… and a few ask why the all powerful Turkish army cannot defend its own soldiers… And the government doesn’t have any other support than its own constituencies. Hard times to be an AKP official. Middle Eastern sympathies cannot become a concrete support in near future, AKP has to rely on popular power, has to initiate a strong PR campaign. Some are quick to accuse AKP of increasing terrorist activities as if PKK and the Army stays playing around there. But one thing is sure now: PKK wanted a war and a new level of war begins. Turkish State may have a better chance this time: PKK has been acting like a hitman in recent years. It has long lost domestic sympathies from several sections of society. And government may have a chance to marginalize it among Kurdish citizens. We will see what happens. And in the mean time farewell to relative peace we had in the last decade…
Turkey is vital to United States? national security interests. No country in the region deserves America?s cooperation?at all levels?more than Turkey?s current government. And no country is more ignorant of Turkish politics, culture and geographic importance than America. As former ambassador James Holmes, Executive Director of the American Turkish Council stated, ?There is a hole in America?s knowledge of Turkey.?
The message I took from policymakers at a conference in Istanbul was far more subtle than the present discourse in the west. Far from turning its back on Europe, Ankara hopes that its rising regional influence will strengthen its claim for admission, writes Philip Stephens
Turkish President Abdullah Gül and France’s State Secretary for European Affairs Pierre Lellouche spoke to EurActiv at an Istanbul conference, which appeared to be a dress rehearsal ahead of a ‘make or break’ visit by French President Nicolas Sarkozy to Turkey later this year.
After two days of deliberations, Israel?s security cabinet approved this Thursday morning a partial easing of the blockade of the Gaza Strip. This decision comes after the Middle East Quartet?s envoy, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, held talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Engagement in the western Balkans shows that Turkey is not turning towards a more Islamic agenda. Future historians of reconciliation in the western Balkans could do worse than focus their narrative on 24 April 2010, a day on which Boris Tadic, Serbia?s president, and Haris Silajd?ic, the Muslim representative on Bosnia and Herzegovina?s three-member presidency, met Abdullah Gül, Turkey?s president, at Istanbul?s Çiragan Palace. The summit was the result of months of intense diplomacy between Ankara, Sarajevo and Belgrade, diplomacy that ran in parallel to Turkish mediation between Croatia and Serbia.
The Israeli government, in an apparent move to give in to international pressure, declared yesterday that it will ease the land blockade considerably. The number of products allowed into Gaza will expand and even include desperately needed construction materials such as cement and steel.
Israeli defense forces (IDF) stormed the gaza aid flotilla carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza as part of the campaign: ?Our Route is Palestine, Our Load is Humanitarian Aid.? By publishing the images, the media portrayed Israel?s illegal act and showed how it broke the international rules of law as well as the violence that Israel used against the civilians. People around the world reacted to this disproportionate retaliation on the high seas that was carried out on a ship which was attempting to deliver humanitarian aid.
Due to recent incidents and developments; nowadays, the question, whether Turkey has changed its axis, has been brought to public agenda more than ever. If we are to refresh our minds whether what led some part of the local and international intellectuals to discuss this matter; several items can be listed, however, a few prominent issues should be enough to grasp the picture.
Turkey has been experiencing a noticeable and serious constitutional crisis over the past three years. The way to overcome the crisis is to — as is always emphasized — replace the 1982 Constitution with a completely new constitution.
As the day when the Constitutional Court will make a decision on the fate of a constitutional amendment package passed in Parliament last month draws near, analysts have been voicing their concerns that the top court will once again put its signature under a politically motivated decision.
June 14 (Bloomberg) — Turkeys Constitutional Court is set to halt changes to the constitution passed by parliament that are due to be voted on at a nationwide referendum, Star said citing a conversation between a judge of the court and former Justice Minister Seyfi Oktay.
Whether the wind that started blowing after Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu took over the leadership of the Republican People?s Party (CHP) will lead to a change in the CHP?s classic politics is a subject of curiosity.
ANKARA – Turkey’s Constitutional Court accepted to hear the appeal made by Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) for the cancellation of the government-backed constitutional amendment package.
It seems the wind kicked up by an excited circled at the Republican People?s Party (CHP) congress has somewhat settled down. Some people are now turning to Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and saying ?that?s it from us.
Abdullah Öcalan has already announced that, effective May 2010, he is no longer involved in the Kurdistan Workers? Party?s (PKK) decision to maintain a relatively low-intensity conflict. The PKK has since June 1 stepped up its campaign of terror.
In the second hearing of the “Cage” trial, defendant Adm. Öğütçü claimed a clandestine third power to be behind the plot. Court president Yılmazabdurrahmanoğlu called the defendants and their lawyers to remain reasonable and emphasized that it is not the Turkish Army being tried.