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Kadir Özbek, head of HSYK, acts like an opposition leader…
Ergenekon shadow persists over top jurists, courts
Today’s Zaman
The suspicious incidents are believed to be the work of Ergenekon, a clandestine criminal organization accused of working to overthrow the government.

Ergenekon suspects intimidate judges with compensation claims
Today’s Zaman
More and more efforts are being made by suspects to intimidate judges presiding over the Ergenekon and Sledgehammer trials as they file complaints against

Pro-Kurdish party bargains for ‘yes’ vote in Turkish referendum

from Hurriyet Dailynews
The country’s main pro-Kurdish party might reconsider its call to boycott the constitutional referendum if the government meets its demands, an official has said.

Turkey referendum campaign takes nasty turn

from Yahoo news
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoan has warned Turkey’s largest business organisation, TÜSAD, that it risks “elimination” if it fails to take a stance on the country’s referendum on constitutional change, to be held on 12 September. EurActiv Turkey contributed to this article.

HÜSEYİN GÜLERCE – The HSYK, Vecdi Gönül and the president

It becomes clearer every day just how crucial a turning point the referendum is. Take, for example, the latest move in the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) to change the structure of specially authorized courts and prosecutors, including those in İstanbul, Erzurum and Diyarbakır. They clearly want to take control over the Ergenekon and Sledgehammer cases.

Conflict flares anew between Turkish government, judiciary
Hurriyet Daily News
Three HSYK members suggested changing the positions of judges and prosecutors who are running controversial cases such as Ergenekon and ?Balyoz?

HSYK planning to appoint new judges to critical cases with ‘pirate list’
Today’s Zaman
Ertosun argued that judges and prosecutors involved in the Ergenekon case should be removed from their posts. He also called for the removal of prosecutors

HSYK crisis continues as gov’t rejects crucial appointments

from Hurriyet Dailynews
The crisis over appointments of judges and prosecutors continues with the Justice Ministry rejecting part of the summer list of.

İBRAHİM ÖZTÜRK – Turkey makes a difference in employment creation

Turkey is in the process of moving ahead of the world average as well as other major emerging economies in many sectors.First of all, Turkey?s financial sector remained quite robust in the year of the financial crisis. There has not been a single bank failure or nationalization because of bad loan problems. On the contrary, Turkish banks were net lenders in 2009, and their profit rate increased by 50 percent in a period when the overall rate of contraction in Turkey?s gross domestic product (GDP) was 4.7 percent.

KLAUS JURGENS – Unemployment figures down: seasonal adjustment or long-term trend?

Summertime, closed schools, peak travel season — it would be more than understandable if for some weeks, except for the upcoming constitutional referendum, Turkish domestic politics comes to a complete standstill. This week on Monday we were reminded of the fact that there is, however, one issue which never vanishes from anyone?s agenda: the state of Turkey?s economy.

YAVUZ BAYDAR – Lies and hypes on ?consensus?

The term ?consensus? is being revisited often as the debate intensifies over the proposed partial amendment of the constitution.

Unsolved murders and Ergenekon

by AHMET ALTAN -TARAF
With little time remaining before the referendum, the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK), whose structure will change if the reforms are approved, is making a final attack to change some of its prosecutors.

FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK – TÜSİAD and the referendum

The Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen?s Association (TÜSİAD) has been on the receiving end of harsh criticism recently due to its silence over a government-sponsored constitutional reform package that will be presented in a referendum on Sept. 12.

The arithmetic of ?they dominated the press? by ESER KARAKAŞ

The outcome of the Sept. 12 referendum is very important for Turkey, and this importance stems particularly from the individual articles of the Constitution that will be amended, the judicial system that will be normalized and the military judiciary that will be pushed one step further toward normalization, and the abolishment of Provisional Article 15, which is a source of disgrace and shame.

Good developments may follow PKK cease-fire

by RUŞEN ÇAKIR- VATAN
A decision by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK) to declare a cease-fire came at such a time that it may lead to unexpected results in Turkey.

ETYEN MAHÇUPYAN – Civilian mentality emerges in Kurdish issue

Turkey did not have the social integrity it would need as it evolved into a republic. But this did not bother the new regime, which, instead, opted to reinforce a salience among communities.

Spinning victory and defeat in Turkey?s referendum

from istanbul notes

In a little more than three weeks, Turkey goes to the polls to vote on the government?s package of constitutional amendments. Disagreement over the implications of the proposed changes remains visceral. But as the long campaign has worn on, it has become as much about establishing the party-political terms on which next year?s general election campaign will be fought as about changes to the rights of children or the composition of the judiciary. That being so, what can we expect in political terms once the results are in?

YAVUZ BAYDAR – ?Kurdish boycott? a fading option

With the referendum approaching, a review of public and not-so-public opinion polls present the following view: ?Yes? votes seem to be stabilizing at around 55 percent, and ?no? votes and undecided votes (which may be dominated by intimidation or political pressure) at 45 percent. Several serious pollsters I have constantly been in touch with agree that ?yes? votes are on the slow increase.

PKK is losing its effect over Kurdish politics by YUSUF ERGEN

There have always been three problems in the modern Turkish Republic. These problems have also been anchors of our nation state.

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