Monday, July 21, 2008


"Psychological Operations (PSYOP, PSYOPS) are techniques used by military and police forces to influence a target audience’s emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and behavior."
~ From The Kassandra Project.

Here are some photos from DTP's congress held over the weekend in Ankara. For those of you not in Turkey who can access Özgür Gündem, you can view all their photos at their website.

The news on the congress from Turkish media plays the same themes about DTP across the board. Ahmet Türk, elected as the chairman of DTP is characterized as a "moderate". Emine Ayna, that bad girl, is characterized as a hawk and the leader of the hawks inside DTP. This is typical, especially from Gülen's media organs, such as Zaman, which has also led the way in manufacturing internal warfare within KCK's leadership. That fairy tale always claims that there is a battle between "Syrians" and "Turks" in KCK's leadership, usually pitting Bahoz Erdal (alleged "Syrian") against Cemil Bayık (alleged "Turk") or Murat Karayılan (another alleged "Turk"). Turkish media's fatal flaw in this particular case is that it fails to understand that there are no "Syrians", "Turks", or even "Swiss" in KCK. There are only Kurds.

DTP bad girl Ayna is criticized because she views the bullshit Ergenekon investigation as an internal Turkish hegemonic clash. But Ayna is not the only one who's characterized the bullshit Ergenekon investigation in that way. I have done so. Apo has done so. Ahmet Altan has done so. Ufuk Uras, by condemning the TBMM's refusal to extend the bullshit Ergenekon investigation to include everyone who has been responsible for Deep State crimes, has also characterized the investigation as a matter of internal hegemony. You can get a general idea of the mood of the Turkish media in English, here.

So Ayna is criticized in Turkish media for being right. I suspect that both the AKP closure case and the bullshit Ergenekon investigation are both part of the Dolmabahçe Deal that was struck between AKP and TSK in May 2007. A similar meeting at the Dolmabahçe Palace took place in last month between Erdoğan and the next chief of the Turkish general staff, İlker Başbuğ. The bullshit Ergenekon investigation attempts to make AKP appear as a positive champion of democracy, even while the poor little guys appear as victims, suffering from the very undemocratic process of closure. The result of both is to boost AKP's support among the grassroots, even while AKP together with the Turkish general staff remove dead wood from the Deep State.

The bullshit Ergenekon investigation and the AKP closure case may, in fact, be part of the Turkish general staff's own plan to manipulate public opinion.

After all, you don't hear the Americans or the Europeans get all worked up about DTP's closure case, do you?

Lots of women participate in the cause because DTP is one of two organizations that push for gender equality for Kurdish women. DTP's own leadership has a good number of capable Kurdish women to set the example for the population.

Don't forget your constituents.

Looks bad for AKP here.

Lots of younger women are involved, too. Let's hope that some of these will follow in the footsteps of the female trailblazers in DTP.

There's no mistaking where her loyalties lie.

"We condemn the things that have been done to Roj TV and the [Kurdish] press." Note the copy of Azadîya Welat.

More women, showing their support. I bet they remember the Ankara regime's treatment of their sisters in Wan during Newroz.


Renegade Eye said...

I don't fully understand the politics. I can tell it was an incredible mass event.

Do they have a program?

Gordon Taylor said...

Gareth Jenkins, at EDM, on the July 1 "Ergenekon" arrests:

The AKP has long argued, with considerable justification, that the case filed for its closure with the Constitutional Court is based more on political than legal considerations. But the police raids of July 1 have reinforced the impression that Turkey’s deepening political crisis is not, as the AKP would have observers believe, a struggle for democracy but a trial of strength between two essentially undemocratic forces who are both prepared to use sympathizers in the judicial system for their own political ends.

Hevallo said...

Long live the Kurdish people's Freedom Struggle!!

Anonymous said...

"Looks bad for AKP here"

I totally love your site HBK.

God Bless You Always,


Anonymous said...

"Looks bad for AKP here"

I meant to do a LOL on this one. heh

Mizgîn said...

Renegade, nobody fully understands the politics in Turkey :P Hurriyet also carried photos of the congress, but they didn't have any shots showing the entire hall packed with people. There really was a huge number of people there, and in Ankara, of all places.

DTP's program is basically a socialist program because it is a very left party. Items on their platform would include identity (including mother language education, and not only for Kurds, as Abdullah Demirbas showed when he was mayor of Sur Municipality), decentralization and a confederal system, amnesty for PKK, and gender equality. These are the main, general items that would form DTP's platform. I'm sure others can think of more items that might be included.

Gordon, the problem with Jenkins is that he's not saying what the "appearance" is in Turkey. As AKP continues to play the victim of the big, bad Pashas over the closure issue, even Turkish liberals are forced to defend them for the sake of "democracy." DTP (and Ocalan) wish to avoid this trap for the Kurdish people. As for the Ergenekon investigation, both Ahmet Turk and Emine Ayna have said that if the investigation doesn't cross the Firat, then it's not a serious investigation.

