Babacan now chastised by Ağaoğlu…. US Department of State gives support to Çarşı fan group…

Business tycoon Ağaoğlu slams Turkish deputy PM’s vow to shift focus from construction Ali Ağaoğlu, a construction mogul known for his close ties with the government, has denounced Ali Babacan’s pledge to shift the focus to developing industry, rather than construction ‘You Will Do Anything for Ratings’: More Outrage over the Wife Killer ‘Star’ of Turkish Daytime … Read more

Today’s Turkish judiciary drama: Kenan Evren sentenced, Balyoz Trial for re-trial, Yusuf Yerkel saved…

  Former Turkish president Evren sentenced to life for staging 1980 coup Reuters UK Hundreds of other officers have been jailed after investigations known as “Ergenekon” and “Sledgehammer”. The army has also been excluded from state bodies that had exerted influence on politics, especially after the 1980 coup. Throughout the trial Top Turkish court rules that … Read more

EFD Rights Watch: “All special courts to be scrapped before local elections… Possible Balyoz re-trial…

Key evidence in Turkey?s Balyoz coup case ?fabricated,? expert report says   Turkey?s science watchdog said that the date of key files on a hard drive have been modified Balyoz convicts demand retrial upon expert report on altered evidence   Twelve people convicted in the Balyoz coup plot case have demanded a retrial after a … Read more

Messing up. Police who stopped the Truck full of arms bound to Syria is replaced… A politics roundup..

Newly appointed Minister of Internal Affairs, Efkan Ala claimed that the truck contained charity for Turcomans in Syria… If you believe so… Turkish governor blocks police search on Syria-bound truck reportedly carrying weapons The mystery surrounding a truck seized for allegedly carrying weapons to Syria is deepening after reports that an official search of the cargo … Read more

While ministers’ sons are arrested, AKP leadership denies corruption, targets US Ambassador Ricciardone

4 major newspapers that function as AKP spokespersons today targeted the ambassador: Ricciardone refutes claims US ‘behind Turkey graft probe’ Hurriyet Daily News-3 hours agoShare US’ Ambassador to Turkey, Francis J. Ricciardone has refuted Turkish media reports that United States was “behind” the ongoing graft probe in   Turkey’s governing AK party embroiled in internal strife over corruption claims Irish … Read more

EFD Rights Watch: Arbitrariness routinized as Grup Yorum concert cancelled… As Turkey becomes the 2nd heavily policed country…

Grup Yorum interdit de séjour à Harbiye (Istanbul) Heureusement qu’il n’était pas question de liberté d’expression dans le” paquet démocratique” présenté le 30 septembre dernier par  Recep Tayyip Erdogan, le chef du gouvernement AKP. Sinon on aurait pu penser que la “grande municipalité” d’Istanbul avait loupé l’appel ou pire était entrée en dissidence. Most Heavily Policed: … Read more

EFD Rights Watch: “Turkish Court Upholds Convictions of Coup Plotters

Turkish Court Upholds Convictions of Coup Plotters Senior officers were among the leading defendants whose involvement underlined the power struggle between the government and the military. *********** Protesters opposing Turkish PM during ODTÜ event indicted on terror charges Ankara prosecutors has pressed charges against 11 people involved in the clashes following a protest at the … Read more

EFD Rights Watch: 64 journalists under arrest…Turkey coup case defendants deprived of liberty

UN group says Turkey coup case defendants deprived of liberty The United Nations-mandated Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has released its opinion on the ?Balyoz? (Sledgehammer) coup plot case 64 journalists under arrest, Turkish main opposition announces There are 64 journalists under arrest and another 123 are facing trial on charges of terrorism, the Republican … Read more

#universitelileriozgurbırak EFD Rights Watch: At least 30 more (mostly University students) detained in Istanbul in Gezi Park operations this morning…

At least 30 detained in Istanbul in Gezi Park operations Istanbul police detained at least 30 people in operations held at more than 100 addresses across Istanbul in connection to the Taksim Gezi Park protests. *********** LGBT victims of hate crimes commemorated Ahmet Yıldız was commemorated at an event held on July 14 at Ankara?s … Read more

No EU, No opposition in AKP congress, PM Erdoğan hosts Hamas leader, Iraqi leaders, calls on Germany, France to take action against Islamophobia…

Turkey’s Prime Minister and leader of ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Tayyip Erdogan holds carnations as he enters the hall during his party congress in Ankara September 30, 2012. REUTERS/Murad Sezer Erdoğan calls on Germany, France to take action against Islamophobia from Hurriyet Daily News Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan today called on France … Read more

William Armstrong on “AKP & Fethullah Gülen alliance”, Presidential system debates, New constitution writing…

New constitution formula takes shape from Hurriyet Daily News Parliament?s Constitutional Reconciliation Commission started writing the new constitution beginning with the section on ?fundamental rights and freedoms.? Charter team draws first border from Hurriyet Daily News Turkey?s Constitution Conciliation Committee agrees on 45 titles under the Fundamental Freedoms and Rights chapter, while failing to reach … Read more

TR Politics roundup: Arrested military officials’ wives’ Anıtkabir show; Oda TV arrests…

more photos here The Hasdal prison visit by FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK Chief of General Staff Gen. Işık Koşaner and four force commanders of the Turkish military visited the Hasdal Military Prison on Friday to see military officers and generals who were recently arrested as part of a probe into the Sledgehammer coup plan, which includes … Read more

Oda TV raided by police. Ergenekon trial moves onto journalistic/civil links

However it gets complicated. If there isn’t hard evidence,  and there is a growing anxiety over the evidence issue, then it is impossible to support this raid. This is despite the fact that I have no sympathy for Soner Yalçın and his gang at Oda.TV, an influential website with idiosyncratic left leanings, anti-AKP and pro-Ergenekon … Read more

It gets harder to plan a coup in Turkey. 163 officers arrested.

Former Air Forces Commander Gen. Halil İbrahim Fırtına and former Naval Forces Commander Adm. Özden Örnek are among the 163 suspects who were arrested on Friday. from Today’s Zaman 162 Turkish officers ordered jailed in coup trial Bloomberg That case is based on a conspiracy by an alleged gang of secular nationalists called “Ergenekon.” Critics … Read more

CHP to save Ergenekon suspects; Turkish PM says stress causes harsh rhetoric (!)

Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan inspects a guard of honour during a welcome ceremony in Kiev January 25, 2011.? Read more » REUTERS/Gleb Garanich Turkish PM says stress causes harsh rhetoric from Hurriyet Dailynews Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said that recent comments he made regarding Turkish alcohol consumption arose out of a … Read more