August 1, 2014

Self-criticism by the Hizmet movement

İhsan Yılmaz

Some critics of the Hizmet movement argue that Hizmet never engages in self-criticism. That is not true. Let me explain why.

Alleged Hizmet link in Hablemitoğlu murder a lie, says widow

The wife of murdered academic Necip Hablemitoğlu has said a recent attempt to establish a connection between the assassination of her husband and the Hizmet movement is an effort to turn her against the movement.

July 31, 2014

If you do not stand against injustice

Cafer Solgun

The July 22 operation has shown the meaning and characteristics of the ongoing process that we are experiencing right now. The allegations that serve as the pretext for the July 22 operation will have a boomerang effect, because what we understand from the initial findings of the investigation is that the arguments of the government have been proven to be ungrounded.

Dehumanize me Turkish-style -- no comment

Özcan Keleş*

Following the Dec. 17 and 25 corruption investigations implicating Cabinet ministers and senior members of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, his inner circle and pro-AK Party media have launched a concerted, collective and comprehensive dehumanization strategy against Fethullah Gülen and the Hizmet movement. What follows is a snippet of the type of language used without comment, as comment is not needed.

Turkey cooperating with Israel to help Gaza

Turkey is cooperating with Israel to provide humanitarian aid to Gaza and has sent an official from the Turkish Red Crescent (Kızılay) to the country.

Eid joy of Venezuelan orphans

Calling out “Fill up your umbrella of mercy with the abundance of sharing” throughout the month of Ramadan, Kimse Yok Mu Foundation shared the Eid al-Fitr joy with the needy in 110 countries on five continents, particularly in Turkey.

Academic excellence and moral values in education: Hizmet Teachers and Gülen-inspired Schools in Urban Tanzania

Kristina Dohrn*

The Gülen Movement (GM) is a primary actor in the emerging connection between Turkey and Sub-Saharan Africa. Schools established by GM followers are playing an active role in shaping the educational landscape of diverse countries in this region. Feza Schools in urban Tanzania are an example of the GM’s global reach in Sub-Saharan Africa.

July 30, 2014

Arresting police to make Erdoğan happy

Emre Uslu

It is no secret that under the direction of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan police officers who conducted graft operations against his close associates have been detained.

A helping hand to orphan leader’s country Benin

Kimse Yok Mu Foundation (KYM) shared the Ramadan joy with the orphan in Benin, the country of the PM Yavi, who himself is an orphan as well. The foundation uplifted hundreds of orphans at the Ramadan event in the floating Beninese city Cotonou. The orphan children broke their fast with the food by KYM and enjoyed a day that they will always remember.

Yamanlar Koleji crowns Turkey with second gold medal

Furkan Bahar, a student from Yamanlar Koleji, a private high school in İzmir, has won a gold medal at the 46th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) held in Hanoi, Vietnam between July 20 and 28.

July 29, 2014

TUSKON warns against probing policemen under 'shadow of politics'

A large Turkish umbrella business group has called handcuffing and abusive treatment of policemen who participated in important criminal investigations as "unacceptable," expressing deep concern over the politicized measures.

EFJ: Zaman, Today's Zaman journalists targeted by Turkish authorities

Journalists working for media outlets such as Zaman, Today's Zaman or Taraf appear to be a new group of potential journalist targets for the Turkish authorities who have pursued a policy of criminalization against Kurdish, leftist and investigative journalists in the past, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) has said.

July 28, 2014

Handcuffed justice

Ekrem Dumanlı

The ruling party has been undermining rule of law since the graft and bribery investigation that became public on December 17, 2013. It sees itself unfettered by laws and the Constitution. It has been sticking to the hoax of "parallel structure" --a veiled reference to members of the Hizmet movement inspired by Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen-- in a desperate attempt to cover up the graft investigations.

July 27, 2014

'Erdoğan fights to eliminate Hizmet movement'

When asked about the issue of Erdoğan's survival, [CHP Istanbul deputy] Erdoğdu said: “The upcoming presidential election [which is scheduled for Aug. 10] is not the main part of this struggle. He might be elected president and elude the graft investigation. What about his son Bilal and other family members? How can they escape an investigation? The main battle is between Erdoğan and the Hizmet movement. That is why Erdoğan talks about eliminating the movement. He considers the matter a fight for survival.”

July 26, 2014

Gov't reshuffling justice system to punish Hizmet

The Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government, in what many consider an attempt to take revenge on the faith-based Hizmet movement, has been reworking the justice system in Turkey -- shutting down certain courts, establishing new ones and quickly assigning some prosecutors and judges to deal with certain cases -- which is diametrically opposed to the principles of law.