Pity the mafia that is staging what is probably the most significant political trial in modern Turkey’s history – a show trial in which more than three hundred Turkish military officers stand accused of plotting a military coup back in 2003.
WLADIMIR van WILGENBURG
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently signaled in a statement that Turkey is willing to launch joint operations with Iran against Kurdish rebels, the Associated Press reported, but many analysts claim, and Wikileaks cables indicate, that Turkish-Iranian cooperation existed prior to 2011.
The Turkish-Armenian dispute holds a great deal of importance for both countries. The Armenian side accuses Turkey (successor of the Ottoman Empire) of committing genocide in 1915, while the Turks answer these claims by stating that the relocation of the Armenians was a necessity in a time of war.
We all know that the freedom to protest is a significant part of the bedrock of democracy, since all individuals need to express themselves. This is a fundamental right for all citizens in every country, because people have the right to demand more rights, freedom to live better.
On 23rd of January 1517, the Ottomans defeated the Mamluks army, entered the city of Cairo and hanged their leader Tuman bey from its southern gate “ bab Zuwaila”. This victory had a profound impact on the entire Middle East for decades that still resonates today.
The relationship between Turkey and Armenia has remained tranquil since Armenia was declared an independent state in 1991. When the Republic of Armenia became an independent state, Turkey gained a new neighbor in the region after an era of conflicts.
A Turkish court accepted a second indictment yesterday in the infamous Sledgehammer case, adding 28 new names to the 195 officers already under indictment (most of whom have been jailed). The new indictment is based on additional (digital) documents, said to reinforce the original charges, which prosecutors have “found” in a naval base and at the home of a retired colonel.
If the AKP wants to pass a new constitution, Erdogan should remember the true meaning of democracy, not only in his victory speeches from the balcony, but also in making decisions that concern the country’s agenda.