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The Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors of Turkey (HSYK) had just ripped of a key special Prosecutor’s judicial authority who decreed the arrest of a Prosecutor related to Ergenekon case. HSYK had been effective in obstructing judicial investigations against the military tutelage.

Venice Commission secretary slams HSYK, urges judicial reform

Ergenekon: Generals Face Prosecutor; Erzincan Prosecutor Arrested

from Bianet :: English
General Attorney Cihaner was arrested in the scope of the Ergenekon case. General Berk was allowed more time to give his statement as a “suspect”. Rear Admiral İlğar had his statement taken in Izmir.

Ergenekon probe heats up with testimony of admirals
Today’s Zaman
An ongoing probe into a clandestine criminal organization known as Ergenekon, which is said to be the ?investigation of the century? as it aims to eliminate

Kurdish demonstrators shout slogans during ...
Kurdish demonstrators shout slogans during a protest marking the 11th anniversary of the capture of Turkey’s Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan, in Istanbul, Turkey, Monday, Feb. 15, 2010. Dozens of people hurled rocks at police after they were prevented from marching down a main street to protest the imprisonment of Ocalan. Police responded with tear gas and water canons.(AP Photo/Ibrahim Usta)

NICOLE POPE – 11 years later

by NICOLE POPE
I have strong memories of the intense period that preceded and followed Abdullah Öcalan?s capture in February 1999. After Syria bowed to Turkish pressure and expelled him, the Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK) leader embarked on a mad voyage across Europe before being eventually found in Kenya, where he had been hiding.

Into the Bunkers?

from Turkish Politics in Action by Ragan Updegraff

The Turkish Armed Forces and Interior Ministry’s recent annulment of the secret Police-Security Cooperation Protocol (EMASYA) on February 4 has re-focused Turkish political observers on the transformative state of civil-military relations here. EMASYA allowed the military to intervene in domestic affairs without seeking approval from civilian authorities, though its exact contents remain unknown to the public. According to TESEV’s 2006-2008 Security Almanac, the Protocol laid out the command structure that would follow suit during the course of such an intervention. Bianet translates the EMASYA section of TESEV’s report (in Turkish, save for a short summary):

FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK – Underlying meaning of Gen.Başbuğ?s statements

by FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK

Recent statements by Chief of General Staff. Gen. İlker Başbuğ continue to be a subject of debate in the Turkish media, prompting many to consider the motivation behind Başbuğ coming to the agenda through controversial statements.

LALE KEMAL – Top commander?s blackmail and elections

by LALE KEMAL
The top Turkish commander?s latest reappearance in dailies recalled once again Turkey?s democracy problem in the context of civilian-military relations. On Friday, Chief of General Staff Gen. İlker Başbuğ used a threatening tone in his interview with the Habertürk daily and warned unidentified ?parties? not to try the military?s patience.

Treatment of Former PM Ecevit in Focus of Ergenekon Case

from Bianet :: English
Mehmet Kurt, owner of Channel 6, and two other people have been released, three construction workers from Erzincan were arrested in the context of the Ergenekon investigation. The second Ergenekon case requested all documents related to Bülent Ecevit’s treatment.

Ergenekon probe to shed light on ‘medical plot’ against Ecevit
Today’s Zaman
The İstanbul court has for the past several months been hearing a case against a criminal organization called Ergenekon, which is accused of working to

KLAUS JURGENS – Why the AK Party should thank the Council of State

by KLAUS JURGENS
The decision by the 8th Chamber of Turkey?s Council of State to annul an earlier decision by the Higher Education Board (YÖK) to ?nearly? abolish the unjust and illogic coefficient system imposed on graduates of vocational schools who intend to enter a university degree program of their choice is a development which needs attention but does not merit undue panic on the home front.

BÜLENT KENEŞ – Ergenekon and the truth?s tendency to come out eventually

by BÜLENT KENEŞ
Some events we have difficulty understanding, explaining or making sense of as they happen, but as time passes, we might have the chance to get a clearer understanding of them thanks to other events that occurred simultaneously or in connection with the event at hand.

Squaring Off on Constitutional Amendments, Part II

from Turkish Politics in Action by Ragan Updegraff

In a luncheon meeting with Prime Minister Erdogan on Wednesday, Hurriyet Daily News‘ Fulya Ozerkan reported that EU ambassadors were planning to make it clear to the leader of Turkey’s parliament that a new constitution is needed in order for Turkey to accede. The AKP is currently considering amending 22 articles of the existing military constitution, which was largely forced on the Turkish public in the violent years following the September 12, 1980 coup.

BÜLENT KENEŞ – Welcome, Boyner! Welcome, TÜSİAD!

by BÜLENT KENEŞ

The Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen?s Association (TÜSİAD) was giving the impression that it was under the control of the Doğan Group until Ümit Boyner was elected the new chairwoman of Turkey?s elite business club.

FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK – The never-ending debate on Gül?s tenure

by FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK
A debate frequently re-emerges over the term in office of President Abdullah Gül, who was elected to the presidency in August 2007 following the passage of a reform package that included legislation to have voters, rather than Parliament, elect the president.

How is the TSK to be reformed?

by KÜRŞAT BUMIN – YENI ŞAFAK

There is nothing left that we haven?t already said about some of the high-ranking commanders within the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK). The nation?s media has begun its questioning of the top commander of the General Staff.

The world may change, but never the CHP!

by HASAN CEMAL – MİLLİYET

On Sunday at the Republican People?s Party (CHP) congress in İstanbul, slogans for change and transformation rang out once more.

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