It is a “Ramazan ceasefire” but it seems that negotiations behind the doors continue, I am glad, many are glad, nationalists are whining as usual… In the following roundup, there are pieces on the referendum, an article on the Ergenekon Case from Open Democracy, and more stuff…
The PKK announced its decision for a period of “passive defence” from 13 August till 20 September. The constancy of the process is contingent on four conditions. The decision was influenced by the beginning of the moths of Ramadan amongst other factors.
With less than a month to go until the referendum, the political winds are getting stronger day by day. For the ?no? camp, Sept. 12 will be the day to cast a sort of vote of confidence for the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and its leader, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
from open Democracy News Analysis – by Burhan Gurdogan
Turkey is entering a new period with the Ergenekon investigations, which officially began in June 2007. According to the prosecutors, Ergenekon is an underground terrorist organization which was established to control the country, a ?deep state? that has infiltrated nearly all levels of government, especially the military. Its aim is to incite public chaos and a military coup with the ultimate goal of overthrowing the incumbent Justice and Development Party (AKP).
Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan chairs the annual meeting of the High Military Council in Ankara August 1, 2010.? Read more »REUTERS/Umit Bektas
It wouldn?t be wrong to suggest that the crisis that has surrounded this year?s changing-of-the-guard meeting of military top brass has marked a turning point in forcing the military gradually, if not immediately, back to its barracks, its natural place in a democracy.
There are claims that the military failed to act against terrorists in Hantepe despite intelligence provided by Herons to 30 security units during every second of a terrorist attack on an outpost in the area in mid-July.
Those who follow the rallies of Republican People?s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu against a government-sponsored reform package to be presented in a referendum on Sept. 12 are justly asking what vision he is putting forward, and what original solutions he proposes on significant issues.
In the past week or so, most of my time was spent trying to understand what lies behind the mindset of those who declared to have already decided on a ?yes? or ?no? vote in the referendum and those who say they will boycott it.
Constitutional reform is tricky business. Fortunately for the average Turk, who is being asked to vote on a constitutional reform package in a national referendum on Sept. 12, Turkey’s political parties are making things simple. Rather than talking about what’s in the package, they have turned the referendum into a vote of confidence on the ruling AKP government and boiled down the whole thing into a simple matter of “yes” versus “no.” Like the government? vote “evet.” Don’t like the government? Vote “hayir.”
Or maybe things are not so simple. Writes Andrew Finkel in Today’s Zaman:
With less than a month to go until the referendum, the Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK) has issued a temporary cease-fire, due to last until Sept. 20. The truce could be reconstructed and lead to a long-lasting silencing of arms if certain conditions are met.
The outlawed Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK), which has increased its attacks over the past several months in the run-up to a referendum in which government-sponsored reforms will be presented to the public, has declared a cease-fire, in effect until Sept. 20, citing the holy month of Ramadan, currently being observed by Muslims.