Max Zirngast, the Jacobin contributor jailed for several months in Turkey, was acquitted on all charges last week. Here, in his first English-language article since the ruling, he reflects on the trial, the repressive state of Turkish politics — and why he’ll keep fighting for democracy and socialism.
Max Zirngast is an independent writer studying philosophy and political science in Vienna and Ankara.
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Turkey is headed for snap elections — and Erdoğan's continued quest for dominance is again on the line.
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Erdoğan is not unstoppable. The Turkish left must fight to annul the fraudulent referendum and mobilize against dictatorship.
Even after his victory yesterday in Turkey's referendum, President Erdoğan is much weaker than he appears.
Tomorrow's referendum in Turkey is about one thing: Erdoğan's brazen bid for dictatorial power.
Turkish president Erdoğan is wielding the state to attack anyone who won't capitulate to his authoritarian rule.
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Turkey's failed military coup wasn't in service of democracy — but neither is Erdoğan's countercoup.
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The ruling AKP won yesterday's Turkish election through sheer violence and repression.
Saturday's bombing in Ankara shows the urgency of the fight for democracy and justice in Turkey.
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