Politics roundup: Gül’s Diyarbakır visit, Kılıçdaroğlu celebrating new year underground…

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu entered the new year among mining workers underground.

Turkish president seeks to calm Kurdish tensions | Europe | Deutsche Welle | 30.12.2010

Ending 2010 with debates on bilingualism, autonomy

Turkey is ending 2010 amidst debates on bilingualism and autonomy for Kurds. It has been a year during which Turkey?s long-standing Kurdish problem, with its various aspects, continued to be discussed, although a government initiative to resolve the problem seems to have slowed down.

Diyarbakır'da Cumhurbaşkanı izdihamı
More photos of Gül’s visit in Diyarbakır here.

President Gül’s Diyarbakir Trip Arouses Wexed Reactions

from Bianet :: English
The provincial branch heads of the ruling AKP and the opposition parties express contrversial expectations from President’s visit to central southeastern Kurdis city of Diyarbakır. Gül’s visit coincided with heated controversy on Kurdish demands of autonomy and bilingual life, sharply criticized by the government and military.

Kurdish Rebel, Karayilan, Softens Tone in Turkish Conflict

from NYT > Turkey by By STEVEN LEE MYERS
Murat Karayilan, the leader of the Kurdistan Workers? Party, now sounds more interested in pursuing peace than the war he has led against Turkey.

Election year

Turkey is about to enter an election year. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) starts the race in pole position as it seeks a third popular mandate. But the revamped Republican People?s Party (CHP) is expected to offer more of a challenge, particularly when it comes to attracting the votes of middle class female voters.

Turkish President: If I Knew Kurdish I would Speak

from U.S.A.K. Blog by USAK


Turkish President Abdullah Gul sent out messages of unity during his trip to the Turkey?s southeastern province of Diyarbakir.

President Abdullah Gul said, “Turkish is and will be the official language of the Republic of Turkey. Also, Turkish is the language of the state and public institutions and our common language and added, ?We will remove terrorism and gun from Turkey?s agenda. ”

Looking ahead from Turkey’s top domestic news in 2010

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News
From natural disasters to human-made ones, coup plots to protests, the news agenda was as hot as ever in 2010, with many stories sure to unfold further over the coming year.

As the president sings a Kurdish song

President Abdullah Gül was singing along to a Kurdish song in Diyarbakır on Thursday. Its symbolic meaning is quite obvious to those who closely monitor developments concerning the Kurdish issue.

Democratic autonomy or autonomous democracy?

The democratic autonomy workshop held by the Democratic Society Congress (DTK), known to be close to the terrorist Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK) and the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), in Diyarbakır some 10 days ago spurted out a project titled the ?Draft Model for Democratic Autonomy? with the advertised intention of eventually establishing a ?democratic autonomous Kurdistan.?

2010: A year of democratic progress

2010 was yet another tumultuous year for Turkey during which many significant developments took place regarding the progress of Turkish democracy and the normalization of military-civilian relations.

Nationalists scorn Turkish president’s signals on bilingualism

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ANKARA – Hürriyet Daily News
President Gül emphasizes unity on a trip to Southeast Anatolia while stressing that the diversity of Turkey should not be perceived as a threat. But his visit to the Diyarbakır mayor’s office is criticized by the country?s main nationalist party because of the bilingual signs in the building

How many official languages does a country need?

Turkey currently occupies 17th place and sixth place, respectively, with regards to its position first on the global and second on the European Union economic growth rate rankings.

Gül?s visit and the unusual environment

by Erhan Başyurt Bugün
Although public interest in President Gül in Diyarbakır was striking, even more striking was that the president spent a night in a hotel instead of a military recreational facility for the first time.

Notes from Diyarbakır Castle

by Sırrı Süreyya Önder Radikal
President Abdullah Gül paid a visit to Diyarbakır at a time when there are heated debates on bilingualism and autonomy.

2010 trends

by Sami Kohen Milliyet
What kind of a year has 2010 been to which we will are bidding farewell? In 2010, the traces of some events and new trends in a wide range of areas from the economy to politics have acquired greater visibility.

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