Another coup plan unveiled: “Sledgehammer”

There is no need to have another coup plan unveiled, but Taraf daily insists on the new coup plan… some military officials might have planned these bloody plans.. in fact, most tactics were already employed in the 12 September 1980 coup… A roundup on Turkish politics follows…

Bloodiest coup plan: ?Sledgehammer?

In the midst of increased accusations of civilian fascism leveled against the political authority, the Taraf daily?s disclosure of another plot yesterday — said to be the bloodiest coup plan in Turkish history — has revealed how old coup scenarios are being put into service.

Turkish military’s new coup plan irks some journalists
Today’s Zaman
Ergenekon is accused of working to create a chaotic atmosphere in Turkey so people would welcome a military coup against the AK Party.

‘Concentration of power’: the newest refrain


The fierce anti-government segment, which is a curious mixture of elitist academicians, pundits, ultra-nationalist propagandists, militarists, authoritarianist center-leftists and ultra-secular neo-republicans, etc., is busy trying to conceptualize the political era Turkey is in.

[CROSS READER] The government?s constitutional amendment plans

Following a long period during which the government failed to focus on drafting a new constitution, the ruling Justice and Development Party?s (AK Party) plans to make changes to the Constitution a part of the country?s EU accession have once again come to the agenda with a recent move by the party to reduce the waiting time before holding a referendum on constitutional amendments from the current 120 days to 45.

The Turkish electorate and the concept of multiculturalism

Ever since Turkey embarked on what can probably be referred to as its most far-reaching period of modernization yet — which, figuratively speaking, began to seriously blossom early in the new millennium onwards — significant improvements have been made with regards to Turkey?s body of law, economy and civil society.

The new face of Turkish foreign policy (I) by Özer Sencar & Ünal Bilir

A country?s foreign policy varies according to the balance of power and national interests, but the major factors that determine foreign policy also include regime changes and the political pressure of the country?s general public.

Civilian tutelage, yes

Let me remind you of my old thesis: Unlike those who would call the post-coup periods ?extraordinary periods,? the first of which we encountered in 1960 (May 27), I believe that our country is continuously ?under tutelage,,? but I characterize some brief oasis-like periods as ?exceptions.?

How to handle the caste system of the judiciary?


If nothing goes wrong, the debates related to the drafting of a new democratic constitution will revisit the Turkish political agenda. In this context, the top judiciary should be reorganized.

Agos’ Editor: Ergenekon Case was Hrant Dink’s Dream
Journal of Turkish Weekly
?If Hrant were alive and saw the Ergenekon case, he would have been over the moon,? he told Today’s Zaman, Istanbul daily. * ?He would have supported the

MİT issues report on ‘covert’ Turkish Revenge Brigade
Today’s Zaman
The voice recording features a conversation between Şevki Yiğit — the father of Ali Yiğit, one of the suspects in the Ergenekon trial — and a gendarmerie

Civilian fascism debates ill-intentioned


The most popular debate these days is an argument advanced by opponents of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), who claim that Turkey is moving toward ?civilian fascism? or ?authoritarianism? under the AK Party government, which has been a single-party government since 2002.

Is Erdoğan on the right path in the initiative?


People inside the government are saying: ?The Kurdish Communities Union [KCK] operation that was planned and launched before the democratic initiative, in other words last summer, was postponed after the government pressed the button for the initiative.

End of military tutelage

All signs and indicators and the effervescing debates of the last week are rife with suggestions that the military?s tutelary system has ended. Turkey is experiencing the withdrawal of the military tutelary system, accompanied sometimes by big controversies and sometimes by dead silence. This process is visible in all areas, including the economy, politics, the judiciary and the debates going on in the media.

Opposition through fear and panic: Until when and why?

Are the latest outcries, based on claims such as ?A civilian coup is imminent!? ?Civilian tutelage in under way!? ?Civilian fascism is knocking on the door!? signs of utmost despair? What are they telling us, in essence?

Iraqi Kurdistan from the eyes of Turkish intellectuals


The Journalists and Writers Foundation (GYV), already well known for organizing cool-headed and all-inclusive conferences on controversial issues, decided this time to exhaustively discuss the relations between Turkey and northern Iraq, aka Iraqi Kurdistan.

Bucak: Roadmap to solve Kurdish problem should be implemented


Sertaç Bucak, who is preparing to launch a new civilian initiative to support the Kurdish democratic movement, has said that the government should make its roadmap clearer to solve the Kurdish problem and immediately implement it.

Military-bureaucratic shadow falls over democratization in Turkey

There is a Turkish proverb that says one who falls into water will attempt to clutch a snake so as not to sink and drown. The English proverb, which may be more familiar to some readers, has the drowning man clutching at a straw. Either could describe what we are seeing in Turkey as those who oppose democratization and changes to the status quo thrash about noisily in the water while sinking beneath the waves.

No civilian fascism in Turkey


Since the last days of 2009, Turkey has been discussing whether the country is heading toward ?civilian fascism,? a ?civilian coup? or ?civilian authoritarianism,? under the single-party rule of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party).

Ergenekon probe deepens with discretionary funds allegations
Hurriyet Daily News
Police conducted investigations at many locations in Istanbul and Ankara related to retired general and arrested Ergenekon suspect Levent Ersöz on Tuesday

Dialogue between judge, Ergenekon suspect revealed
Today’s Zaman
Phone conversations between a senior judge and an Ergenekon suspect in which the judge informs the suspect about the course of a legal case and praises him

Dangerous discourse

As some circles continue to argue that Turkey is on its way to becoming a country controlled by civilian fascism under the rule of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), others warn them to be careful of their discourse because of the potential risk it harbors in inviting a military coup.

Single-party dictatorship

None of the aspects of the allegations that Turkey is becoming a single-party dictatorship can be taken seriously. In fact, it is nearly impossible that a thesis this disconnected, this at odds with the true events at hand could be influential, find supporters or even manage to confuse people.

MetroPOLL boss: Social polarization changing its axis and trends

Professor Özer Sencar, head of the Ankara-based MetroPOLL Strategic and Social Research Center, has said social polarization, which has manifested itself in such dichotomies as right and left or secular and anti-secular, is changing its axis.

2nd Ergenekon trial resumes, expected to proceed slowly
Today’s Zaman
The second trial into Ergenekon, a clandestine gang charged with plotting to overthrow the government, in which 108 suspects including retired generals,

Military’s political status no longer sustainable, says Laçiner
Today’s Zaman
?For example, the Council of State attack was linked to the Ergenekon network, and there were reports that security flaws played a large role in the deaths

Coup diarist Örnek hospitalized in İstanbul
Today’s Zaman
Örnek, who is also a suspect in the ongoing trial into Ergenekon, a shadowy crime network that has alleged links within the state and is suspected of

How can the PKK be disarmed?

The mayor of Diyarbakır, Osman Baydemir, makes a public call along the lines of, ?Come, let?s work together to disarm the [Kurdistan Workers? Party] PKK.? As he sees it, the only way to get the PKK to give up its arms is by ?either directly or indirectly convincing the PKK? to do so.

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