Category Archives: Erdogan

Stop Erdogan’s Fascism Before it Does More Damage!

Rebwar Reshid

By Rebwar Rashed: Just prior to the first Turkish national election on June 7th 2015, Erdogan started a reactionary war on Kurdish people. The aim was to scare Kurdish voters, minimizing public gatherings and meetings. Tens of bombs exploded in Kurdish areas against Kurdish people, killing hundreds and wounding many more. Even the bomb that…

The Real Face of Erdogan

Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) Dossier: Introduction: On the 24th of July, 2015 Turkey launched a war against the Kurds, orchestrated by the conservative AKP government and led by Tayyip Recep Erdogan. Turkey has been notably reluctant to join the anti-ISIS coalition, despite calls by the Western powers and countries. When Turkey did finally join the…

Erdogan’s Broken Peace and its Catastrophic Aftermath

By Dr. Amir Sharifi: The June 7 elections in Turkey and the electoral victory of the Kurdish Democratic Party (HDP) brought the world a new awareness of the Justice and Development Party ‘s (AKP) character and intentions in regards to the settlement issue and the global campaign against Islamic State. For over a decade before…

‘Mountains Are Our Only Friends’

By Yara Kamaran:  The AKP [Justice and Development Party] in recent years commenced what is called “The Peace Process” (a ceasefire between the PKK and the Turkish government) and Erdogan attempted at least to appear (for the sake of politics) to be trying to improve the Kurds’ situation. However, all ameliorations officially came to an end…

Turkish Army Besieges and Attacks Several Kurdish Provinces and Villages

By Kurdistan National Congress KNK: With Erdogan’s ending of the Kurdish-Turkish peace process on the 24th of July a new total war against the Kurds is under way. Since this date Kurdish mountains, villages and geography have been under daily attack and bombardment. For almost a week the Turkish Special Forces, supported by the army, has…

Roadmap of the Escalation: How Did the Turkish-Kurdish Conflict Upsurge Again?

By Kurdistan Women’s Community (KJK): Download the Background Information File in full (pdf) I. Political Evaluation by KJK The Turkish state has declared total war on the Kurdish people. The decision to undertake this strategy of total war was made at the meeting of Turkey’s National Security Council on 30 October 2014, when the resistance…

It’s Time To Evaluate The Turkish Contribution Against ISIS!

Rebwar Reshid

By Rebwar Rashed: On Monday 20th July 32 youths were killed in the Kurdish town of Pirsoz (Suruc is the Turkish name of the city after the Turkification of Kurdistan from 1923) by an alleged ISIS suicide bomber, although Kurds think it’s in reality president Erdogan who is lying behind this. As a revenge action…

Restart the Peace Process in Turkey: No to Turkey’s Military Intervention in Syria – Defend Rojava!

Open Letter by Peace in Kurdistan Campaign: We have watched with increasing alarm and frustration as the peace process between the Turkish government and the Kurds has stalled and been brought to a halt. Just a few months ago talks between Turkish officials and jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan promised to herald a historic breakthrough…

Turkey’s Treachery: Missile Strikes on PKK Martyrs Cemetery

By Dr. Amy L. Beam: On July 25, 2015, Turkey launched simultaneous missile attacks into Syria against Islamic State (ISIS or Daesh) targets and into Qandil, Kurdistan, against Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) who have been the leading force fighting ISIS. Turkey stated its attack in the Qandil region was to destroy arms and munitions storage…

Turkey is Deceiving the Democratic and Public Opinion

Rebwar Reshid

By Rebwar Rashed: All of a sudden, on July 23rd, Turkey surprised the world by announcing the decision to join the US coalition against ISIL. Turkey has been supporting all kinds of Islamic terrorists in Syria at least for the last four years. Turkey had it´s well known agenda, which included destroying the Kurdish liberation movement,…

Great Spirits and Mediocre Minds

Evin Cheikosman

By Evin Cheikosman: Following Turkish President Erdoğan’s defeat in the June 6th parliamentary elections, on June 16th the Kurdish YPG/ YPJ took over the Syrian city of Tel Abyad, initially controlled by ISIS. Fortunately, this capture prevents ISIS from having a direct route for importing recruits and supplies, and puts more pressure on its de facto…

Will June 7th Relieve Turkey of the Erdoğan Depression?

Evin Cheikosman

By Evin Cheikosman: We are six days away from one of the most significant parliamentary elections in late Turkish political history. This election is crucial for two main reasons. The first: it will determine whether Turkey will go from a parliamentary democracy to a presidential system – the latter of which will award Turkish President…

Turkey and the Kurdish Issue

By Sami Jamil Jadallah: Former president Abdullah Gul, President Recep Erdoğan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu as leaders of the Justice and Development Party over the last decades have transformed Turkey into an economic and political powerhouse. Much remains to be done. Turkey has gone from a country sinking in debt to a country thriving…

Armenian-Kurdish Alliance for the Recognition of the Ottoman Genocide in Turkey

By Dr Amir Sharifi: Nothing is as mortal to the morals of the Turkish politicians as the recognition of the Armenian genocide of 1915. When many in the world were mourning and commemorating the centennial of the Armenian genocide with sorrowful indignation, the Turkish government paraded its usual April 23 pompous celebration of National Sovereignty…

Turkey’s Future: Erdoğan, Elections and the Kurds

By Nora Fisher Onar: This article was first published by Open Democracy Turkey is gearing up for pivotal elections on 7 June. At their heart is a complex interplay between presidential ambitions, party fissures, and Kurdish aspirations. Turkey’s election campaign began to the sound of fireworks. The first flash came in late January when the pro-Kurdish…