Turks in Guantanamo

The Guantanamo Files On Sunday April 24, 2011 WikiLeaks began publishing 779 secret files from the notorious Guantanamo Bay prison camp. The details for every detainee will be released daily over the coming month. Prisoner list for Turkey

Once again, Judiciary mechanisms in Turkey become an obstacle for peace: YSK Disqualifies Pro-Kurdish Politicians From Parliamentary Election

Kurdish protesters run away from tear gas during clashes with riot police in a street demonstration on April 19, 2011 in Istanbul after Turkey’s electoral board barred prominent Kurdish candidates from standing in upcoming elections. Turkish riot police fired teargas and water cannons during pitch battles with thousands of demonstrators infuriated by the ban. (AFP/Mustafa … Read more

Today in the election process. AKP’s election manifesto announced, CHP nominates another Ergenekon defendant. A roundup

CHP nominated İlhan Cihaner as a MEP candidate from Denizli. PM Erdoğan promised something like building up two cities around Istanbul… Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures to the audience after announcing his ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) election manifesto in Ankara April 16, 2011. Turkey will hold parliamentary elections on June 12. … Read more

Turkish model at work: glorious Turkish state cannot find a vehicle to bring Ahmet Şık to his own hearing while a compulsory filter program is on the agenda for advanced web censorship…

Journalists held a protest near the courthouse. The banner read ‘We will touch even if we get burned.’ DAILY NEWS photo, Emrah GÜREL   Journalist Şık Absent at Court – Transportation Mishap at Prison Bianet On Thursday (14 April) the Kadıköy (Istanbul) 2 nd Criminal Court of First Instance held a hearing of the trial … Read more

It looks like another one-minute case occured today…

Typical Turkish reaction. Citing the faults of European countries to justify our faults… Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, April 13, 2011. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler Erdogan rejects criticism of clampdown on Turkish media Turkey-EU: a strong team by JOOST LAGENDIJK Should Turkey, the European Union … Read more

Towards elections: MEP candidate lists announced. A roundup

Nabi Avcı is one of the candidates from AKP. Follow the link for the other candidates Mr. Avcı is my very first professor in my academic career. He was one of our faculty members and one of the most loved ones, before he became an advisor for PM Erdoğan. I wish the latter had listened … Read more

Towards elections: Erdoğan’s obsession for presidential system and more…

Even President Abdullah Gül and Bülent Arınç opposes the PM Erdoğan’s desire for the presidential system. I cannot know why he is so eager about that. Under normal conditions, his party already dominates the parliamentary system… Transsexual Running for Parliament from Kamil Pasha by Jenny White Photo from Radikal-Öykü Özen is running for parliament. She … Read more

Ergenekon Prosecutor Öz replaced, and i couldn’t figure out what this really means…

I think in the final analysis this is a face saving operation. Journalists’ arrest did not do good for the Ergenekon Case. Mr. Öz will still be around though he was a bit under pressure. Now new prosecutors to energize the process… Ergenekon Prosecutor Öz removed from case in reassignment by ISTANBUL – Daily News … 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

Turkey’s zigzags on Libyan crisis. A Libya and a Turkish foreign policy roundup.

The four New York Times journalists, who had been captured by Libyan forces while covering the conflict there, pose with Turkey’s Ambassador to Libya Levent Sahinkaya (C) at the Turkish embassy in Tripoli in this undated handout released March 21, 2011. Libya released the four on Monday, nearly a week after they had been captured, … Read more

Two Turkish dailies on journalistic offensive (!): Taraf starts to cooperate with Wikileaks and Star relaunched with a new design and content…

Taraf daily announced today that they began to cooperate with Wikileaks and Turkey related Cablegate material will be published soon. Today’s issue also has an exclusive interview with Julian Assange. Taraf is definitely the best paper in Turkey to cooperate with. Very good decision for Wikileaks… http://twitter.com/tanselparlak/status/47903928171511808 Yeni Star'ı çok beğendim. Bu sabah Star ve … Read more

by the way, Egemen Bağış first accused EU of ‘racism’ then backed down…

Egemen Bağış, state minister and Turkey’s chief EU negotiator. AA photo This is another sign of how Mr. Bağış did rise so fast politically. He is a loyal follower of his party leader in aggressive rhetorics. In Auschwitz, Turkey minister accuses EU of ‘racism’ from Yahoo news The EU risks being besieged by a racist … Read more

Israel justifies herself with the Turkel Report….

Israeli soldiers stand guard on a missile ship as the Israeli navy intercepts a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in the Mediterranean Sea on May 31, 2010. An Israeli probe ruled on Sunday that a May 2010 raid on Gaza-bound aid ships that killed nine Turks was in keeping with international law, a finding which “stunned and … 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

So, Turkey did let US use airbase for rendition flights…

photo source here. WikiLeaks cables: Turkey let US use airbase for rendition flights from World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk by Mark Tran Turkey allowed use of Incirlik airbase as refuelling stop, US embassy cable reveals, after Turkish denials of involvement Turkey allowed the US to use its airbase at Incirlik in southern Turkey as part … Read more