07:03 GMT +326 October 2016
    Noam Chomsky, the American linguist and political dissident, arrives at the State Security Court of Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday Feb. 13, 2002, as a Turkish policemen , right, shows him the entrance. A Turkish court cleared the publisher of a book by Noam Chomsky which slams Turkey's human rights record and its treatment of the Kurdish minority.

    Noam Chomsky to Sputnik - US to Ignore Turkish Attacks on Kurds

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    In the absence of massive public pressure, the United States will do nothing about Turkey's violent campaign against the Kurds, renowned philosopher and linguist Noam Chomsky told Sputnik on Friday.

    The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) has spent 30 years fighting for autonomy for Turkey's ethnic Kurds. Ankara and its Western allies, including Washington, have labeled the PKK a terrorist group.

    "The PKK is on the US terrorist list, and Turkey is a valued ally, so, unfortunately, the US government is unlikely to lift a finger without large-scale public pressure," Chomsky said.

    Tensions in Turkey escalated in July 2015 after 33 Kurdish activists were killed in a suicide blast in Suruc near the Syrian border. Two Turkish policemen were later murdered by the PKK, an event which, in part, led to Ankara's military campaign against the group.

    Local rights groups have put the civilian death toll since July at well over 100.

    Chomsky noted that the US record with respect to atrocities against Kurds is horrendous, particularly during the 1990s when massacres were "among the worst state terrorist crimes in the world."

    "The United States provided eighty percent of the arms," Chomsky stated. "There was almost no reporting, and those few of us who tried to organize some protest were silenced."

    On Friday, Turkish authorities detained at least 18 academics over alleged terrorist propaganda after they signed a declaration urging the Turkish government to stop its massacres in Kurdish-dominated provinces. The declaration was signed by 1,128 academics, including Chomsky.

    Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency reported that 15 academics from Kocaeli University in northwestern Turkey and three from Uludag University in the neighboring province of Bursa were among those detained for questioning.

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed the declaration and referred to the signatories as "so-called academicians and researchers," Turkey's Dogan News Agency (DHA) reported on Tuesday. 

    Chief Prosecutor Mustafa Kucuk accused the group of spreading terrorist propaganda and "insulting the moral integrity of the state." Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu implied the academics had chosen to "align" themselves with terrorists.

    On Friday, students protested the arrests under the banner "don't touch my teacher."

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    • The US government is openly supporting a fascist state while accepting them as a valued ally. Another proof that the Western society is ruled by a form of covert fascism.
    • marcanhalt
      "Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed the declaration and referred to the signatories as "so-called academicians and researchers," Turkey's Dogan News Agency (DHA) reported on Tuesday."

      The fact that Recetayyipyip has to refer to them as "so-called" shows, on the one hand that they have been referred to as academicians and researchers in the past. On the other hand, his intention to belittle them as "so-called", shows a malicious meanness of which there seems to be no end to this vagrant of morality.
    • alisudarahmani
      Mr. Khomsky,He's the best US Americans ever!, our IDIOTIC country (The USA) pretends to be humane,but this is very clear UNCONVINCING!.
    • marcanhalt
      alisudarahmani, One of the rules of anarchy or, at the least, of an uncivilized people, my friend, is that there are no rules. Where you and I live, the rule of a nation is its laws. Those laws come from the authority placed over us. If we were to speak of assassinating any leader, would we be any better than the leader we despise? I don't think so. Besides, that is the job description of the CIA and I do not think you or I can compete with that lot.
    • michaelin reply tomarcanhalt(Show commentHide comment)
      marcanhalt, 'malicious meanness' nah, plain simple stupidity. He has the look. ( ref Conrad)
    • michaelin reply tomarcanhalt(Show commentHide comment)
      marcanhalt, nicely stated! :)
    • dronnieb
      What better buffer between Russia and the west; NATO ARE SELLING THEIR SOULS for it.
    • alisudarahmaniin reply tomarcanhalt(Show commentHide comment)
      marcanhalt, It's very poor argument, just like NAZI Germany had rules, now the NAZI turkey have similar rules,against the Kurds,It shouldn't surprise anyone if someday we gonna learn thru the news, that some of the People he tried to suppress, especially the relatives of his murdered victims 'll assassinate that snake!.
    • Mitach2002
      The largest terrorist organization on the planet is the American government and it shows the ignorance and cowardice of the American people to allow their government to exist.
    • margaridaoulman
      Most countries view the Us as a terrorist bullying country but are too scared/cowards/ the people in power have too many ghosts in their closet to speak up. It is shamefull!
      If we all would say it as it is life on earth could be so much different for millions of peoples. But no we only care for our individual selves and this is why we are what we are and where we are.
    • margaridaoulmanin reply toMitach2002(Show commentHide comment)
      Mitach2002, well said!
    • Mr. Blair M. Phillips
      Professor Chomsky speaks the truth. The United States of Capitalism doesn't care or report about Turkey's violent campaign against the Kurds. Maybe Russian SU-35's should put an end to Turkish atrocities or Russian S-400's should put an end to them. Diplomacy doesn't seem to be working and as long as the United States of Capitalism controls NATO - NATO won't help the Kurds either. Enough is enough. Sit down with Turkey and spell it out to them...next attack on the Kurds will be your last.
    • You folks need to educate yourselves on the concepts of leftist gatekeeper or pied piper. Noam Chomsky has no respect in the U.S. It's clear that he is the government's favorite dissenter (that means paid & directed fake dissenter) -- a clever spinmeister and a strategic liar.
    • Ivan Buckeye
      Well, good for Chomsky, but any idiot can see what the U.S. is up to....
    • vvj3080
      There is no other choice but to bring the war to North American if this is the source.
    • jemfinch1
      Erdogan's regime is not just the most recent dictatorship US taxpayers' dollars have bankrolled, his is also well on its way to becoming one of the very worst of them. Supporting the Turkish President's gang of brutal racists is plainly and simply an American crime.
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