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from World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk by Ben Quinn
Turkish arrests of senior military officers last year could trigger ‘unpredictable reaction’, US embassy cable warned
US diplomats in Turkey feared that a wave of arrests of senior military officers last year over an alleged plot to topple the country’s Islamist-rooted government could trigger an “unpredictable military reaction”, according to a leaked diplomatic cable.
A memoir by a top former Turkish intelligence official claims that a worldwide moderate Islamic movement based in Pennsylvania has been providing cover for the CIA since the mid-1990s.
The memoir, roughly rendered in English as ?Witness to Revolution and Near Anarchy,? by retired Turkish intelligence official Osman Nuri Gundes, says the religious-tolerance movement, led by an influential former Turkish imam by the name of Fethullah Gulen, has 600 schools and 4 million followers around the world.
The Washington Times (USA) Monday, January 17, 2011
Claire Berlinski *, Istanbul
If you were just to skim the news about Turkey?s freak crisis, you might miss some of the interesting cultural subtleties. Erdoğan has recently described it as?you guessed it?a freak, and demanded it be torn down.
Almost all segments of Turkish society, including some staunch opponents of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), agree that Turkey has achieved many reforms under the rule of the AK Party in the past eight years.
Mehmet Barlas, an experienced journalist from the Sabah daily, wrote the other day that in the upcoming general elections the real opponent of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan is not Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the leader of the main opposition Republican People?s Party (CHP), but Aydın Doğan, the owner of Doğan Holding.
For years, Kurds in Turkey knew better than to air demands for more rights in public. In a country that has often valued loyalty to the state above free speech, discussion of placing any distance between the Kurds and the state was tantamount to a prison sentence.
As is known, Dani Rodrik, the son-in-law of Çetin Doğan, who is accused of being a pro-coup perpetrator, and his wife, Pınar Doğan, have brought into question one of the most critical pieces of evidence in the Sledgehammer case, CD 11, by way of a legitimate question they posed. However, very critical information I found last week has made Doğan and Rodrik?s question itself questionable.
The handwriting I noticed as I examined CDs 11 and 17 that were brought to the agenda as part of the Sledgehammer (Balyoz) case was certified by graphologists as having great similarities with the handwriting of then-1st Army Operations Commander Süha Tanyeri, adding another dimension to debates on the case.
On 10.01.2011, Nebil Ilseven took over the CHP | Republican Peoples Party Chairmanship of Istanbul Province following Berhan Simsek’s resignation to become a candidate for the upcoming national Elections.
After the constitutional referendum, we immediately began discussing the need for a new constitution. Like many other liberals and democrats, I was in the ?Yes, but not enough? camp, which means we supported the amendments conditionally, believing that they will pave the way for the adoption of a brand new constitution.
The main opposition Republican People?s Party (CHP), which has been going through serious changes under its new leader, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, tied the knot with two figures last week. On Tuesday Nebil İlseven, the former CEO of Doğan Media Group (DMG), was appointed to head the party?s İstanbul branch.
On October 18, the newly appointed U.S. Consul General to Istanbul Scott Frederic Kilner visited Armenian Patriarchate in Constantinople to get acquainted with the patriarchate and local Armenian community. Vicar of Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople Archbishop Aram Ateshyan congratulated the U.S. official on the appointment to the post and provided him with information on the history of Armenians in Turkey and the current issues of the community.
I have been examining supporting evidence dossiers related to the Sledgehammer case in detail for some time now. Each document I come across makes my eyes pop out. Today, I am going to write about someone who was appointed as an expert in the Ergenekon investigation and was arrested for working as a ?spy? after documents were seized from the Gölçük Naval Command as part of the Sledgehammer case.