Esengül Civelek, the second female Governor in Turkey’s history, starts her term….

Second Female governor appointed


and some unrelated news from Turkish politics:

Koşaner comments on leaked recordings

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ANKARA

Former Chief of General Staff Gen. Işık Koşaner broke his silence on the leaked recordings of a military meeting, confirming that the voice belonged to him, and stood behind his commentary on the military?s deficiencies and the relationship between the government and the military.

From Ataturk to Erdogan, reshaping Turkey

by Acturca

The Washington Post (USA) August 15,2011

By Soner Cagaptay *

As the Ottoman Empire vanished after World War I, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk created a new Turkey in the mold of Europe. Controlling all levers of power, including the military, Ataturk implemented his vision by mandating a separation between religion, public policy and government, and by telling his compatriots to consider themselves intuitively Western.

General Staff gave orders to manipulate public opinion

Today’s Zaman

The General Staff issued an order to the relevant officers to manufacture stories to undermine and smear prosecutors conducting an investigation into Ergenekon, a clandestine gang with members mostly inside the armed forces accused of plotting to


Turkey: Erdogan and the Turkish military: the challenge continues

Spero News

As already mentioned, four generals had resigned and the fifth, Admiral Bilgin Bolandi, is under investigation for Beyloz and Ergenekon. Three days ago, the Supreme Defense Council confirmed General Necdet Ozel as Chief of staff, and the appointment of

Turkey: Who?s Checking Erdoğan?



Few Turks disagree that the late July resignations of Turkey’s armed forces chiefs handed Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan a decisive political victory over the military.

With 4 Promotions, Turkey Begins a New Era

from NYT > Turkey by By SEBNEM ARSU

The Islamic-leaning government filled four top military posts that were vacated suddenly last week, decisively strengthening civilian control over the armed forces.

Turkey names new military chiefs

from World news: Turkey | by Helen Pidd

For decades the Turkish military has run rings round the government, staging coups whenever it was displeased and exerting a powerful, largely unaccountable grip on society.

Special Report: Erdogan: The strongest man in Turkey


By Simon Cameron-Moore and Daren Butler ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has an unspoken pact with the Turkish electorate: he delivers rapid economic growth, jobs and money, and voters let him shape what kind of democracy this Muslim

A risky bet on Turkey
New York Post
While Erdogan’s plot allegations, known as the Ergenekon scandal, seem a bit flimsy and are shrouded in much secrecy, the army had overthrown four elected governments since 1960, usually for the sin of straying too far from Ataturk’s secularism

Erdogan 1, Ataturk 0
Kosaner stood down, he said, because he had been prevented from protecting the legal rights of people who had not even been formally charged, let alone faced trial, in the twin ?Ergenekon? and ?Sledgehammer? cases. (The former refers to an alleged .

Erdogan’s reshuffle clips military’s wings

from – World, Europe
Turkey’s prime minister has won a battle for political Islam in the fight to curb the powerful secularist army ? but he has not yet won the war

New military, new Turkey

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
The resignation of Turkey?s top military brass July 29 was a momentous shift, aligning the military with the Justice and Development Party, or AKP, government that came to power in 2002.

Kılıçdaroğlu’s new economy team

fromHürriyet Daily News
The opposition People?s Republican Party, or CHP, is taking its first step in economics to present before the public a new politics and a new vision in the fall.

Will the Kurds take the oath in November?

fromHürriyet Daily News
Will deputies from the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party, or BDP, take the oath on Nov. 1? Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek is once more entering the fray to get the BDP deputies to take the oath.


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