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* The myth of consensus. Some oppose to the changes stating that changes were not made through consensus. As if any constitution was ever made by consensus in Turkey. In fact, a major constitutional change led by a ruling government which was at least elected is a first in Turkish history…
* If AKP was able to cooperate with CHP, MHP and BDP, would there be better changes? I don’t think so. Turkish opposition is far behind AKP in terms of democratic reforms. They are more interested in maintaining status quo through which they have a chance of existence.
* In abstract, all proposed changes point out a more democration situation. So why the opposition?
* Major opposition to changes is about the status of high judiciary and military judiciary system. At present state, they are closed circuit institutions, guardians of Kemalist ideology and a continuous obstacle to EU process. The proposed changes opens up the criteria to become a member of these institutions. They were instituted like this by the military coup d’etat regime so that they would be guard the proposed political and judicial system. Now AKP means to change it and I certainly support that…
* Thus “Independent judiciary” is a big lie. Existing judiciary system was built under military tutelage and is certainly not independent.

Not Enough but Still YES campaign site.

BERİL DEDEOĞLU – The referendum turning into a general election

Turkey is heading for a referendum in which citizens will affirm their views on a constitutional amendments package; however, political parties are discussing everything but the package itself.

DOĞU ERGİL – A different agenda

?Generals watched soldiers die,? read the main headline of a daily on Monday. This ominous headline was followed by the following information: ?The ambush on July 19 was picked up by Heron unmanned aerial vehicles [UAVs]; 30 institutions watched the ambush live simultaneously but did not respond. Seven soldiers were killed in action.?

The AKP: Master of balance in domestic and global politics – 2

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
If the main opposition does not leave aside petty debates on secularism and refocus on mounting economic woes, the ruling party will remain firmly in its seat.

The fascism of the naysayers

by AKIF BEKI-  RADIKAL
The fascism of the Sept. 12, 1980 military coup regime has come among us again after 30 years to protect its Constitution. It is as though the spirit of the military junta returned to life in the body of civilian politics.

“This Is Not ?Normalisation?, Army Should Become Transparent?

from Bianet :: English
The government had its way in the Higher Military Council. Akay, who wrote the “Security Sector ” report, states that there can be no mention of ?normalisation,? and that ?everything is being done in secret.? “Both the General Staff and the government are silent on allegations about the army.?

NICOLE POPE – The weakest link

As Turkey moves toward the Sept. 12 referendum, increasingly viewed as a vote of confidence on the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government, the population in the Southeast is bracing itself for more provocations and incidents, well aware that the Kurdish question, easily exploited, remains the government?s Achilles heel.

Friends reunited: Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and Gürsel Tekin

from istanbul notes

Yesterday?s appointment of Gürsel Tekin to the opposition CHP?s central executive board (MYK) is a potentially significant step in the party?s attempt to revive itself under the leadership of Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu. The two men are close allies, Mr Tekin having played a crucial role in Mr Kılıçdaroğlu?s mayoral campaign in Istanbul earlier this year. His elevation within the party (Mr Tekin is now expected to become the party?s deputy chairman) augurs well for Mr Kılıçdaroğlu?s chances of consolidating his position and using it to drive through necessary changes that may not be instantly popular with party members and officials after years of jaded dogmatism from previous leader, Deniz Baykal.

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu?s Best Moves ? Updated

August 7, 2010 No Comments

If you do not know Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, he is the new leader of the CHP party. He just started a campaign for the NO to the 12th of September referendum on constitutional amendments.

After reading the press in the last few days I thought I would start collecting the (according to me) really stupid and/or funny things he said. As this is just the beginning of this month and a half campaing I am expecting some more fine sentences and slogans to report.

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