Turkey’s Sovereignty is Under Attack

Turkey’s Sovereignty is Under Attack

(Photo Credit: Hurriyet Daily News) By Joshua Tartakovsky   Preface  A key characteristic that must be adopted by those who wish to understand the world, dream of a multipolar world or take political action is to rapidly adapt to new realities rather than remain stuck in the framework of the past. In today’s dizzying speed of global developments what was relevant one day ago may no longer be relevant today. An enemy of yesterday may become the friend of today. And the world’s sole superpower may seek to remove or topple an ally once he no longer serves its purposes or takes an independent position. The coup against Erdogan At the coup-attempt that took place on Friday night, the Turkish parliament was bombed by jets and helicopters as 10 people were wounded. The plotters entered forcefully into the state-sponsored TV station TRT and made a female news anchor read a statement at gunpoint. The central police station in Ankara was bombed. The Fatih Sultan Mehmet and Bosphorous bridges in Istanbul were blockaded by tanks. The Chief of Staff, Gen. Hulusi Akar, was taken hostage. After President Erdogan called on the Turkish people to come to the streets on Face Time, the Turkish people bravely resisted the coup. Despite considerable risks, citizens of Turkey overwhelmed the streets with Turkish flags in their hands. All four major political parties denounced the coup. The first key point to understand is that this coup-attempt was not just about removing Erdogan. It was an attack against Turkey as a republic. The parliament was bombed. Can anyone imagine how news agencies would cover developments if...
DID ERDOGAN’S WAR AGAINST KURDS REACH BRUSSELS?

DID ERDOGAN’S WAR AGAINST KURDS REACH BRUSSELS?

Photo by Joshua Tartakovsky (C) All Rights Reserved 2016. By Joshua Tartakovsky, 23 March 2016 On March 18, 2016, Turkish President Erdogan Recep Tayyip Erdogan marked the victory of the Ottoman soldiers who repelled British and French attacks on the Gallipoli peninsula. The British who were allied with the Russians, tried during the campaign held between April 25, 1915, and January 9, 1916, to open the Dardanelles Straits for the Russian Navy during World War I. The British were hoping to capture Constantinople. But the Ottoman soldiers dug in the trenches on the shores, managed heroically to repel the onslaught of British and French ships. The Turks remember this battle as a turning point of World War I and as a saving moment from the humiliation of losing the Ottoman Empire. Only several days ago, Turkish TV broadcasted a convincing reproduction of the Gallipoli battle. Hurriyet Daily News reported on Erdogan’s speech in Çanakkale that marked the Gallipoli battle: “There is no reason for the bomb, which exploded in Ankara, not to explode in Brussels, where an opportunity to show off in the heart of the city to supporters of the terror organization is presented, or in any city in Europe. Despite this clear reality, European countries are paying no attention, as if they are dancing in a minefield. You can never know when you are stepping on a mine. But it is clear that this is an inevitable end,” he [Erdogan] said, referring to the PKK and the March 13 suicide bomb attack which killed at least 35 people in the heart of Ankara. A PKK offshoot claimed responsibility...
IMPRESSIONS FROM ISTANBUL: TERROR SHATTERS ISTIKLAL STREET

IMPRESSIONS FROM ISTANBUL: TERROR SHATTERS ISTIKLAL STREET

Photo by Joshua Tartakovsky (C) 2016. All Rights Reserved. By Joshua Tartakovsky, 20 March 2016 Merely several days after the suicide bombing in Ankara, today a suicide bomber hit again, this time in Istiklal Street, Istanbul’s busy and modern commercial and touristy area, right by Taksim metro station and Gezi Park. 5 were killed and 37 wounded. 2 Israelis were among those killed. A visit to Istiklal Street a day prior revealed a street relatively empty in comparison to its glory days. People were going out and guitarists played in the square by the metro, but the streets were not packed as they usually are. The restaurant was nearly empty and closed early. Security was on high alert and Turks were nervous following the explosion in Ankara. By and large, it was sad to see Istanbul in this state. Near Istanbul University on Friday a policeman standing by the traffic held his gun up in the air. Turks are generally confused these days. Erdogan is supposed to be a proud and tough leader, and the rural uneducated religıous masses feel that he made them proud again. Finally, we have a tough leader, they think. However, unlike Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, Erdogan did not develop the countries he conquered nor are the arts flourishing under his rule. Instead, he has been allying himself with the ISIL gang whose members frequently come to Istanbul, hardly a noble or sultanic thing to do, while the educated university students and liberal middle class are past the stage of concern. They are depressed and scared. Hundreds have been arrested for insulting the President.  Various newspapers...

How Russia Should Respond to Erdoğan’s Hate-Mongering?

Joshua Tartakovsky, 5 December 2015 Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is one who thrives from exploiting ethnic and religious tensions. For him, the more commotion and incitement, the better. Following the brutal bombing of Kurdish and Turkish protesters in Ankara, a bombing that took place with the police absent from the area and with many indications of the Deep State’s involvement, Erdoğan blamed the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The PKK is a Kurdish militant group in Iraqi Kurdistan and Turkey, with an anti-centralized state ideology that has been fighting for independence since 1984.  Why would a Kurdish militant group blow up fellow Kurds who share the same desire for independence? But the Turkish masses seemed to believe him. Erdoğan sees enemies everywhere, while the pro- Erdoğan media incites the impoverished public who see in him a hero, a resister and one of their own, wrongly persecuted and always innocent. Erdoğan’s Justice and development Party (AKP) gained power in 2002 after decades of neglect of the Muslim working class by the Turkish elite.  It is a popular, Islamist, pro-US party that seeks to overturn decades of secularism instilled since the founding of the secular republic. Turkey’s professed secularism ran contrary to the wishes of many of the poor living in villages and cities who could not find in the government or army a non-condescending official.  The military, the protector of Turkey’s secularism, did not intervene after AKP won. Erdoğan could finally pursue a process of Islamization of the country and a revival of neo- Ottomanism. Erdoğan’s Turkey feels that it has been oppressed for decades if not centuries. Now it is breaking free....
Press TV: Erdogan says Russians acted emotionally over plane downing

Press TV: Erdogan says Russians acted emotionally over plane downing

  (Photo: Press TV). Press TV November 26, 2015 My appearance on Press TV discussing the downed Russian jet SU24 by Turkey in Syria. Key points: -According to various reports, Erdogan’s son Bilal is deeply involved in buying oil from ISIS in hundreds of millions of dollars -Turkey is hoping that its bringing down the plane and continued aggressive acts, it will eventually force a no-fly zone over Syria since it has been at loss following Russia’s successful strikes against the Islamic State -Russia will not fall into the trap set by Erdogan and will not get carried away. Instead it will remain set on the goal of fighting terrorism in Syria. However, Turkish provocations and acts of aggression are likely to...