July 7, 2015

Cambodian PM congratulates students from Turkish high school on GENIUS Olympiad success

Receiving students from a Turkish high school who won nine medals in a GENIUS Science Olympiad, an international high school competition featuring projects about environmental issues, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen congratulated them on behalf of the nation, adding that the Turkish school has contributed to the education of the country.

July 6, 2015

Guinean president thanks officials from Turkish schools for educational efforts

Guinean President Alpha Conde received representatives of Turkish schools and an association run by volunteers from the Gülen movement at his office on Monday, thanking the group for their educational efforts in his country.

Islamists’ xenophobic policies threaten Turkey

Abdullah Bozkurt

The assaults on Korean tourists and a Uighur chef, who were mistaken for Chinese people, in İstanbul last week have shown the extent of damage dealt to this moderate nation of Turks by the Islamist rulers, who provide political clout to hate crimes and xenophobia in order to sustain their waning power in the government.

Class-B shareholders join objection against Bank Asya decision

The lawyer representing B-type shareholders of recently seized private lender Bank Asya has filed a case against the takeover decision, demanding an injunction along with compensation for losses at the stock market.

July 5, 2015

Religious leaders pray for world peace at meeting of civilizations

Religious leaders prayed for world peace at an event deemed the meeting of civilizations and organized by the Antakya Intercultural Dialogue Association (AKADİM) and Turkish aid organization Kimse Yok Mu in the province of Hatay on Saturday.

Jurists: Administrative reports like ‘Red Book’ cannot be basis for legal proceedings

A number of jurists speaking with Today's Zaman have criticized the government's attempts to base possible legal proceedings to be launched against members of the so-called “parallel structure” upon two administrative documents that are not legally binding.

July 4, 2015

Reverend Ficca: "Every tradition, every religious and spiritual tradition needs a Fethullah Gulen"

Fikir Atlasi*, Episode 32 (Full text)

My name is Reverend Dirk Ficca.

I am an ordained Presbyterian minister who for the last 20 years has worked extensively in the Interreligious Movement. I served for 20 years with The Parliament of the World’s Religions, one of the world’s largest interreligious organizations, which has taken me around the world, introduced me to all the world’s religions, in all their cultural permutations. In the course of that, I began to bump into the Hizmet Movement in different places in the world.

July 3, 2015

[BOOK REVIEW] The Gulen Movement and Islam’s Third Way

The House of Service: The Gulen Movement and Islam’s Third Way
Over the past several years, the alleged opacity that surrounds the Gulen Movement has become a focus of many controversial debates in media and the wider society in Turkey and beyond. Commentators have been torn as to whether describe the Gulen Movement as a faith-based civil society movement or a religious group with political aspirations. Despite a diversity of analytical approaches deployed to study the phenomenon, few works were able to move the discussion away from the realms of conspiracy theories and so-called PR spin. David Tittensor in his work aims to provide insight into the lived realities of those who self-affiliate with the Movement and those who came into touch with it.

July 2, 2015

Education remains an alarming concern for scores of Syrian refugees

With only 10 percent of the 2 million Syrian refugees in Turkey having been placed in refugee camps, problems involving finding food and shelter persists, but none more alarming than the education of children.

July 1, 2015

Gülen-inspired schools dominate university entrance exam results

Students from schools inspired by the faith-based Gülen movement, popularly known as the Hizmet movement, were the top scorers in a number of categories in this year's Undergraduate Placement Examination (LYS), according to an announcement on the website of the Student Selection and Placement Center (ÖSYM) on Tuesday.

June 30, 2015

Jurist’s report highlighting illegality of Karaca’s arrest submitted to top court

Lawyers representing journalist Hidayet Karaca, who remains in prison despite a ruling for his release, have submitted a report drafted by a prominent jurist to the Constitutional Court in which the unlawfulness of Karaca's arrest was highlighted.