Erdogan knew all about Ergenekon in 2003 and he did nothing until now? Why? I would have liked to have been a fly on the wall in Dolmabahce when Erdogan and Buyukanit met. I have the gut feeling that we will see the effects of the deal made between them for some time to come.


Chase, it looks bad for AKP because those are old, religious guys. And there were other photos of old religious guys at the congress. I'm hoping that AKP's poo is finally catching up with them and it will be flung back at them with a fury come the next elections. They are nothing but a dirty little pack of monkeys.

azadixwaz said...

i think akp should be closed down!
but i dont know if dtp is fully ready for an early election or not.

honestly i dont think anything will come out of ergenekon.

imagine that there is not a high enough court or power that can judge buyukanit legally in turkey! and now we know these ergenekon guys are connected to the semdinli guys, and semdinli guys were the good boys of buyukanit. but nobody dares to say anything about him.

bottom line being, this is nothing, even if some useless organs of eregenekon are being retiredcurrently it does not mean anything, if it does not go deep and touch all that are involved including the buyukanit and the ones that are on the other side of firat!

Anonymous said...

Although I think Ergenekon is bullshit. I feel no sadness about the arrest of Veli Kucuk, Yalcin Kucuk, Perincek and those other scumbags.

Anonymous said...

By the way maybe you could write an article about Kucuk's and Perincek's former connections to PKK. Now they changed their horses.. But it has nothing to do with Ergenekon. Ergenekond idn't exist in that time.

Mizgîn said...

I don't see any need to write about alleged connections between Kucuk, Perincek, and PKK because alleged connections between the Deep State (remember, Ergenekon didn't exist at the time) are propaganda that the anti-apocular have thrown around since when? 1984? In all that time, no evidence has been produced to prove the claim.

Gaining control of "PKK" finance and media was a goal of this alleged "Antidote". If there are "connections" between PKK and Ergenekon--or Deep State, which is the same thing--then why didn't this happen from the beginning? If there are "connections" then there's no need to control "PKK" finance and media because they should already be influenced by Ergenekon/Deep State, and would, presumably, be disseminating Deep State propaganda. But that's not the little drama that we've seen played out in Denmark since spring 2005, is it?

If there were "connections" between Ergenekon/Deep State and PKK, then why would there be plans to overthrow the PKK leadership and replace it with Turkish military officers?

If there were connections between Ergenekon/Deep State and PKK, then why would Ocalan say that Ergenekon went to Imrali in 2002 and never came back? Wouldn't they be there all the time, planning everything that Ocalan was going to say, so that the messages would be released through "trustworthy couriers"?

Photos with Perincek? Those are very old. And if Perincek went to see Ocalan, and Perincek is part of Ergenekon, then Mehmet Ali Birand must be Ergenekon, too, because he met Ocalan and interviewed him. Same for Michael Gunter. Same for Ahmet Altan and Yasemin Congar, who visited Qendil several months ago.

If you want to see just how messed up and deep so-called Ergenekon is, then you should do some research on Tuncay Guney. He was the one first caught with Ergenekon documents in 2001 and, yeah, it was called Ergenekon then. Everything stems back to Guney, who has connections with Gulen. Why hasn't Guney been extradited? It might have something to do with the fact that Guney is in a very interesting "witness protection program". He now claims to be an orthodox Jew, to the point that some Turkish media is saying that he's a rabbi. Even though he's affiliated with Gulen? Now why would that be? And how would Guney know what's in the files of other journalists? Does he really know, or is he just blowing it out of his ass?

Guney is one very weird guy.

Check Youtube with search term "Tuncay Guney" for Mehmet Ali Birand's show, 32. Gun. Then check Google.

kasif said...

Yalcin Kucuk isn't Veli Kucuk. He had a programme on me-tv before and now he switched sides. He has written a lot of books.

Why Perincek had a meeting with Ocalan?

sehamet said...

The PKK had emerged from the Turkish left, and it was the only political movement of that ancestry that had acquired a genuine mass following. Several icons of the left, such party leaders and thinkers as Doğu Perinçek, Yalçın Küçük and Ertuğrul Kürkçü, sought a dialogue with the PKK, visited its leader Öcalan in Lebanon, and attempted to offer a master narrative in which the Kurdish struggle was part of a larger political struggle — rather unsuccessfully, for the PKK began to believe that its struggle was itself an example for the rest of the world. Their awareness of the importance of the Kurdish question for Turkey's future is expressed well in the catchy title of Perinçek's collection of short essays on the Kurds, The Turkish question.[29] Perinçek was later to revert to a Turkish nationalist standpoint, but in the early 1990s he commented that the real separatist in Turkey was the Turkish state itself, which treated it Kurdish subjects differently from the rest and had allowed the rule of law to lapse in the Kurdish provinces. The Kurdish question was a problem for all Turks, created to a large extent by Turks.