July 24, 2014

'Arınç's demand that Hizmet repent admission of witch hunt'

Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç's words, saying that if police chiefs detained early Tuesday morning in a large-scale operation repent things can go back to normal, is considered an admission of a politically orchestrated witch hunt by the government.

'Parallel' is a fantastic panacea

Orhan Kemal Cengiz

So many police officers have been taken into custody in connection with allegedly illegally tapping telephones, espionage charges, on suspicion of creating false evidence and so on. And these police officers include almost all the police officers who conducted the graft investigation in which ministers, their children and the prime minister's son were shown as prime suspects.

Uganda: Makerere University to teach Turkish

NILE Dialogue Platform, the Ugandan subsidiary of Gülen Movement, a Turkish social movement whose teachings lay emphasis on interfaith and intercultural dialogue is set to support the introduction of Turkish at Makerere University.

No better gift for Nigerien orphans

Kimse Yok Mu Foundation, which has been giving off Ramadan joy with the slogan “Fill up your umbrella of mercy with the abundance of sharing” in 110 countries on 5 continents, lifted up this time the orphans in the Nigerien capital Niamey. The foundation gave away scholarships to 250 orphan to the volume of 75 thousand dollars in total and also served iftar dinners to two thousand 500 hundred. It continues to reach out to the orphan around the world.

Kimse Yok Mu’s Ramadan packages for Filipino families

Kimse Yok Mu Foundation, in cooperation with the participating organizations and volunteers, keep bringing in Ramadan’s abundance to those in need around the world.

Kimse Yok Mu Iftar in Kyrgyzstan

Kimse Yok Mu Foundation has recently held an iftar dinner in the capital city Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The dinner at Sarmerden restaurant saw the attendance of some 300 guests. The Kyrgyz people expressed their gratitude to Turkish people. The KYM official Habibulla Arzikulov said they also gave away Ramadan aid packages to the needy around the city.

Reps expect top court to prevent closure of prep schools

Representatives from prep school unions have said they don't believe a government pledge to close prep schools or convert them into private schools can be fulfilled, adding that they expect the Constitutional Court will block the closures.

July 23, 2014

Anti-police operation is gov't attempt to take revenge for graft probe

Various segments of society have continued to speak out against a government-backed operation that has resulted in the detention of over 100 members of the police force.

Erdoğan's 'non-precious' loneliness

Ali Halit Aslan

Civilians and innocent people are the most vulnerable victims of wars. A total of 298 innocent people were killed in a missile attack on a Malaysian aircraft in its route over Ukrainian airspace. Likewise, most of the victims in the Israeli attacks on Gaza are civilians.

Thailand’s Lanna princess hails Turkish schools

Thailand’s princess of Lanna Chao Duangduan hailed the Turkish schools in her country saying she is proud of them.

The Erdoğan mafia

İhsan Yılmaz

Turkey is now run by a mafia. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is at the top of this organization. He has created parallel financial, social, religious and legal structures to maintain this mafia organization. Since he was not able to fully control the judiciary, he has now created a new and extraordinary court system that is filled with loyal, partisan judges and it has now started to do whatever Erdoğan asks it.

July 22, 2014

Erdoğan’s war against Hizmet: Step by step

İsmail Mesut Sezgin*

Turkish prosecutors carried out a number of arrests and raids on the morning of 17th December 2013 as part of a series of on-going corruption investigations implicating a number of people (e.g. sons of three cabinet members) with very close ties to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s AK Party government.

Totalitarian siege

Orhan Kemal Cengiz

Let me write down some of the recent developments in Turkey:

Police officials who carried out graft operation detained in raids

As many as 100 high-ranking members of the police force were detained in a large-scale operation which began late Monday night/early Tuesday morning in over 20 provinces as part of the government's attempt to contain an embarrassing graft scandal which has implicated several ministers and dozens of pro-government businessmen.

PM Erdoğan admits July 22 operation carried out on his instructions

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan admitted on Tuesday that an operation staged on July 22 against dozens of high-ranking police officials who had carried out the Dec. 17 bribery and corruption operation was done upon his instructions.