Turkey descends into civil war as conflict in southeast continues to escalate

The latest footage to come out of Sur, the historical district in Diyarbakir that has been under total lock down by Turkish armed forces for the past sixty days, shows a level of devastation one would sooner expect in Syria. In more ways than one – empty streets lined with debris, bombed-out buildings, tanks and soldiers shooting at invisible assailants – the situation in Turkey’s … Continue reading Turkey descends into civil war as conflict in southeast continues to escalate

Turkije op de rand van nieuwe burgeroorlog

In het zuidoosten van Turkije –de Koerdische regio– vinden steeds meer gewelddadige operaties van het Turkse leger plaats. Joris Leverink, voor MO* ter plaatse, bericht van op partijcongressen en in schuilkelders over de burgeroorlog die nu al slachtoffers maakt, ook al erkent de wereld de toestand nog niet.  Ze zitten al dagen vast in de kelder van een appartementengebouw in Cizre. Kinderen, bejaarden, mannen en vrouwen; vijfentwintig personen in … Continue reading Turkije op de rand van nieuwe burgeroorlog

Kurds resist state-imposed curfews in Turkey

Since August, 52 curfews have been declared by the Turkish state in Kurdish towns and neighborhoods. Despite the repression, the resistance is thriving. The scenes of destruction in the Kurdish towns and neighborhoods placed under curfew by the Turkish authorities do not just resemble a war zone – they are a war zone. This is a war of a government against its people. A total war, … Continue reading Kurds resist state-imposed curfews in Turkey

Murray Bookchin and the Kurdish resistance

Bookchin’s municipalist ideas, once rejected by communists and anarchists alike, have now come to inspire the Kurdish quest for democratic autonomy. The introduction to the new book The Next Revolution: Popular Assemblies and the Promise of Direct Democracy (Verso, 2015), explains how Murray Bookchin – born to Russian Jewish immigrants in New York City in 1921 – was introduced to radical politics at the age … Continue reading Murray Bookchin and the Kurdish resistance

Battle for Kobane puts Kurdish peace process on knife’s edge

Kurdish protestors could hold the promise of a new chapter in their history: in which people refuse to be part of a state-constructed artificial dichotomy between the Kurds and the Turks.   On November 1, tens of thousands of Kurds and sympathisers in Turkey and across the world from Turin to Tokyo, and from Berlin to Buenos Aires took to the streets to express their solidarity with the … Continue reading Battle for Kobane puts Kurdish peace process on knife’s edge