October 20, 2014

Gülen's lawyer: A civilian structure demonized by fictitious slurs

Nurullah Albayrak, the lawyer of Muslim scholar Fethullah Gülen, rejected the Sabah daily's headline story on Monday titled “Parallel Council,” saying pro-government outlets aim to distract attention from anti-government corruption assertions by making false claims about the Hizmet movement.

Why are Fethullah Gülen's teachings so attractive to his followers?

Doğu Ergil

While today there are many Muslim thinkers and practitioners in the name of Islam, what is it in Gülen’s teachings that seem to be so attractive to his followers?

October 19, 2014

'Moderate voices such as Gülen movement are sorely needed'

"This is most unfortunate, as anyone who does the minutest amount of research would clearly see that [the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria] ISIS does not follow the teachings of Islam," says Joyce Davis, speaking about the bigoted comments of Bill Maher, who simplistically identified ISIS with the religion of Islam on a TV show last week. Davis is the president of the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg, part of the World Affairs Councils of America, based in Washington, D.C. She is the author of two books on Islam and has written extensively on international affairs and US foreign policy.

Principles of Dialogue in Fethullah Gülen’s Thought

Züleyha Keskin

1. Be sincere in dialogue

October 18, 2014

Moldovan orphans demand Kimse Yok Mu assistance continue

Orphanages in Moldova are in the hope that donations by the Turkish people through Kimse Yok Mu continue without interruption.

True journalism fights for survival under gov't carrot-stick policy

Veteran Turkish journalists who have lost their jobs for basically trying to perform their profession have said they did not experience as much government pressure and intervention during the turbulent coup times of the past as they have under the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government today.

October 17, 2014

Former Dutch FM: I don't understand Erdoğan's Hizmet hatred

The Netherlands' former foreign minister Bernard Bot has said that he cannot understand Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's hatred against the Hizmet movement, a social movement known for its cultural and educational activities.

German translation of Gulen’s book at Frankfurt Book Fair

Fethullah Gulen’s latest German translated book titled “Was ich denke, was ich glaube” has been released at the International Frankfurt Book Fair.

South Korean NGO: It’s hard to make sense of what is being done to Kimse Yok Mu

Officials of Bonita, a South Korean NGO that engages in research and efforts for children and labor rights, said they find it hard to make sense of the oppression against Kimse Yok Mu (KYM). The officials recently went to Aceh, Indonesia, to witness the KYM efforts during Eid al-Adha. The region had suffered most in the tsunami that hit the country in 2005.

Gov't perceives its citizens as threat, hurting state-citizen ties

The government-introduced bill that envisages harsher penalties targeting any dissident movement by extending the scope of offenses and granting extensive powers to the police, is being harshly criticized for posing a threat to basic rights and freedoms and harming state-citizen ties, reminiscent of the period of martial law that Turkey previously experienced.

President Zuma sends message to the South African - Turkish Business Association Business Awards

Jacob Zuma*

The Premier of Gauteng, Mr David Makhura;
Ministers and Deputy Ministers;
The leadership of the South Africa Turkish Business Association,
Members of TUSKON;
Captains of Industry;
Ladies and Gentlemen:

October 16, 2014

White House hosts first-ever Eid al-Adha celebration

The White House hosted an event to celebrate Eid al-Adha on Tuesday for the first time ever with the sponsorship of the Rumi Forum, an international organization established by Turks living in Washington, D.C., to foster intercultural dialogue.

Zaman Media Group receives 5 awards from WAN-IFRA

The Zaman and Today's Zaman dailies, as well as three Zaman supplements, have received perfection awards from the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), which were announced at the World Publishing Expo 2014 in Amsterdam.

Bank Asya cleared to raise capital

Leading Turkish Islamic bank Bank Asya has received approval from the country's capital markets regulatory board to raise its capital by 25 percent, the bank announced late on Tuesday.

German report: Gov't Bank Asya smear campaign is revenge

A recent report released by a foundation close to Germany's Social Democratic Party (SPD) emphasizes that the government targeted Bank Asya and subjected it to a smear campaign.