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Tsipras and Erdogan, both enemies of the working class in Greece and Turkey

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Tsipras and Erdogan, both enemies of the working class in Greece and Turkey
By Nikos Mottas.
The visit of the Turkish President Erdogan in Greece has concluded. A lot of things were said in front of cameras and, certainly, even more behind closed doors. We could write about several conclusions regarding the undisputable upgrade of Ankara’s assertions against Greece’s sovereign rights, the unacceptable demand for the revision of the Treaty of Lausanne, the pretexts of President Erdogan regarding minorities, etc.
However, if we would like to summarize the very essense of Erdogan’s visit, we must briefly- and clearly- point out the following:
  • Both President Erdogan, as well as the Greek leadership, repeated in their public statements the (trite) wishes about “good neighborly relations”, “mutual respect”, “friendship” and “peace” between the two countries. All these are empty words, taking into account that within the framework of imperialism, within the framework of the NATO alliance – members of which are both countries – actual friendship and peace cannot exist. This is a given and multiple times proven in the passage of history truth. Therefore, with these words, Tsipras and Erdogan do not deceive each other, but they deceive together the Greek and Turkish people.
  • Erdogan’s visit took place in a period when both his government and the coalition government of SYRIZA-ANEL, are facing a series of internal problems. From its side, the AKP government faces serious social and political issues (e.g. Zarrab case, social polarization, inflation increase, devaluation of the Turkish lira, etc) and has every reason to try to disorient the popular masses from the actual problems. The- albeit temporary- change of the political agenda is also beneficial for the SYRIZA-ANEL government which, in the name of the “3rd evaluation”, crushes working-people’s rights.
  • The confrontation regarding the Treaty of Lausanne has overshadowed a very significant aspect of the meeting. This aspect has to do with the economic agreements and business deals between sections of the Greek and Turkish capital. Mr. Erdogan came to Greece as the representative of the strongest part of the Turkish bourgeois class, whose interests he wishes to promote. It is certain that the working people on both sides of the Aegean have nothing to gain from the business between Greek and Turkish capitalists. On the contrary, both governments in Athens and Ankara are moving towards an increasingly antipeople-reactionary way, enhancing, in one way or another, the exploitation of the working masses and the crush of labor rights.
  • Both Tsipras and Erdogan are consciously lying and deceiving their people when they talk about supposed solutions to a series of issues (Cyprus, Aegean, Refugee waves, etc) within the framework of NATO and the EU. It has been proved, in the most explicit way, that these imperialist organisations do not consist part of whatever kind of solution but, on the contrary, they are integral part of the problem. It is therefore clear that within the Euroatlantic framework no issue can be solved for the benefit of the people, taking into account that these matters are inseparably linked to powerful inter-imperialist competitions, totally foreign to peoples’ interests.
Given the above and on the background of the Greek government’s dithyrambs about Erdogan’s “historic visit”, we bring in our minds the words of the great communist poet Nazim Hikmet who, in August 1952, in a letter addressed to his “Greek brothers”, were talking about “Two Turkeys and two Greeces”. The real and the fake. The independent and the slavish one.
Today, there is the Turkey of Erdogan, AKP and the kemalist bourgeois opposition, but also the Turkey of the working people who are facing persecutions, repression and capitalist barbarity. Likewise, there is the Greece of Tsipras, Mitsotakis and the bourgeois parties, but also the Greece of the working-people’s movement which resists to the strategy of the capital.
Today, there is the Turkey of a handful of monopolies- modern sultans- which are exploiting the wealth produced by the Turkish people, as well as the Turkey of the poor neighborhoods of Istanbul, of the labor unions, of the Turkish communists who struggle in very adverse conditions. On the other side of the Aegean, there the Greece of the wealthy large industrialists and shipowners, as well as the Greece of the workers, of the strikers, of the poor strata.
The actual meaning of the Greek-Turkish friendship will never be expressed by any Tsipras or Erdogan. This meaning was expressed, in a unique way, by the great Nazim Hikmet: “The people of Turkey and Greece give a totally different meaning to the Greek-Turkish friendship. For them, the friendship means a common struggle for the freedom of their homeland. For national independence, for the happiness, in order to be able to taste side by side in the fraternal table of friendship, the bread and the olives of their own country.”
Originally published in Greek in
* Nikos Mottas, a Phd student, is the editor-in-chief of In Defense of Communism
Statement by the KKE on the visit of Turkish President Erdogan in Greece: “People in both countries must be vigilant”
| December 8, 2017 | 8:27 pm | Communist Party Greece (KKE), Greece, Syriza, Turkey | No comments

