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.
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.
President of the HDP party, Ertuğrul Kürkçü, speaks to Vijay Prashad about the latest crackdown by Erdoğan’s government on democracy
Vijay Prashad and E. Ahmet Tonak explain what is behind the recent attacks on the progressive HDP party in Turkey
Güven has been vocal about the plight of Kurdish people.
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”
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
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
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
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
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
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