and some unrelated news from Turkish politics:
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
from World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk 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.
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 .
from FT.com – 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
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.
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.
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.