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Stop the War on Afrin!

The Turkish Armed Forces -supported by Free Syrian Army groups- have started an air and land offensive on the predominantly Kurdish town of Afrin in Northern Syria, from multiple fronts at the same time.

Başlangıç Dergisi

February 2, 2018

Shifting Relations Between Turkey and the U.S. and the State of the Turkish Left

Left Voice recently spoke with Foti Benlisoy of Başlangıç Dergisi, a socialist organization in Turkey, to discuss the political context and changing dynamics between Turkey and the U.S. in the wake of upcoming elections.

Foti Benlisoy

January 4, 2018

Police Raid in Munich: Special Forces Burst into Apartment Because of a Ypg-Flag on Private Facebook Page

This morning at 6 AM, ten heavily armed special forces of German police executed a search warrant in Munich in an investigation over a picture of a flag of the Kurdish militia YPG posted on a private Facebook profile. During the raid the behavior of police was both sexist and racist.

Baran Serhad

August 17, 2017

What Lies After the Turkey Referendum

With two days left until the constitutional referendum vote in Turkey on April 16th, there are still a myriad of potential scenarios and outcomes. Regardless of the result of the vote, the left will be tasked to navigate a post-referendum political climate, with both considerable possibilities and challenges.

Yasemin Yilmaz

April 15, 2017

Turkey’s Referendum and its Aftermath

Only a few days are left before Turkey’s April 16th constitutional referendum on the transition to an authoritarian presidential system. Those who thought that the referendum would be a piece of cake for the government given the countrywide state of emergency were proven wrong.

Refugees: The End of the German Illusion

Trump’s anti-immigrant executive order and refugee ban were harshly condemned by the German Chancellor. Several media outlets present Merkel as the last democratic hope of the West. But how have the refugees who arrived in Germany fared? And what of those who attempted to enter the European nation and now languish in Turkish camps? Was the acceptance of refugees by Germany driven by humanitarian ideals or by economic interests and the need to preserve the integrity of capitalist Europe? In this article, we present an assessment of 2016 and German policy in relation to the refugee crisis.

Sebastian Vargas

February 8, 2017

Turkey’s Fragile Bonapartism

Turkey may hold a referendum on the transition to an authoritarian presidential system as soon as late March; however, Erdoğan’s Bonapartist shift does not herald stability for the ruling class, nor a solution to the crisis of neoliberalism.

Barış Yıldırım

January 6, 2017

The Carnage of Aleppo

Aleppo is a tragedy. Over a quarter million people have died in the confrontation between the rebels and the forces of the Syrian government. It would be unfair, however, to view them as being on the same level.

Juan C

December 23, 2016

Three Hypotheses on the Assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey

The assassination of Andrei Karlov, Russian Ambassador to Turkey, occurred against the backdrop of the civil war in Syria. In particular, it takes place amidst the dramatic turn of events following the seizure of Aleppo by Assad’s despotic regime, with the support of both Russia and Iran.

Claudia Cinatti

December 20, 2016