* Erdoğan to Shimon Perez at the notorious “one minute incident”: “Mr. Peres, you are older than I am. But the volume of your voice is too high. And I know this is because of the guilt psychology. My voice will not be that loud. Know this like that. When it is time to kill, you know how to kill well.”  via


A mindset problem in Uludere

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Columnists by MARKAR ESAYAN

During his trip to Pakistan, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan made important statements to journalists on Uludere. The most significant part of his statements was that he was informed about the murder of 34 people in Uludere in an F-16 warplane bombing after the incident took place. We have heard CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu argue that Erdoğan himself initiated the operation; this was a serious argument in the Uludere discussion.

Shifting responsibility

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Columnists by NICOLE POPE

The outrage generated by the bombing raid that killed 34 people in Uludere on Dec. 28, 2011, is showing no sign of abating. Nothing can bring the victims, most of them teenagers, back to life, but the authorities could have prevented this tragic event from escalating into a crisis that has dragged on for nearly five months if they had swiftly taken responsibility and issued a heartfelt apology.


?The Military Officials Not Interrogated?

from Bianet :: English
The prosecution office stated that the military officials were not interrogated following the announcement that Roboski strike order was given by Turkish air force commanders who analyzed the Heron images.

Adding insult to injury in Uludere

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Columnists by MERVE BÜŞRA ÖZTÜRK
Controversies over the Uludere incident continue to snowball with the latest statements made by politicians. On Dec. 28, 2011, Turkish fighter jets bombed a group of smugglers, who were mistaken for Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK) members, on the Turkish-Iraqi border area near Şırnak?s Uludere district, sparking outrage in Turkey.

Uludere big challenge for AKP, report says

from Hurriyet Daily News
The government must thoroughly explain last year?s botched air raid in Uludere if it does not want to lose support in Southeast Anatolia, ruling party lawmakers have said.

 

Uludere test case for Turkey?s Kurdish problem

from Hurriyet Daily News
Any Turkish journalist would admit that Interior Minister İdris Naim Şahin is like a gold mine when it comes to striking quotes ..

 

No approval for Şahin, but debate over, premier says

from Hurriyet Daily News
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan offered no support yesterday for Interior Minister İdris Naim Şahin?s contentious comments on last year?s Uludere raid.

Back to 1990s on Kurdish woe

from Hurriyet Daily News
The outlawed Kurdistan Workers? Party?s (PKK) recent attacks against civilians in East and Southeast Anatolia points to a return to Turkey?s dark 1990s era.

Doctors and activists skeptical over weapon

from Hurriyet Daily News
A non-lethal weapon which creates a burning sensation in humans may replace the Turkish police forces? traditional arsenal of truncheons and pepper gas in dispersing crowds and demonstrators, according to reports.

Interior Minister Şahin under fire from all sides

from Hurriyet Daily News
Turkey?s interior minister comes under fire from even his own party after dubbing villagers killed in a raid last year to be terrorist ?extras.’

The Uludere raid and pickled cabbage

from Hurriyet Daily News
The American Ambassador to Ankara, Francis J. Ricciardone, made the headlines in Turkey, shortly after taking up his post in Ankara …

This time Interior Minister Şahin blundered big time

from Hurriyet Daily News
Interior Minister İdris Naim Şahin has a unique style of speech. He has a very kind, gentle personality but when he starts explaining things ..

 

The US must apologize, but we are not required to

from Hurriyet Daily News
?I need to remind you here of the apology declaration the United States [made] because of our martyrs in Pakistan…

 

Uludere, test case for democracy in Turkey

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Columnists by ŞAHİN ALPAY
On the evening of Dec. 28 last year in the Uludere district of southeastern Turkey, Turkish fighter jets, acting on false intelligence that Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK) militants were crossing the border, bombed and killed 34 Kurdish villagers of Turkish nationality.

 

Uludere and crisis of trust

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Turkish Pre by Sedat Laçiner
Debates over the Uludere incident continue to rage and show no signs of slowing. Provocation from other nations and exploitation by the terrorist organization to which the victims of the airstrike were incorrectly believed to belong, the PKK, play some part in the ongoing dispute, but the primary cause is the lack of trust of the public for the state.

 

a politics roundup:

AKP open to early municipal elections

from Hurriyet Daily News
The Justice and Development Party (AKP) will back any opposition proposal to bring municipal elections forward to 2013 in order to avoid holding the polls in adverse winter conditions

Is the AKP really after the American system?

from Hurriyet Daily News
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is streamlining its preferences for a presidential system in Turkey and has

Dreams of Kurdistan – By Yigal Schleifer | Foreign Policy

 

 

AK Party?s election plans

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Turkish Pre by MAHMUT ÖVÜR
The Justice and Development Party (AK Party) has been discussing moving up the local elections from 2014 to next year. This is no coincidence or a random topic of discussion; this is a strategic plan of the AK Party.

 

Is the constitutional preparation sufficient for a presidency? by Levent Köker

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Interviews
Discussions surrounding the presidential system, which from time to time have found their way into the topics of discussion in Turkish politics, have once again come into the spotlight, albeit in different dimensions and with a stronger emphasis.

 

Towards a semi-presidential system?

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Columnists by ETYEN MAHÇUPYAN
The process of making a new constitution has long allowed people from different backgrounds to express themselves in the public sphere. It is no secret that it was the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) that was seeking a mobilization of the people because it was aware that bargaining between political parties would put it in a difficult position, and therefore wanted to start the negotiations knowing that it had strong popular support.

Demirel, a ?black box? for the last 60 years

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Turkish Pre by MAHMUT ÖVÜR
In addition to the military coup trials that are still ongoing, the fact that the Coup and Memorandum Investigation Commission has been founded by Parliament indicates the extent of our achievements in terms of democratization.

 

Ruling party kills plans to free jailed deputies

from Hurriyet Daily News
Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek?s initiative to hammer out a formula for the release of the members of Parliament currently being held in prison collapsed in acrimony yesterday.

Ricciardone stresses rights for new charter

from Hurriyet Daily News
United States Ambassador Francis Ricciardone has called on Turkey to ensure stronger guarantees…

 

Gül at odds with AKP over jailed MPs

from Hurriyet Daily News
President Abdullah Gül has reiterated his position in favor of the release of the lawmakers currently in jail.

 

CHP?s Istanbul congress marred by invalid votes

from Hurriyet Daily News
The main opposition Republican People?s Party (CHP) elected its new Istanbul provincial head yesterday in an election marred by invalid votes.

General Staff backs down in row with staff

from Hurriyet Daily News
Turkey?s General Staff announced yesterday that it had made a series of proposals to the government to improve the working conditions and financial benefits of non-commissioned officers.

Socialist groups to gather in new party

from Hurriyet Daily News
An umbrella organization that brings together Kurds, activists and leftist group decided to establish a political party in its first congress held over the weekend.

Democracy, not Erdoğan?s future, should be debated

from Hurriyet Daily News
Domestic and international attention has turned to the Constitutional debate in Turkey. Hard as conciliation appears in some areas …

For those who cannot solve a problem without Prime Minister Erdoğan…

from Hurriyet Daily News
‘You cannot even hand over a trophy without the prime minister.’ Thus read the title of one newspaper column

CHP should learn from AKP and come up with its own story

from Hurriyet Daily News
The CHP needs to learn from the ruling AKP?s success, and

 

Next step after elections: writing a constitution

from Hurriyet Daily News
Everyone is awaiting the official announcement of the results of the first ever free competitive..

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