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

Kurdish struggle continues, with a smile and a shrug

After the AKP booked an unexpected victory in Turkey’s elections, the country’s Kurdish population looks ahead, determined to continue the struggle. Just days before last week’s elections in Turkey, the people of the small village of Kocaköy, at an hour’s drive from Diyarbakir, had gathered to commemorate the death of one of their sons. Renaz Karaz had been his nom de guerre, but his mother … Continue reading Kurdish struggle continues, with a smile and a shrug

Turkey elections: AKP strategy pays off, Kurds continue to struggle

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Nov 4 2015 (IPS) – Despite months of violence and unrest, spirits were high in Diyarbakir, Turkey’s largest Kurdish town in the country’s southeast, prior to Sunday’s elections. In the previous weeks, multiple curfews had been declared in the city and in several towns in the region. On election day, all of the curfews had been lifted, although a continued heavy police and … Continue reading Turkey elections: AKP strategy pays off, Kurds continue to struggle

Kurds fight ISIS as Russia enters Syrian war

The Syrian Kurds are seen as IS’ most formidable enemy. Now that Russia has joined the Syrian war, its competing with the US for the Kurds’ attention. Last weekend, the US announced it had dropped 50 tons of ammunition to rebel groups in northern Syria. Despite it’s public announcements proclaiming the contrary, most, if not all, of the ammunition ended up in the hands of … Continue reading Kurds fight ISIS as Russia enters Syrian war

Ankara bomb attack fuels anger against Erdogan’s AKP

Tensions rise in Turkey after dozens killed at a peace rally in Ankara, while government is blamed for abetting violence prior to November elections. Saturday’s attacks on a peace demonstration in Ankara, which caused the deaths of over one hundred people and injured many more, have once again exposed the deep ruptures that continue to dominate Turkey’s social and political landscape. At 10:04am two explosions, … Continue reading Ankara bomb attack fuels anger against Erdogan’s AKP

Turkey’s radicalizing youth dominates escalating conflict

Politicized youth organizations on both ends of the political spectrum in Turkey are becoming more vocal, violent and popular. When the decades-old conflict between the Turkish state and the Kurdish guerrillas of the PKK escalated again in July – two years after the start of the peace talks between the two parties – many were disappointed, but few were surprised. The breakdown of the peace … Continue reading Turkey’s radicalizing youth dominates escalating conflict

Cizre cries for help: “Turkey’s Kobane” under siege

As the conflict in Turkey spirals out of control, dozens of people have reportedly been killed in Cizre and the army shows no signs of lifting the siege. Tanks shelling the city center. No-one allowed in or out. Electricity and water have been cut, as well as phone lines and internet access. The people have dug trenches to stop armored vehicles from entering their neighborhoods … Continue reading Cizre cries for help: “Turkey’s Kobane” under siege

US shows it real face inchoosing Turkey over the Kurds

In its choice of allies in the battle against IS, the US is showing that defeating the jihadists might in fact not be its number one priority. When waging war, picking the right allies is a careful business. You must make concessions, without giving in too much. You need to rely on someone else, without becoming too dependent. You need to stand firm, and be … Continue reading US shows it real face inchoosing Turkey over the Kurds