The bilingual debate recently sparked by the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) has expanded, with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan now weighing in. After remaining silent for a time, Erdoğan has now strongly rejected opening the language issue to debate, saying that Turkey has only one official language: Turkish.
Bringing Kurdish society, which was semi-independent/autonomous until the early 19th century, under the discipline and order of the Ottoman Empire with the modernization of the administrative and military structure can also be regarded as the beginning of the Kurdish problem.
After being captured and brought to Turkey, Abdullah Öcalan?s pictures were all over all newspapers in Turkey. At that exact time, I was attending a fact-finding hearing before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). In those photos, Öcalan appeared before a huge Turkish flag, looking quite confused and concerned.
Although the new Republican People?s Party (CHP) administration led by Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu constantly talks of bringing change to the party, many think the party needs to take firm steps to show it stands behind its rhetoric. Else, the party may face another defeat in the upcoming general elections.
Last week I wrote the most likely scenario for spring of 2011, which was: In order to remove the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) from power, it is likely that the Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK) will resume its campaign of terrorism in the spring of 2011.
The legitimacy of the Military High Administrative Court (AYİM) has once again been opened up to debate after it last week controversially annulled a Supreme Military Council (YAŞ) decision to not promote three generals over their suspected involvement in a coup plan.
Turkey is approaching a critical upcoming election. Although the opposition Republican People?s Party (CHP) is expanding its voter base, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is expected to win the election under normal circumstances.
Turkey?s Kurds recently raised tension with their maximalist demands, such as creating a self-defense force, triggering tension mainly among Turkish nationalists from every walk of life. The demands have also been met with criticism from Turkish liberals.
Republican People?s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu is 62 years old while former CHP leader Deniz Baykal is 72; however, Kılıçdaroğlu appears to be his older brother, probably because he worked as civil servant for years.
The Republican People?s Party (CHP) congress did not yield any surprises. CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu did not discuss any of the basic issues in Turkey during his speech, which shows that he isn?t trying to reform or renew the party.
For the Republican People?s Party (CHP), an election victory does not mean being the most successful party but keeping the party?s votes at the same level. In light of this reality, it is not possible to make predictions about the future of Turkish politics.
As part of the post-Baykal shakeup of the opposition Republican People?s Party (CHP), twenty-one of its 80-member Party Assembly will be women. Many are new blood, rather than from the party ranks. They appear to be can-do people enticed into politics from successful careers in business, law, and academia. The youngest is 26 years old. Here is a partial lineup. So far, the changes in the party have been promising in terms of restoring the party?s rock-bottom credibility as a political actor and reorienting the platform from twenty-years of stasis to excitement about a future that party members can hope to shape.