The Economist has been AKP friendly for most of the time, this comes as a blow to AKP leadership.. Well in order to have more headcounts, they have lost so many friends that they will eventually regret…

The Turkish election: Erdogan’s last hurrah (possibly) | The Economist

Erdogan’s last hurrah (possibly)

The election on June 12th will showcase a Muslim democracy. Although the winner is not in doubt, it could have a big impact on Turkey?s future………..

Turkeys Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, accompanied ...

Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, accompanied by his wife Emine Erdogan, is seen inside his campaign bus following an election rally in Diyarbakir, in the Kurdish-dominated southeastern Turkey, June 1, 2011. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

 

A paradox of sorts sometimes, democracy needs a bullet-proof vest, too by Klaus Jurgens

Isn?t it sad -? just when we began to think that the concept of having a fully fledged democracy is cherished by almost all segments of Turkish civil society, there are a number of remaining shady networks as well as terror cells and in some instances even single aggressors who up until this very day have got nothing better to do than pulling the trigger, aiming to destroy it.

Le très prévisible « crazy project » d?Erdogan pour Diyarbakir.

from YOL (routes de Turquie et d’ailleurs) by anne

Un nouvel aéroport, un nouveau barrage (à Silvan !), une nouvelle autoroute d’Urfa à la frontière irakienne, deux nouveaux hôpitaux, des aires de loisirs. Et surtout un nouveau stade de football, de 30 000 places.  Tayyip Erdogan a révélé ce matin  son “crazy project” pour Diyarbakir …enfin si on peut appeler “crazy” un projet qui va faire le bonheur des entrepreneurs du BTP , comme les “crazy project pour Istanbul et Ankara, mais  ne révèle plus vraiment  de surprise.

 

Turkish PM repeats Kurdish promises amid CHP competition

by DİYARBAKIR – Hürriyet Daily News
The main opposition and the country’s largest pro-Kurdish party are the biggest barriers before a solution to the Kurdish issue, the prime minister said Wednesday.

What would AKP do alone after Erdoğan?

by HDN
What would the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, do after experiencing this leadership capacity, after 2014 and 2015, in other words post-Erdoğan. 

Turkey?s Kurds Slowly Build Cultural Autonomy

from Yahoo news
Bolstered by the Arab Spring and coming elections, Kurds in Turkey are pressing longstanding claims for broader parliamentary representation and more cultural freedoms.

Questions on advanced democracy qualifications

by HDN
Is he ‘talking from the heart,’ or is he someone who realized that the polarization in the country is giving him support, as he is one of those two poles?

 

100th anniversary of Turkish Air Force overshadowed by general’s arrest

by ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News
The Turkish Air Force marked 100 years Wednesday, two days after a general expected to become its next commander was arrested in a probe of alleged coup plans.

 

Few swing voters among Turkish ruling party supporters, web survey says

by ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News
Supporters of Turkey’s ruling party are typically fixed in their vote while others are swing voters who might change their affiliation, a new online survey has revealed.

 

Turkey’s opposition tries to turn the AK party tide

from Yahoo news
IZMIR, Turkey (Reuters) – Watching Sebahattin Guney relax with a beer and a cigarette at a seafront cafe it is hard to understand why he feels under siege in his own country.

 

The Turkish election: Erdogan’s last hurrah (possibly) | The Economist

Recep Tayyip Erdogan Transcends Complex Politics of Turkey

by By ANTHONY SHADID
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will soon enter his second decade as the leader of a country he has helped transform. 

BDP criticizes Turkish PM for ‘terrorist’ remarks

from Hurriyet Dailynews by DİYARBAKIR – Doğan News Agency (DHA)
The BDP’s local head in Diyarbakır has criticized the prime minister for referring to the party as a ‘terror organization’ during an election rally in the province on Wednesday.

 

The Kurdish (Cultural) Opening

from Istanbul Calling by Yigal Schleifer


The New York Times (which seems to have discovered Turkey in recent days) has a good piece out about some of the interesting changes taking place on the Kurdish cultural front — a move towards “cultural autonomy” as the article puts it. From the article:

Toward a post-Kemalist CHP?

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
The AKP?s transformation from Islamism to post-Islamism also began with necessity and proceeded erratically, so why not give the CHP a similar chance to become post-Kemalist?

 

Artvin : la question écologique s?invite dans la campagne électorale: ça a chauffé.

from YOL (routes de Turquie et d’ailleurs) by anne

Comme quoi il faut décidément se méfier des idées reçues. Il n’y a pas qu’en région kurde que la campagne de Recep  Tayyip Erdogan peut se transformer en périple..

 

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