Erdoğan's easy target

I don’t feel the heat here in Houston, but Erdoğan seems to continue to hit the pro-Kurdish DTP with much fever. Now that he has all-mighty Turkish nationalist rhetoric behind. Or better to say, he believes he has it… Check out the following news from the March election process…

Parties in search of best candidates for key cities

ANKARA – A recent poll conducted by the ruling AKP shows the current mayor, Melih Gökçek, will face major competition from the CHP’s Murat Karayalçın, who is closely following him. The poll also shows MHP’s votes in Ankara have reached 17 percent due to its candidate Mansur Yavaş

Turkey’s election board to address claims over electoral register

Turkey’s Supreme Election Board (YSK) will hold an extraordinary meeting on Friday to address recent claims about electoral register irregularities.


AKP | Time for Change

The Man from the Planet Ankara

He started like Obama and ended like Bush, say his critics. How Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan is betraying his reforms. By Michael Thumann"

Turkish state TV invites controversial Kurdish singer Turkey’s state-run broadcaster TRT invited controversial Kurdish singer, Sivan Perwer, to perform at the opening of its Kurdish TV channel. The Kurdish singer is cold to the proposal.

Word/name inflation

By Internation Musing

Turkish PM Erdogan and the pro-Kurdish DTP accuse each other of being "Nazi" or representing Nazism. Who is wrong and who is right? Maybe both are right…
But I know one thing for sure, both don’t know what real Nazism means.

Turkish PM and pro-Kurdish DTP accuse each other of being a "Nazi"

The Turkish parliament on Tuesday began its debates on the draft budget for 2009. However mutual accusations from the Turkish prime minister and the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP) have dominated the first day of the debate.

AK Party’s Demir: CHP’s headscarf initiative contributes to regime’s legitimization

By ALİ ASLAN KILIÇ on Interviews

Ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Tokat deputy Osman Demir supports Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Baykal in his recent statements in opposition to "classification by dress style," explaining that Baykal’s stance will make a great contribution in reflecting how public desire affects the administration’s ways.

A shifting center of political gravity

DIYARBAKIR – The DTP stands for cultural identity. The ruling AKP stands for public services. In the middle stands Diyarbakır, around which the Southeast’s political forces revolve and upon which the country’s power balance may hang

Baykal’s unyielding support for chador move greeted warmly

In Columnists

Perhaps nobody would ever imagine that main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal would engage in a quarrel with his party’s supporters over women’s right to wear chadors in which he would strongly support these women.

Portrait of a brigadier general

By STAR MEHMET ALTAN on Turkish Press Review

Brig. Gen. Veli Küçük is described as the "key figure" in the Ergenekon trial, at which he will testify today.

Likelihood of CHP’s success as per Powell Doctrine

In Columnists

Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal’s recent policy of launching a series of initiatives or moves became the top agenda item over the last few weeks.

Atatürk and the Kurds

In Columnists

Andrew Mango’s best known study is surely his biography of the founder of the Republic of Turkey, "Atatürk" (London: John Murray, 1999). It is undoubtedly the most comprehensive and authoritative book on the life and achievements of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

Before doubts are raised on the validity of elections

By YENİ ŞAFAK KÜRŞAT BUMİN on Turkish Press Review

Some circles have already questioned the validity of the upcoming local elections to be held on March 29, 2009. Cevdet Selvi from the Republican People’s Party (CHP) says the elections are suffering from a lack of legitimacy.

[CROSS READER] Questions on the CHP’s Kurdish initiative

In Turkish Press Review

The Republican People’s Party (CHP), better known for its unyielding support for the status quo, has recently rolled up its sleeves to embrace society as a whole, regardless of religious or ethnic differences within it, and has announced new and surprising initiatives to this end.

Understanding AK Party’s Kurdish strategy

In Columnists

Given the electoral support the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) received fr

om Kurds in the July 2007 elections and the party’s reformist credentials, it was optimistically expected that the long-awaited solution to the Kurdish question was about to come.

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