Towards elections: PKK challenges Erdoğan’s angry rhetorics with more violence… A roundup…


Turkeys Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan greets ...

Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan greets his supporters during an election rally in Kastamonu, northern Turkey, May 4, 2011. Unidentified attackers threw an explosive device and opened fire on a bus carrying Turkish police, killing one officer, in northern Turkey near where Erdogan held an election rally earlier on Wednesday, broadcasters said. Erdogan had left by helicopter from the northern city of Kastamonu by the time the attack happened, NTV news channel reported. REUTERS/Kayhan Ozer

Ruling Party Convoy Attacked in Turkey, Leaving One Dead

Unidentified attackers opened fire Wednesday on a campaign convoy belonging to the Turkish Prime Minister, killing one police officer and wounding another, local officials said.


Gunmen attack Turkish police at Erdogan election rally

With or Without MHP

by M.A.M

Please please please for the sake of better representation vote for MHP. Not! it looks like the nationalists voters of MHP is bleeding for CHP and conservatives are leaving in even bigger numbers for AK party replicating recent referandum behavior. If the trends hold AK Pary will even capture more seats just shy of 275 MP’s required to pass laws with majority vote and to write a new constitution.

Mavi Boncuk |
Just two parties are likely to cross the 10 percent threshold at the next Turkish election, according to the latest Haberturk/Konsensüs opinion poll. The results, which paint a dangerous picture for voter representation in Turkey, suggest the right-wing Nationalist Action Party (MHP) has the support of only 8.5 percent of voters, which would be the party’s worst showing at a general election for nine years.

Turkeys PM Erdogan announces his ruling ...

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announces his ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) election manifesto in Ankara April 16, 2011. Turkey will hold parliamentary elections on June 12. The AKP has pledged to strive for a stronger economy and has set goals for 2023, which marks the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Turkish Republic. The banner behind Erdogan reads, “Turkey is ready. Target is 2023”. REUTERS/Umit Bektas


Election Rhetoric Raises Tensions with Kurds –

Turkey: talk of presidential system raises questions about PM’s commitment to democracy

ISTANBUL (AP) ? Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan looms over Turkish political life, a combative figure with a gift for oratory who talks about building a “Great Turkey” by 2023, the country’s 100th birthday. Some analysts believe he wants to stay in power until then, an outsized goal that raises concerns about democracy in NATO’s biggest Muslim ally.


Markets friendly to continuation of AKP rule

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News
The Finansonline web portal says there?s no need to fear about the economy as long as ‘the single-party stability’ is maintained.


Turkey’s AKP, CHP running close in social media support

by ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News
When it comes to what people say on the Internet, Turkey’s ruling and main opposition parties are running almost neck-and-neck ahead of the general election.

Pro-Kurdish group may boycott Turkey’s June 12 elections


Turkish minister slams nationalist party over tape scandal

by KAYSERİ – Anatolia News Agency
A Turkish minister has harshly criticized the nationalist party over a recent tape scandal that resulted in the resignations of two top party executives.


Pop Goes Istanbul – By Andrew Finkel | Foreign Policy


Mr Erdoğan?s second Bosphorus: somewhat crazy, somewhat disappointing

by Aengus Collins

Turkey?s prime minister, Tayyip Erdoğan, today revealed what he?s been plotting since 2008 when he first mentioned that he had a ?crazy project? in mind for Istanbul. It turns out that he intends to build what in effect amounts to a second Bosphorus?a canal running north to south out on the western outskirts of the city, which would take much of the transit shipping that currently clogs the Bosphorus.

Turkey Plans New Canal for Istanbul

Heating up the campaign for the coming parliamentary elections, the governing party unveiled a proposal to build a canal parallel to the Bosporus.

The crazy project

by HDN
Prime Minister told the nation that he would reveal a crazy project yesterday. He kept his promise. The project will be another Bosphorus dividing the European side of Istanbul into two. It is a wonder to me why Turkish authorities still focus on construction while they are thinking about big projects. I see it as one of the fundamental signs that Turkey is lagging far behind the developed world. We are still fighting with the earth.

‘Crazy’ Istanbul Canal is a Nabucco rival, academics say

by Hürriyet Daily News
It is unclear whether the Istanbul Canal, a proposed waterway in western Istanbul, will be an efficient replacement for the Bosphorus, according to energy analysts.

Turkish PM Erdoğan’s ‘crazy project’ in 10 questions

by ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News
All there is to know about Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s ‘Crazy Project’ for Istanbul, answered in 10 questions.


Who is distorting Kılıçdaroğlu?s settings?

by Adem Yavuz Arslan Bugün
As the general elections draws near, tension in politics rises. Political party leaders talk about their election promises, they verbally attack their rivals and use ironic metaphors about their rivals.

CHP chief stands his ground despite lawsuit from PM

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Kılıçdaroğlu stood behind his statements from an election rally held Sunday that earned him a lawsuit against the prime minister.


Article | The Turkish opposition Gandhi’s rise

by M.A.M

Mavi Boncuk |

The Turkish opposition
Gandhi’s rise
The main opposition party will lose in June, but it is looking more coherent

Apr 28th 2011 | TUNCELI |

IN 1938 Turkey?s army crushed a rebellion in the south-eastern province of Tunceli. Villagers were burned alive or gassed. The government admitted that around 15,000 mainly Alevi Kurds, who practise a liberal version of Islam, had died, though survivors spoke of at least twice as many. The tragedy is one of the darkest pages in modern Turkish history and remains taboo because it took place when Ataturk was alive and the secular Republican People?s Party (CHP) that he founded was running the country. Locals say this makes it a miracle that their own Kemal Kilicdaroglu, whose father was then among thousands of exiled Alevis, is now the CHP?s leader.

More illegal footage of Turkish politicians exists, CHP deputy claims

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ANKARA – Daily News Parliament Bureau
Individuals within the state have illegally obtained video footage of various deputies and are keeping a collection of such tapes, an expert and CHP deputy has claimed.

Controversy over police operation

by Adem Yavuz Arslan Bugün
Police raids investigating charges of corruption in three municipalities run by the Republican People?s Party (CHP) early this week has sparked debate.


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