AKP uses the Establishment language against DTP

and pro-AKP columnists act accordingly… Many of the columns I quote shape their writings according to AKP’s new policy against  Kurds. As PM Erdoğan feels he has the support of establishment, he doesn’t bother himself finding a new political language in approaching Kurds. In the old times, his party would have relied on more sophisticated and concerned election strategies….

Turkish riot police use tear gas to disperse Kurdish protesters ...

Turkish riot police use tear gas to disperse Kurdish protesters during an unauthorized demonstration in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008. Protests and violence erupted across southeastern Turkey on Saturday as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited the area, a hotbed of Kurdish rebel sentiment. An explosion at offices of Erdogan’s party in the area injured six people, authorities said.

(AP Photo/Ibrahim Usta)

The thin line between DTP and PKK is blurring further

The tension increases with each visit paid by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to cities in the country’s Southeast. As the tension in the region escalates, the thin line between the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP) and the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) blurs even further.


In Columnists

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s choice to visit the mainly Kurdish provinces of Van and Hakkari is unusual and daring. No other prime minister has bothered — the last example was Süleyman Demirel and Erdal İnönü, his deputy, in the early ’90s — to face the solid political challenge in the southeastern region.

Recognize Kurdish rights, isolate PKK

In Columnists

Ever since the beginning of the Kurdish separatist insurgency in 1984, a debate has been going on in Turkey. There are mainly two sides to this debate. According to one side, the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is a terrorist organization manipulated by enemies to destabilize and dismember Turkey.

With court’s ruling religious freedoms can be restricted, but not expanded by ADNAN KÜÇÜK

In Op-Ed

The Constitutional Court’s reasoned decision on its ruling to annul law no. 5735, which amended provisions of the Constitution to remove Turkey’s long-standing headscarf ban, was recently published in the Official Gazette. The decision is open to a number of criticisms, including the following:

The Ergenekon indictment, Big Brother, ‘Sliver’ and ‘The Truman Show’ by ALİ MURAT YEL*

In Op-Ed

Turks must remember that right after the publication of the indictment of Ergenekon, a crime network with links to the state — including the military — accused of a number of political murders and attacks designed to trigger an eventual military takeover, it was described by Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal as a "document of gossip" and "like the minutes of a Big Brother episode." He thus tried to downplay and minimize the significance of the 2,455-page document by likening it to a TV show popular worldwide.

Mediation system on committee agenda

The ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, is preparing to introduce mediation as an intermediary stage in the Turkish legal system, arguing the option will increase the efficiency of

What does the DTP want?

In Columnists

It is difficult to understand what the pro-Abdullah Öcalan Democratic Society Party (DTP) has been aiming for. The prosecutor wants to close the party down on the basis that it condones terrorism implicitly, instead of condemning it, and its case is now in the final stage before the Constitutional Court.

Justice minister rejects appeal to probe Prosecutor Öz
Today’s Zaman, Turkey –

The Ministry of Justice has turned down a complaint filed against Zekeriya Öz, the chief prosecutor in the ongoing investigation into Ergenekon,

Four New Custodies In The Ergenekon Investigation
Biamag, Turkey –

Four more people have been taken into custody in connection with the Ergenekon case. The third hearing of the trial will be held today.

7th session of Ergenekon trial to be held today
Today’s Zaman, Turkey –

The trial of 86 suspects charged with involvement in Ergenekon, a criminal network accused of plotting to overthrow the government, will continue today.

Indictment reading continues with low attendance – Today’s Zaman

Today’s Zaman

Ergenekon suspect covered up agent’s death, relative claims – Today’s Zaman

Today’s Zaman

Ergenekon suspect covered up agent’s death, relative claims
Today’s Zaman, Turkey –

Hoştan is in prison pending trial on charges of Ergenekon membership. Çatlı, Kırcı and Şahin were all hit men used in shady operations of the MİT,

CHP expresses support for Ergenekon case for the first time – Today’s Zaman


CHP expresses support for Ergenekon case for the first time
Today’s Zaman, Turkey –

Algan Hacaloğlu, assistant secretary of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) whose leader Deniz Baykal has voiced support for Ergenekon suspects,



cengiz.jpgThe Fener-Balat Project that we have heard about for some time finally has come to a conclusion. Let’s take a look at the process now for an assessment of the project. The Fatih Municipality eagerly became a partner in the Rehabilitation Project for the Fener-Balat Neighborhood,which was supported by the European Commission and the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, when it was brought to the agenda. After all, the ruined neighborhood was to be restored. Plus, this…

The DTP, a political party?

In Columnists

Tension in the country’s Southeast over allegations that outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan was subjected to ill-treatment in jail has intensified as Kurdish citizens encouraged by the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP) held violent demonstrations to protest Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s recent visits to the region.

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