Another major step: General Staff acknowledges authenticity of Çiçek’s coup plot

Military finally stops turning blind eye, deaf ear to coup plans
Today’s Zaman
Ergenekon is a clandestine criminal organization accused of working to overthrow the government. According to Reşat Petek, a retired chief prosecutor,

General Staff acknowledges authenticity of Çiçek’s coup plot
Today’s Zaman
Ergenekon is a clandestine criminal organization accused of working to overthrow the government. The General Staff also announced on Monday that a military


Court Rejected Military Prosecutor’s Demand for Çiçek’s Detention

from Bianet :: English
The General Staff Presidency announced that evidence has been obtained which proves the “Action Plan against Reactionary Forces” real. In the announcement it is said that “the decision against prosecution taken by the General Staff Military Prosecutor was revoked”.
Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) speaks ...

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) speaks with Chief of Staff General Ilker Basbug during a funeral in Ankara February 28, 2010. Turkey’s crackdown on military officers accused of conspiring to topple a government they see fostering Islamist ambitions brings the country to a historic juncture and raises the prospect of deep social division. Picture taken February 28, 2010.

Turkish general indicted for alleged plot

from – World, Europe
Prosecutors have accused an army general and a state prosecutor of trying to provoke clashes between ethnic and religious groups to destabilise the ruling AK party

Gendarmerie verifies colonel’s signature on coup plot authentic
Today’s Zaman
Ergenekon is a clandestine criminal organization accused of working to overthrow the government. The signature’s authenticity had already been vouched for

Turkish army acknowledges possible coup plan

from Journalist in Turkey, background articles, news and weblog about by Fréderike Geerdink

ISTANBUL ? The general staff of the Turkish army has admitted that one of the possible coup plans against the AKP government could be genuine. It concerns ?Operation Cage?, an action plan against the AK government and the religious Gülen movement that was revealed in June last year. Several Turkish media report this after a

General and prosecutor charged in Turkey plot case
More than 200 people, including retired generals, lawyers and journalists, have been charged in connection with Ergenekon. Prosecutors accuse the group of

Turkish general, prosecutor charged
Sydney Morning Herald
The case in the eastern city of Erzincan is one of the most controversial to emerge so far from a long-running probe into the so-called Ergenekon secularist

Prosecutors’ indictment against Cihaner now with court
Hurriyet Daily News
17 on allegations that he is a member of the alleged Ergenekon gang, a group that was accused of aiming to topple the government by fomenting turmoil in

Protestors hold placards reading "Never again" on ...

Protestors hold placards reading “Never again” on February 28, 2010 in downtown Istanbul where some 2,000 people gathered to demonstrate against coups d’etat in Turkey. A Turkish court has charged two more army officers over an alleged 2003 plot to overthrow the Islamist-rooted government, Anatolia news agency reported Monday.(AFP/Mustafa Ozer)

Arrest of Prosecutor in Turkey Exposes Tensions Between Secular and Religious Turks

from NYT > Turkey by By SEBNEM ARSU
Concerns that justice officials are playing politics follow the arrest of a prosecutor accused of seeking to undermine the government.
Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (R) greets MPs from ...

Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (R) greets MPs from his ruling Justice and Development Party during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara March 2, 2010.REUTERS/Umit Bektas

A Looming Judicial Coup?

from Turkish Politics in Action by Ragan Updegraff

The Supreme Court of Appeals has requested information and documents from the Higher Education Council (YOK) regarding its amendment of coefficents used to calculate the college entrance exam scores of students graduating from imam-hatip and vocational schools. Though the Court’s Chief Prosecutor, Abdurrahman Yalcinkaya, has played down rumors of a pending closure case, the document request only heightens the alert. A formal investigation has yet to be launched by the Chief Prosecutor, though plenty of digging is already clearly going on.

Erdogan Goes on Defensive –

John L. Esposito: The Crisis in Turkey? (The Huffington Post)

from Yahoo news
In the past week, several alarmist pieces, including Soner Cagaptay’s “What’s Really Behind Turkey’s Coup Arrests?’ and Daniel Pipes’ “Crisis in Turkey,” have warned…

democracy? who wants to be a homo?

from spooky sense by garfucius by Galip

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

at least one theory of politics (1) maintains that over half a century of cold war which allegedly divided the world between the u.s.a. and the soviets, was sort of a mutually beneficial arrangement that consolidated the hegemony of each side within its camp, and of the relative preponderance of the u.s. between the two. when the ?arrangement? outlived its usefulness, the system collapsed and the wall fell.

The New Security Doctrine of the Turkish Armed Forces

from U.S.A.K. Blog

Confessions of A Recovering AKP Fan

from The White Path

[Originally published in Hurriyet Daily News] The headline above was suggested to me yesterday by a Turkish friend from California. “That’s what some people really expect to hear from you these days,” she said on Skype. “Especially after [Prime Minister Recep Tayyip] ErdoÄ?an’s latest attack on the media.” Well, my friend has a point. ErdoÄ?an’s recent call for media bosses to fire the columnists whose pieces “increase tension in the country” is really over the top. It is shockingly illiberal and utterly unacceptable. No columnist has to write pieces ErdoÄ?an, or anybody else, will approve. The fact the prime minister dared to say something like that is not just tragic but also worrying. Yet still, I did not sit down to write this piece in order to give you confessions, for I have never considered myself an “AKP fan.” I rather have supported most of the policies the incumbent party has pursued since 2002, for they fit into the political principles I believe in. I still agree with ErdoÄ?an in that Turkey’s self-styled secularism needs to be democratically defined and that a Kurdish identity should have its legitimate place in society. I do support his government’s longtime goals to integrate with the global economy, to have “zero problems with neighbors” and to be a much more influential actor in world politics. But the suppression of press freedom and the silencing of opposition are certainly not among my principles. And ErdoÄ?an is wrong, damn wrong, with his growing tendency to take this route.

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