Minister of Justice apologizes because of the death of Engin Ceber. He said investigation continues in Metris Prison and 19 officials temporarily suspended….
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Torture and mistreatment by the state have again come to the fore after the death of a leftist activist, allegedly due to injuries from a beating by police and prison guards. Opposition deputies criticized
After reading about the torturing to death of a young man at the hands of police, I feel like I’m having a heart attack. I am embarrassed and ashamed, both for myself and for my children.
Some people still believe that there is a seesaw like balance that exists between the concepts of security and freedom.
Lawyers for the family of slain Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink demanded yesterday to see a secret police report on one of the leading suspects in the case, in the seventh trial regarding the
Gareth Jenkins, an analyst with the US-based Jamestown Foundation, has said that Turkey faces the danger of civil war even though most Turks and Kurds in the country do not desire it. He says this danger exists because some people from both groups want to provoke it.
Ertuğrul Özkök, the editor-in-chief of the Hürriyet daily, has once again opened Pandora’s box, asking the same question that he asked over and over again for the last three years: “Have any officials asked Abdullah Öcalan to help to ease the fight between the PKK [Kurdistan Workers’ Party] and the Turkish state?”
It seems the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is seeking to escalate tension in the country until the municipal elections.
Why hasn’t the Kurdish issue been resolved? Two major views stand out on this matter: Either the Kurdish question is an inherently irresolvable problem or it is a question whose resolution is not desired because of some external reasons while its resolution is actually possible.
No nation claiming to have adopted democratic rules should tolerate negligence or allow those responsible for wrongdoings to go unpunished.
Following an outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) attack on the Aktütün outpost in eastern Hakkari province on Oct. 3 that claimed the lives of 17 soldiers, plunging the entire nation into grief, eyes turned to the relations with the northern Iraqi administration.
Abdullah Öcalan is the leader of the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK). Since 1999, he has been imprisoned at İmralı. It is alleged that he continues to lead the PKK from prison.
Ankara began to change its counterterrorism paradigms after the sensitive atmosphere that dominated Turkey following the brutal PKK attack on the Aktütün military outpost in the southeastern province of Hakkari started to disperse.
Turkey’s Kemalist consensus has been in an impasse since the late 1980s. Think about all the political challenges currently facing Turkey.
As is the case in the aftermath of every bloody attack carried out by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Turkey is once again heatedly discussing ways to end the long-standing problem of PKK terrorism and the Kurdish problem from which it draws nourishment following two heinous attacks against Turkey’s security forces last week.
All change is relative. Everything that changes can really only be analyzed in relation to other change. This is because in nature nothing is static. And while we are able to easily see and perceive the realities of change in the world around us, we don’t seem to think these realities apply to us.
Turkey is becoming more and more transparent every day despite the desperate attempts of the old elite. The more they try to stop the process, the more mistakes they make that are apparent to almost everyone.
Definitions of it vary in different sources, but what we know is that cartoons have a long histor
y for Turks, mostly revolving around the theme of politics. Drawing a cartoon is the act of "molding a real model’s appearance in a strange way but keeping the basic outlines of it untouched," as described inthe first issue of the comic magazine "Kalem," dated Sept. 4, 1908.
For a long time northern Iraqi regional leader Masoud Barzani do not have a good image either among ordinary Turks, in the military or in the bureaucracy. How Barzani is perceived by the government, however, depends on how winds from Washington are blowing or how loud the Turkish military or the public voice their anger over his not-so-seldom provocative statements. Yet, despite the apparent willingness of the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, leadership and the president of the republic to engage Barzani rather than isolating him and his northern Iraqi administration in fears that any high level contact would help consolidate statehood aspirations of Iraqi Kurds, contacts with