Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
The raging power struggle in North Africa and Mediterranean

Newsclick’s Prabir Purkayastha talks about the faultlines emerging in west Asia and north Africa where Turkey and the Gulf monarchies have been engaging in a geopolitical contest

Thousands march across Turkey to denounce violence against women

The protesters demanded that Turkey should not withdraw from the 2011 Istanbul Convention which asks the signatories to enact laws to prevent violence against Women.

Turkey women protest Feminist groups protest rising femicide and violence against women in Turkey

The murder of Pinar Gultekin, a 27-year-old university student, has brought thousands to the streets in protest. They are demanding an end to femicide and other forms of violence against women

Turkish communists criticize Erdogan’s decision to convert Hagia Sophia to a mosque

The decision of right-wing Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan to permit worship at the Hagia Sophia Museum has been widely condemned as a ploy to appease Muslim hardliners

Anti-fascist protest-Austria Communist youth in Austria resist fascist mobilizations

Right-wing groups from the Turkish diaspora in Vienna instigated clashes with the Kurdish and progressive Turks in the city

Ibrahim Gökçek death Turkey Second member of persecuted Turkish leftist folk band dies, days after ending hunger strike

Ibrahim Gökçek’s death follows the deaths of another band member along with an ally in April, who were both also on hunger strikes to protest the state persecution of the band stemming from the crackdown carried out by the Turkish government in retaliation to the failed 2016 coup

Prisoners release law Turkey Turkish parliament approves law for prisoners’ release amid COVID-19 crisis

The law passed by the Turkish parliament on April 14 enables the government to sanction the release of certain categories of prisoners in order to decongest jails and contain the risk of them turning into hotspots of the coronavirus pandemic

Ceasefire in Syria faces fresh challenges

On March 19, two Turkish soldiers were killed in an attack in Syria by Al-Qaeda affiliated rebels. Newsclick’s Prabir Purkayastha talks about the options before Turkey, the future of the March 5 ceasefire and the steps the Syrian government may take.

Refugee crisis Turkish blackmail worsens situation for refugees

The Turkey-Greece borders are on alert as Turkey allows thousands of refugees to cross over to Europe. The move is being viewed as an attempt by the Turkish government to blackmail the European Union (EU) to support its imperialist designs in the Syrian conflict

The war in Syria reaches a crucial stage

In this episode of Mapping Faultlines, Newsclick’s Prabir Purkayastha looks at the latest developments in Syria as government forces secure Aleppo and advance in Idlib. He also talks about the larger strategic relevance of these developments for the region.

Turkish troops in Libya Turkey announces troop deployment in Libya

The move is being seen as part of Turkey’s attempts to consolidate its position as a regional hegemon. The actual deployment of troops will take place once the Turkish parliament ratifies the decision

Turkey-GNA deal As the war in Libya escalates, external powers compete over its resources

The proxy war being waged in Libya for almost a decade has heated up with regional and international powers, including Turkey, competing for greater control over the region’s resources

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