April 18, 2015

Making a terrorist out of Mevlana

Abdülhamit Bilici

It's no longer possible to ignore Turkey's rapid journey away from justice and democracy. What we see is this: journalists thrown into jail, corruption investigations shut down, bold regime interventions into court procedures, legislation of bills aimed at creating a police state, overt pressures placed on the business world, bans on social media and much more.

Groundless terror probe into Kimse Yok Mu aims to intimidate civil society, GYV says

The Journalists and Writers Foundation (GYV) has said an investigation launched against prominent charity organization Kimse Yok Mu on charges of terrorism aims to intimidate and limit the activities of a civil society organization.

Afghan-Turkish schools win six medals at int’l olympiad

Afghan-Turkish schools, established by Turkish entrepreneurs affiliated with Hizmet Movement, won six medals – four golden and two silver – at an international olympiad.

April 17, 2015

Is there currently a political agenda of the Gülen Movement? Has there ever been?

Doğu Ergil

Fethullah Gülen insists that neither he nor the movement that he has inspired has any ideological aim. Therefore, the formation of the movement is not shaped according to any ideology. According to him, neither a political ideology nor an ideology based on religion is relevant. This has been the case since its inception. He especially dislikes the movement to be called by the lately fashionable term, “Islamist ideology.”

Terrorist investigation against Kimse Yok Mu draws strong reactions

A shocking investigation being conducted by the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office against prominent charity organization Kimse Yok Mu on charges of terrorism has been met with strong reactions from experts, who question how a charity can be accused of terrorism for delivering aid to those in need.

Gülen sues Ankara chief public prosecutor for defamation after terrorist label

Fethullah Gülen's lawyer has filed a civil lawsuit claiming compensation against Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor Harun Kodalak for calling the Turkish Islamic scholar the leader of a terrorist organization, Gülen's lawyer Nurullah Albayrak announced in a written statement on Friday.

Pro-gov’t daily’s report on KPSS dismissed as totally fabricated

A report run by a pro-government daily that alleged an academic had leaked questions to state-run exams, in what appears to be a government-sponsored smear campaign against a powerful civic group, has turned out to be completely fabricated.

April 16, 2015

Prosecutors conducting ‘terror' probe of prominent Turkish charity

A statement recently sent to the charity organization Kimse Yok Mu (Is Anybody There) by the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office has revealed that the prosecutor's office has been conducting an investigation against the charity on the charges of “terrorism.”

Bank Asya shares jump by 42 percent following announcement

The value of the shares in Turkey's largest Islamic lender -- Bank Asya, which has been under the control of the state-run Savings Deposit Insurance Fund (TMSF) for more than two months -- have jumped 41.8 percent following a recent announcement by the bank saying documents belonging to 90 percent of privileged shareholders have been sent to the banking watchdog.

AKP vs. crusaders

İhsan Yılmaz

The pope has presented the Justice and Development Party (AKP) with a golden opportunity. You should not be surprised if the Erdoğan-Davutoğlu pair go on to inflate the recent hot debate on the tragic deaths of about 800,000 Armenian civilians because of the brutal acts of the Committee of Union and Progress officials and their civilian co-perpetrators.

April 15, 2015

Kimse Yok Mu holds “Social Media for Good” event in Athens

Renowned for its philanthropic efforts and projects globally, Kimse Yok Mu Foundation hosted a workshop themed “Social Media for Good” in Athens. In attendance of the event in cooperation with University of Athens’s Media and Communications were numerous students, academics and leading NGOs. The foundation has concluded the workshop series in the run-up to Social Media For Good Conference, May 14-16, 2015, in Istanbul. The previous workshop venues included universities in Japan and Poland. University of Athens students in particular, academics and NGO leaders showed a significant interest in the 2-session conference.