“While former American ambassadors continue to shill for Turkey as some sort of enlightened democracy, the country is backsliding into dictatorship. Last week, prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Brownshirts staged middle-of-the-night raids on the homes of independent and critical journalists, taking several into custody ? When President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton speak of Turkey as a model, someone might want to ask for what is Turkey a model? How to transform a democracy into a police state?”
In Turkey, we are used to analogies comparing Erdogan to Russia’s Vladimir Putin, but comparing the Turkish leader to Hitler is a first. The author of that excerpt is Michael Rubin and it’s from the most hawkish publication of the neoconservative movement, Commentary.
The Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen?s Association (TÜSİAD), which refrained from supporting a constitutional reform package prepared by the government that was then approved in a referendum last year, surprised many with its draft constitution that includes radical proposals.
All that was needed to bring the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and the opposition closer together, it appears, was a bold blueprint for a more democratic constitution that they could all oppose and criticize.
Islam ‘used’ for political gain in Turkey, leaked cables say Hurriyet Daily News The June 27, 2003, diplomatic cable, released Wednesday by WikiLeaks‘ Turkish partner, daily Taraf, also claimed the country’s Religious Affairs Directorate is suppressing Islamic beliefs that do not fit the official version.
Many parts of society have begun to loudly voice their demand for the election of a headscarf-wearing deputy or deputies to Parliament in the June 12 general elections. Since Turkey?s first headscarf-wearing deputy, Merve Kavakçı, was thrown out of Parliament amid protests against her headscarf in 1999, no headscarf-wearing candidates have run in the elections.
The draft constitution proposed by Turkey?s elite business club the Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen?s Association (TÜSİAD) is one of the major moves that will transform the election slated for June 12 into one specifically held for drafting a constitution afterwards.
The photos of BPD deputies that cast a shadow over Nevruz celebrations were recorded in social memory. I wonder why Tuncel and Bengi Yıldız acted so violently, with the former slapping a police officer and the latter taking a stone in his hand during a demonstration.
According to Juan Linz and Alfred Stepan, authors of ?Problems of Democratic Transition and Consolidation,? transitioning to democracy will not occur until the government ?de facto? has the authority to generate new policies and does not have to share power ?de jure? with any other group. In the case of headscarved women candidates for Parliament, there is still nothing in the law that prevents a covered woman from running for office or taking her oath of office. The real issue is who ?de facto? has the power in Turkey?
Now that the country is preparing for elections, the center of political discourse has shifted from Justice and Development Party (AKP)-dominated political debates to Republican People?s Party (CHP)-oriented political projects.
It is not my duty to give advice, but I have to say as an observer that the Republican People?s Party (CHP) should pull itself together ahead of the approaching June 12 elections, starting from the very top.
Turkey is heading toward an important election. The members of the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) who have launched protests of civil disobedience are blackmailing the state, calling on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK) to re-launch its attacks because its unilateral cease-fire has ended.
In a move that surprised and disappointed many, the Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen?s Association (TÜSİAD), which revealed its draft constitution last week that included radical proposals, made a U-turn, distancing itself from what was known as its draft constitution.
When two professors a week ago in a well-attended meeting were through with their presentation of a rough draft constitution, which they had prepared together with some 20 experts and opinion leaders for the Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen?s Association (TÜSİAD), Cem Boyner — a charismatic liberal businessman and the husband of the organization?s president — took the floor.