21st Century Democracy in Turkey

21st Century Democracy in Turkey

Postby Speak-Ez on Thu Feb 25, 2010 9:24 pm

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There have been a lot of stories coming out of Turkey over the past few years of military involvement in attempts to marginalize the top elected government leaders, but it may just be that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has finally gained the upper hand in this ongoing drama.

There are a lot journalists watching and writing about what's going on in Turkey and it isn't possible to include all links here, so why don't we start with a recent BBC article that covers the basics rather well, especially if one clicks on the links provided.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8536216.stm

Of course, this one article, even with the links provided on that BBC page, is not nearly enough to properly cover this ongoing story, but this is a start.

It is has been said when trying to analyze a situation that there are two sides to every coin, but that's not true. There are three sides to a coin. I hope we can get views from some of you in Turkey that give us outside of Turkey a better understanding of all three sides.

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Re: 21st Century Democracy in Turkey

Postby Rhet-or-Ric on Fri Feb 26, 2010 3:52 pm

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It seems there have been a new series of detainments of some officers of the Turkish armed forces. I use the word detainment, but in the CNN article for which I'll provide a link below Ivan Watson and Yesim Comert state that Col. Huseyin Ozcoban was arrested, which is obviously more serious than being 'detained'.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/0 ... r.arrests/

This new round of detainments and/or arrests coming a day after the summit which was noted in the post above would appear to indicate that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan feels he is on solid ground with the people and the military will not take measures outside of the law to stop him. It will be interesting to find out if he is correct.

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Re: 21st Century Democracy in Turkey

Postby no1home on Fri Feb 26, 2010 4:53 pm

I'm wondering if the Prime Minister manufactured a coup to help solidify his power. Blame the military, put a few in jail and gain more ground power wise.
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Re: 21st Century Democracy in Turkey

Postby CielOnTap on Sat Feb 27, 2010 6:11 pm

Turkey's political leaders, not anyone specific in mind, having been trying to get into the European Union but membership eludes the country. Some existing EU members are concerned because Turkey is European and Asian in many ways. That duality seems to be shadowing any membership campaign.

How many countries recently have we read in the newspaper have the in-power politicians and the military seeming at odds about how things are done? Two coups or overthrows within the past 12 months occurred in Fiji and Honduras.
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