EU progress report criticizes pressure on Turkish press

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Even though there is increasing open and free debate over sensitive issues such as minority rights, press freedom is still a problem in Turkey, according to an advance copy of the European Commission?s annual report about the country. Other areas of concern in the report include parliamentary immunity, judicial independence, the Ergenekon case and cultural rights

EU: Turkey needs new constitution

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Turkey’s best bet to jump start its stalled bid to join the European Union would be to adopt a new constitution, according to the draft annual EU report on countries wanting to join the 27-nation club.

Accused of Supporting Terrorism

from Global Voices Online by Maria Grabowski Kjær

By Maria Grabowski Kjær


Roj TV, a Kurdish-language satellite television station based in Denmark has been accused of supporting terrorism by the Danish attorney-general. It may lose its broadcasting license once the case goes to trial.

LALE KEMAL – Is Turkey ready for cyber warfare?


The world has been occupied with finding ways to establish effective defense mechanisms against cyber warfare, whereas for NATO member Turkey, issues that should have had been matters of the past continue to dominate the agenda, consuming Turkey?s energy.

Response: It is not Cyprus standing in the way of Turkey’s accession to the EU

from World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk by Alexandros N Zenon

The real stumbling block is its illegal occupation of our republic since 1974

Martin Kettle’s claim that the EU’s relationship with Turkey is “held hostage by the atavistic parochialism of a Greek Cypriot statelet”, in his article on Turkish membership of the EU (Disgracefully, Turkey’s EU accession bid is going nowhere soon, 29 October), portrays a lack of understanding of the fundamental principles of the union. Population and GDP have never been prerequisites either for EU membership or for statehood. Aggression and the threat of use of force, however, have always been incompatible with the founding principles and goals of the EU. Let us not forget that historically it emerged out of the ruins of the second world war, aiming at the reunification and pacification of the continent.

In Brief: Greece Concerned Over a Newly Assertive Turkey

canadaeast.com – Greece raising concern with Washington about Turkish assertiveness

JOOST LAGENDIJK – Turkey-EU cooperation on the Balkans

I am sure the Kosovars were happy and proud when Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visited their country last week.


Turkey to head Council of Europe decision-making body

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Turkey will take over a leading Council of Europe body next week, one day after the EU Commission releases its annual report on the country’s progress toward accession to the bloc. With a Turk chairing the council?s Parliamentary Assembly, FM Davutoğlu hails the highest position Turkey has assumed in Europe



Conference Announcement: ?Layers of Gendered Silencing: Converted Armenian Survivors of 1915? by Dr. Ayse Gül Altınay

from Changing Turkey in a Changing World

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Research Seminar

?Layers of Gendered Silencing: Converted Armenian Survivors of 1915?

Speaker: Assistant Professor Ayse Gül Altınay
Date: MONDAY, 8 NOVEMBER 2010  18.00-20.00
Venue: Cañada Blanch Room, J116 (First Floor), Cowdray House, Portugal Street, LSE
An unknown number of young Armenians survived the massacres of 1915 as adopted daughters and sons of Muslim families. Fewer others became wives and, in exceptional cases, husbands. While some of these survivors (particularly young men) re-united with their families or relatives in later years, or were taken into orphanages by missionaries and relief workers, many others lived the rest of their lives as ?Muslims,? taking on Turkish, Kurdish, or Arabic names. Until recently, the stories of these survivors have been silenced, either in the form of total erasure or of serious trivialization, by Turkish and Armenian historiographies alike. The presentation analyzes this silence in historical and contemporary works and discusses the challenges that the recent unravelling of this gendered silence poses for existing narratives of identity and belonging in Turkey.

Turkey has only itself to blame if it is shunned by the EU | Robert Ellis

from World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk by Robert Ellis

The vandalism and looting of Cyprus’s cultural heritage that has occurred since 1974 is unworthy of any civilised nation

Martin Kettle’s claim that Turkey is “held hostage by the atavistic parochialism of a Greek Cypriot statelet of fewer than one million people and with a declining GDP of $23bn” is far from the truth.

BÜLENT KENEŞ – Generations-long Cyprus problem

Lefkoşa — I went to Cyprus this weekend as part of a delegation of journalists invited by Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC) President Derviş Eroğlu. Although winter was starting to settle in throughout many parts of Anatolia, the temperature in Cyprus was about 30 degrees Celsius and people were still enjoying an extended summer.

ÖMER TAŞPINAR – Time to rethink Turkish-American relations (2)

Last week I argued that two fundamental problems have exacerbated Turkish-American relations since the demise of the Soviet Union. The first was the loss of a common enemy.

Turquie: pour en finir avec l?agenda caché islamiste de l?AKP

by acturca

Mediapart (France), 7 novembre 2010

Pierre Puchot, de notre envoyé spécial en Turquie

C?est la vieille rengaine qu?une partie de la presse internationale ne peut s?empêcher de ressortir du placard dès que l?on parle de la Turquie : depuis l?arrivée au pouvoir de l?AKP, la laïcité à la turque, produit de la «révolution» amorcée par Mustapha Kémal au début de siècle, serait menacée par le plan secret d?un gouvernement issu de l?islam politique, et qui pour l?heure se tiendrait tranquille en attendant le grand soir islamique. Faiblesse de la couverture de l?actualité turque (beaucoup de quotidiens d?importance, comme le Guardian, ne jugent pas utile d?employer un correspondant à plein temps sur place) ; difficultés à saisir les nuances d?une société qui évolue vite à la faveur d?un printemps économique qui ne se dément pas. Problème d?écoute, aussi, car l?AKP a construit son ascension sur un message clair : «Politiquement, nous sommes des conservateurs, économiquement, nous sommes des libéraux.»

The Quote of the Week: ?Turkey and the Gulf States? by Dr. Sean Foley

by Changing Turkey

Excerpt from Sean Foley (2010), ?TURKEY AND THE GULF STATES IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY?, Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal, Volume 14, No. 3.

This article argues that Turkey?s improved relations with the Gulf states in recent years reflect Ankara?s refusal to allow Washington to use its territory to invade Iraq in 2003, Turkey?s promotion of regional trade, and the decline of traditional Cold War security alliances in the Middle East. Ankara and Gulf states have increasingly seen each as viable alternatives to their traditional strategic partners?the European Union for Turkey and the United States for Gulf governments. Nonetheless, one should not overstate the importance of this alliance: Turkey and the Gulf disagree about Iran?s nuclear program and other regional issues.

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