September 1, 2014

Police officer coerced into testifying against Hizmet

Seyyit Akşit, a police officer who was detained on accusations of involvement in theft and misconduct and subsequently pressured into testifying against the Hizmet movement in exchange for a guarantee that he would be released, has sent information to the prosecutor conducting the investigation because the promises were not fulfilled.

Municipality seeks funds to build dorms after closing Hizmet housing

The Bolu Municipality, having previously closed down dorms and schools belonging to businesspeople affiliated with the faith-based Hizmet movement in July, recently sent official letters to more than 200 companies and businesspeople asking for money to meet student accommodation needs.

Zaman daily reporters not allowed to attend Erdoğan's press conference

Zaman daily reporters were not allowed to attend a press conference of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan that was held at İstanbul Atatürk Airport before Erdoğan flew to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC) on Monday.

August 31, 2014

Gülen's lawyer likens hate campaign against his client to Nazi era

Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen's attorney Nurullah Albayrak said the smear campaign targeting his client to marginalize him has peaked, stressing that the hate speech Gülen has been subjected to for months is comparable to Nazi era discriminatory practices.

Filipino military awards Turkish high school for peace initiatives

The Armed Forces of the Philippines have recognized the Filipino-Turkish Tolerance School in Zamboanga for their contribution to peace in the region.

August 30, 2014

Volunteer doctors on their way for Africa

Kimse Yok Mu Foundation unceasingly continues its medical aid efforts for Africa. Joined by its volunteer doctors with an age average under 50, the foundation is set to provide medical assistance for Tanzanians starting from August 29 thru September 7. In cooperation with the Istanbul-based Ufuk Doctors’ Foundation (UHEK), the volunteers will focus mainly on surgeries. The medical team consists of 15 doctors, one nurse and two coordinators. The doctors will volunteer in gynecology, orthopedics, urology, general surgery, in particular, and neurology, dentistry, family practice, psychiatry and psychology departments.

August 29, 2014

Ethiopian president hails contribution of Turkish schools to education

Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome said Turkish schools in Ethiopia are considered to be a major contributing factor to the education sector in the country.

Decision to build road on school grounds nonsensical, say parents

Following the İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality and Güngören Municipality's decision to build a road within the courtyard of a private school affiliated with the Hizmet movement this week, the school management made a statement on Friday, saying that the parents of students at the school find the decision nonsensical.

A new era with Davutoğlu?

Begüm Burak

Ahmet Davutoğlu, a distinguished academic and the former foreign minister, has been elected as the new head of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and has become the 26th Prime Minister of Turkey.

Treason becomes routine accusation in Turkey

Tülin Daloğlu

Treason is a loaded word, but new Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has made it a habit over the years to accuse anyone critical of his policies with treason. He did the same Aug. 27 in his farewell speech to his Justice and Development Party (AKP) members and used the word “treason” 12 times, accusing the opposition, the Gulenists and the judiciary.

TUSKON encourages businessmen to shift sights toward India

Turkish Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists (TUSKON) President Rızanur Meral urged businessmen to consider opportunities for investment in India, particularly in light of the country's massive population and developing economy, while speaking in İzmir on Thursday.

August 28, 2014

'Hizmet as a pioneer, as a model, has to be emulated by many other movements'

Fikir Atlasi*, Episode 6 (Full text)

Prof. Dr. Zaman Stanizai
My name is Zaman Stanizai.

I teach at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara.

And I am a political scientist and linguist by profession, and I also teach the Islamic traditions, primarily Sufism and tasawwuf in general.

August 27, 2014

İstanbul Municipality builds road through Fatih College courtyard

The İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality has decided to construct a road through the courtyard of the Hizmet-affiliated Fatih College, a private high school that has been in operation in İstanbul's Merter neighborhood for 20 years, Samanyoluhaber reported on Wednesday.

Erdoğan uses aggressive, discriminatory rhetoric in farewell speech

In a speech delivered on Wednesday to bid farewell to his Justice and Development Party (AK Party) members and supporters, President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdoğan once again used aggressive and insulting language when speaking of his critics.

Turkey's ‘new era' for Erdoğan begins with media restrictions

President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's new era in Turkey has kicked off with fresh restrictions, as the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) refused to accredit several media outlets to cover the party's extraordinary congress on Wednesday.