Author: Sungur Savran

Sungur Savran is based in Istanbul and is one of the editors of the newspaper Gercek (Truth) and the theoretical journal Devrimci Marksizm (Revolutionary Marxism), both published in Turkish, and of the web site RedMed.

  • Sheikh Bedreddin: A Greco-Turkish Communist Internationalist Avant la Lettre

    To draw the net from the water together while singing a song in unison, to forge together the iron fine like lace, to be able together to cultivate the land, to be able to eat the honeyed figs together, to be able to say: “all together in everything, save the cheek of the beloved”… Nâzım … Keep reading »

  • Turkey: Atlanticism versus Rabiism

    The dramatic events that unfolded in Turkey on the night of 15 to 16 July have been excessively confined to the internecine struggle of two different Islamic currents, that of the AKP under the iron fist of Recep Tayyip Erdogan and its latter day nemesis the Gulen fraternity. This is misleading in two senses. On … Keep reading »

  • The Syrianization of Turkey

    The immense catastrophe that struck Turkey in the streets of Ankara, the capital city, on 10 October, when two bombs exploded in the midst of a thronging crowd of what would possibly turn out to be hundreds of thousands of people, leading to the death of an indefinite number of people, in any case exceeding … Keep reading »

  • Turkey and its Kurds at War

    Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Personal Quest for Survival The Kurdish town of Cizre, a settlement with a population of approximately 150 thousand souls in Southeastern Turkey, is now under siege by the Turkish armed forces and the so-called “special operation force” of the police for a second time, after a previous one-week long siege was lifted for … Keep reading »

  • The Strategic Defeat of Recep Tayyip Erdogan

    So at long last, despite all the meanders and sideways and detours of history, the logic of social struggles has finally put its stamp on the politics of Turkey. The resounding defeat of Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his AKP at the polls in the 7th June general elections in Turkey brings out into the open … Keep reading »

  • The Armenian Genocide: An Open Wound

    To the memory of Stepan Shaumyan, Armenian Bolshevik leader of the Baku Commune in 1918, and of Hrant Dink, Armenian socialist intellectual from Istanbul who, until his assassination in 2007, exerted a Herculean effort to bring the genocide into the centre of attention in Turkey. On April 24, 1915, hundreds of Armenian intellectuals, politicians and … Keep reading »

  • The Monster of Soma Rears Its Head

    The AKP government in Turkey and, in particular, its undisputed leader, Tayyip Erdogan, president of the republic since last August, are usually remembered by the international public for their brazen violation of political and civil rights, their brutality in dealing with the Gezi revolt of June-September 2013, their unabashed support for the sectarian war waged … Keep reading »

  • Nous Sommes Tous Charlie… de Gaulle!

    In politics there is a golden rule: beware agreements that cut across all political currents! The tragedy of Charlie Hebdo has been turned into a farce by the mammoth march in Paris, along with similar ones in cities across France, large and small. It is an insult on human intelligence to tie, in whatever combination, … Keep reading »

  • Turkey After Soma

    May 31 was the anniversary of the eruption of the popular rebellion in Turkey that has gone under the name of Gezi Park around the world. On that anniversary, a virtual state of emergency was established in Istanbul, with 25,000 police officers deployed around Taksim Square, the political, cultural and tourism centre of Istanbul, where … Keep reading »

  • May Day in Istanbul a Battle Ground

    After the people’s revolt last summer, after the immense crisis of the state caused by the breakup of the Islamic power bloc in December 2013, after the local elections that gave a new lease on life to Prime Minister Recep Erdogan and his AKP government, May Day in Istanbul became a battle ground between the … Keep reading »

  • Turkish PM Erdogan Playing with Fire

    Three events that occurred in the space of three days create sufficient ground for suspecting that [Turkish Prime Minister] Recep Tayyip Erdogan is playing with the Syrian fire in order to extricate himself out of the situation he faces. First, a commando of three foreign fundamentalist militants engage in a shootout with the gendarmes and … Keep reading »

  • Turkey at the Crossroads

    So it has come to this! As the whole world is aware, the Turkish government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken the step of banning Twitter! The government is probably sounding the reaction of the public and planning to ban YouTube as well, since that has been the site where all the wiretapped conversations have … Keep reading »