Friday, December 8, 2017

Statement by the KKE on the visit of Turkish President Erdogan in Greece: “People in both countries must be vigilant”
On the occasion of the official visit of the President of Turkey Rejep Tayyip Erdogan in Greece (7-8 December), the Press Office of the CC of the Communist Party of Greece issued the following statement:
“The visit of the President of Turkey T.Erdogan in our country did not confirm whatsoever the environment that the SYRIZA-ANEL government was uncourteously cultivating during the previous days by naming the visit as “historical”. After all, it wouldn’t be different, when only within 2017 the violations of the Greek airspace and maritime waters are thousands, while just before his visit, during an interview, the President of Turkey restored all the new provocations and assertions against the country, with the peak being the demand for the revise of the Treaty of Lausanne. 
Moreover, the Erdogan visit gave the opportunity to the Turkish leadership, which occupies the 40% of Cyprus and has now invided in Syrian territories, to set the total framework of the Turkish demands, through the revision of the Lausanne Treaty, to project its persistence on the “grey zones” in the Aegean, to intervene in Thrace thus seeking the utilization of the muslim minority- which is comprised by Greek citizens- for the benefit of the interests of the Turkish bourgeoisie also according to the practice it follows in other regions of the Balkans and the Middle East.
Practically, the visit prepared by the SYRIZA-ANEL government upgraded Turkey’s assertions against the sovereign rights of our country and this poignant result cannot “washed out” by the promotion of economic agreements between parts of the Greek and Turkish capital from which the people have nothing to win. 
The KKE estimations are confirmed and once again it is proved that the integration and connection of the two countries in the imperialist organisations of NATO and the EU do not help peace and security for the people. The government, as well as the other bourgeois parties that support the Euroatlantic and capitalist “one-way” route of the country bear responsibility because they misdirect the people that, within round-tables and businesses, the problems will be solved for the benefit of the people. 
Our people must not be content with the fairy tales that SYRIZA and the other bourgeois parties are saying that supposedly through diplomatic manipulations- either through “zeibekiko” dances, “best man” relations* or through the development of various business plans- will overcome problems that are connected to deeper causes and powerrful competitive interests. 
The working people, the people in both countries, must be vigilant, because the imperialist war, which is waged for the profits of monopoly groups, is, like economic crises, nextricably bound up with this barbaric capitalist system.
The struggle of the people needs to be strengthened in both sides of the Aegean, in order to counterfight nationalism, every intent for border change, every change of international treaties that leads to the bloodshed of the people. The struggle must be strengthened, so that the conditions will be created to end, once and for all, the causes that create war”.
Source: / Translation: In Defense of Communism.
* Note by IDC: In June 2001, the then Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou had performed a zeibekiko dance, in front of his clapping Turkish counterpart Ismael Cem, on the sidelines of a meeting. A few years later, Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis attended the wedding of the son of the then Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, being one of the groom’s “best man”. 
Communist Party of Turkey (TKP): Tayyip Erdogan and his government must resign immediately!
| November 28, 2017 | 7:43 pm | Communist Party Turkey, Turkey | No comments

