TR Politics roundup: Arrested military officials’ wives’ Anıtkabir show; Oda TV arrests…

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The Hasdal prison visit

Chief of General Staff Gen. Işık Koşaner and four force commanders of the Turkish military visited the Hasdal Military Prison on Friday to see military officers and generals who were recently arrested as part of a probe into the Sledgehammer coup plan, which includes plans to trigger chaos in the society with the ultimate goal of a coup d?état.
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Young Turks hold placards as they march to join military wives at the mausoleum of modern Turkey’s founding father Mustafa Kemal Ataturk to protest the trial of 196 officers accused of an alleged secularist plot to bring down Turkey’s government, in Ankara, Turkey, Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011. Around 15,000 people gathered at the mausoleum of Ataturk despite heavy rain and shouted slogans denouncing the trial and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Islamic-oriented government. Placard at center reads:? Read more » ‘No to AKP’s (Turkey’s ruling party) dictatorship!'(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Turkey ?Sledgehammer? arrests slammed at rally

from Yahoo news
Thousands of Turks, including the wives of defendants charged with trying to topple the government, marched to the tomb of the founder of modern Turkey yesterday to protest at the arrests of army officers.

Reactionaryism gone, fascism now

by Hasan Cemal
Deniz Baykal (who made use of a discourse of reactionaryism claiming that secularism is under threat in Turkey) is no longer the head of the CHP. There is Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu at the helm today. Reactionaryism was gone with Baykal.

Who is this Mehmet Haberal? Where does he derive his power from?

I first heard his name in 1989 from one of my roommates, who was from Rize, as we were staying in the dormitory of Boğaziçi University. ?This guy is the real state,? said my roommate, Nevzat K., who was studying physics, referring to a news story about Mehmet Haberal, and I was really perplexed.

ATK report justifies suspicions about ‘medical plot’ against Ecevit
Today’s Zaman
Ergenekon suspect Mehmet Haberal (L), the rector of the university, was his doctor at the hospital. A Council of Forensic Medicine (ATK) report that has reached the İstanbul 13th High Criminal Court indicates that the treatment of the late Prime

Who will be chief of General Staff in 2017?

by Eser Karakaş
We need to agree on some issues for a modern state of law. There is no hierarchical order among the bureaucratic entities that provide public services. All of the bureaucracy, including the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), is subject to the same rules.

The losers

Another phase has started with the litigation of the project to ?lay the groundwork for an eventual military takeover? — which has been given the generic name ?Ergenekon.?

A guide to Turkish media for the US ambassador

The US ambassador to Turkey, Francis Joseph Ricciardone, caused a mini-crisis upon arriving in Turkey. His comments did not actually call for such a reaction. Ambassador Ricciardone said he was trying to understand what is happening in Turkey after a raid on office.

Turkish PM calls US envoy a ‘rookie’ ambassador

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ANKARA – Hürriyet Daily News
Turkey?s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan calls Francis Joseph Ricciardone, the US?s new ambassador to Turkey, a ?rookie? regarding his remarks on press freedom in Turkey. ?He does not know Turkey, he does not have any idea which laws there are, and then he walks into a trap and makes a statement,? Erdoğan says

Three Odatv administrators arrested for Ergenekon membership
Today’s Zaman
Three administrators of the neo-nationalist news portal, who were detained earlier this week, were arrested and put behind the bars early Friday on charges of links to the terrorist Ergenekon organization. Ergenekon is a clandestine criminal

Perceptions hijack facts in freedom of the press debates
Today’s Zaman
The Turkish National Police recently launched an investigation into an Internet news site,, that is widely believed to have relations with pro-Ergenekon networks. The Internet news site is well known for its manipulative news that reaches

Is freedom of the press really in danger in Odatv case?

Anti-government circles and supporters of Ergenekon, a clandestine crime network which has alleged links within the state and is suspected of plotting to topple the government, are interpreting the arrest of Soner Yalçın, who runs the controversial news portal, and two employees as a blow to freedom of the press.

Can pro-coup voters make a party win the election?

The recent developments concerning the Sledgehammer (Balyoz) case have the potential to make an impact on the elections to be held in June. The legal process that is making progress with a series of arrests is a separate matter. As the political spectrum and the political competition among parties are shaped according to these debates, this case will certainly influence the election results.

Oxford Analytica versus Turkish democracy

Last week the US ambassador to Turkey created havoc when he directly commented on a legal case and declared that he was confused about freedom of the press in Turkey. The case in point concerns the infamous Ergenekon terrorist organization and journalist Soner Yalçın, who has been charged for being a member of the organization.

Soner Yalçın’s rights

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
To oppose the AKP is Yalçın?s right if it is on a legitimate ground. I don?t know of his ties with Ergenekon, but I am against the method of his detention.

Critics not Silenced by Persecution of Dissident Voices

from Bianet :: English
The four administrators of the news portal are still in custody after the raid on their homes and office earlier this week. Turkish journalists organizations and the Human Rights Association criticized the operation as an attempt to silence dissident voices.

An unfortunate statement

Republican People?s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has come under fire for wanting to become a member of Ergenekon, a clandestine criminal network which has alleged links within the state. Many analysts say yet another electoral defeat is very likely for the CHP in June because the public never supports defenders of shadowy organizations and coups.

No Comment!

It seems that pro-Ergenekon/Sledgehammer media organizations and circles will never stop disseminating lies, distortions, disinformation and black propaganda in order to discredit the Ergenekon and Sledgehammer (Balyoz) cases which are critically important for the future of Turkey, a country with a recent past rife with military interventions and coups. Sometimes, they even go to such extremes and they put themselves such miserable situations that one is urged to say, ?No, this is really too much.?

Kılıçdaroğlu makes a ‘social state’ move

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
The CHP’s ‘Family Insurance’ program could be very helpful to reduce poverty, compared to the random aid handed out by 14 institutions in Turkey today.

Arrests Disputed: Was the Evidence Forged?

from Bianet :: English

The documents that were found on the Oda TV computers and lead to the arrest of three employees of the news portal were placed into the Oda TV files by hackers, the joint attorneys of the journalists say.

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