Towards elections: Probably the best election offer, Paid-for military service, rejected by AKP

I am sure CHP is not very sincere about her proposal still its election promise was the closed to get rid of the mandatory military service for many. And not surprisingly, AKP  leadership, as the new leaders of Establishment, rejected the proposal outright…

The CHP?s paid-for military proposal

Following its civil society initiative, the Republican People?s Party (CHP) proposed a bill seeking to allow a one-time opportunity for potential army draftees to pay a fee in lieu of completing their military service as well as to shorten the duration of the obligatory military service in Turkey.

CHP hailed for latest proposal

Although the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) has given a cold shoulder to a Republican People?s Party (CHP) proposal that would provide a one-time opportunity for potential army draftees to pay a fee in lieu of completing their military service as well as shortening the duration of the obligatory military service in Turkey, many have welcomed the CHP?s move because it has drawn attention to a major problem in the country.

CHP brings paid military service exemption bill to Turkish Parliament

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ANKARA – Hürriyet Daily News
A law proposal drafted by Turkey?s main oppositional party outlining a ?one-time? paid military service exemption has been submitted to Parliament.

The post-Erdoğan era

The upcoming national elections on June 12 will set the tone as a run-up campaign in the presidential race for 2012 or 2014, depending on the decision by the election commission.

Turkey?s June 12 elections — great (political) leap forward expected

Observing Turkish politics and what happens in this country in more general terms is a full-time exercise.

Ergenekon?s summit

In April 2007, the country was focused on the fast-approaching presidential election. But spine-chilling news of a massacre in Malatya suddenly changed Turkey?s agenda. Three Christians had been slain at the Zirve (meaning ?summit? in Turkish) Publishing House.

Ergenekon and the Malatya massacre

I have written many articles before about the Malatya massacre, in which three missionaries were brutally killed in 2007 in Malatya. In all these pieces I maintained that there is a shadowy network behind these murders. I have shared with you my personal experience, of how I received threats after becoming involved in this case. And I have tried to explain many other things.

The AK Party, CHP in the military equation

by Oral Çalışlar
The reaction of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) toward the CHP proposal on military service is being closely followed.

The CHP and the Ergenekon suspects

by Nazlı Ilıcak
Kerim Cem, son of former Foreign Affairs Minister İsmail Cem, is seeking to become a candidate for deputy for the CHP. It?s nice for the sons of politicians to follow in the footsteps of their fathers.

The behavior of Kılıçdaroğlu and CHP

by Hasan Cemal
Republican People?s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu is taking interesting steps, making important promises and announcing concrete projects prior to the elections. One of the topics is the creation of a professional army.

CHP’s evolution toward a genuine social democrat party

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
The CHP report that analyzes the current state of the civil society is striking. It underlines how the CHP wants to transform itself as a genuine social democrat party.

THE CORRIDOR – Erdoğan’s criteria

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
Many deputies to run for the ruling AKP will be chosen according to the ‘Erdoğan criteria.’

Christian Killings Probed in Turkey’s Ergenekon Case, AA Says
The attack is being investigated as part of the widening probe into the alleged ?Ergenekon? plan to foment domestic chaos that would lead to an overthrow of Erdogan’s government, Anatolia said. To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew

Books part of Ergenekon’s psychological war
Today’s Zaman
A number of books by controversial writer Ergün Poyraz written in line with the aims of Ergenekon, a clandestine criminal network thought to frequently use mass media as a major tool in its ultimate goal of overthrowing the government, played a major

Turkey goes into general elections mode

Turkey is entering campaign season, with prospective deputies emerging and many public officials handing in their resignations as required by Turkish law to be able to run for Parliament. It is hoped that the political parties that have begun with their campaign promises will be able to fulfill them in the event of their coming to power and that the Parliament to be established after the elections will represent all colors of Turkey.

Election strategies of political parties: BDP

With Turkey entering election mode, one needs to underline the election strategies of the political parties because undecided voters, who could make a significant impact on the election, make up their minds in last three months before election day. To attract their attention, political parties make use of various strategies. I would like to outline the election strategies of political parties in a series of articles.

CHP leader suggests Turkish military service during summer holidays

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ANKARA Hürriyet Daily News
CHP Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has suggested an innovative model for military service enabling male university students to fulfill their mandatory military duty during summer vacations.


Freedom of the pro-military media has ended

by Ergun Babahan
The Turkish media have long worked to discredit politics and elevate the military. For many years, Turkey remained a country where guardians who did not emerge through political means had the control and where politics had unusual rules.


Former Turkish police chief arrested in Ergenekon case

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ISTANBUL – Daily News with wires
Former Police Intelligence Chief Hanefi Avcı was arrested for a second time on Monday, on charges of being a member of the alleged Ergenekon gang.


CHP?s civil society initiative

The Republican People?s Party (CHP), which has been the focus of yet another scandal recently following revelations of an Odatv reporter who claimed to have been harassed by the party?s former leader, is making efforts to save its tarnished image ahead of the general elections scheduled for June 12.


CHP, Ergenekon-loving journalists and cosmetic democrats

The Republican People?s Party (CHP) is not a political party; it is a phenomenon that exists despite its non-existence as a political party. If you attempt to define the CHP in general terms, you find it hard to identify any political discourse or strategy that distinguishes it from other parties.

Secretive journalism

?’In 5,800 original pages [of Ergenekon charges] there is not one shred of proof that this organization exists,’ said Gareth Jenkins, a Turkey specialist who has written extensively on the affair.

Freedom of the press

Freedom of the press is one of the main indicators of the quality of a democracy in a country. One always looks first at the situation of freedom of the press and of freedom of expression to measure the level of democratic rights and liberties in a country. We have to admit that, along with many other countries, Turkey?s situation is not stellar in this matter.

Which concerns should AK Party take seriously?

Even though the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) supports democratization, some people are still concerned about its likely victory in upcoming elections. These people include a broad segment that consists of liberals, democrats and conservatives.


Ergenekon’s ‘overseas friends’

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
According to Michael Rubin, ‘When Ambassador Tan depicts Turkey as a modern, democratic model for the Middle East, he is increasingly at odds with reality.’


90 Days to Go…Let the Games Begin… AK Party

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

Mavi Boncuk |

The general elections slated for June 12, 2011, will witness some of Turkey’s most ambitious political campaigns as political parties are gearing up to make their most assertive election promises. One promise that is common to all parties is the drafting of a new constitution. Even the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) is promising to prepare a new constitution free of the militaristic undertones of the current one despite having in the past argued that 75 articles of the 1982 Constitution had been amended and, therefore, further amendments were not needed. Promises by many of the parties are mainly populist ones. Here are some of the election promises by the various parties which are likely to help them secure seats in Parliament.

90 Days to Go…Let the Games Begin… CHP MHP and BDP

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

Mavi Boncuk |

CHP’s most ambitious election

The CHP will be heading into these elections with its new leader, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, and it making preparations that are just as ambitious as the AK Party’s. Using Onur Akın’s song “Bir Islık da Sen Çal” (You Should Whistle Too), Kılıçdaroğlu will call on voters to blow the whistle against the ruling AK Party. The CHP’s election strategy does not make clear promises about the Kurdish issue and Alevis. The party has decided to hold primary elections for the first time since 1992, but primaries will be held only in 35 provinces, which are mainly located in provinces in Thrace and the Aegean.

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