Government and pro-Kurdish politicians begin talking… Good news…

Turkish leaders meet pro-Kurdish politicians

Dialogue has begun to try to solve the deep-rooted problems between Turkey?s Kurdish minority and the government in Ankara.

Politicians considered close to Kurdish rebels have met Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek, with further talks set to follow. Both sides however have urged caution over any quick fix.

General behind Özal assassination attempt, says son
Today’s Zaman
Ahmet Özal’s uncle Korkut Özal had earlier blamed Ergenekon, a clandestine organization charged with plotting to overthrow the government, for the death of

Stephen Kinzer: New Turkey

By resoundingly voting to reform their constitution in Sunday’s referendum, Turks took a giant step in their 87-year march toward full democracy. They also strengthened a government that has catapulted Turkey from a near-invisibility on the world stage to the status of a rising new power.”

A coup-victim president

While flying to New York with a group of journalists, President Abdullah Gül told us about what he experienced during the Sept. 12, 1980 military coup. Gül spent his life battling against an archaic state and the archaic mentality of such a state.

Önder Sav in the equation of Baykal-Kılıçdaroğlu

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
For the sake of balances in Turkey, it is critical to have Kılıçdaroğlu as the CHP?s new chairman rather than having Baykal in the position. And this is something positive.

DOĞU ERGİL – Alliance of reactions

Here is what İshak Alaton, one of the few ?leftist? businessmen in Turkey, said in the wake of the recent referendum: ?Turkey today is on the verge of making new strides forward. ?

BÜLENT KENEŞ – Misery of ?no? camp and the power of ?yes?

The referendum held on Sept. 12 is still being discussed at length throughout the country. Current discussions as well as future ones are quite understandable as the referendum was a major watershed in the history of Turkish democracy.

İHSAN YILMAZ – Inglorious pollsters

The referendum process is now history but for some time we will continue to discuss it and its consequences, in addition to having to live with these consequences.

AMANDA PAUL – Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu ? A man on a mission

The leader of Turkey?s main opposition, the Republican People?s Party (CHP), Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, certainly took on a challenging job when he took over the leadership of the party from Deniz Baykal in May.

ANDREW FINKEL – Referendum 2010 (it?s how you play the game)

There was a moment last Sunday night long after the ballot boxes for the referendum had closed, when the national mood of hope and optimism was replaced by a stifled cry of despair.

Atatürk would have voted ?yes? in the referendum

Atatürkist Thought Association (ADD) Chairwoman and former Council of State Chief Prosecutor Tansel Çölaşan declared that the 58 percent of the nation who voted ?yes? in the referendum are traitors.

İHD Chairman: Constitution’s spirit must change

Interviews by AYŞE KARABAT
?The constitutional amendments are a considerable change, but as long as the ideology of the constitution remains the same, these changes will not be able to meet the human rights requirements or democratic needs, of Turkey,? Öztürk Türkdoğan, the chairman of Turkey’s Human Rights Association (İHD), told Today’s Zaman in an exclusive interview.

KLAUS JURGENS – Looking ahead — Turkey?s potential political landscape in 2011

An extended period during which all political parties engaged in holding public rallies with regards to the referendum about constitutional reform came to its end one week ago. As the package proposed by the government was overwhelmingly endorsed by the Turkish people, Turkey would now be expected to have entered much calmer political waters. However, already now the next general elections scheduled for July 2011 are looming on the horizon.

Polarization in Turkish media deepens in wake of referendum – Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Editorial: Consequences for Turkey

Since it came to power in, Turkey?s AKP leadership has shifted away from the West into the orbit of mullah- run Iran. It should be forced to pay the consequences.”

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