Turkey and US Patrol Syria “Safe Zone” Despite Increasing Disagreements

Photo: US troops oversee SDF’s removal of fortifications in northern Syrian “Safe Zone.” By Jennifer Kelly   This weekend, Turkey and the United States began joint patrols of the recently established “safe zone” within the Kurdish-controlled area in northeastern Syria. Turkey has made it clear it is not satisfied with the strip of land that has been established as the safe zone. “It seems Turkey’s … Continue reading Turkey and US Patrol Syria “Safe Zone” Despite Increasing Disagreements

TURKEY: Molotov Cocktails Hurled at Bank, Government Building

Photo: Aftermath of handmade explosives thrown at private bank in Istanbul. By Jennifer Kelly This week, the Communist Party of Turkey/Marxist-Leninist (TKP/ML) carried out attacks against a bank and Turkish postal office building in Sarigazi, a predominantly Kurdish district on the eastern outskirts of Istanbul. According to an email received by the revolutionary Turkish newspaper Yeni Demokrasi, TKP/ML militants undertook the actions, and left a … Continue reading TURKEY: Molotov Cocktails Hurled at Bank, Government Building

US Makes Territorial Deal with Turkey in Syria

Photo: Turkish and US military vehicles in Northern Syria By Jennifer Kelly This past Wednesday the US and Turkey began the first phase of a plan to develop a “safe zone” in northern Syria. This puts a halt, at least for now, on Turkish plans for further incursion into the Kurdish-held territory in the north of Syria. There has been much consternation over the details … Continue reading US Makes Territorial Deal with Turkey in Syria

TURKEY: Revolutionary Musicians Grup Yorum Go On Hunger Strike

Photo: Members of Grup Yorum perform in protest of concert ban in Ankara By Mike Talavera Members of the Turkish revolutionary band Grup Yorum, seven of whom are currently in prison, have been on hunger strike for several weeks in protest of repression by the fascist Erdogan administration. The group is demanding that all its members be released, their names be taken off the “terror” … Continue reading TURKEY: Revolutionary Musicians Grup Yorum Go On Hunger Strike

GERMANY: Three Turkish Revolutionaries Arrested Post-Release, Put in Solitary Confinement

By Mike Talavera Dr. Banu Büyükavcı, Dr. Sinan Aydın, and Sami Solmaz, three political prisoners who had been let out of prison after being arrested in an April 2015 raid for alleged affiliation with the Communist Party of Turkey/Marxist-Leninist (TKP/ML), were arrested again by German authorities on June 25 at one of the regular hearings that was conditional to their release. The three were part … Continue reading GERMANY: Three Turkish Revolutionaries Arrested Post-Release, Put in Solitary Confinement

GERMANY: Turkish Revolutionary Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

By Mike Talavera On June 27, a German court sentenced Turkish revolutionary Erdal Gökoğlu to five years in prison for alleged association with the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (in Turkish, Devrimci Halk Kurtuluş Partisi-Cephesi or DHKP-C). Although the prosecutor in the case was asking for a three-and-a-half-year sentence, the judge exceeded this request for no reason other than political repression. For many years, Gökoğlu has participated in actions … Continue reading GERMANY: Turkish Revolutionary Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

GERMANY: Partizan Celebrates Life of İbrahim Kaypakkaya

By Jakob Stein This year marks the seventieth anniversary of the birth of İbrahim Kaypakkaya, and May 18 was the forty-sixth anniversary of his murder in Diyarbakır Prison in Turkey. He was killed in his early twenties after enduring four months of brutal torture, but in his young life he achieved a great deal. Kaypakkaya is responsible for bringing the teachings of Mao to Turkey … Continue reading GERMANY: Partizan Celebrates Life of İbrahim Kaypakkaya