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Communist Party of Turkey (TKP): Tayyip Erdogan and his government must resign immediately!
The Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) has released a statement calling on Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan to resign immediately following the reports showing the engagement of family members of Erdogan in the transaction of millions of dollars to a foreign company via offshore bank accounts in the Isle of Man, soL international reports.
The statement came on late November 28 just after Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) chair Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu showed some documents during a parliamentary speech, accusing Erdogan’s family of getting involved in the transaction of millions of dollars to a foreign company via offshore bank accounts in the tax haven Isle of Man.
“We know for years what Erdoğan and his family have done within the triangle of religion-money-politics. Not only Erdogan and his family, but also almost all the leading cadres of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) have become skilled in converting politics and religion to money,” the TKP statement reads.
Indicating that Erdoğan, his family and the government are all involved in tax evasion, bribery and corruption, the TKP statement continues, “Everyone knows that the allegations are true. ‘Lies, false documents,’ screams the palace [of Erdogan], the government and the pro-government media,” adding that it was the government which sent many people behind the bars through false documents.
As the TKP statement goes on, Erdogan’s palace, government and media argue that they are facing an international operation, thus calling on everyone to defend Erdoğan against this “anti-Turkey plot”.
“It is true that Erdogan has been the target of an international operation for some time. That is why secret tape recordings, documents are revealed. That is why a coup was attempted on July 15. Among the imperialists, some either attempt to control Erdoğan and his team, whom they supported and used for many years, more tightly or to throw them away,” the TKP statement puts forth.
The statement underlines that Erdogan must pay the price of his crimes himself since he attacked the people with Islamism, privatizations and the plunder of national resources with the support of local and foreign monopolies, the European Union and the U.S.
The TKP says that the imperialist operation does not absolve Erdogan’s AKP government, but shows that the people must get rid of the AKP party as immediate as possible. “Turkey under the rule of Erdoğan and the AKP is open to all kinds of operation, blackmailing, traps. Because there are many crimes, all of which have been documented,” the statement underlines.
Calling on the people to stand against Erdogan, his local and foreign capitalist accomplices and the imperialist countries at the same time, the TKP statement concludes:
“Erdoğan and the government, resign!
Down with imperialism!
No to NATO and the European Union!”
Turkey: Erdogan’s government removes Karl Marx from school books
| September 23, 2017 | 9:18 pm | Communist Party Turkey, Karl Marx, Turkey | No comments

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Turkey: Erdogan’s government removes Karl Marx from school books
According to soL news portal, the Turkish government removed Karl Marx from sociology textbooks, promoted Islamic prophet Muhammad’s “holy birth week”.
As the debates on Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party-led Islamic school curriculum has inflamed the society, the theme of Karl Marx was removed from the school books of sociology for high school degree.
While the last year’s sociology textbook involved August Comte, Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim and Max Weber, the topic of Karl Marx has been removed from the 2017-2018 education term curriculum.
In addition to the AKP’s pro-sharia impositions in many other textbooks, the sociology school book’s chapter, “Social Institutions”, includes “the holy birth week” with reference to the unknown birthdate of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. The subchapter, “The Functions of Religion As a Social Institution”, reads:
“Religion has the functionality of recreation, travel and relaxation with regard to the field of influence. The celebrations of Holy Birth Week, commemoration ceremonies, mystic and Sufi meetings, visiting religious and sacred venues are such religious social activities.”
Meanwhile, the celebrations of “holy birth week” were launched in Turkey with the initiative of the U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen’s religious cult. However, the AKP government has decided to change the celebration date of “holy birth week” after Turkey witnessed a military coup attempt in July 2016, masterminded by the Gülenist faction, the long-termed ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
The Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) issued a declaration to the people, calling for a countrywide united struggle against the AKP-imposed Islamic and anti-science school curriculum.
Boyun Eğme! The Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) celebrated its 97th anniversary

