Category: Turkey
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

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2017/09/turkey-erdogans-government-removes-karl.html
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

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2017/09/boyun-egme-communist-party-of-turkey.html
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. 
 
“WE HAVE GATHERED TO DECLARE OUR WILL TO UNDO THE HISTORICAL DISASTER”.
 
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.
 
“WE HAVE TO SURPASS HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENTS”.
 
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

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2017/09/commentary-by-tkps-kemal-okuyan.html
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.”
Bravo!
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

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2017/08/turkeys-communist-party-tkp-responds-to.html
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 TARGETS TURKEY’S COMMUNISTS.
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.
COMMUNIST PARTY OF TURKEY (TKP) RESPONDS TO ERDOĞAN.
 
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.
Turkey: 16 years of Erdogan’s AKP Party, full of misery and violence
| August 16, 2017 | 8:35 pm | Turkey | No comments

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2017/08/turkey-16-years-of-erdogans-akp-party.html

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Turkey: 16 years of Erdogan’s AKP Party, full of misery and violence

On August 14th, the Turkish Party of Justice and Development (AKP), founded in 2001 by Rejep Tayyip Erdoğan and Abdullah Gül, completed its 16th anniversary. “During these years, public assets have been plundered and at least 20 thousand workers have been killed in occupational murders” writes soL international which published a brief account of AKP’s 16 years “full of misery and violence”: 
Since 2001 when it was founded and 2002 when it came to power, the AKP government has never compromised its policies against the working class. Following the political crisis in 2001, AKP was founded as a project of the US, establishing political Islam as an ensured state policy of Turkey.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE SHARE OF WORKING CLASS?
 
During the rule of the AKP, marketisation and reactionism has closed ranks even more compared to other periods in Turkish history. Neoliberal attacks have become more systematic.
PLUNDER BY MEANS OF PRIVATISATION
 
Privatization was not the invention of AKP, and yet the fastest and the most systematic privatisation of public heritage has happened during its rule.
Giant public institutions, industrial facilities, harbours and valuable lands have been sold one by one. International monopolies have been implicated in the sales of public institutions of strategic importance. 55% share of Turkish Telecom was sold to Oger Telecom, 51% of TÜPRAŞ (Turkish Petroleum Refineries Corporation) was sold to Azerbaijani petroleum monopoly SOCAR and Turkish tobacco and alcoholic beverages company TEKEL’s tobacco factories were sold to British Tobacco. TEKEL’s factories of alcoholic beverages were sold to Mey, a domestic private firm. Mey sold its shares for their twice and a half price to TPG, a US-origin firm, which sold it five years later to British Diageo for a price ten times more expensive. 14,6% of TÜPRAŞ, 26% of Turkish Airlines (THY), 25% of PETKİM (Turkish Petrochemistry), 17% of Halkbank (one of the biggest state-owned banks) and 9% of Turkish Telecom were sold to foreign investors.
86% of all privatisations of the past 30 years had been done during the AKP period.
FREE ZONES OF UNLIMITED EXPLOITATION
 
The number of free economic zones has increased to 21 during the AKP period. As zones where legal and administrative regulations regarding commercial, economic and financial activities are suspended or partly implemented, free economic zones work for the benefit of the bosses.
20 THOUSAND WORKERS DIED
 
During the rule of AKP, at least 20 thousand workers died in occupational murders. The most massive of them happened in Soma mine blast, where 301 miners were killed.
STRIKES WERE BANNED
 
AKP banned workers’ strikes more than any other government in the history of Turkish Republic. AKP banned 13 strikes announced in different sectors ranging from industry to banking sector.
PRECARIOUS AND FLEXIBLE WORK
 
During AKP rule, precarious, flexible and uninsured work have become more common. The period of on the job training of workers have risen to a year from 6 months, enabling the bosses to employ trainees for a year whose salaries are covered by the unemployment fund.
Private employment agencies have been established last year, enabling the employers to exploit subcontracted workers. More than 400 firms in Turkey subcontract workers to other firms.
WORKING HOURS INCREASED
 
AKP has passed almost all legal regulations by means of omnibus bills. Flexibilisation of working hours, or flexicurity in popular terms, has been introduced during the AKP period. The regulation of “rental worker” was passed in 2016, allowing the bosses to hire workers without providing insurance.
SOVEREIGN WEALTH FUND ATTACK TO WORKING CLASS
 
The most important state owned enterprises were transferred to sovereign wealth fund, to the benefit of the capitalist class. These state assets worth tens of billions of dollars. AKP established a company to manage the wealth funds and then transferred public assets and state shares in Turkey’s major public companies into this fund.
ATTACK ON THE SEVERANCE PAY
 
AKP also attacked one of the most important gains of the working class. On July 7, 2017, the government announced that a severance pay fund to be established, relieving the bosses from the obligation of giving severance pay to their employees.
PRESIDENT ERDOĞAN AS THE “CHIEF CEO”: AN ALLY OF THE BOSSES, ENEMY OF THE WORKERS
 
