Turkish politics roundup: New constitution debates, Ergenekon Trial, Erdoğan the Aesthete

Toward Turkey?s first civilian constitution

More than a thousand of people sitting around circular tables of six and seven each on the floor of a sports arena

The new constitution and a warning to the AK Party

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Columnists by ERGUN BABAHAN
During a ceremony held to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Constitutional Court, President Abdullah Gül delivered a speech containing some passages that deserve to be highlighted.

With no military pressure, work on Turkey’s new constitution begins – The National

Turkey: You Say You Want a Constitution?

from Yahoo news
If there’s one thing everyone in Turkey’s deeply divided political scene can agree on, it’s that the country desperately needs a new constitution to replace the current one, written in 1982 by the generals who led a coup two years earlier. Although that constitution has been amended several times, it remains a woefully inadequate and undemocratic document, one that is completely out of touch …

Panel for new charter starts landmark duty in Turkey

All eyes in Turkey are turning to the capital, Ankara, as a multi-party parliamentary commission sits down to draft the country?s first ever non-military constitution

Turkish PM: Consensus not a must for charter

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) will seek a compromise with one of two opposition parties to pass a new national constitution if efforts to hammer out a consensus between all four parties in Parliament fail.

New charter should endorse justice: Gül

With only a week left before the Parliamentary panel begins to pen the new constitution, President Abdullah Gül warned that the charter should not be driven by ?reactionary? motives.

2012 is the year of charter: Çiçek

from Hurriyet Daily News
Drafting a new constitution together with Turkey?s citizens will increase the public?s trust in civil politics, Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek said addressing a meeting in the eastern province of Erzurum yesterday.

TÜSİAD will keep speaking up, Turkey’s top boss says

from Hurriyet Daily News
The Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD) is not the sort of organization to bow to political pressure when expressing its views, according to the institution?s leader Ümit Boyner.

Erdogan’s Turkey and the Objective Rule of Law

Erdogan the Aesthete

by Turkish Digest

Erdogan the Aesthete


by Veli Sirin

April 24, 2012 at 3:00 am


The monument [symbolizing reconciliation between Armenians and Turks], Erdogan said, was “monstrous;” he issued a categorical order for its demolition. The minister of culture and tourism tried to calm the resulting uproar. But Erdogan shut him up, repeating, “Yes, I said the monument is monstrous and the responsible mayor should make sure it disappears as quickly as possible.”


The media actors of the postmodern coup

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Columnists by LALE KEMAL

It is an undeniable fact that the mainstream Turkish media played a significant role in making possible the Feb. 28, 1997 postmodern coup, with the enormous support they lent to the military?s illegal campaign against the coalition government, which was forced to resign in the end.


Court merges two coup investigations, releases two suspects

Today’s Zaman

13th İstanbul High Criminal Court has ruled to merge first and second Ergenekon coup investigations and released two suspects. The court claimed that there are connections and links between suspects and allegations in both Ergenekon probes.

Feb 28 probe continues with fresh detentions

A specially authorized Ankara prosecutor ordered the detentions of 13 military personnel as part of a probe into the Feb. 28 postmodern coup of 1997

Generals questioned over Feb 28 ?post-modern coup?

A special-authority prosecutor sought to arrest 10 retired and active-duty soldiers.


Turkey arrests more officers over 1997 coup


Hundreds of military officers, including top serving and retired commanders, are now facing trials accused of involvement in the alleged “Ergenekon” and “Sledgehammer” coup conspiracies against Erdogan and his ruling party. An Ankara court ruled over

Pay the Piper for Six Million Files Kept on Public

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

A gallery of rogues. Çevik Bir, Güven Erkaya, Doğu Aktulga and Çetin Doğan. Four big brothers of Batı Çalışma Grubu (BÇG) (West Working Team) responsible forv ‘Six Million Files on Public’. A detention warrant was issued on last Thursday for retired Gen. Çevik Bir, who is known to have played a major in the Feb. 28, 1997 unarmed military intervention, so called Post-odern Coup and verbalized as “We made a balance adjustment.”


Mavi Boncuk |“The Feb. 28, 1997, coup was played out on a stage prepared and secured by the military with the support of the media, the capitalist bourgeois class, the bureaucracy, the judiciary, universities and external actors (the United States and Israel). A ruling party, brought to power by the votes of millions, was shut down. Millions of citizens were subjected to discrimination with mind-boggling excuses. ” Taha Özhan[1]  READ MORE


The Augean Stables? More Arrests of Military Officers

from Kamil Pasha by Jenny White
Wave after wave of arrests are sweeping the former Kemalist establishment as officers and others accused of fomenting coups or civic disorder to pave the way for coups are sucked into a vast vortex of prosecutions that makes up the Ergenekon and related cases. Last week?s arrests included former Deputy Chief of General Staff General Çevik Bir. This week?s netted a dozen retired and active-duty officers, including General Staff retired General Erol Özkasnak. An AKP member of parliament told the press that next on the list were former prime ministers like Süleyman Demirel and Tansu Çiller and seven journalists. (here, in Turkish). The latest arrests are of people said to be involved in ?the February 28 Process?. February 28, 1997 refers to the date when the military-dominated National Security Council met and issued directives to the Islamist prime minister Necmettin Erbakan that he could not meet, forcing him to resign in June. It is also referred to more colorfully as a ?soft coup? or a postmodern coup. (click here)

Coup suspects grilled about military group

from Hurriyet Daily News
President Abdullah Gül lent his support to the investigation into the so-called ‘post-modern coup’ of 1997 as police questioned 26 suspects

Feb 28 coup unintentionally spawned AKP, says academic

from Hurriyet Daily News
The military tried to turn back the tide of an era of greater religiosity

Retired general arrested in ?post-modern coup? case

from Hurriyet Daily News
Eight soldiers including retired general Erol Özkasnak

Nine arrested on coup charges

from Hurriyet Daily News
Nine suspects, including two generals, were arrested yesterday on charges of attempting a military coup in the probe into the so-called ?post-modern coup? of Feb. 28, 1997, while another seven were released.

Gov’t not sincere on Feb. 28 inquiry: CHP

from Hurriyet Daily News
Main opposition leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu slammed the government for using an intelligence report prepared by the so-called Western Working Group (BÇG) during the pre-election period in 2011, stating that he was personally a victimized as a result.

Turkey no longer coup country, says Erdoğan

from Hurriyet Daily News
Hailing a new Turkey, Prime Minister Erdoğan proclaims the end of the era of coups in Turkey. The PM argues that his government is not out to ?settle scores? with recent putsch trials but is instead designed to protect Turkey?s future

The ?three-term ban? scenario in AKP

from Hurriyet Daily News
Deputies from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) who had been elected for three consecutive terms had long been waiting in the throes of painful anticipation.

Governance and the military: perspectives for change in Turkey

by Acturca
Harmonie Paper (Centre for European Security Studies) No 19, May 2006 Sami Faltas and Sander Jansen, editors Civil-military relations in Turkey are changing as the country prepares for EU membership, and they will continue to change as accession draws closer. The contributors to this book have all been involved in the international project on governance

France faces blowback for Sarkozy?s fight with Turkey

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Columnists by ABDULLAH BOZKURT
Lost in popular rhetoric and cynical campaign speeches amid a rapidly rising xenophobic and anti-Muslim mood among the French population was the embattled French President Nicolas Sarkozy?s deliberate attempt to pick a fight with Turkey, which was Europe?s fastest growing economy as of 2011.

Davutoğlu, Babacan on Time 100 list

from Hurriyet Daily News
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu were included on the top 100 influential people in the world list released by the Time magazine.


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