--BABACAN DRAWS REACTION
Babacan's remarks during his speech at the European Parliament, suggesting that not only non-Muslim minorities but also the Muslim majority in
Deputies from the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the opposition who accused Babacan of not knowing statesman code of conduct, said Turkey was the sole country in the Muslim world where religious beliefs lived in the most extensive and perfect sense.
--MONITORING INCIDENTS REACHED GRAVE LEVELS
Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli said, "The monitoring incident in Republican People's Party (CHP) is a scandal. The ruling AKP's intentions to found a state of fear have intensified recently. It is once more understood that the government who lost its political legitimacy, seeks help from unlawful and unethical ways."
--DO THEY TAP MY TELEPHONES AS WELL?
Publication of a private conversation between CHP Secretary-General Onder Sav and a governor by the Vakit newspaper has boosted concerns about illegal tapping. The ruling AK Party submitted a motion to the parliament for an investigation into Sav's allegations that his meeting was bugged by security forces.
--TURKISH JETS HIT PKK TARGETS
Turkish fighter jets have "effectively" hit 16 PKK targets in the Hakurk region in northern part of
--KURDISH ERA IN TRT
The parliament passed a law envisaging the state-run TRT channel to broadcast in languages other than Turkish. TRT will broadcast particularly in Kurdish, and in languages spoken in the near geography such as Arabian and Persian.
--MINISTER: BUGGING IS A STROKE ON FREEDOM
Interior Minister Besir Atalay pledged to investigate the allegations that the headquarters of the CHP was bugged. "Here is a blank check for you. Let's set up a committee and investigate the claims altogether," Atalay said.
The prosecutor who was dealing with the claims that Osman Paksut, the deputy chief judge of the
--F-16 JETS POUND HAKURK
The General Staff said Turkish jets "effectively" hit 16 PKK targets in Hakurk region in the north of
--RULING AKP SUBMITS INVESTIGATION MOTION
The government proposed to set up a "joint committee" to investigate bugging claims. When it could not find the necessary support, it submitted a motion for a parliamentary investigation into the allegations. Interior Minister Besir Atalay said, "We are ready for every type of cooperation."
--DICTATORSHIP OF FEAR
After the monitoring of Republican People's Party (CHP) SG Onder Sav's conversation, CHP members are trying to find out whether their phones are tapped or not. However CHP leader Deniz Baykal said the issue was not only the monitoring of the CHP, but also the violation of freedom of communication. "Voice recordings are being used by the government. They are leaking it out to the media and sometimes using it for blackmailing," said Baykal.
Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli said the recent incidents were concrete indicators of the ruling AKP's intention to set up a dictatorship of fear, and asked a parliamentary inquiry to be launched on the issue. Bahceli said the ruling AKP had besieged the state and the society with unlawful methods.
In the mean time, the ruling AKP proposed to set up an inquiry commission. However it was striking that the proposal was restricted to only the CHP and did not include other monitoring incidents.
--NATIONAL TEAM BUILDS MORALE BEFORE FINALS
--NO NEED FOR AN INVESTIGATION
Security Department Director-General Oguz Kagan Koksal denied the accusations of CHP Secretary-General Onder Sav that security forces bugged the CHP headquarters. "There is no need for an investigation since we did not bug the CHP headquarters."
--RULING AKP SUBMITS MOTION FOR INQUIRY
Meanwhile, the ruling ruling AKP submitted a motion to the parliament to launch a parliamentary inquiry into the tapping of Sav's private conversations.
--TENSION AT PARLIAMENT
Tapping of CHP Secretary-General Onder Sav's private conversations has escalated tension at the parliament. CHP accused the government of violating privacy of people and called on the interior minister to resign. In response, Interior Minister Besir Atalay said, "these are obnoxious allegations. I will not resign."
--GO ON THIS WAY TILL FINAL: 2-0
Turkish national team boosted the morale in their last friendly match ahead of Euro 2008.
--BRITS CAME WHEN WE WERE EXPECTING IRANIANS
Sah Inn Paradise, which was opened in