For the record, TÜSİAD also a traitor in PM’e eyes.. A roundup…

Turkish PM Erdoğan slams top business group head for probe warnings PM Erdoğan slammed TÜSİAD over ‘investors won’t come to such country’ statement   Erdogan: Turkish strongman under corruption cloud The Nation … minister has gradually shifted from pragmatist tendencies to ideological ones, from team work to personal decisions, from democracy to authoritarianism, from thought-out … Read more

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 … Read more

for the record, it was TÜSİAD’s turn to be the target in last few days.

The car of Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan is surrounded by security officers as he arrives at his office in Ankara March 5, 2012. A small bomb exploded near the Turkish prime ministry building in the capital Ankara on Monday, about an hour before a cabinet meeting was due to be held there, and one … Read more

Towards elections: What if current political leaders were women? A campaign to increase awareness for more women candidates…

Check out the blog of Necati Özkan, a political consultant, for more of these campaign posters. If they were women, they would probably be housewives, not politicians… Who’s calling Turkey a police state? | Cengiz Çandar by Cengiz Çandar Freedom of speech is part of the daily routine in Turkey. Western attacks on the Turkish … Read more

Towards elections: TÜSİAD comes back to political stage with a draft constitution

  TÜSİAD formulates draft constitution by YAVUZ BAYDAR Will the people of Turkey manage to mobilize for preparing and adopting a democratic constitution? The question is vital in what Ümit Boyner, chairwoman of the Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen?s Association (TÜSİAD), calls ?the watershed elections? approach.   I vote for TÜSİAD?s constitution by KERİM BALCI We … Read more

Melek Çetin: Ümit Boyner?in Kocası

Ümit Boyner?in Kocası Cem Boyner Türk Sanayicileri ve İşadamları Derneği (TÜSİAD) Yüksek İstişare Konseyi toplantısında söz alarak TÜSİAD?ın anayasa çalışması hakkında fikir beyan etti. Söylediklerinin bir kısmı şöyleydi : Çok zor bir testi söylemek istiyorum. İnsanlarımızın özgürlüğü, onuru, hakları ülkenin bölünmesinden daha önemlidir, devletin kendisinden daha önemlidir. Devlet insanları mutlu etmek için vardır. Anayasa da … Read more

Erdoğan at TÜSİAD meeting. Another step towards the center. And a politics roundup…

It seems that AKP is about the settle down as a center right political party with a more islamic tone. In the election process, now comes the peace with TÜSİAD… PM Erdoğan and Businessman Rahmi Koç. Photo source here. US embassy cables: Turkish military ‘plot’ sparks US fears for democracy from World news: Turkey | … Read more

Who gives a s*hit any more? Chief of Staff did not attend the President’s reception…

The army is in a losing battle. They have lost most of their ground. It seems that they cannot even control their (supposedly) tightly sealed structure (ie. latest spy operation) I personally do not give a shit; better not to see uniformed people among civilians… Turkey’s Chief of Staff Gen. Isik Kosaner, right, shakes hands … Read more

49 years ago elected PM Adnan Menderes was hanged by the Junta…

Actually, the anniversary was yesterday… Adnan Menderes Adnan Menderes (Turkish pronunciation: [ad?nan mende??es]? 1899 ? 17 September 1961) was the first democratically elected political leader in Turkish history. He served as prime minister between 1950?1960. He was one of the founders of the Democratic Party (DP) in 1946, the fourth legal opposition party of Turkey. He … Read more

HSYK’s latest judiciary coup attempt, PKK’s ceasefire, Increasing unemployment rates… Towards referendum (6)

Kadir Özbek, head of HSYK, acts like an opposition leader… Ergenekon shadow persists over top jurists, courts Today’s Zaman The suspicious incidents are believed to be the work of Ergenekon, a clandestine criminal organization accused of working to overthrow the government. … Ergenekon suspects intimidate judges with compensation claims Today’s Zaman More and more efforts … Read more

“The ?judicialization? of politics

Turkish judiciary invades the politics…
Men sit under a statue of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of ...

Men sit under a statue of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of secular Turkey, in central Ankara February 17, 2010. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

The ?judicialization? of politics


Today the democratic world is facing the serious problem of the ?judicialization of politics.? I don?t mean just the way state elites have been seizing politics via the high judiciary in Turkey.

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