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What is happening in Turkey?

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.

Trial of Turkish opposition leaders postponed till May 3

The trial of Selahattin Demirtas along with 107 other members of the third largest party in Turkey, HDP, over a 2014 protest has been criticized as political vendetta against the opposition groups by the Erdogan government.

Struggle for democracy in Turkey

President of the HDP party, Ertuğrul Kürkçü, speaks to Vijay Prashad about the latest crackdown by Erdoğan’s government on democracy

Erdoğan starts a political earthquake in Turkey

Vijay Prashad and E. Ahmet Tonak explain what is behind the recent attacks on the progressive HDP party in Turkey

Former Kurdish parliamentarian Leyla Güven sentenced to over 22 years in jail

Leyla Güven, a former member of parliament, was tried and sentenced for her alleged membership of the banned Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) and on the charge of disseminating “terrorist propaganda”

Persecution of opposition HDP leader in Turkey Detention of HDP leader Selahattin Demirtas is violation of rights, says top Turkish court

The Turkish constitutional court said the detention of Selahattin Demirtas is in violation of his rights to liberty and security provided by the country’s constitution. He has been in jail since November 2016

US troops US redeployment of troops to Syria is a bid to corner oil fields

Though the stated objective of this policy reversal is to prevent the Islamic State from gaining control over oil fields, it is being speculated that the real reason is to ensure that the Syrian government does not access these resources

Turkey halts offensive in northeast Syria after deal with Russia

As per the Russia-Turkey agreement, Russian and Turkish forces will jointly patrol the 120-km region between Ras al-Ain and Tal Abyad while Kurdish YPG units will move 30 km away from the border

SDF forces withdraw from Ras al-Ain after US-Turkey deal

The deal between the US and Turkey, signed on October 17, may be short- lived given the differences over its interpretation by the different parties

Turkey invades Syria Turkish advance continues amid US sanctions

The Turkish move on the border down of Manbij has raised the possibility of a direct confrontation with Syrian forces. Over 160,000 people have been displaced so far

Turkish invasion Syrian Democratic Forces and Bashar al-Assad government join hands against Turkey

If the Turkish army continues its push southwards, there is a chance of conflict breaking out between them and the Syrian army, which has advanced into the region

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