March 28, 2015

Introducing the Hizmet Movement *

Thomas Michel

I thank the organizers for this invitation to be part of the inaugural dinner of the conference “Islam in the Age of Global Challenges: Alternative Perspectives of the Gülen Movement.” I am also grateful to Georgetown University for hosting this event.

March 27, 2015

NTIC Maths contest raises hope for Nigerians

Fear has been implicated as one of the major causes of poor performance rate in Mathematics among primary school pupils. And it is against this backdrop that the Nigerian Turkish International Colleges, NTIC, in partnership with National Mathematics Center, NMC, decided to rekindle hope through the institution of the Annual National Mathematics Competition for pupils in primary 5 and 6 classes.

Democracy 'at risk' in Turkey, according to IPI special report

International Press Institute, Logo
One of the leading international press freedom watchdogs, the International Press Institute (IPI), has said in a special report on Turkey that Turkish authorities' failure to safeguard -- and, in some cases, their active steps to undermine -- the right to share and receive information has led to serious deficiencies in the country's democracy, placing its future at serious risk.

‘Turkish journalism under attack, not just individual journalists’

Various prominent Turkish journalists attending a panel hosted by Columbia University in New York have said that a large-scale attack is under way against journalism in Turkey, not just against individual journalists.

Bank Asya CEO calls for an end to lawless takeover

Speaking on a live TV interview with Bugün TV on Thursday, ousted Bank Asya CEO Ahmet Beyaz called for an immediate halt to the illegal and political takeover of the bank, engineered by state regulators.

March 26, 2015

The Most Recent Reviver in the ‘Ulama Tradition: The Intellectual ‘Alim, Fethullah Gulen

Ali Bulaç*

In the course of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries the Islamic world underwent a deep crisis and two approaches emerged to offer potential solutions. One of these places emphasis on the state and politics and is committed to building a new society and political entity. The other is based upon social reform and intellectual transformation. The key words for the first perspective are politics and the state, whereas education and spiritual improvement are the key terms for the latter.

March 25, 2015

Hizmet and the interfaith movement

Abdurrahman Kadiri

As a former admirer of the famous communist cum philosopher, Karl Marx, I had perceived religion as the real ‘opium of the people’ as a result of the several crises rocking the world, whose origin appear to be deep-rooted in religion ideologies.

"Fethullah Gülen has inspired many Muslims to be engaged in interfaith dialogue"

What do you think about Gülen's works and his contribution on interfaith dialogue and humanity?

Gülen’s lawyer says client has nothing to do with KPSS scandal

The lawyer of Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen criticized on Wednesday the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office for involving his client in a case involving allegations of cheating in the 2010 State Personnel Examination (KPSS) -- a centralized exam used to determine those eligible for employment in state agencies -- without any evidence whatsoever.

KPSS operation full of contradictions, claimed to target Hizmet

The investigation into alleged cheating in the 2010 State Personnel Examination (KPSS) was restarted recently, amid claims that it is politically motivated after many discrepancies were noted regarding the timing and basis of operations.

US gov’t says shares concerns over Turkey’s poor press freedom record

The United States administration has said it shares the concerns of US lawmakers over Turkey's worsening press freedom record and encouraged Ankara to further its democratic ideals in its response to a controversial letter that sparked a storm in Turkish politics.

Twitter blocks access to tweets by Today’s Zaman editors for ‘insulting’ PM

Twitter has blocked access two tweets by two top editors of Today's Zaman daily over Turkish court decisions which ruled that the posts contained “insults” at Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu.

Bank Asya shareholders lodge complaint against Ernst & Young Turkey

Bank Asya shareholders have lodged a complaint with the global headquarters of independent auditing firm Ernst & Young, accusing the Turkish branch of the company of avoiding commenting on improper financial statements drawn up by the bank's interim board.

Ministry of Education shuts down 2 schools abroad

The Ministry of Education, which proposed offering the same services provided by Turkish schools established around the world by entrepreneurs inspired by the views of Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen if they closed, has shut down its schools in Libya and Kazakhstan, a daily reported on Wednesday.

March 24, 2015

PM Davutoğlu sues Today’s Zaman editors over tweets

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has sued two journalists from Today's Zaman over tweets they wrote, the latest in a series of similar cases filed against journalists in Turkey.

March 23, 2015

Different faces of Turkish Islamic nationalism

Senem Aslan*

On Dec. 17, 2013, Turkish prosecutors started a corruption investigation into the activities of the sons of three ministers of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government, businessmen close to the government, and bureaucrats. The corruption allegations later included then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan after wiretapped telephone conversations between Erdoğan and his son about hiding large sums of cash were leaked on the Internet. The prosecutors were believed to be followers of Fethullah Gülen, an Islamic scholar who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania.

March 22, 2015

Kurdish theologian: Gülen’s ideas best antidote to ISIL

Jafar Gwani, an Islamic theologian based in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq, has said the ideas of Fethullah Gülen, an Islamic preacher who lives in self-imposed exile in the US, are the best antidote in the fight against the ideology of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

March 20, 2015

Report: Erdoğan's anti-Turkish school rhetoric damages Turkish-African ties

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's unrelenting denunciation of schools affiliated with the Gülen community and calls for the closure of the schools over the past two years have been harshly criticized in the central African country of Cameroon.

Erdoğan’s skullduggery

Abdullah Bozkurt

In a classic textbook style of how an authoritarian leader behaves, Turkey's “dictator-wannabe” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan employs tactics ranging from blackmailing of his opponents to co-opting or outright buying them off, from running smear campaigns to setting up plots to frame and discredit his challengers so that his one-man rule gets prolonged amid a sputtering economy, a constitutional crisis and a massive corruption scandal.

Global Doctors Movement goes to Africa, performs 65 cataract surgeries

Doctors with the Global Doctors Movement (Küresel Doktorlar Hareketi) and medical students from the Healing Hands Club of Şifa University have treated 65 cataract patients in Cameroon, Mali, and Somalia.