A roundup on Turkish politics follows:
Mavi Boncuk |’To Erdogan’ Is a Verb
Efforts to normalize civilian-military relations in Turkey, a candidate for membership in the European Union, have been revitalized by the planning of a two-day meeting in Brussels between April 2 and 3 to discuss the issue in the context of the EU’s enlargement.
* By Lale SARIIBRAMOGLU
[Originally published in HÃ¼rriyet Daily News] I really don’t want to get personal in my columns, but my column neighbor Burak Bekdil sometimes gives me no choice. So, please pardon me for the he-said-I-said part of this article. The latter part, I hope, will give you some perspective of the deeper problem. First part first. Mr. Bekdil’s latest piece that appeared in these pages yesterday was the product of a vicious cycle I have seen before several times: He first makes sweeping accusations against the Islamic/conservative camp in this country. Then I write something which attempts to show that the reality is much more nuanced. In response, he writes an ad hominem attack against me, and accuses me of being the instrument of an Islamic conspiracy that he believes that exists. Enter The Conspiracy
A recently released recording that features the voice of former Chief of General Staff Gen. İsmail Hakkı Karadayı, who was a major actor in the Feb. 28 process — a military intervention in Turkey’s recent history — shows the retired general’s involvement in three military interventions in Turkey’s past that interrupted the development of Turkish democracy.
As Turkey has just marked the 12th anniversary of the unarmed military intervention of Feb. 28, 1997, the most recent military intervention to strike the country, there is still widespread discussion about whether or not Turkey’s democracy still faces the threat of military meddling.
While the Ergenekon investigation is still under way, transcripts of four voice recordings of former Chief of General Staff Gen. İsmail Hakkı Karadayı have been published in the media.
After tapes of retired Chief of General Staff Gen. İsmail Hakkı Karadayı were posted on the Internet, everyone began searching for a brave soul like Diogenes with flashlights in their hands.
From Dissent, Seyla Benhabib on Turkey’s constitutional zigzags