April 24, 2014

'TİB conspired to libel Hizmet, tampered with system logs'

An anonymous whistleblower from the Telecommunications Directorate (TİB), the agency responsible for carrying out legal wiretaps, sent an email to newspapers and TV stations on Tuesday claiming that there is a conspiracy to bring the Hizmet movement under suspicion of infiltrating the TİB.

Hizmet Movement’s contributions to multiculturalism and global peace

The Hizmet movement began in the 1970s in Turkey to improve education and grew into a global civic movement which encourages interfaith and intercultural dialogue. It is inspired by the ideas of Fethullah Gulen, who Foreign Policy magazine listed as the “World’s top intellectual.” Gulen a scholar, educator and author who advocates a moderate brand of Islam, is best known for his quote: “A terrorist cannot be a Muslim, nor can a true Muslim be a terrorist.” He says that “Extremism will be curbed and tolerance will be promoted by education.”

April 23, 2014

Almost all experienced counter-terrorism officers removed in Diyarbakır

Some 490 police officers working in the counter-terrorism units of police departments in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır were removed from their posts earlier this week, and there are currently no experienced counter-terrorism police officers left in the province.

Erdoğan admits recording with son features his voice

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has publicly admitted that a leaked voice recording that had been alleged to be a conversation between Erdoğan and his son is authentic.

Hizmet in Context: Societal Islam versus Political Islam

Sabine Dreher*

The movement discussed here is according to Ebaugh (2010) a civic movement rooted in Islam that is independent from the state. Others see it simply as a faith-based movement (Esposito and Yilmaz 2010). Agai (2004) describes it as an education network and Hendrick (2009) as a global pressure group to promote Turkish interests. The difficulty with the movement is that ‘‘it does not easily fit into existing categories of religious organizations in the Muslim world’’ (Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life 2010, p. 18).

April 22, 2014

Government media runs riot in smear campaign against Hizmet

A news article in Daily Sabah, the new, English-language member of the government's media lineup, claimed on Monday that the police are ratcheting up measures to patch holes in their security network in order to prevent leaks by Gülenists, a derogatory term used to describe the Hizmet movement.

Turkish deputy PM backs rector accused of links to ‘parallel state'

Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç has expressed his support for Dicle University Rector Ayşegül Jale Saraç, who became the subject of a Higher Education Board (YÖK) administrative investigation after a ruling party deputy claimed that the rector is associated with the so-called “parallel structure” and had acted inappropriately on their behalf, stating that making such claims about a respectable woman is wrong.

Yamanlar Sweeps Gold Medals in the U.S.

Yamanlar Private School was the proud recipient of 12 gold, 10 silver, and 15 bronze medals in the 65th International Mathematical Olympiad (AMC-10), organized by the American Mathematical Society and the University of Nebraska.

April 21, 2014

Hate crimes get worse in Turkey

Abdullah Bozkurt

Despite the fact that Turkey has recently adopted legislation against hate crimes, Turkey's divisive Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has not stopped his attacks with verbal expressions of intolerance and hatred directed at the judiciary, opposition parties, the media, business groups and members of the Hizmet movement, a faith-based civic movement inspired by Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen. In fact, his hateful speech has increased in gravity, indicating that he is not interested in effective implementation of the law at all.

Mothers, fathers crying and praying due to extensive victimization

Ekrem Dumanlı

Lies and slander are not all that remain after devastating and cruel events take place. I sometimes even believe that it is better to ignore this impotent and twisted type of journalism and leave the whole settling of accounts to the Hereafter. There is no use in trying to remind people of ethics and professional standards in the face of this type of journalism, which is based on aggression and recklessness. But there is no need for pessimism; the fate of liars and the arrogant has always been the same throughout history. And it will be same now. That aggressive style of journalism will eventually collapse and disappear.

AK Party to increase social media army

Turkey's Justice and Development Party (AK Party) is planning to increase its social media army from 9,000 to 12,000 users before the presidential election, according to a Monday report in the Taraf daily.

Reactions growing to demolition of family home

People from various rights groups and foundations have leveled harsh criticism at the İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality after municipality workers demolished a prefabricated shelter in land belonging to the Hizmet-affiliated Mehtap Education Foundation, leaving a guard and his family -- including a disabled girl -- homeless.

April 20, 2014

World applauds Turkish schools abroad while gov't seeks to close them

Turkish schools that are established by educational volunteers-affiliated with the faith-based Hizmet movement, inspired by teachings of Turkish scholar Fethullah Gülen, across the world receive great appreciations in each countries they are opened while the Turkish government has recently pledged to shut down those prestigious private educational institutions.

The CHP's new era

Orhan Oğuz Gürbüz

The winner of the local polls of March 30, 2014 is clearly the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) from a quantitative perspective. How did the opposition parties perform in these elections? As we start to look for an answer, we need to focus especially on the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP).

April 19, 2014

Islamic scholar Gülen offers condolences to ferry victims

Prominent Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, who also inspired the faith-based Hizmet movement, issued a message of condolence to the families of victims who were killed when a ferry sank off in South Korea, leaving more than 300 missing or dead.
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