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Boyun Eğme! The Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) celebrated its 97th anniversary
The Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) released a written statement on the 97th anniversary of its founding, said: “We are not asking for the impossible but the very possible. We lead the only possible way to remain human.”
“TKP founded on 10 September 1920 in Baku. The resistance struggling the occupation in Anatolia met the young Soviet revolution at that city. That very day, the communists of Turkey gathered together in a single party and declared being the comrades from Turkey of the international struggle for a socialist World,” the statement said. 
Underlined the fact that a proletarian revolution, a socialist order which will end the capitalist exploitation, TKP said: “Hence, now socialism is also a must for an independent and free country.”
“97 years ago TKP was founded by those who had seen socialism as the future for humanity. After 97 years TKP says: Without socialism, there is no humanity. No liberty, no enlightenment, no justice, no equity, no fraternity. Socialism is not merely the emancipation of the labour. Socialism is now a matter of existence,” the statement read. 
TKP once again announce to people of Turkey and the people of the world that the Socialist Turkey and Socialist World will found. 
“Salute to the bright future of Turkey and the World. Salute to the ones to join TKP’s struggle. For many many years,” the statement said. 
The Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) celebrated its 97th foundation anniversary last weekend in three metropolitan centers of Turkey, İzmir, Ankara and Istanbul.
The Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) members gathered together with its friends in the events held in three metropolitans. The events started with the singing of the anthem the International. Kemal Okuyan, the general secretary of TKP, and Aydemir Güler, central committee member of TKP, gave the speeches of the events in three cities. 
During the events where thousands of people gathered, Kemal Okuyan, the general secretary of TKP, gave the first speech. Okuyan noted that neither of the republics coinciding with the foundation of TKP in 1920 exists anymore, the Soviet Republic and the Turkish Republic, and the Communist Party of Turkey feels ashamed for that.
There is the rule of the Russian oligarchy instead of the Soviet Republic; and the rule of imams instead of Turkish Republic, Okuyan commented. “Therefore, we have not gathered for a celebration today. We are here to declare our will to undo this historical disaster.”, Okuyan noted.
Okuyan also said that it is impossible to create “more just, freer and more peaceful capitalism” and thus “the humanity will either be doomed to live in barbarity or fight for socialism and build a humanitarian society.” Reminding other historical examples, Okuyan noted that in all cases where the people tried to “tame” capitalism, it got wilder.
Aydemir Güler
Aydemir Güler, the central committee member of TKP, gave the second speech during the event. Güler said that neither Mustafa Suphi and his comrades, the founders of the historical TKP, were in a dream while founding the TKP 97 years ago, nor the members of TKP are in a dream today. Güler noted that the Communist Party of Turkey will get organised step by step and found the socialist republic in Turkey.
Güler pointed out that the capitalism can never go hand in hand with the enlightenment, and yet the liberals make a mistake in compromising with the bourgeoisie to defend enlightenment values. Güler also reminded that the popular discourse of supporting the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) against the threat of fascism in Turkey is nonsense because CHP is a bourgeois party and it cannot defend values of independence, freedom and secularism forever. The duty of the communists is to surpass historical developments and never come to terms with the bourgeois actors, Güler said.
The events concluded with the performance of music bands in all three cities and with the determination to build a stronger struggle for socialism in Turkey, which is not only necessary but also possible. 
Commentary by TKP’s Kemal Okuyan regarding Turkey’s stance on the Korean peninsula crisis
| September 5, 2017 | 8:33 pm | China, DPRK, Turkey, USSR | No comments

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Commentary by TKP’s Kemal Okuyan regarding Turkey’s stance on the Korean peninsula crisis
The General Secretary of the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP), Kemal Okuyan reflected on the denouncement statement of Turkey’s government regarding the hydrogen bomb test of the DPRK. 
The full text of Okuyan’s commentary published on soL news portal is as follows:
I denounce the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In the strongest manner…
Previously, they loved to call the German Democratic Republic as “East Germany”, now they like to call the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea as “North Korea”. It may be long and complex but still let us not use cold war terminology.
It is the Republic of Korea on the South, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on the North… The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of ours has recently protested against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. In their own words, they “denounced in the strongest manner”:

