November 30, 2015

Turkish schools dominate award ceremony in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Students from Turkish schools in the country dominated a ceremony in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in which the Ministry of Education rewards those students who are successful in national and international olympiads.

November 29, 2015

Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen offers condolences for Tahir Elçi, slain police officers

Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen has offered his condolences in the death of lawyer Tahir Elçi, who was the president of the Diyarbakır Bar Association, and the two police officers who were killed in a shootout in the southeastern province of Sur, which erupted as Elçi was making a statement to the press on Saturday.

Top court’s dershane ruling cannot be ignored, Council of State tells Education Ministry

In the latest twist in the ongoing saga over the legal status of dershanes in Turkey, the country's Council of State has announced its reasoned decision concerning its ruling of a stay of a controversial Education Ministry regulation that would ban operation university preparation schools, saying that the ministry cannot take such a step regardless of a ruling from the country's Constitutional Court, which earlier this year annulled a law that sought to close down prep schools.

November 28, 2015

Enemy at the gate

Sevgi Akarçeşme

As authoritarianism looms over Turkey like dark clouds, Turkey underestimates a threat next door: the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or, as they call themselves following the declaration of a “caliphate” in Raqqa, the Islamic State (IS).

November 27, 2015

Hizmet in Africa: The Activities and Significance of the Hizmet Movement

Hizmet in Africa by David Shinn
A new book, Hizmet in Africa, by Ambassador David H. Shinn has been published by Tsehai Publishers, which is one of the few publishing companies dedicated to African literature. The book first introduces Fethullah Gulen, the Movement he inspired and what Hizmet is. Then the author focuses on first the economic relationship of Hizmet followers with Africa through TUSKON, business, and banking sectors. In addition, the education side of the Hizmet followers has been studied through Gulen-affiliated schools and related programs. In other chapters, a thorough research on dialogue centers, humanitarian activities, media and outreach programs have been conducted to give an overall picture of activities. The book concludes with a look at the governing party in Turkey, AKP, and Turkey-Africa relations in light of these openings with Hizmet people.

November 26, 2015

Interfaith push to explore unity and peace between Muslims and Christians

Canberra's Muslims are not doing enough to explain their faith and culture to their neighbors the director of the ACT's Islamic Bluestar Intercultural Centre has said.

Pro-AK Party channel replaces Samanyolu at Türksat after removal of critical station

Turkish officials gave the frequencies used by Samanyolu TV channel, which was recently removed from the state-owned Turkish Satellite Communications Company (Türksat), to a pro-government channel which had obvious visual similarities with the banned station.

AK Party continues to replace workers at seized firms with loyalists

The panel of trustees appointed to Kaynak Holding and Koza İpek Holding as part of Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government-backed operations is continuing to dismiss employees, firing 26 more on Wednesday and recruiting government supporters.

November 25, 2015

African Union Commission chair supports creation of more Turkish schools

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, said on Tuesday during a visit to Johannesburg that volunteers working for the faith-based Gülen movement -- inspired by the teachings of Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen -- should continue to build schools and other institutions in Africa.

ALDE’s Watson says illiberal state leads to unjust action against Gülen followers

Sir Graham Watson, the outgoing president of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) Party, has said, while citing the consequences of a country's deviation from liberal values, that the politically motivated moves targeting the followers of Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen are the result of an illiberal state.

Where corruption dovetails with tyranny

Ali Yurttagül

Turkey is experiencing the moment where corruption meets and overlaps with tyranny.