The crackdown on academic liberties has been a continuous policy of Turkey’s ruling party AKP. The latest student protests in Istanbul represent an unceasing fight of Turkish youth against the oppressive regime.
Since the new year, Istanbul’s University campuses have become a battleground of violent clashes between students and police. The protests were sparked by President Tayyip Erdogan’s appointment of Melih Bulu, an active member of Turkey’s ruling AKP party, as new rector of the prestigious Boğaziçi University by presidential decree.
Abbie Rhodes reports on a recent online conference which brought together European communist youth organisations to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the struggles being led by the youth across the continent.
The latest bloody flare-up in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict came to a tentative end last week, with a decisive victory for Azerbaijan. In 6 short weeks the aggressors have managed to claw back cities and territory had been under de-facto Armenian rule since the fall of the Soviet Union. Huge concessions have been made by the Armenian government, and the independent Artsakh republic has all but been handed over to the Azeris in a Russia-brokered peace deal which will have huge consequences for the balance of power in the region.
Kurdish filmmaker Kutbettin Cebe has been found guilty of “creating terrorist propaganda” and sentenced to two and a half years in prison in Turkey for his documentary “Roza – The Land of Two Rivers” about the Rojava revolution filmed in 2016.
The Communist Party of Armenia have issued a statement condemning the ongoing conflict between their country and Azerbaijan and calling for peace and dialogue.
The Communist Party of Britain has condemned Azerbaijan’s ‘unprovoked attack’ on Nagorno-Karabakh, its continuing assault on Armenia and the direct military involvement of NATO member Turkey
The World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY) has issued a statement condemning the tragic events affecting refugees on the Greek island of Moria.
Authoritarian Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan declared today (9 June 2020) that he has reached an unspecified agreement with Donald Trump for imperialist control of Libya during telephone talks.