The eternal question will become more relevant than ever: if Kurds want more "equality" and Turkey has struck such balance in Cyprus either with 1960 or 1974 or 2010, then why not consider such options for her Kurds as well? Surely, on the suffering scale Kurds suffered and suffer immensely more! In the process we will all realize that the appalling status of the freedom of press in Turkey may claim the entire Turkish speaking world as victims!
Hypocrisy and/or Half-knowledge #10
"Are we ready to prepare a democratic constitution democratically?" by ORHAN KEMAL CENGİZ | Hurriyet Daily News | 12Jan2011
ORHAN KEMAL CENGİZ says: ... As you probably know, almost all of the constitutions Turkey has had were prepared and adopted under “extraordinary” circumstances. Because of this constitutional history, which is quite similar to that of Latin American countries, Turkish constitutions, including the current one, were designed as “power maps” rather than as documents of fundamental principles and bills of rights that establish the rights of citizens vis-à-vis the state. As power balances changed, so have the constitutions. Apart from several completely new constitutions in the last 50 years, we have also made countless amendments to each of them to adapt them to the realities in Turkey, and these amendments have made our anti-democratic constitutions incoherent. Thus, the outdated, incoherent and anti-democratic Constitution of 1982 (which is still in force) itself spells the need for a new constitution. I believe there will be intense debate and preparation on a new constitution after the upcoming general elections. ... But these steps are not enough. Freedom of speech and freedom of expression should be guaranteed at all levels for everyone involved in the discussion. If one considers how many taboos we have, it becomes clear how important guaranteeing free speech is. Preparing a constitution is an act that resembles establishing a state from the very beginning. And if the constitution is to be a people’s constitution, then all fears and concerns should be put aside for these discussions. Of course, in a deeply divided country it is not easy to find broad common ground, but if the government understands the serious nature of preparing a new constitution, it will not be impossible to find a consensus, even if only a narrow one.
ANTIFON says: Why is Turkey, a country that beyond doubt has severe democratic deficiencies, allowed to preach truly democratic Cyprus on the need for constitutional amendments or the type of solution that she should adopt? Why?
"Democratic autonomy or decentralization?" | by MÜMTAZER TÜRKÖNE | 25Dec2010 | Today's Zaman
TÜRKÖNE says: ... The demand to have a separate flag, which gets on many people’s nerves, is nothing but populism ...
ANTIFON says: So it was for the TMT. Look where we are today, with TSK's blessing.