Sungur Savran, 18 Aralık 2016
This is the 600th anniversary of that great internationalist communist revolution. Obviously the revolution came before conditions were mature for communism. It was bound to fail, if not before taking power, then after it. However, that it should have erupted in a geography that now harbours the two nations of Greece and Turkey is a great honour for us.
Armağan Tulun, 14 Aralık 2016
This article was originally written in Turkish and published in the October issue of Gerçek, the central organ of the Revolutionary Workers' Party (DIP). It was later slightly updated and translated into English by another comrade.
Sungur Savran, 12 Kasım 2016
We can enumerate countless reasons for Trump’s election victory. But the main reason lying behind all the others is the Third Great Depression. The world has entered a new stage after the great financial crash in 2008. What started after that watershed moment was an economic crisis with a rarely seen profundity in the history of capitalism. Depressions are distinguished from the regular, ordinary and shorter-term crises by the impossibility of a spontaneous recovery. Depressions cannot come to an end without gigantic political, military and social upheavals. During this process, the old...
Gerçek, 8 Kasım 2016
Last summer a notable group of academics, unionists and politicians from around the world powerfully protested against the search for a very heavy disciplinary sanction against some junior academic staff of the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara. This petition questioned the future relations of the international community of progressive academics should the university persist in its persecution of the staff in question. Some of us were signatories to this petition. Fortunately for the future of our relations with METU, the charges were dropped at that time.
Ewa Groszewska , 27 Ekim 2016
When Polish government announced in June by mouth of prime minister – Beata Szydło- the tightening of the rules against abortion nobody treated it too seriously. The new ruling party – Law and Justice ( Prawo I Sprawiedliwosc) is conservative and related with the Catholic church, but the fundamentalist Catholic electorate is a minority in Poland. Even believers are pragmatic and do not respect the ban on contraception, for example. People voted Law and Justice having had enough of neoliberal parties because the rhetoric of the conservatives was focused on social issues.
Gerçek, 6 Ekim 2016
The Incirlik military base is a scourge not only for the peoples of the region; imperialism has brought the biggest problems to the countries that have collaborated with it. In 1960, when the spy planes that took off from the Incirlik military base to spy on USSR were shot down, it was Turkey which faced the threat. The nuclear weapons that were installed in this base by the US brought Anatolia into the center of war threats both after this event and after the Cuban missile crisis.
Sungur Savran, 19 Ağustos 2016
So Brexit is here. Fifty-two per cent of the British people voted to leave the EU. This is an historic outcome. Britain, that is to say the world’s fifth and Europe’s second biggest economy, a country where Europe’s foremost financial centre, the City of London, second only to Wall Street in global rankings, is located, one of the three nuclear powers of NATO and the world’s most powerful imperialist country until the mid-20th century, is leaving the EU!
Gerçek, 11 Ağustos 2016
When the December 2013 corruption cases exploded, the people took to the streets to ask account for the corruption. Barricades were set up near Taksim and there was a banner above one barricade. “We are the 99%” and “Let them all go!” said the banner. But who are the “them”? Let us name “them” from left to right: Tayyip Erdoğan, Fethullah Gülen, Abdullah Gül, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, Mustafa Sarıgül, Devlet Bahçeli… There is one more on the extreme right. Apparently, people who see the banner usually don’t recognise this man. Most ask “Who is this?”.
Sungur Savran, 10 Ağustos 2016
Since the failed coup attempt of 15 July, there is a lingering suspicion that the United States was aware of the planned coup, may have been consulted before or during the events by some at least of the forces involved in the coup, or perhaps may even have been involved in the planning of the coup plot. This is, at least, very clearly what some major mass media outlets have said in so many words. Reading the pro-Erdogan press in particular, the ordinary Turkish citizen may well ask themselves when and how the Turkish government will break with NATO and the US and perhaps even the EU.
Savas Mihail, 4 Ağustos 2016
Our thoughts will focus and develop on three crucial points brought forward by the DIP: a. the fallacy of “a defeat of dictatorship by democracy”; b. the fallacy that “only the Gulenists are involved in the coup”, and c. the danger of “Syrianization” of Turkey.