October 30, 2014

'Red Book' should not be used as a threat, analysts say

Former members of the National Security Council (MGK) have warned that the “Red Book,” a national security document in which major threats against the nation are enumerated, should not be used as a tool for threats, but expressed concern that the government is possibly used it in just such a way.

‘Erdoğan has replaced 1980 coup generals'

Dr. Selim Kaptanoğlu, former Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) politician and former doctor of late iconic MHP leader Alparslan Türkeş, said on Tuesday that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has replaced the National Security Council (MGK) of the Sept. 12, 1980 military coup by amassing power.

October 29, 2014

Is Anybody Out There?

Emre Çelik

It's unfortunate when an organization tasked with providing help to the needy must ask for help itself. It's even more unfortunate when the help it seeks is rooted in deliberate and systematic suppression. In Turkey today, relief organization Kimse Yok Mu, affiliated with the Fethullah Gulen inspired Hizmet movement has become the target of repeated attacks by Turkey's political neo-tyrants, the most prominent of whom is President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Warning of another Feb. 28 on the eve of an MGK meeting

Erhan Başyurt

Tomorrow the National Security Council (MGK) will convene. Turkey is going through a grave security crisis due to the situation in Syria and Iraq, and the escalation of domestic terror. The road map, the peshmerga corridor, martyred security forces…

Erdoğan's personal propaganda tool, the MGK

Mümtazer Türköne

Like the National Security Agency (NSA) in the US, or the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) in Germany, the MGK in Turkey -- the National Security Council -- is the land's highest coordinator for state security. With constitutional reforms made in the wake of European Union reforms that led to an increase in the number of civilian members on this high security board, the general weight of government representatives on the MGK became much more formidable. Debates surrounding the MGK always reflect power struggles within the ranks of the state. And in the past, of course, the military used this board to design and guide politics. In fact, the most recent military coup in Turkish history -- the Feb. 28, 1997 process -- sprung from a MGK meeting and the decisions reached at this meeting.

October 28, 2014

'The Gulen movement is one of the very few that has managed to live what it preaches.'

Fikir Atlasi*, Episode 12 (Full text)

I’m Khaled Abou Fadl**. I’m a professor of law at UCLA School of Law and an author of a number of books on Islamic theology and law.

Turkey will hurt own interests if gov't shuts down Kimse Yok Mu

Former Director for East African Affairs for the US State Department Professor David Shinn said in an interview, “If the government of Turkey is trying to shut down Kimse Yok Mu (Is Anybody There) it would seem to be a case of hurting its own interests in Africa.”

Despite blocking accounts, Kimse Yok Mu able to collect donations

Despite the latest step in a government crackdown on Turkey's UN-affiliated aid organization, Kimse Yok Mu, in which two banks blocked the organization's accounts, administrators for the charity have said they are still able to collect money through their other accounts.

October 27, 2014

Fethullah Gülen speaks at UN

Selçuk Gültaşlı

Amid strong efforts by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to declare him a terrorist, Fethullah Gülen addressed the United Nations on Oct. 24.

Government blocks bank accounts of aid organization

The Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government's efforts to disrupt the work of Turkey's leading aid organization Kimse Yok Mu (Is Anybody There) continues with the unlawful blocking of the organization's bank accounts on Oct. 22.

Pro-government media allowed to lie, ignores compensation penalties

Media outlets within the government's sphere of influence have ignored court orders for them to publish retractions of fabricated stories, especially about the Hizmet movement after the corruption scandals that were made public on Dec. 17 and Dec. 25.

What a plot attempts to tell

Begüm Burak

The film “Birleşen Gönüller” (The Converging Hearts) was released to Turkish audiences on Friday.

The fate of prosecutors

Ekrem Dumanlı

An election was held at the Ankara Bar Association recently. Nuh Mete Yüksel, who was among the powers that be in the prosecutorial community in the past, entered while this was taking place. He was once an awe-inspiring prosecutor. Apparently, he retired from prosecuting and became a lawyer. Of course, he is now deprived of the terrifying appearance he had in those years. He no longer has the frigid countenance that would send everyone's hearts throbbing with fear. As it happens, some lawyers started to protest harshly the “fledgling lawyer.” Moreover, the hall was filled with shouts of "Go away!" So Yüksel had to go back without casting his vote...

Tyrants do not remain in power long, warns Constitutional Court head

The head of Turkey's top court has said oppressors who are cursed by their victims, as history has shown, are not able to remain in power for long.

Land tender won by TUSKON reopened in defiance of court decision

The tender for a large parcel of land which was won by the Turkish Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists (TUSKON) was reopened on Monday, despite a prior court decision barring such a move, according to a statement from the confederation on the same day.