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Well-known journalist-interviewer Neşe Düzel interviews former chief editor of Sabah, Ergun Babahan. It is in Turkish. Many notable journalists/columnists voluntarily or professionally worked with military and civil intelligence institutions in Turkey. Now some defend them in the name of press freedom. Such a low point for the Turkish press…

and a Turkish politics roundup here:

The Roma Initiative

from Istanbul Calling by Yigal Schleifer

The AKP government organized a historic event yesterday, bringing Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan together with some 10,000 Turkish Roma. From a report about the meeting in Today’s Zaman:………..

Roubini Global Economics – RGE Monitor — Europe EconoMonitor

Claire Berlinski on Turkey as a Nation of Conspiracies – WSJ.com

Başbuğ’s remarks confirm state of denial, damage credibility
Today’s Zaman
Ergenekon is a clandestine criminal organization accused of working to overthrow the government. A new military investigation has been launched into a coup

LALE KEMAL – Suggested Turkish military model incongruous with 21st century

The unprecedented move of arresting dozens of current and former high-ranking Turkish generals, some of whom served as force commanders, as part of recent investigations over allegations of masterminding coup plots to unseat the government, has made it more urgent than ever to take legal measures to send the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) back to its barracks for the sake of NATO member Turkey?s stability.

YAVUZ BAYDAR – Discussing Ergenekon — and ?the state within?

The Friedrich Naumann Foundation and the ARI Movement should be commended for opening up the controversial report by Gareth Jenkins, titled ?Between Fact and Fantasy: Turkey?s Ergenekon Investigation,? to public debate.

The most successful main opposition leader

by ERGUN BABAHAN, SABAH

Baykal is the most successful main opposition leader ever seen in the history of the Turkish Republic.

The Investigation of the Generals and Conspiracy Theories

from U.S.A.K. Blog by USAK

Prof. Dr. Ihsan Bal, Director of USAK Center for Security Studies

The detention of 49 people, most of whom are retired high ranking military officials, as a result of the operations simultaneously conducted in 9 different cities on Monday, February 22, has caused much bewilderment for many.

Turkey After Atatürk

from Newsweek International Editions – Top News

Turkey coup plot: What’s behind the tumultuous identity crisis / The Christian Science Monitor – CSMonitor.com

BÜLENT KENEŞ – Can the fate of the judiciary be left to the judiciary?

The Journalists and Writers Foundation, perhaps the only civil society organization in Turkey that can bring people of differing thoughts together by addressing Turkey?s most ominous subjects with courage, continues to leave a strong impression on everyone with the events it organizes.

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