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MEHMET ALİ BİRAND > Ergenekon has sunk

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I am watching the process of a case - which I supported at the beginning -collapsing in front of my eyes because of absurd and unlawful practices. In my mind, it has lost all its significance.

Look at it. Some 22 cases have been added to the main case. While it had been anticipated that the prosecutors would make their final arguments, they took steps for a further expansion of the case and a further extension. We have now entered a phase that will last for years.

It is a real pity.

Most probably, the real offenders will be lost among the innocent. The case that was opened to end the deep state will inflict wounds in society’s conscience.

Our judiciary, definitely, has flunk.

The Alevis are so right

The Alevis are so right in their reactions, no matter how much they react.

The office of the Speaker of Parliament responded negatively to the appeal of Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Hüseyin Aygün. It said Cemevis (Alevi worship places) were not worship places, a serious ruling indeed.

Who decided on this?

Of course, it was the Directorate of Religious Affairs.

This is like letting the fox guard the henhouse. It wasn’t just Aygün’s reaction, but also that of Justice and Development Party (AK Party) deputy Haluk Özdalga that was right. “Rights and freedoms are not determined by state bureaucracy … It is like asking the General Staff whether or not women wearing headscarves should be allowed into officers clubs, or asking the Higher Education Board (YÖK) whether they should be allowed in universities,” he said.

The AK Party highlights democracy and freedoms for its own beliefs, but when it comes to the topic of Alevis it immediately circumvents. It still cannot accept that the Alevis cannot be denied.

The return of stolen historic artifacts

The hunt for the historic artifacts that were stolen and smuggled overseas was first launched by journalist Özgen Acar in 1984. He had seen the Karun Treasures in the catalogue of the New York Metropolitan Museum, as well as the Elmalı Treasures in the catalogue of the Boston Museum. He spent years trying to get them back and played a vital role in their return.

Now, Culture and Tourism Minister Ertuğrul Günay is bringing home presents one after the other. It is impossible not to adore him. I don’t think we have ever had a Culture Minister who was so keen on monitoring our historic artifacts and following up their return.

Günay, not only with his successful ministry achievements but also with these actions, will long have a special place in our hearts.

My guess is a draw
Everybody knows I am a Galatasaray fan.

Sunday is a big day.

To be frank, on the one hand, I am saying “Go, Lions” and that we will definitely win. On the other hand, I have butterflies in my stomach thinking, “What if we are beaten?”

I am sure the Fenerbahçe fans are in the same situation.

This is football, it is unpredictable. The ball that goes 5 mm right or left of the post may go out of the pitch, or somebody may slip in to score a goal.

Being at our Arena Stadium, we have the advantage. But there have been times before when we were beaten despite this advantage.

I don’t what your guess is, but mine is that we will either win or, at worst, it will end in a draw.

I do not even want to think about a defeat. Moreover, if we are beaten, then the nagging of our Fenerbahçe friends will be intolerable.

Let it be played fair, with no fights…

December/15/2012

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