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Sönmez, Mustafa

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Sözcü - Turkey | 30/06/2014

Kurdistan no longer a red rag for Turkey

If Iraq is split up, an independent Kurdistan in northern Iraq would no longer be a reason for war for Turkey, a spokesman for the AKP government said on the weekend. The anti-government Kemalist daily Sözcü finds this hardly surprising given that Turkey has profited for years from the Kurdish autonomous region: "As Turkey grew thanks to foreign capital [Prime Minister] Erdoğan and [Foreign Minister] Davutoğlu saw it as a regional power and boasted about the 'new Ottoman' empire. They wanted to use northern Iraq as a backyard for their exports, construction and shipping trade. They even dreamed of annexing the Kurdish part of Iraq and expanding Turkey in this way! Erdoğan und Davutoğlu wanted to talk the PKK fighters and the [Syrian] Rojava Kurds under their control into expanding Turkey with the Kurds. In view of the current developments these string pullers are rubbing their hands in glee."

Sözcü - Turkey | 28/05/2014

Gezi anniversary: time for an anti-Erdoğan coalition

Exactly one year ago the Gezi protests against the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan began in Turkey. According to the government-critical Kemalist daily Sözcü, the only chance the movement has to achieve its goals is to form a broad-based alliance against the prime minister: "This attempt at an uprising, which spread from Taksim Square across all Istanbul and Anatolia last July, left Erdoğan speechless with panic. Since then, all he has wanted is to secure his grip on power. ... He tries to hold on to his voters with one threat after another. ... And now? Presidential and parliamentary elections are on the horizon. Erdoğan is not about to change his campaign tactics. ... Several parties must join forces and form an alliance. ... But that doesn't mean they have to give up their own values, structures or codes. To understand that, all you have to do is look at examples of anti-fascist opposition groups in the past."

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