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Even the main opposition accepts that AKP will lead the elections. The bets are on how much vote it will get… AKP’s current arrogancy is probably due to its being without any substantive alternatives….

 

Turkey’s general elections to be held on June 12

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ANKARA Daily News Parliament Bureau
Parliament approved Thursday a ruling party proposal to set June 12 as the date for the next general elections.

Turkey’s June 12 elections to provide many ‘firsts’ – Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

The reform of the election board in Turkey

by ABDULLAH BOZKURT
Well, they did it again. The board members that are supposed to uphold the very rights of people to vote in elections decided to disenfranchise millions of Turks living abroad. Why? Obviously, for no good reason.

Turkey’s ruling AKP moves to enable voting from abroad

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ANKARA-Hürriyet Daily News
Turkey?s government is seeking a formula to allow Turks living abroad to vote in upcoming elections despite an election board decision ruling out such a possibility.

British daily apologizes to Turkish PM Erdoğan

from Hurriyet Dailynews
The Daily Telegraph has apologized to Turkey?s prime minister for a September story that claimed Iran had made donations to the ruling AKP.

Towards the end of military tutelage?

by İHSAN DAĞI
Today is the anniversary of Turkey?s last ?successful? military intervention, Feb. 28, 1997. A former chief of General Staff had declared that the ?Feb. 28 process? will continue for a thousand years. He was determined to bully the people and their democratic aspirations. Even this simple statement was testimony to how the military viewed its people?s will. For these generals, the right to rule belongs to them, not the people. But the people demand what they deserve and get it in the end.

 

Öcalan ‘peace plan’ made public by European court

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ANKARA – Daily News with Milliyet
The country?s president has affirmed that Kurdistan Workers? Party, or PKK, leader Abdullah Öcallan will be staying in his İmralı Island jail cell for the foreseeable future.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan

 

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the lawmakers of his Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011. Erdogan called on Libyan authorities to be sensitive toward the safety of foreigners as his governments scrambled to send planes and ships to pick up their citizens stranded by Libya’s bloody unrest on Tuesday, with thousands of Turks crowding into a stadium to await evacuation.? Read more » (AP Photo)

FT.com / Europe – Erdogan on course to win June poll

?Now or never? for Kılıçdaroğlu

by YAVUZ BAYDAR
There was a reason for a small, select circle of people to meet in the city of Van and ?search? for a new path for the Republican People?s Party (CHP). The search conference mainly focused on how to approach the Kurds and problems surrounding them.

 

A call on Erdoğan: Throw political will behind judicial processes

by MARKAR ESAYAN
It feels so recent? It was in 2003, the days of Moonlight (Ayışığı), Blonde Girl (Sarıkız), Sea Sparkle (Yakamoz), Glove (Eldiven) and Sledgehammer (Balyoz)? Provocative programs about Christian missionaries mushroomed on TVs at such a sudden rate that even the most naive people could not but notice.

 

‘Democratic autonomy project’ launched in Turkey’s Diyarbakır

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ANKARA – Daily News Parliament Bureau
The establishment of 50 village communes, 21 neighborhood councils, four district councils and a yet-to-be-set-up provincial council in some southeastern provinces is the first concrete step in implementing pro-Kurdish groups? demands for social, political, economic and cultural autonomy. ?This is a struggle for the people to create their own democratic organization,? says Cemal Coşkun, a spokesman for the Democratic Society Congress, or DTK

Espionage, Blackmailing and Prostitution within the Military

from Bianet :: English
The investigation into “espionage and blackmailing in the military” will be taken to court in April. Allegedly, a criminal organization within the military illegally obtained a huge amount of classified information to be sold to foreign governments, the indictment states.

Turkish court arrests Oda TV journalists
Hurriyet Daily News
The owner and editors of Oda TV were taken to Istanbul’s Beşiktaş Courthouse on Thursday to give testimony as part of their alleged involvement in the Ergenekon gang. Editors Barış Pehlivan and Barış Terkoğlu were charged with “being a member of the

Feb. 28 evokes painful recollections for coup victims
Today’s Zaman
According to the professor, the dark powers that removed him from office were extensions of the Ergenekon terrorist organization. ?I may be wrong if I say that I was removed from office by Ergenekon, but what removed me from office were the extensions

Turkeys President Abdullah Gul  talks to ...

Turkey’s President Abdullah talks to his wife Hayrunnisa Gul during an official ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Ankara March 2, 2011.? Read more » REUTERS/Umit Bektas

 

Feb. 28 coup and Turkey?s Gaddafis

by BÜLENT KENEŞ
The Turkish people had not actually demanded much. When the tremendous winds of change were blowing strongly around the world in the early 1990s, Turkey just wanted its share. If the Communist regimes that would not play nice with the very nature of social life were tumbling down and if the iron curtains were being torn down and if the Cold War was coming to an end and if the songs of freedom and independence were being sung all around the world, echoing everywhere, then every country whose historical role had been reduced and frozen to serving as pillars of one of the two superpowers in a bipolar system should have returned to the stage of history.

 

The issue of violence as Kurdish and PKK issues separate by Markar Esayan

The breath of fresh air the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) has brought to Turkish politics over the last eight years is indisputable.

Why do we support the AK Party?

by ESER KARAKAŞ
There are two similar reasons that allow us to support the Justice and Development Party (AK Party). One of the reasons is that Turkey is a country that needs to be analyzed according to external dynamics and regional rather than domestic developments.


CHP decides to change ‘fascist, pro-Ergenekon’ image in Southeast
Today’s Zaman
The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), which held a meeting in Van to discuss the Kurdish issue last month, underlined in a report drafted after the meeting that the party is perceived as ?fascist, pro-Ergenekon and irreligious? in the

Ergenekon, Balyoz suspects use newspaper for defense
Today’s Zaman
A new newspaper named Aydınlık, a version of the Aydınlık journal managed by Workers’ Party (İP) leader Doğu Perinçek — who has been under arrest since 2008 as a suspect in the Ergenekon investigation — has become a platform for suspects in the

Were the army?s gestures an apology?

by FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK
Chief of General Staff Gen. Işık Koşaner?s release of a message of condolence after the death of former Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan in which he praised the late prime minister?s services to the country and the attendance of some high-ranking military officers at Erbakan?s funeral on Tuesday have prompted some to interpret the military?s actions as the offer of an apology to Erbakan.

 

Reading ?God is great? slogans and military attitude

by LALE KEMAL
When mourners raised their voices, shouting ?Allah Allah, Allahu akbar,? (God, God, God is great) as soon as they spotted high-ranking officers attending the funeral of Turkey?s former prime minister, Necmettin Erbakan, the mentor of Turkey?s Islamic political movement, last Tuesday in İstanbul, this reminded me of a remark made by a former top commander following the disclosure early last year of an alleged bloody coup plot to unseat the government.

 

House arrest for Öcalan

by FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK
Turkey is currently debating placing outlawed Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan, who is serving a life sentence on İmralı island, under house arrest, a proposal made by the Democracy Society Congress (DTK) and the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP).

 

Has Feb. 28 ended?

by Fehmi Koru
Looking at the interest in the funeral of former Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan [who was the most prominent victim of the Feb. 28, 1997 postmodern coup process], some say we can talk about the end of Feb. 28.

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