Turkish President Erdoğan calls himself the “CEO of Turkey” and has proved that during the past 16 years of his party’s rule. He rules the country as if it were a corporation and it means the absolute poverty and dispossession on the part of the working class. The decrease in wages, attacks on the gains of the working class, increase in flexible and uninsured works, savage exploitation and occupational murders have been the attacks of the AKP rule for 16 years.
Capitalism Kills: 353 occupational murders within 2 months in Turkey
| July 22, 2017 | 8:42 pm | Analysis, Labor, Turkey | No comments

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Capitalism Kills: 353 occupational murders within 2 months in Turkey

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2017/07/capitalism-kills-353-occupational.html
How many dead workers are needed to increase the profitability of the monopolies? 
 
As soL international reports, according to Council of Workers’ Health and Safety (İSİG), at least 353 workers were killed in occupational murders in two months in Turkey
 
Reminding that the construction site of the third airport in İstanbul is notorious for occupational murders, the İSİG underlines, about the campaign which was announced inside the construction site of the airport, that the numbers reported by the Turkey’s Ministry of Labor and Social Security and several bureaucrats are dead wrong, and that roughly 20 thousand workers were killed by occupational murders in AKP’s rule.
The İSİG also explains that, even though the Ministry claims the rate of occupational murders to have decreased by 40% after 2002 when the still-ruling party AKP was elected, the numbers given by the Council show otherwise. 
 
The report suggests that the reason for the increase in the number of occupational murders is the recklessness of the company-owners, which they receive from the facts that the state does not conduct inspections, that it even postpones the laws it passes, and that the company-owners generate an unquestionable working environment, let alone taking precautions.
 
The report also indicates that 40 Turkish construction companies made it to the “250 Greatest International Contractors of the World” list of the international journal of construction sector, Engineering News Report. The İSİG states that the government keeps its promise to employers, creating an environment for them to increase their capital incrementally, such as passing laws that allow subcontracting, cheap labour, and banning strikes, etc.
 
The report also prompts that in the centre of the campaign was the construction sector, in which 78 workers were killed by occupational murders in the last 2 months.
 
FURTHERMORE:
 

* According to the official statistics by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the U.S. Department of Labour, in the United States approximately 4,836 workers were killed on the job in 2015 (3.4 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers) — on average, more than 93 a week or more than 13 deaths every day.

 
* At least 1,023 workers were killed and about 2,500 were injured when the eight-storey Rana Plaza factory building near Dhaka, in Bangladesh, collapsed on 24 April 2013, marking one of the worst industrial “accidents” in modern history. 
 
* The Soma mine disaster on 13 May 2014 in Turkey, left 301 dead workers, while on May 2010, in Zongudlak province, another “mine accident” led to 30 occupational deaths
 
* At least 13 workers were killed in construction works of the venues prior to the 2004 Athens Olympic Games
Statement by the KKE on the 43 years since the 1974 Turkish invasion in Cyprus

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Statement by the KKE on the 43 years since the 1974 Turkish invasion in Cyprus

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2017/07/statement-by-kke-on-43-years-since-1974.html
On the occassion of the 43 years since the invasion of the Turkish military forces in Cyprus (20 July 1974), the Press Office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) issued the following statement:
 
Source: 902.gr / Translation: In Defense of Communism.
 
43 years have been passed since the Turkish invasion and the continuous occupation of the 37% of Cyprus, since the crime against the Cypriot people which took place within the framework of NATO, with the support of the American and British imperialism.
The coup d’ etat of the Greek Junta and EOKA ‘B against the government of Makarios, which pulled the trigger for the Turkish invasion, consists proof of how far can go the forces and governments which have committed themselves in implementing NATO’s imperialist plans.
 
In the conditions which are formed today for the control of the energy sources by the monopoly groups, Cyprus becomes again the “apple of discord” in the geopolitical antagonisms of the capitalist states. All these pose serious dangers for Cyprus and for the people of the region.
 
The dichotomous and unjust for the Cypriot people confederal settlement of the two “constituent states” which is being promoted – and the cancellation of the fact that the Cyprus Issue is an international problem of invasion and occupation of the northern part of Cyprus by Turkey- does not consist a solution.
The KKE firmly remains in solidarity with the Cypriot people, in their struggle against the occupation and any dichotomous plan. The just request for a Cyprus United, Independent, in one and not two states, with One and Only Sovereignty, one Citizenship and International Personality, free of foreign bases and military forces, without foreign guarantors and protectors, a common fatherland of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, is not cancelled by the difficulties of today’s negative correlation of forces. On the contrary, it (this request) responds exactly to today’s emergency problems and gives perspective to the struggle of the Cypriot people, of all the people of our broader region”.