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Dilek Kurban, program officer for the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation’s (TESEV) Democratization Program, has said the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) would get votes first from the Kurds if it solves the Kurdish problem.
Any follower of modern Turkish politics will come sooner rather than later to the conclusion that talking about Turkish history is, to say the least, a very complex undertaking in this fascinating country.
The Istanbul court concerned with the “Sledgehammer” investigation into an alleged coup plan released 14 retired and active army officers on Friday and another 12 on Monday, among them a former member of the National Security Council. Three soldiers currently remain in detention.
A few months back, I had a pleasant lunch at a Turkish restaurant in Dupont Circle with representatives of a nascent Turkish political party, TDH. The party billed itself as a Western-oriented alternative to the ruling AKP party — and also as more dynamic and forward-looking than the CHP, the opposition party that has been the traditional home of secular Turks. It turned out to be a short-lived venture: Today, party leader Mustafa Sarigul announced that he was abandoning his plans to establish TDH as an independent political party, and would throw his support behind the CHP is Turkey’s 2011 general election.
Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli?s proposals to reinstate the death penalty and emergency rule (OHAL) in the Southeast following the latest incidents of terrorism are unacceptable and would be steps backward in Turkey?s democratization adventure.
I participated in a meeting of the Abant Platform held on June 25-27 and titled ?Tutelage and Democracy.? The meeting was informative, the participation high and it was a beautiful and hope-inspiring example of how societal consensus can be attained. This column is inspired by Abant.
The dramatic escalation of Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK) violence and its emotional aftermath has changed the country?s priorities.
The graph of optimism, expectations and openness related to the Kurdish initiative has been constantly downhill since late last autumn.
All the parties involved have their share of blame for the situation today:
The Justice and Development Party (AKP) government for its failure to prepare a clear roadmap and for the lack of not being (able to be) inclusive of the (high) judiciary in the agreement it has reached with the top command on various aspects of the initiative.