Even the main opposition accepts that AKP will lead the elections. The bets are on how much vote it will get… AKP’s current arrogancy is probably due to its being without any substantive alternatives….
Well, they did it again. The board members that are supposed to uphold the very rights of people to vote in elections decided to disenfranchise millions of Turks living abroad. Why? Obviously, for no good reason.
Today is the anniversary of Turkey?s last ?successful? military intervention, Feb. 28, 1997. A former chief of General Staff had declared that the ?Feb. 28 process? will continue for a thousand years. He was determined to bully the people and their democratic aspirations. Even this simple statement was testimony to how the military viewed its people?s will. For these generals, the right to rule belongs to them, not the people. But the people demand what they deserve and get it in the end.
from Hurriyet Dailynews by ANKARA – Daily News with Milliyet
The country?s president has affirmed that Kurdistan Workers? Party, or PKK, leader Abdullah Öcallan will be staying in his İmralı Island jail cell for the foreseeable future.
Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the lawmakers of his Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011. Erdogan called on Libyan authorities to be sensitive toward the safety of foreigners as his governments scrambled to send planes and ships to pick up their citizens stranded by Libya’s bloody unrest on Tuesday, with thousands of Turks crowding into a stadium to await evacuation.? Read more » (AP Photo)
There was a reason for a small, select circle of people to meet in the city of Van and ?search? for a new path for the Republican People?s Party (CHP). The search conference mainly focused on how to approach the Kurds and problems surrounding them.
It feels so recent? It was in 2003, the days of Moonlight (Ayışığı), Blonde Girl (Sarıkız), Sea Sparkle (Yakamoz), Glove (Eldiven) and Sledgehammer (Balyoz)? Provocative programs about Christian missionaries mushroomed on TVs at such a sudden rate that even the most naive people could not but notice.
from Hurriyet Dailynews by ANKARA – Daily News Parliament Bureau
The establishment of 50 village communes, 21 neighborhood councils, four district councils and a yet-to-be-set-up provincial council in some southeastern provinces is the first concrete step in implementing pro-Kurdish groups? demands for social, political, economic and cultural autonomy. ?This is a struggle for the people to create their own democratic organization,? says Cemal Coşkun, a spokesman for the Democratic Society Congress, or DTK
The investigation into “espionage and blackmailing in the military” will be taken to court in April. Allegedly, a criminal organization within the military illegally obtained a huge amount of classified information to be sold to foreign governments, the indictment states.
Turkish court arrests Oda TV journalists Hurriyet Daily News The owner and editors of Oda TV were taken to Istanbul’s Beşiktaş Courthouse on Thursday to give testimony as part of their alleged involvement in the Ergenekon gang. Editors Barış Pehlivan and Barış Terkoğlu were charged with “being a member of the
Feb. 28 evokes painful recollections for coup victims Today’s Zaman According to the professor, the dark powers that removed him from office were extensions of the Ergenekon terrorist organization. ?I may be wrong if I say that I was removed from office by Ergenekon, but what removed me from office were the extensions
Turkey’s President Abdullah talks to his wife Hayrunnisa Gul during an official ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Ankara March 2, 2011.? Read more » REUTERS/Umit Bektas
The Turkish people had not actually demanded much. When the tremendous winds of change were blowing strongly around the world in the early 1990s, Turkey just wanted its share. If the Communist regimes that would not play nice with the very nature of social life were tumbling down and if the iron curtains were being torn down and if the Cold War was coming to an end and if the songs of freedom and independence were being sung all around the world, echoing everywhere, then every country whose historical role had been reduced and frozen to serving as pillars of one of the two superpowers in a bipolar system should have returned to the stage of history.
There are two similar reasons that allow us to support the Justice and Development Party (AK Party). One of the reasons is that Turkey is a country that needs to be analyzed according to external dynamics and regional rather than domestic developments.
CHP decides to change ‘fascist, pro-Ergenekon’ image in Southeast Today’s Zaman The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), which held a meeting in Van to discuss the Kurdish issue last month, underlined in a report drafted after the meeting that the party is perceived as ?fascist, pro-Ergenekon and irreligious? in the
Ergenekon, Balyoz suspects use newspaper for defense Today’s Zaman A new newspaper named Aydınlık, a version of the Aydınlık journal managed by Workers’ Party (İP) leader Doğu Perinçek — who has been under arrest since 2008 as a suspect in the Ergenekon investigation — has become a platform for suspects in the
Chief of General Staff Gen. Işık Koşaner?s release of a message of condolence after the death of former Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan in which he praised the late prime minister?s services to the country and the attendance of some high-ranking military officers at Erbakan?s funeral on Tuesday have prompted some to interpret the military?s actions as the offer of an apology to Erbakan.
When mourners raised their voices, shouting ?Allah Allah, Allahu akbar,? (God, God, God is great) as soon as they spotted high-ranking officers attending the funeral of Turkey?s former prime minister, Necmettin Erbakan, the mentor of Turkey?s Islamic political movement, last Tuesday in İstanbul, this reminded me of a remark made by a former top commander following the disclosure early last year of an alleged bloody coup plot to unseat the government.
Turkey is currently debating placing outlawed Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan, who is serving a life sentence on İmralı island, under house arrest, a proposal made by the Democracy Society Congress (DTK) and the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP).
Looking at the interest in the funeral of former Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan [who was the most prominent victim of the Feb. 28, 1997 postmodern coup process], some say we can talk about the end of Feb. 28.