Politics roundup. After ceasefire, who will be the Wise People?

Two problems: Who can be the Wise People? And Who will choose them?

Turkish PKK Peace Plan Trajectory

from Kamil Pasha by Jenny White

In information leaked by Ankara sources to the press, the peace plan announced March 21 between the Turkish AKP government and Abdullah Ocalan, imprisoned leader of the Kurdish PKK, is to proceed in three stages with implementation expected to be complete by local elections in March 2014. Stage 1: disarming of PKK militants (about 1500) and withdrawal from Turkey; Stage 2: Legal and political management of this process; Stage 3: Normalization, including the reintegration of former PKK rebels into society.


Kurdish New Year’s Resolutions

from NYT > Turkey by By ANDREW FINKEL

Turkey?s prime minister is making good progress negotiating with Kurdish militants. Now he needs to convince his own constituents that compromising means peace, not defeat.

Atatürk’s aphorism on Turkishness replaced with one promoting peace

from Hurriyet Daily News

The removal of ?How happy is the one who says ?I am a Turk,?? a proverb..


PKK should leave unarmed, says Turkish president

from Hurriyet Daily News

Turkish President Abdullah Gül says that the disarmament of the outlawed PKK militants is the essence of the ongoing peace process.


Kurdish peace scenarios in Ankara

from Hurriyet Daily News

The Turkish government has started to draft its scenarios in order to take further steps to realize.


A Kurdish Spring on Many Fronts

from NYT > Turkey by By HARVEY MORRIS

An anticipated truce between Turkey and Kurdish rebels could mark the latest advance for the largest nation in the world without a state of its own.


The Ultimate concurrence: Obama, Öcalan, Barzani

from Hurriyet Daily News

?The only way to truly protect the Israeli people is through the absence of war. Put yourself in their shoes..

Words enough for safe PKK retreat, AKP says

from Hurriyet Daily News

PM Erdoğan?s word is enough to guarantee a safe PKK walkout from the country..


Nationalist leader firm on ?threatening? words

from Hurriyet Daily News

A quarrel between the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the ruling Justice and Development Party

Turkey mulls ‘wise people’ group for Kurd peace process

from Yahoo News Photos

Turkey ‘s government is planning to establish a consultative body to oversee the ongoing peace negotiations with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, the prime minister says.

Three or four ‘wise men’ commissions to be formed: Turkish PM Erdoğan

from Hurriyet Daily News

Three or four ?wise men? commissions, each comprised of seven representatives of civil society, could be formed to guide the ongoing peace process.


Turkey : PKK peace process raises constitutional change questions

The people of Turkey are digesting the historic statement from jailed rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan, who called for a PKK ceasefire on March 21. The?


Analysis: Turkey and PKK on the road to peace


Peace talks between Turkey’s government and Kurdish fighters are progressing quickly, but major hurdles remain.


Turkey’s voting for censors

from World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk by Peter Preston

A leading columnist has been frozen out of his newspaper for revealing details of secret government talks with the PKK

Ocalan Newruz Text in English

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M


Mavi Boncuk |


Let all the oppressed have a free and happy Newroz!


Greetings to all peoples of Middle East and Central Asia who celebrate newroz, the day of revival and rejoice, with the greatest participation in the world?


Greetings to all other peoples of the world who celebrate newroz, the landmark of a new era and sunshine, with enthusiasm and a democratic tolerance.


Turkey’s growing constitutional conundrum

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Aslan Amani

Why does Turkey need a new constitution and what makes it so difficult to draft one?

OIC Secretary General commends Turkish government?s ?determination for peace?

from Hurriyet Daily News

The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, has welcomed the call for a cease-fire..

Singing in Kurdish And Other Good Tidings

from Kamil Pasha by Jenny White

There?s so much good news in a row that it?s giving me vertigo. First, the Turkish government and the PKK call for an end to their long, vicious war. Then Israel makes up with Turkey by apologizing for the Mavi Marmara incident. And now, oh the irony, the Turkish government has kindly offered the financially ruined Greek Cypriots the opportunity to join the Turkish Lira Zone, should they be booted out of the Euro Zone.

A critical take on Turkey?s peace process

from Hurriyet Daily News

Turkey?s fledgling efforts to give peace a chance has taken a crucial turn on Nevruz day with a tremendous crowd..

KCK, PKK, HPG Declare Ceasefire

from Bianet :: English

KCK Executive Council Chair Murat Karayılan declared an official ceasefire with Turkey yesterday, adding that they were ready to withdraw from Turkey depending on Turkish administration’s response to the ongoing peace efforts.


Is a ?Wise Men Commission? being formed?

from Hurriyet Daily News

While Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was answering the questions of journalists during his Netherlands..

Barzani welcomes Öcalan?s call, ready for role in process

from Hurriyet Daily News

The president of Iraq?s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Masoud Barzani…


Sabotage : Pas de drapeau turc au Newroz de Diyarbakir !

from YOL (routes de Turquie et d’ailleurs) by anne

L’annonce de la fin du conflit armé, la  “fraternité turco kurde” et même l’éloge de “la bannière  musulmane” sous laquelle elle se serait épanouie avant la naissance de la  République (ça c’est plus nouveau) proclamé  par le message d’Öcalan  devant une immense foule en liesse lors du Newroz à Diyarbakir,  n’ont pas suffit. Certes, tout le monde ou presque  se réjouit.


Drapeau turc que le président du CHP Kemal Kiliçdaroglu affichait sur son compte Twitter, assorti d’un court extrait  de l’hymne national turc :

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