Chief of Staff’s statement against Kurdish usage has been translated to Kurdish (!)

ROJ     : 17 Befranbar 2010

SEET    : 15:05

NO       : BA – 03 / 10

1. Komara Tirkiyê ku ji neteweya tirk re diyariya Ataturkê Rêberê Mezin e; hêza xwe ji serweriya gel digre û bingeha wî ya felsefeya damezrandinê jî ?dewleta Unîter? û ?dewleta Netewî? hatiye qaîmkirin, li ser esasekî demokratîk û bingehekî qaîm ya huquqî xwe bi serfirazî gîhandî ye roja me. click to continue

Turkish army wades into Kurdish debate

from FT.com – World, Europe
Turkey’s military has waded into a debate on the public use of Kurdish, asserting it has a constitutional duty to protect the republic against threats to national unity

Sledgehammer trial a landmark moment in Turkish democracy

by FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK
The trial of the Sledgehammer coup case started in Turkey this week with 196 active duty and retired members of the armed forces being tried as suspects on charges of plotting to overthrow the government.

Sledgehammer case

by Derya Sazak
The Sledgehammer coup plot trial started on Thursday at the İstanbul 10th High Criminal Court with 196 suspects. Allegations that the outcome of a seminar at the 1st Army Command in İstanbul in 2003 was tantamount to a coup plan were first published by the Taraf daily in January.

TURKEY: Coup trial seen as vital to ‘normalization’ of military’s relationship
Los Angeles Times
According to the Taraf report, the alleged coup-plotters intended to sow unrest by blowing up two Istanbul mosques and provoking the Greek military into

Turkey ‘plot’ officers on trial

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
Nearly 200 serving and retired military officers have gone on trial in Turkey for their alleged involved in a 2003 coup plot, code-named Sledgehammer.

Sledgehammer trial begins for 196 suspects in coup case with new judge
Today’s Zaman
The trial will see a new judge take over as the presiding judge has been assigned to another court due to allegations made against him Ergenekon is a

Turkish officers go on trial for ‘coup plot’

from World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk

Nearly 200 active and retired military officers face charges of plotting to overthrow government

About 200 active and retired Turkish military officers, including former chiefs of the air force as well as dozens of generals and admirals, went on trial today on charges of plotting to overthrow the Islamic-rooted government in 2003.


Turkey begins trial of ‘coup plotters’

from Yahoo news
Turkey has begun the trial of about 200 retired and serving military officers who have been accused of plotting to topple the Turkish government seven years ago.

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Diyarbakır’s top lady champions Kurdish activism in Southeast Turkey

from Hurriyet Dailynews
As a lawyer who has taken over 100 human rights cases against Turkey and never lost, Reyhan Yalçındağ Baydemir has been a seeker of justice for Kurdish people for most of her life. She says she chose to be lawyer after spending her childhood visiting relatives in prison and that she intends to create a safer and freer environment for her children and generations to come

Two-Year Prison Threat for Egg Throwing

from Bianet :: English
State Minister Bağış sued a student for throwing an egg at him. The 21-year-old student is facing imprisonment of up to 2 years. The first hearing is scheduled fo 10 February.

Students Stay 5 more Months in Prison for Posting Banner

from Bianet :: English
“We want free education, and we’ll get it” was written on the banner posted by university students Tüzer and Yılmaz who have not been released in the second hearing of the related trial. 2 other students were taken into custody because they protested the court’s decision.

ÇYDD targeted Alevis in winning support for Ergenekon
Today’s Zaman
An indictment recently filed as part of a probe into the Ergenekon terrorist organization says that top administrators of the ultra-secularist Support fo

Sometimes Hürriyet means endless freedom to lie and incite by ORHAN KEMAL CENGİZ

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Interviews
Is there any other newspaper in the world that has played a significant role in almost all mass provocations that ended with killings and lynchings and is still respected and regarded as a civilized, modernizing force?

Kurdish Politician Tuğluk Facing 75 Years in Jail

from Bianet :: English

The Kurdish politician Aysel Tuğluk is facing 75 years in jail on charges of “spreading propaganda for a terrorist organization” in twelve different speeches made between 2005 and 2010

Kurds and language

by ERGUN BABAHAN
Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) leader Selahattin Demirtaş announced his party?s decision to use and recognize Kurdish as a second language in the southeast region. Demirtaş also called on local business owners to make signs and menus available in both Turkish and Kurdish.

Long Donkey: A Student Talks about the Student Protests

from İstanbul Altı by Asher

Ismail Keskin is a masters student of history at Bogazici University and a bit of a Balkans music usta as well. He wrote the following as a Facebook note and was gracious enough to allow us to post it on this blog. All words are his, we have added some explanations in [brackets] to fill in some background information. Ms. Geerdink has also written about the protests, and can provide some information here.

Turkey still lagging behind in press freedom, Jagland says – Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Why do they erase the names of slain Turkish intellectuals? by ORHAN KEMAL CENGİZ

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Interviews
When I read the news about the Avanos Municipality in Central Anatolia changing the names of streets, I immediately remembered the novel ?We? by Yevgeny Zamyatin. The Avanos Municipality recently renamed streets carrying human names to numbers.

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