Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan gives a speech during an Ashura procession in Istanbul December 16, 2010. Thousands of Shi’ite Muslims gathered in Istanbul’s Halkali district to commemorate the Ashura, where Shi’ite mourners beat themselves with steel-tipped flails or slash their bodies with knives to mark the death anniversary of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, who was killed during a battle in A.D. 680 in Kerbala, a city in modern-day Iraq.? Read more » REUTERS/Osman Orsal

Social distance between Kurds, Turks widening, survey shows
Today’s Zaman
He reiterated that Mersin was allegedly one of the cities targeted by Ergenekon, a clandestine organization which intended to overturn the government by

BDP promises greater bilingualism in Turkey’s Southeast

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ANKARA-Hürriyet Daily News
A Pro-Kurdish politician in Southeast Turkey says his party will no longer wait for the government to enact a constitutional amendment permitting the greater use of Kurdish in public life. ?We will do everything to perpetuate local languages,? says Selahattin Demirtaş, the BDP?s co-chair. The move has angered the government

State funding for Turkey?s political parties

by istanbulnotes

This is the first of two posts on political financing in Turkey. In the second, I?ll look at a range of problems relating to the way in which private donations are regulated. First, however, I want to outline the workings of the system that provides (some) Turkish parties with significant sums of public money.

Kılıçdaroğlu?s corruption allegations

by FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK
Early this week, Republican People?s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, during a speech in Parliament criticizing the government?s management of the economy and the 2011 budget, brought forth a file related to allegations of corruption in Kayseri province dating back to 2007.

True, eight years of AK Party rule is a success story, but…

by BÜLENT KENEŞ
As New Year?s day draws near, we see institutions and companies in a flurry of sending postcards and presents to prominent people in order to be remembered or to promote their institutions and companies.

Turkish politicians meet to revive center-right

from Hurriyet Dailynews
In an effort to unite the center right ahead of the upcoming elections, major center-right actors of Turkey?s political sphere held a surprising meeting late Tuesday.

Öcalan?s olive branch

from Bosphorus Diary by Yavuz Baydar

His surprise move is Abdullah Öcalan?s latest attempt to approach the Gülen movement. In a recent meeting with his lawyers on the island of İmralı, where he is imprisoned, the Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK) leader said the following: ?I have never denied their [the Gülen movement?s] existence, and expect them to do the same.

Head of Turkey’s CHP signals preference for ‘bloc list’ at convention

by ANKARA – Hürriyet Daily News
Amid a rancorous debate over how Turkey?s main opposition will pick its new assembly members, the party?s leader seems to be pushing for an approach that could consolidate his power over the party.

Intraparty conflicts in the CHP

by FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK
Ever since the Republican People?s Party (CHP) was shaken by the video scandal of its former leader, Deniz Baykal, the turmoil in the party has never ended. The election of Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu to the party?s leadership has not turned out to be sufficient to end the turbulence in the party, which is constantly being shaken by intraparty conflicts.

How to save the CHP

by ERGUN BABAHAN
The winds of change are blowing hard through the main opposition Republican People?s Party (CHP). However, the vein that seeks to keep the party back in the 1930s by excluding Kurds and conservatives is resisting that change.

Yet another conspiracy against the Gülen movement?

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Interviews by EMRE USLU
A while ago I was contacted by an informant who warned of a new conspiracy against the Gülen movement. After the failure of the 2009 conspiracy, which was reported to be a plan to plant weapons in Gülen schools to make it appear that the movement is an armed group, the instrument of the conspiracy has changed.

The meaning of the CHP crisis

by FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK
The battle between Republican People?s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, former leader Deniz Baykal and former Secretary-General Önder Sav about whether there should be bloc lists or alterable lists for the election of the Party Council at the Dec. 18 general congress is interpreted by many as a fight over political interests, warning that it has the potential to result in further disunity or weakening of the party.

PKK-Gülen

by DOĞU ERGİL
The convicted leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK) armed organization sent yet another message via his lawyers out of the prison he has been kept in for the past 11 years. Abdullah Öcalan ended ongoing tension between his organization and the Gülen movement, named after a revered religious opinion leader with a large group of followers who deliver a variety of humanitarian services throughout Turkey.

I made a mistake?

by HÜSEYİN GÜLERCE
My meeting with the lawyers of Abdullah Öcalan at Yalova has been the subject of debate for the past week. While from my perspective it was a meeting that took place at the request of the lawyers, I realized that some groups have been trying to twist the story.

Gülen movement won?t form alliance with PKK

by Aziz Üstel
Why can?t the Gülen movement make an alliance with the PKK? Because the esteemed Fethullah Gülen, an Islamic religious scholar, is someone who is disgusted by every form of violence and opposes the use of violence.

Turkey’s Struggle against Ethnic Terrorism-I: From PKK to KCK

from U.S.A.K. Blog by USAK

Suleyman Ozeren, JTW Columnist

From the PKK to the KCK: What is New?

The purpose of this article is to examine the current situation of the PKK in terms of its organizational and ideological perspectives. These series will try to summarize the historical background, structural changes within the organization as well as the current situation of the PKK. Basically it will be an overview of the PKKs cyclical tendencies, especially, from 1999 to 2010. This time period is very critical in understanding the PKKs current situation. The author is aware of the fact that taking such a time frame might be problematic, so the next piece will be a summary of the PKKs modus operandi between 1978 and 1999. The issue of the KCK will be one of the main topics we will discuss later on, and debates about the DTK, KCK, and BDP will also be examined.

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