Having the current Judiciary establishment in Turkey, this might be the best result. Now comes the referendum on September 12, the anniversary day of 1980 coup d’etat. Hopefully, coup constitution will get a blow that day…

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BÜLENT KENEŞ – Constitutional Court violates Constitution again

Article 148 of the Turkish Constitution, which establishes the functions and powers of the Constitutional Court, states: ?The Constitutional Court shall examine the constitutionality, in respect of both form and substance, of laws, decrees having the force of law, and the Turkish Parliament?s Rules of Procedure.

MAIN FOCUS: Turkish court blocks constitutional reform | 09/07/2010

from euro|topics

The Constitutional Court of Turkey has declared parts of the government’s constitutional reform invalid. The press writes that the court has once more overstepped the boundaries of its jurisdiction, but that Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan has nevertheless scored a partial victory in his campaign to bring more democracy to the country.

YAVUZ BAYDAR – A disputable, but smart move

After deliberations which lasted almost 10 hours, Turkey?s Constitutional Court on Wednesday signed, sealed and delivered another historic decision which, although in part disputable, shines with its caution to not cause severe damage for the fragile democracy.

FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK – A mediocre ruling

Turkey?s Constitutional Court, which has sparked heated debates due to its controversial rulings in the past, has added one more such ruling to its record, annulling key amendments in a government-sponsored reform package that aims to raise the judicial and democratic standards in the country.

Court annuls key Turkish reforms

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
Turkey’s Constitutional Court annuls key parts of government-backed constitutional reforms.

Turkey to vote on post-military constitution

from FT.com – World, Europe
Turkey’s government-sponsored constitutional reforms can be put to a referendum as planned in September, after a constitutional court ruling annulled only details of the most controversial proposals

Turkish parties lock horns ahead of referendum

from EurActiv.com by Georgi
The Turkish government avoided early elections yesterday (7 July) when judges approved its proposed constitutional reforms. However, the changes will need to be approved in a referendum, with the main opposition party already campaigning against them. EurActiv Turkey contributed to this article.

Turkish Court Rejects Parts of Constitution Overhaul

from NYT > Turkey by By DAN BILEFSKY and SEBNEM ARSU
The senior court struck down parts of a government package to restructure the Constitution but rejected the opposition?s attempt to discard the changes altogether.

Turkey’s top court annuls some constitutional changes, leaves all sides unsatisfied

from Hurriyet Dailynews
The Constitutional Court annulled Wednesday parts of government-sponsored constitutional changes, and angered all sides in the debate.

Erdogan Risking Losses in Polls as Kurdish War Spurs Nationalist Backlash
Bloomberg
Increased PKK violence may result in Erdogan losing votes to the Nationalists, said Adil Gur, head of the Istanbul-based A&G Arastirma polling company.

Turkish Ruling Cools Political Showdown
Wall Street Journal
By MARC CHAMPION ISTANBUL?An imminent showdown over Turkey’s political future appears to have cooled for the summer after its top court decided not to veto

Turkey’s government faces referendum test

from Yahoo news
Turkey’s Islamist-rooted government geared up Thursday for a September referendum on reforms to curb the judiciary’s powers, after a top court scrapped only a fraction of the disputed package.

Turkey’s high court OKs referendum on constitutional reforms, disappointing opposition

from Yahoo news
ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey’s highest court has given the go-ahead for a September referendum on a series of government-backed constitutional reforms by rejecting an opposition request that the measures be cancelled.

KERİM BALCI – The credibility of the Turkish Constitutional Court

The Turkish Constitutional Court is reviewing a petition submitted to it by the main opposition party concerning the constitutional amendment process. The fact that the court accepted the petition in the first place is already a blow to the face of the court?s credibility. The court has not been given the mandate to review constitutional amendments according to their essence. It has only the authority and duty to inspect the formal aspects of the process: whether the bill was read in Parliament according to the letter of the Constitution, whether the opposition was given due time to raise its concerns, whether the vote was done under fully secret and free conditions and so on.

ORHAN KEMAL CENGİZ – Common denominators of Turkish intellectuals and activists on Ergenekon probe

Since the beginning of the Ergenekon investigation there has been an intensive discussion over the case.

ORHAN KEMAL CENGİZ – Common denominators of Turkish intellectuals and activists on Ergenekon probe (2)

In the first piece of this series I started to introduce the outcomes of the two-day workshops that the Human Rights Agenda Association and the Young Civilians held on the Ergenekon case in İstanbul on April 10-11 of this year.

Kurdish initiative goes on despite violence

by ERGUN BABAHAN-  STAR
There are some who criticize the government?s Kurdish initiative and find it to be wrong.

YAVUZ BAYDAR – Trench politics

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Columnists by YAVUZ BAYDAR
The biggest story in yesterday?s Turkish newspapers seemed to be the ?format? of the visit Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the Republican People?s Party?s (CHP) new leader, paid to army trenches in the southeastern corner of the country. Did he stand up tall, or kneel down? Did he look determined to finish off the Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK) or not? How was he treated by the commanders and soldiers?

AK Party?s test with the Kurdish problem

by ALİ BAYRAMOĞLU – YENİ ŞAFAK
What is needed for the solution of the Kurdish problem? Turkey?s counterterrorism laws should be quickly amended. Local administrative reform should be accelerated.

Kılıçdaroğlu?s shackles

by NAZLI ILICAK – SABAH
I think the new leader of the Republican People?s Party (CHP), Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, is thinking along the same lines as the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) administration about the headscarf and Kurdish problems.

Terrorist Organization Profile:Kurdistan Freedom Hawks

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

Mavi Boncuk
Terrorist Organization Profile:Kurdistan Freedom Hawks
Mothertongue Name: Teyrbazen Azadiya Kurdistan (TAK)
Aliases: Kurdish Vengeance Brigade, Kurdistan Freedom Falcons, Kurdistan Freedom Falcons Organization
Bases of Operation: Iraq, Turkey
Date Formed: July 29, 2004
Strength: Unknown number of members
Classifications: Nationalist/Separatist
Financial Sources: TAK may receive funding from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party
Founding Philosophy:

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