JITEM Linked To Human and Arms Trafficking…

Ergenekon divides Kurdish politicans, too.

Ergenekon Investigation: Military Unit Linked To Human and Arms Trafficking

By Jenny White on Jitem

Documents seized in a police raid on the house of an executive of a TV station as part of the ongoing Ergenekon operation have revealed that a secret and illicit military intelligence unit known as JITEM was engaged in several illegal acts, including drug and human smuggling and arms trade with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)….

Turkey’s Second Chance

The recent decision by the Turkish Constitutional Court not to close the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) helped Turkey – and especially Prime Minister Tayyip Recep Erdogan – narrowly dodge a dangerous political bullet, writes F. Stephen Larrabee.

“One Sip Of Freedom”

By Jenny White


The Turkish Patent Institute (TPE) has not approved applications for beverage brand name “Cola Kurda” because it found resemblances to the emblem of the separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the product’s name and colors.  The most recent patent application was made by Ramazan Aslan, who named the beverage “Cola Kurda” and used yellow, green and red colors in its emblem together with a star symbol — bringing to mind the colors used by the PKK.

Interview with İsmail Beşikçi: A life time challenging the Turkish State’s treatment of its Kurdish people.

By Mick Hall

İsmail Beşikçi is something we do not have in the UK and Ireland, a political dissident whose base is academia, yet who is still prepared to take on the State. The nearest comparison in modern times were the Soviet dissidents like Andrei Sakharov and Anatoly (Natan) Shcharansky.

A dangerous case

Judges and Prosecutors Association (YARSAV) President Ömer Faruk Eminağaoğlu, a prosecutor at the Supreme Court of Appeals, has for some time been the focus of several criticisms.

Ergenekon occupation

Mental occupation is the worst of all occupations. Territorial occupation hits the territories occupied and their inhabitants. Mental occupation hits the interlocutors of all communications created by the occupied mind. Territorial occupation creates its own resistance; the dynamics that will bring its end are part of its own definition. Mental occupation reproduces itself through resistance to it.

Erdoğan’s corruption sensitivity

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in remarks likely referring to corruption claims raised by the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) about Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Deputy Chairman Şaban Dişli, said in the northern province of Rize last Friday that his party never set its eyes on the bread of the orphans.

Politics and prevention of corruption

In a past article I had argued that the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), which I tended to harshly criticize for its politics and opposition mentality, had finally found a proper manner of conducting politics by discussing claims of corruption, a considerably important development.

Local elections and political alternatives

One central issue, a chronic and infectious one, will be pushing itself forward at accelerating speed starting in the fall and continuing into next year. The issue revolves around whether local elections to be held next March will set the dynamics for creating a political alternative to the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) or not.

Being opposition is as hard as being in power


A democracy with single-party rule or rule without alternatives is out of the question.

Why is Erdoğan lashing out?


Ergenekon and left

I am not involving myself in Ergenekon and left discussions. Because I do not see myself as leftist, and I know that the left does not see me as close to them. And I think assessments made by leftists

Yusuf Kanlı: The challenge for democracy

Olli Rehn, the European Commission’s Commissioner for Enlargement, apparently has a perception problem and has developed the habit of seeing developments in Turkey through the lenses of the AKP, to be more precise, through the words of Ali Babacan, our very dear foreign minister who, until very recently, had forgotten that he was expected to defend the interests of Turkey abroad but instead became the minister in charge of defending the AKP abroad. What Rehn missedIt is of course easy to listen to Babacan and assume the way he presented developments reflect the reality in Turkey, rather than reading reports sent to Brussels by the European Commission’s office in Ankara, going through news

Enis Berberoglu: What is going on in Turkey?

"Enis Berberoglu: What is going on in Turkey?
If someone came up to me last year and said:

The Turkish Armed Forces would agree with the Pentagon to crackdown on the PKK,

The governing party would spend six months dealing with a closure case,

Opponents of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) (or the U.S.) would be suppressed in an operation referred to as Ergenekon.

We would all have laughed at this person.

But this is exactly what has happened."

‘AKP can only dream of Diyarbakır,’ Türk says

The leader of the Democratic Society Party, or DTP, rebuffed the prime minister’s challenge regarding winning the southeastern city of Diyarbakır in the next local elections, in

Torture Continues With Impunity

By Jenny White


Justice Minister Mehmet Ali Sahin has said nearly 5,000 people submitted complaints to judicial bodies over maltreatment or torture at the hands of police and members of the gendarmerie from 2006-7….

Seeking consensus possible, but reaching it rather unlikely

Welcoming the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government’s declaration of its intention to launch a new wave of EU reforms, EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn wrote in a recent article that he sees such a path as the only way for Turkey to break the vicious circle of reproducing crises on an annual basis.

Erdoğan’s criticism of environmentalists sparks debate

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan drew criticism by accusing environmentalists of organizing protests as a hobby in a speech he delivered in the Black Sea province of Rize over the weekend.

A strong state


The idea that the state is becoming stronger than it needs to be and that this restricts the sphere of rights and freedoms is becoming widespread in Turkey.

Was Gaffar Okkan killed by Ergenekon?


On Jan. 24, 2001, a bloody political murder was committed in Diyarbakır. Police Chief Gaffar Okkan was killed, along with five police officers who were guarding him, and four other officers were injured.

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