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From(L-R) Turkey’s Industry and Trade Minister Nihat Ergun, Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek, State Minister Zafer Caglayan, Deputy Prime Minister and Economy Minister Ali Babacan, State Minister Cevdet Yilmaz and Labour Minister Omer Dincer attend a news conference in Ankara October 11, 2010. Babacan said the government would adhere to fiscal discipline and would not overspend ahead of general elections in mid-2011. REUTERS/Umit Bektas)

Turkish opposition leader promises more dynamic CHP – Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

In quiet revolution, Turkey eases headscarf ban

from Yahoo news
Freshman Busra Gungor won’t have to wear a wig to cover her Islamic headscarf, as many pious relatives and friends did to avoid getting kicked off campus.
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Women look at a pigeon in front of the fountain in Istanbul August 9, 2007. In a landmark decision, Turkey’s Higher Education Board earlier this month ordered Istanbul University, one of the country’s biggest, to stop teachers from expelling from classrooms female students who do not comply with a ban on the headscarf.? Read more »REUTERS/Osman Orsal/Files

Turkey’s ministers attend a news conference in Ankara

From(L-R) Turkey’s Industry and Trade Minister Nihat Ergun, Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek, State Minister Zafer Caglayan, Deputy Prime Minister and Economy Minister Ali Babacan, State Minister Cevdet Yilmaz and Labour Minister Omer Dincer attend a news conference in Ankara October 11, 2010. Babacan said the government would adhere to fiscal discipline and would not overspend ahead of general elections in mid-2011. REUTERS/Umit Bektas (TURKEY – Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)

ERGUN BABAHAN – The October 29 reception

The ?Kemalist? wing in the Republican People?s Party (CHP) has opposed yet another step that could relieve tension in Turkey. While speaking on behalf of his party, CHP Deputy Muharrem İnce not only made an appeal for tension but undersigned a major mistake as well. İnce opposed the prospect of holding one reception on Oct. 29 with the first lady present and asked, ?Why will there only be one reception instead of two?? Because Turkey is normalizing.

FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK – Oct. 29 reception turns into test for CHP

The Republican People?s Party (CHP), which had recently vowed to solve Turkey?s long-standing headscarf problem, once again dashed hopes when CHP member Muharrem İnce revealed his party?s intention to boycott the Oct. 29 Republic Day reception at the Çankaya presidential palace.

The trouble with Turkey?s closed-list elections

by istanbulnotes

There are problems at every stage of Turkey?s electoral process. As I highlighted in my most recent post, parliament?s 550 seats are badly misallocated among the country?s 81 provinces. Next, the processes used to translate individual votes into seats for parties are deeply skewed. The 10 per cent threshold that parties need to clear before they can enter parliament deservedly gets the most attention, but it?s not the only issue here. Once the threshold has been passed, the d?Hondt method is used to distribute seats among the remaining parties. Of the many variants of proportional representation, d?Hondt is the least proportional, systematically favouring larger parties.*

A Step Too Far

from Kamil Pasha by Jenny White

While the ?headscarf problem? is being solved in practice at universities, which will now allow them in classes, no such ?opening? has occurred in politics where separate dual receptions have been the norm, one inviting politicians and uncovered wives, and one to which politicians could bring their covered wives, including the wives of the president and prime minister. Sniffing a change in the air, President Gül hosted only one party this year. With predictable consequences.

Kurdish language problem grows as terror issue declines by MÜMTAZ?ER TÜRKÖNE

The terror issue is one of the consequences of the Kurdish issue, which is essentially a Kurdish language problem. Kurds have been subjected to a policy of assimilation.

2011 elections will be turning point for Turkey, says AK Party ideologue

by İDRİS GÜRSOY
He shadows the prime minister, sharing many moments with Turkey?s leader, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. He works with a team on writing speeches for the prime minister.

Religion and politics, and the recent ?surah wars? in the Turkish political arena by MARKAR ESAYAN

The political profile reflecting the ?Milli Görüş? or ?National View? movement, as represented by the National Order Party (MNP), the National Salvation Party (MSP), the Welfare Party (RP), the Virtue Party (FP) and finally the Felicity Party (SP), is most likely on the verge of giving birth to a second pro-freedom conservative democratic movement.

INTERVIEW – Turkey needs to re-interpret secularism – senior MP

from Yahoo news
ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey has to re-interpret its principles of secularism to adapt to a changing society, an AK Party member in charge of drafting a new constitution said, joining a growing debate over the Muslim country’s identity.

THE CORRIDOR – Could the CHP be divided after the election?

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has repeatedly changed the CHP’s basic approaches to the most serious issues Turkey is facing since day one of his leadership.

CHP-BDP cooperation

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
To show bluntly that the CHP respects human rights and is capable of self-renewal, the party should cooperate with the BDP in the upcoming election period.

HSYK members resign only days before retirement – Today’s Zaman

The headscarf andthe Kurdish problem

by ALI BAYRAMOĞLU – YENİ ŞAFAK
The headscarf and Kurdish problems never change. These problems are still a ?protected island? in the middle of the sea of change Turkey is currently in. And politics are eternally being conducted from this island in our country.

YAVUZ BAYDAR – Mass resignation and the HSYK

Doubtlessly, there are hidden meanings behind the stepping down of seven members of the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK). At a critical stage, the body is devoid of a proper board and more or less defunct — at least until the elections due in the coming weeks.

Country Report: Turkey – NASDAQ.com

EMRE USLU – The PKK?s third war

Since 1978, when the Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK) launched its war, the organization has declared two goals: to transform Kurdish society from a clan society into a modern one, and to establish a nation state in the predominantly Kurdish-populated territories in Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria.

LALE KEMAL – The CHP’s role in democratization

It would be fair to say that a growing number of Turks seek a more democratic Turkey as indicated by the Sept. 12 referendum results in which 58 per cent of the voters said ?yes? to comprehensive amendments to the military-dictated 1982 Constitution. However, this does not mean that the entire 42 percent who voted against the amendments are necessarily against democratization. Bearing in mind the deep polarization in the country between secularists and those against the strict (and most of the time militarist) definition of secularism, some of those voting against the package, I suppose, have fallen victim to deep indoctrination by the establishment.


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