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Minister of Justice apologizes because of the death of Engin Ceber. He said investigation continues in Metris Prison and 19 officials temporarily suspended….

Pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP) deputies Emine Ayna ...

Pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP) deputies Emine Ayna (front L) and Ibrahim Binici (front R) hold Azadiya Welat newspapers, which is published in Turkey in Kurdish language, during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara October 14, 2008, as they are flanked by their colleagues (back). DTP deputies on Tuesday protested against a Turkish court’s decision to ban the publication of the Azadiya Welat newspaper for a month.

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Heavy criticism over torture allegations

Torture and mistreatment by the state have again come to the fore after the death of a leftist activist, allegedly due to injuries from a beating by police and prison guards. Opposition deputies criticized


Deaths from torture and our country’s ministers

By RADİKAL, TARHAN ERDEM

After reading about the torturing to death of a young man at the hands of police, I feel like I’m having a heart attack. I am embarrassed and ashamed, both for myself and for my children.

The foolishness of security-freedom balance

By STAR, ESER KARAKAŞ

Some people still believe that there is a seesaw like balance that exists between the concepts of security and freedom.

Dink’s lawyers demanded to see secret file

Lawyers for the family of slain Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink demanded yesterday to see a secret police report on one of the leading suspects in the case, in the seventh trial regarding the

[MONDAY TALK]Jenkins: Turkish ultranationalists a major gift to the PKK

By YONCA POYRAZ DOĞAN

Gareth Jenkins, an analyst with the US-based Jamestown Foundation, has said that Turkey faces the danger of civil war even though most Turks and Kurds in the country do not desire it. He says this danger exists because some people from both groups want to provoke it.

A grand strategy to use Abdullah Öcalan against Massoud Barzani? by EMRE USLU & ÖNDER AYTAÇ

Ertuğrul Özkök, the editor-in-chief of the Hürriyet daily, has once again opened Pandora’s box, asking the same question that he asked over and over again for the last three years: “Have any officials asked Abdullah Öcalan to help to ease the fight between the PKK [Kurdistan Workers’ Party] and the Turkish state?”

Five-month roadmap of terror

It seems the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is seeking to escalate tension in the country until the municipal elections.

Why can’t the Kurdish question be resolved?

Why hasn’t the Kurdish issue been resolved? Two major views stand out on this matter: Either the Kurdish question is an inherently irresolvable problem or it is a question whose resolution is not desired because of some external reasons while its resolution is actually possible.

Lessons to be learned from golf row

No nation claiming to have adopted democratic rules should tolerate negligence or allow those responsible for wrongdoings to go unpunished.

Turkey’s normalizing relations with N. Iraq promising

Following an outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) attack on the Aktütün outpost in eastern Hakkari province on Oct. 3 that claimed the lives of 17 soldiers, plunging the entire nation into grief, eyes turned to the relations with the northern Iraqi administration.

Bargaining with Öcalan!

By ZAMAN, MEHMET YILMAZ

Abdullah Öcalan is the leader of the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK). Since 1999, he has been imprisoned at İmralı. It is alleged that he continues to lead the PKK from prison.

Northern Iraq policies

By SABAH, ERDAL ŞAFAK

Ankara began to change its counterterrorism paradigms after the sensitive atmosphere that dominated Turkey following the brutal PKK attack on the Aktütün military outpost in the southeastern province of Hakkari started to disperse.

The anatomy of Kurdish nationalism

Turkey’s Kemalist consensus has been in an impasse since the late 1980s. Think about all the political challenges currently facing Turkey.

Actions should speak louder than words for Kurdish problem

As is the case in the aftermath of every bloody attack carried out by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Turkey is once again heatedly discussing ways to end the long-standing problem of PKK terrorism and the Kurdish problem from which it draws nourishment following two heinous attacks against Turkey’s security forces last week.

While modernity is transformed: on democracy and being a democrat by ETYEN MAHÇUPYAN

By ETYEN MAHÇUPYAN

All change is relative. Everything that changes can really only be analyzed in relation to other change. This is because in nature nothing is static. And while we are able to easily see and perceive the realities of change in the world around us, we don’t seem to think these realities apply to us.

Pasha don’t preach

Turkey is becoming more and more transparent every day despite the desperate attempts of the old elite. The more they try to stop the process, the more mistakes they make that are apparent to almost everyone.

Cartoons tell political journey of Turkey

By ESRA MADEN

Definitions of it vary in different sources, but what we know is that cartoons have a long histor

y for Turks, mostly revolving around the theme of politics. Drawing a cartoon is the act of "molding a real model’s appearance in a strange way but keeping the basic outlines of it untouched," as described inthe first issue of the comic magazine "Kalem," dated Sept. 4, 1908.

Talking with Barzani

For a long time northern Iraqi regional leader Masoud Barzani do not have a good image either among ordinary Turks, in the military or in the bureaucracy. How Barzani is perceived by the government, however, depends on how winds from Washington are blowing or how loud the Turkish military or the public voice their anger over his not-so-seldom provocative statements. Yet, despite the apparent willingness of the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, leadership and the president of the republic to engage Barzani rather than isolating him and his northern Iraqi administration in fears that any high level contact would help consolidate statehood aspirations of Iraqi Kurds, contacts with

Başbuğ is well-intentioned and decisive

Murat Yetkin

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