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It is a “Ramazan ceasefire” but it seems that negotiations behind the doors continue, I am glad, many are glad, nationalists are whining as usual… In the following roundup, there are pieces on the referendum, an article on the Ergenekon Case from Open Democracy, and more stuff…

PKK Decided for Ceasefire till 20 September

from Bianet :: English
The PKK announced its decision for a period of “passive defence” from 13 August till 20 September. The constancy of the process is contingent on four conditions. The decision was influenced by the beginning of the moths of Ramadan amongst other factors.

YAVUZ BAYDAR – TÜSİAD, the economy and the referendum

by YAVUZ BAYDAR
With less than a month to go until the referendum, the political winds are getting stronger day by day. For the ?no? camp, Sept. 12 will be the day to cast a sort of vote of confidence for the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and its leader, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Turkey?s Ergenekon investigation – violations and inconsistencies, Burhan Gurdogan

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Burhan Gurdogan

Turkey is entering a new period with the Ergenekon investigations, which officially began in June 2007. According to the prosecutors, Ergenekon is an underground terrorist organization which was established to control the country, a ?deep state? that has infiltrated nearly all levels of government, especially the military. Its aim is to incite public chaos and a military coup with the ultimate goal of overthrowing the incumbent Justice and Development Party (AKP).

Turkeys Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan chairs ...

Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan chairs the annual meeting of the High Military Council in Ankara August 1, 2010.? Read more »REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Will ?yes? votes increase?

by ASLI AYDINTAŞBAŞ – MILLIYET
When I called some government figures yesterday to learn their views about the effect the Supreme Military Council (YAŞ) crisis had on the upcoming referendum, I saw that they were relaxed.

LALE KEMAL – Military fights back while withdrawing from politics

It wouldn?t be wrong to suggest that the crisis that has surrounded this year?s changing-of-the-guard meeting of military top brass has marked a turning point in forcing the military gradually, if not immediately, back to its barracks, its natural place in a democracy.

Öcalan’s comments cloud BDP boycott call

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Statements from Abdullah Öcalan, convicted leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers? Party, or PKK, on the referendum have been interpreted as him softening his stance on the boycott.

Kurds disagree with BDP by İLHAN KAYA

Turkey has been experiencing an interesting process of polarization due to the constitutional amendment package and the referendum process.

ANDREW FINKEL – The reform paradigm

Let me take you back to a simpler age. This was a time when Turkey was a bit like a child on a tricycle peddling furiously straight into traffic.

Koşaner?s first test: the Heron scandal

by EMRE AKÖZ – SABAH
There are claims that the military failed to act against terrorists in Hantepe despite intelligence provided by Herons to 30 security units during every second of a terrorist attack on an outpost in the area in mid-July.

Judicial-military bloc losing

by NASUHİ GÜNGÖR – STAR
The Supreme Military Council (YAŞ) meeting has ended, and the new upper echelon of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) has been determined.

Kılıçdaroğlu and a lack of politics

by YASİN DOĞAN – YENİ ŞAFAK
Those who follow the rallies of Republican People?s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu against a government-sponsored reform package to be presented in a referendum on Sept. 12 are justly asking what vision he is putting forward, and what original solutions he proposes on significant issues.

YAVUZ BAYDAR – The politics of saying ?no?

In the past week or so, most of my time was spent trying to understand what lies behind the mindset of those who declared to have already decided on a ?yes? or ?no? vote in the referendum and those who say they will boycott it.

FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK – Kılıçdaroğlu?s strategy

The Republican People?s Party (CHP) continues to draw criticism from democratic circles over its opposition to the government-sponsored reforms that will be presented in a referendum on Sept. 12.

Ergenekon probe incomplete without exposing Yüksekova gang
Today’s Zaman
Family members of victims killed by the Yüksekova gang in eastern and southeastern Turkey in the 1990s have said the probe into the Ergenekon terrorist

A (not so) Simple Yes or No Will Do

from Istanbul Calling by Yigal Schleifer


Constitutional reform is tricky business. Fortunately for the average Turk, who is being asked to vote on a constitutional reform package in a national referendum on Sept. 12, Turkey’s political parties are making things simple. Rather than talking about what’s in the package, they have turned the referendum into a vote of confidence on the ruling AKP government and boiled down the whole thing into a simple matter of “yes” versus “no.” Like the government? vote “evet.” Don’t like the government? Vote “hayir.”

Or maybe things are not so simple. Writes Andrew Finkel in Today’s Zaman:

Recep Bey versus Memur Kemal

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
The PM has claimed that he wants to make Turkey a first-class democracy. But how can this country get there when its politicians fight using second-class methods?

NICOLE POPE – An opportunity not to miss

With less than a month to go until the referendum, the Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK) has issued a temporary cease-fire, due to last until Sept. 20. The truce could be reconstructed and lead to a long-lasting silencing of arms if certain conditions are met.

CHARLOTTE MCPHERSON – PKK cease-fire

The outlawed Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK), which has increased its attacks over the past several months in the run-up to a referendum in which government-sponsored reforms will be presented to the public, has declared a cease-fire, in effect until Sept. 20, citing the holy month of Ramadan, currently being observed by Muslims.

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