

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