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Turkey’s Kurds await political leaders’ messages in Diyarbakır

by DİYARBAKIR – Hürriyet Daily News
As tension flares up ahead of the June polls, pro-Kurdish groups are focusing their attention on the messages key politicians will deliver this week in Diyarbakır.


A bride and groom attend the election rally of ...

A bride and groom attend the election rally of Turkey’s Prime Minister and leader of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara May 29, 2011. Turkey will hold parliamentary elections on June 12. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Turkey’s Great Leap Forward risks cultural and environmental bankruptcy

by Fiachra Gibbons

Turkish government’s rush to build dams, hydro and nuclear power plants angers villagers and environmental campaigners

Every springtime Pervin Çoban Savran takes her camels and sheep up into the Taurus mountains of southern Turkey, following the same routes along the Goksu river that Yoruk people like her have taken for more than 1,000 years. To many Turks these last nomadic tribes are symbols of the soul of their nation.

MHP accuses Turkey’s government of enjoying own ‘Tulip Era’

by ANKARA – Hürriyet Daily News
The AKP has been enjoying its own ‘Tulip Era’ marked by the distribution of wealth merely to its own supporters, the MHP says. 

Polls in the country of rabbits

by HDN
With opinion poll companies predicting wildly different numbers in terms of voter support for Turkey’s political parties, it is anyone’s guess as to the outcome of the June 12 polls.

CHP says we don’t want democracy a la Turca

by HDN
‘While preparing the [democracy] report, we did not say, Turkey has special conditions. This report is based on universal principles,’ says CHP’s Mehmet Karlı.


Factory Reset for CHP

by M.A.M

Lets read between the lines and find some hints about the DNA of the NYCP. The recently announced Democratic wish list of the New Republican Peoples Party steals more role from the ruling AK Party and tries to create a ral knock off of 2002 AK Party Platform.

Sex, lies and (Turkish) videotape — shortcut to political suicide

Whilst throwing politics into the mix of issues that were at stake in Steven Soderbergh’s 1989 hit movie may make for additional pre-general election suspense it is doubtful whether a nationwide audience, aka the Turkish electorate, really wants to watch this year’s local remake (pun intended).


MHP, TSK, PKK and the Akşam newspaper

If one were to do an analysis of last week, there are a few events that stand out. Debates continued about the video tape conspiracy that led to the National Movement Party?s (MHP) loss of of ten important members in their top ranks in the immediate run-up to the elections.


Turkey’s political topography ahead of the June 12 elections

This is how Turkey’s political topography ahead of the June 12 elections looks. According to surveys, there are only three or four parties expected to be represented in the coming Parliament.

People’s say on the new constitution

With merely days remaining until yet another critical election, all political parties are feeling that the more they keep silent about a new constitution, the better. Leaders are mostly trying to avoid responding to questions. When they do respond it is usually in the vaguest possible terms. 

Supporters of the AKP shout slogans and wave ...

Supporters of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) shout slogans and wave flags during an election rally in Ankara May 29, 2011. Turkey will hold parliamentary elections on June 12. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Peep videos may gift Turkey’s Erdogan super-majority

Chief of Turkey’s CHP vows to resign if promises go unkept
Hurriyet Daily News
I will quit if I don’t achieve this goal,? the Republican People’s Party, or CHP, leader said in the northeastern province of Bayburt on Wednesday. He said his party had not received the votes they expected from Bayburt during the referendum and

Hakkari sourit à Kiliçdaroglu, leader d?un CHP nouveau.

by anne

kemal Kiliçdaroglu, meeting à Hakkari (mai 2011)

Il y a quelques jours j’écrivais qu’à part le parti kurde, seul  Tayyip Erdogan tenait régulièrement des meetings à Hakkari, où il n’a pourtant jamais été accueilli avec chaleur. Le MHP, le parti d’extrême droite ne fait jamais campagne en région kurde (alors Hakkari !)  et je ne me souviens pas que Deniz Baykal s’y soit déplacer au cours des dix dernières années. Sous sa direction, le parti kémaliste avait adopté une posture très nationaliste. Résultat, le CHP n’avait récolté que 3,5 des voix à Hakkari aux élections de 2007.- contre 8% en 2002. Et seulement 20 % des suffrages dans l’ensemble de la Turquie.


Erdoğan’s paradox with the military

If Turkey installs a democratic legal state, it will only be possible with the unabated continuation of reforms in all spheres, and in particular when civilian democratic control of the armed forces has been ensured.

Can the CHP really change?

As he was introducing his party?s ?Democracy Report? on Sunday, the first sentence of CHP leader Kılıçdaroğlu was, ?We are a party of change.?


Election speeches forgotten

The election promises of political parties that are not expected to come to power do not much influence swing voters.

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