Nuray Mert should be happy. The columnist who has been writing recently about a possible civilian dictatorship (AKP one party regime) should feel satisfied with the latest Constitutional Court decision that assures military tutelage…

Turkey’s Constitutional Court rules against civil trials for military
Hurriyet Daily News
That includes the Ergenekon trial of former military officers charged with attempting to overthrow the government. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s

From civilian tutelage to judicial dictatorship?

by EKREM DUMANLI
Look at our situation; we are debating ?civilian tutelage? on the one hand and whether a ?party closure case? is going to be filed again on the other. What kind of civilian tutelage is this that it is constantly threatened with being closed down? What kind of ?civilian dictatorship? threat is this that it has a fictitious guillotine hanging over it?

Nation horrified by new military plot

by FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK
On Wednesday morning, Turkey was shaken by the discovery of a new military action plan named the ?Sledgehammer Security Operation Plan,? against the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government. Evidence of the plan was published in the Taraf daily, which previously uncovered many such plots.

Coup as ?eternal object of desire?

by YAVUZ BAYDAR
One has to be grateful for the ?fact? that ?press freedom is in serious danger? in Turkey. Thanks to this, newspapers such as Taraf are able to reveal one dark episode of country?s recent past after another. (One can imagine that if freedom of the press were more ?restricted,? we would be exposed to worse shock treatment of the previously unknown.)

Ergenekon case key to Turkey’s democratization, says Rehn
Today’s Zaman
The ongoing investigation into Ergenekon, a clandestine organization accused of attempting to create chaos and undermine the stability of Turkey in order to

Newly exposed coup planned to turn the clock back to 1923
Today’s Zaman
The mystery of the large caches of munitions that have been unearthed during excavations as part of the probe into Ergenekon, a criminal organization

The first 5 days of the coup

by AKİF BEKİ – RADİKAL
Had the plans shared by the Taraf newspaper actually occurred on the day they were meant to, we would have forever more called that day ?Black Friday.? Headlines in national newspapers would have read ?Blood fills the mosques.?

Sledgehammer plot against the AK Party

by MAHMUT ÖVÜR – Sabah
The name of the coup plans brought to the attention of the public by the Taraf newspaper is the ?Sledgehammer Operation.? It includes acts such as placing bombs in important centers such as the Fatih and Beyazıt mosques and bringing down jet aircraft.

An amateurish defense for the sake of 137 journalists against the subversive pasha

by BÜLENT KENEŞ
If one day the true democracy that we always dream of achieving arrives eventually in this country, we must declare a special day, ?Democracy Day,? and a respected award, ?Heroes of Service to Democracy,? to be presented on this special day. One of these awards must go to the Taraf newspaper for the great service it has undertaken to ensure the development and improvement of Turkish democracy.

Suspicious Death of Naval Colonel – Again

from Bianet :: English
Retired Colonel Yılmaz was found dead in front of his house. Eight military officers and one special operation manager have died under suspicious circumstances from May 2007 till the present. Seven of the deceased were from the naval forces.

Ninth Mysterious Death Of A Military Officer

from Kamil Pasha by Jenny White

Retired Marine Officer Süleyman Yilmaz was found dead in front of his house on Monday night (18 January). According to the news, Yilmaz got up at around 3.00 am on 18 January to have a glass of water. After a while, the Marine Officer?s wife Mahide Yilmaz saw Yilmaz? body lying on the ground in front of their apartment block in the Ayazaga (Istanbul) Oyak Compound when she looked out of the window from the third floor. Yilmaz? body was taken to the morgue of the Sisli Etfal Hospital.

DTP Closure Case at ECHR

from Bianet :: English
Lawyer Kaplan from recently closed DTP applied to the ECHR and requested to deal with the case with priority. The application includes three files concerned with the party and both co-chairs respectively. The 37 party members subject to a political ban will apply separately.

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  • I don’t understand why people who are against military coups cannot, at the same time, be worried about the signs of creeping autocratic civilian rule? This is democratic vigilance, pure and simple. Your comments about Nuray Mert are vicious and totally unfair.

    I don’t think people who are trying to make sense of what is going on in Turkey through your selections are getting a fair and balanced picture.

    I know that you can do better. You should try.

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      Well, it is an honor for me to get the attention of a credible columnist and media scholar, although this attention acts like a hit:) I don’t believe there can be a balanced or fair picture. All of our positions are politically positioned. We cannot escape from them.

  • But we can make the effort. That is what makes us a dignified human being and an honest intellectual. You too can try.

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