Judicial tutelage at work: Yet another political ruling by the Turkish judiciary

FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK – A politically motivated ruling

A ruling by the 8th Chamber of the Council of State on Monday to retain a system that uses a lower coefficient to calculate the university admission examination scores of graduates of vocational high schools has disappointed many who have severely criticized the court.

The Council of State and Co-Efficient Reform

from Turkish Politics in Action by Ragan Updegraff

The 8th Council Chamber of State has again ruled against reform that would make it easier for graduates from imam-hatip schools to enter universities. These schools are theological, but also have curriculum equivalent to that at Turkish public schools.

Following the infamous Feb. 28 process, which is considered by many Turkey’s “postmodern coup,” measures were put in place to curb the influence of imam-hatip, including the now contested the lower coefficient applied to the scores imam-hatip students receive on the Student Selection Examination (ÖSS). The lower coefficient places these students in the same field as those graduating from vocational schools, significantly reducing their chances of entering public universities.Turkey’s State Council retains university admissions system (SETimes.com)

BÜLENT KENEŞ – So it follows that Ergenekon is no myth


A small but influential group of people and their collaborators abroad have long refrained from believing that the Ergenekon terrorist organization — which has been indicted for planning to overthrow the democratically elected government through violence and coercion, render Parliament dysfunctional and create social chaos to lay the groundwork for a military takeover — really exists.

Judicial tutelage hinders smooth governance
Today’s Zaman
Many Ergenekon terror organization suspects are known to have met frequently with the president of the Supreme Court of Appeals and its members

Thousands of journalists probed over reports covering Ergenekon
Today’s Zaman
He said that so far, 4139 probes have been filed into journalists over Ergenekon, noting that 17 journalists have been convicted by various courts

FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK – Başbuğ?s change of attitude and deadlock over the initiative

Various issues were addressed in newspaper columns yesterday, but the most significant ones were those discussing a change of attitude on the part of Chief of General Staff Gen. İlker Başbuğ over the headscarf issue and criticism of the deadlock over the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government?s Kurdish initiative.

ŞAHİN ALPAY – Stumbling blocks of constitutional reform in Turkey

Even its European friends are aware that if Turkey is ever to leave behind a sort of democracy under the tutelage of military and civilian bureaucracy committed to an authoritarian form of secular nationalism (dubbed Kemalism) and consolidate liberal democracy, it has to adopt an entirely new constitution to replace the existing one drawn up by the military in 1982.

Is the abolition of EMASYA enough?


The Protocol on Cooperation for Security and Public Order (EMASYA) is no longer in force. Soon, Article 35 of the Internal Service Law will become history.

EMRE USLU – The PKK?s 2010 strategy

As the government prepares to resume its Kurdish initiative with a massive public relations campaign to win over the Turkish audience in particular, the Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK) has been carving out its strategy as well.

INTERVIEW-Turkey’s latest Kurdish party vows cautious approach | Reuters

İHSAN YILMAZ – Honesty and MHP: Dispensing with Alparslan Türkeş

Almost all sensible people are upset with Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) deputy Osman Durmuş, who, instead of criticizing the inhumane behavior of some military officers, made fun of the prime minister?s wife, Emine Erdoğan, who was not allowed to visit an actor who was a patient at a military hospital in Ankara three years ago as she wears a headscarf. Mr. Erdoğan spoke of the incident only last week, and he said he did not want to create any tension by disclosing this incident three years ago.

MIL 101 How to stage a military coup by ALİ MURAT YEL

I do not know of any school or college in the world that has included a course teaching the planning and strategies of a military coup in their curricula.

ANDREW FINKEL – Sticks and stones


Osman Durmuş, a bull-headed member of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), is nobody?s favorite politician.

Mustafa Sarigul: A Progressive for Turkey?

from Turkish Politics in Action by Ragan Updegraff

What?s happening in the MHP these days…

The most recent tensions in Parliament, in concert with some sharp statements from Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli, have turned people?s attention to the MHP. I wonder what is really going on within the MHP. Is the MHP changing paths?


from Turkish Politics in Action by Ragan Updegraff

PHOTO from video footage shot by CNN Turk (More CNN Turk video of the confrontation can be accessed through the Hurriyet Daily News by clicking here)

The ?shoe-headscarf? equation


Here is how the Republican People?s Party (CHP) mayor of Antalya, Professor Mustafa Akaydın, voiced his opinion on the ?headscarf? shame that occurred at the Gülhane Military Academy of Medicine (GATA) in Ankara: ?Well, you can?t enter a mosque in shoes, so how could someone really expect to enter GATA wearing a headscarf??

FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK – Reasons of AK Party-MHP row

A war of words fully under way between the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), with each one placing the blame on the other for a brawl that took place in Parliament last week.

ÖMER TAŞPINAR – The root causes of Turkey?s Kurdish challenge

The Turkish military and Turkey?s Kemalist establishment have a tendency to see the root causes of the Kurdish question in two major sources, social and economic problems in southeastern Anatolia and external dynamics.

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