Sunday, January 27, 2008

La Turquie est bourlinguer!

Or...Turkey is drifting, looking for the best place to rest and then, move forwards.
After 3 years being a candidate EU member state, and ample discussions it didn't do anything than distorting the whole process of negotiations. Turkey is for example the biggest offender of Human rights within the EU and its candidate member countries, and complains and violates the rules of the the Court the most, just before Russia, more often than any other country.

Neo-Communism In Central Asia Mirror

Two weeks ago I read a column of Ali Kubeli wherein he glorified the developments in Uzbekistan. And were he called his co-observers of the OESO and other countries (more than 200) partial and imperialist. In fact he is so biased, that I could not believe my eyes.
As everybody knows, Turkish 'sister republics' like Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan etc. are important for several reasons; its strategically locations, energy resources, and much more. That he supports the dictatorial regimes of these countries shows that he is still dreaming of a neo-communistic/anti-democratic Central Asia mirror. Including Turkey, and of course as the Big Brother for these countries.
That he, Ali Kubeli, is a notorious reactionair, becomes obvious. And part of Turkish establishment as well: always putting the finger towards others to blame for.
Or is it envy?

Heading towards what?

Since last year, Turkey went from issue to issue. Or better said: from crisis to crisis. And it looks that neither Turkey nor their allies really knows what the upshot will be. And, in which direction? Still.

Turkey is on a breaking point: is it real democratic and religious or anti-democratic and religious intolerant? That’s at stake. The image of a honest broker between the different cultural and dutiful groups in Turkey are puzzled; is Turkey a multi-cultural society like where the Turkish communities in West Europe are living in? Or how the 'Americans' are living together, or the Brazilians, the Australians?

Yes, there are quite some ‘Turkish watchers’ these days. Deliberations about Turkey during dinners, cocktails and other inter cultural merrymaking is a fact. But are perceptions changing and is the nation state of Turkey vulnerable for external pressure. Can it be a country which is not a secular one, nor religious one, but a third way, where the EU institutions can be a security factor? For all of you: if you join the EU, you can join but never leave.

Facts are that the country is changing swiftly, and it looks like that no one can really follow what’s going on, even some well educated Turks. . .

Day Opening - January 27

English countryside.