“We consider the hydrogen bomb test of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on 3 September 2017, as an irresponsible and provocative action, we denounce it in the strongest manner”.
I assume this is how claiming to be a “great power” works, you stick your nose into everything.
Anyway, this is not the first time Turkey sticks its nose into the Korean issue.
The Democratic Party (DP) government of 1950 had deployed our sons in the Korean war and sacrificed them for the imperialist aggressiveness in the tail of the USA.
Korean War lasted three years. It started with a lie. Just like the allegation of the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, just like the allegation of Assad government using chemical weapons…
USA occupied Korea which had gained independence after the II WW and tried to get Korea as a whole by bringing alone the allies with itself with the lie telling North attacking South. It did not work, Korean patriots, backed by the Soviet Union and the People’s Republic of China, challenged USA in military terms. As for the Turkish troops, they were sacrificed for the safe withdrawal of the US army.
Millions of people died in three years, and Korea split into two states. Turkey was recruited as a member of the NATO after the disgraceful deployment of the soldiers, and had been rewarded by another disaster.
Today, one of those two states, the one who has been suffering from the USA aggression for years, has been developing nuclear weapons.
Turkey had enrolled NATO, the biggest criminal enterprise, with the excuse of securing itself; this was its defence perspective. Democratic People’s Republic of Korea does not have any international safe body to take refuge in.
It is apparent how USA attacks and occupies the countries it “curses”. This means, when DPRK states that they are being threatened, they talk on facts. There it is Iraq, there it is Afghanistan, there it is Granada, there it is Panama…
The nuclear weapon is villainous. But it is villainous for everyone. It should be dispelled, without exception.
AKP government denounces DPRK. Well, why they do not “denounce in the strongest manner” the countries which posses weapons of mass destruction that have the power to destroy the world tens of times?
Those misters did not have any strong manners when they let German and Dutch missiles in our country, crying for help from NATO to defend them right after the gangs they sponsored by cash and arms failed in Syria.
They enjoy glowering by saying “Hey America!”, they even made habit of it. But there should be a bit of embarrassment, one should say “ We have our share in the split of Korea, let’s say nothing.”  
Embarrassment is the last thing we expect from those people.
Hey, Ministry of Foreign Affairs! You, in strongest manners, denounce a small country thousands of kilometers far away, which is occupied and cursed by fierce imperialist powers, however, we denounce you and ask: Isn’t it provocative and irresponsible to keep 50 nuclear weapons which would do serious harm to US and the people of the region?
Turkey’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut
Cavusoglu with his U.S counterpart.
Let us remind you, each one of those B-61 tactical nuclear weapons has explosive powers tenfold of the atomic bomb of Hiroshima.
Nowadays there is tension between Turkey and the USA, half factual, half fictitious. Well, why aren’t the nuclear weapons an issue of concern? What will the Ministry of Foreign Affairs say when tomorrow the USA prefers to transfer the nuclear weapons declaring Turkey “not being safe anymore”? Will they ask them not to go, or tell them to leave the nuclear weapons and go, will they brush over in silence? Or will there be a denouncement in the strongest manner?
Keeping nuclear weapons on its land by not possessing any control over them is one of the worst tribulations any country could have. There are only five countries in the world with that specific idiocy, the other four have been forced to, we had volunteered by heart.
At least the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has the control of the weapons itself. Well we, we sit on the will-content of the transatlantic. To die in millions!
What is it?: They are “denouncing in the strongest manner.”
Turkey’s Communist Party (TKP) responds to Tayyip Erdogan’s provocative statement
| August 23, 2017 | 8:50 pm | Communist Party Turkey, Turkey | No comments

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Turkey’s Communist Party (TKP) responds to Tayyip Erdogan’s provocative statement
Turkish President and chair of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Recep Tayyip Erdoğan made controversial statements on Aug. 22 during a meeting with mukhtars, heads of local districts in Turkey.
Talking about many different issues, President Erdoğan signalled that the ongoing state of emergency, which started upon the aborted coup attempt in the summer of 2016, would continue around the country with the aim of “defeating the terrorist organizations”.
Erdoğan also targeted the communists. “Now we are building an airport on the sea. They say, ‘We don’t want’. Who are they? The communists! This leftist mindset, these communists have never been patriotic, nationalistic,” Erdoğan continued, alleging that the communists have not favoured technological advancements and innovations or new constructions in Turkey.
Meanwhile, the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) immediately responded to President Erdoğan’s manipulative statement. “The communists do not reject airports or roads. Of course, airports, dams and roads will be constructed,” said Kemal Okuyan, General Secretary of TKP.
Okuyan continued: “Communism is such a social system that could achieve many works which AKP cannot even dream of today. What the communists reject is the destruction of the environment. What else do we reject? We reject the construction and operation of dams, roads, bridges and airports for profit making purposes. The social richness is being plundered for the profits of some individuals. We reject the occupation of Turkey by domestic and foreign monopolies.”
Warning Erdoğan and his AKP government about the fact that all the financial assets at the disposal of the ruling party belong to the public indeed, Okuyan said, “You construct illegal palaces, you turn the cities into concrete jungles, you destroy history, art and culture, then you dare to say that the communists always reject! Of course, the communists will oppose all the time.”
While Erdoğan blamed the communists for being unpatriotic, Kemal Okuyan indicated to the major role of Erdoğan and his party in offering the country for the benefit of local and foreign capitalists and imperialist forces. “The plunder of the country is treason. The pro-NATO stance is treason. The intervention in the neighbouring countries’ internal affairs is treason. Surrendering the country to international monopolies is treason. The strategic partnership with the U.S. is treason. Enabling the religious cults to rule the country is treason,” Okuyan concluded.