February 28, 2015

Pacifica Institute Utah hosts 'Love is a Verb' screening for interfaith season

SALT LAKE CITY — Pacifica Institute Utah sponsored a screening of the film “Love is a Verb” on Monday, Feb. 23, at the Salt Lake City Library as part of Interfaith Season sponsored by the Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable.

February 27, 2015

Fountain’s Yeşilova: We believe human life and the universe are each a book to read

English-language The Fountain magazine Editor-in-Chief Hakan Yeşilova has said his magazine has an editorial policy that promotes love and respect for all, adding that they see human life and the universe as books that need to be read.

Turkish humanitarian NGO has cured 30,000 cataract sufferers

A campaign by Turkish NGO Kimse Yok Mu has fixed the eyes of over 30,000 people with cataracts in central Africa.

Straying from EU sidelines into Goebbels’ territory

Abdülhamit Bilici

Adolf Hitler is certainly known for having signed off on some of the most horrific acts in modern times, causing the deaths of millions and sending people to the gas chambers simply because of their beliefs. His military forces, his SS officers, his weapons industries, his war tactics, as well as the roads, bridges and dams he left behind -- they all deserve careful examination.

Feb. 28 spirit makes unwelcome return after 18 years

Despite the fact that Turkey has still not settled accounts with the Feb. 28, 1997 military coup, which dealt a heavy blow to democratic progress and individual freedoms, the country is now undergoing circumstances that many observers consider far worse than the anti-democratic practices of the coup era. Only, this time, the discontent comes at the hands of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government and its former leader and current president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

My answer to the police’s summary: Do not lend support to al-Qaeda

Emre Uslu

As you know, an arrest warrant was issued for me on charges of my connection to the Hizmet movement, inspired by Fethullah Gülen.

February 26, 2015

The plot: Arrest warrant against Gülen rife with unlawfulness

Another arrest warrant has been issued against Fethullah Gülen -- a well-respected Turkish Islamic scholar -- although a warrant had already been issued on charges connected to a soap opera and his sermons online.

'Turkish schools in Nigeria are not owned by government'

Cemal Yigit is a member of Hizmet Movement, founder of the Nigerian Turkish International Colleges (NTIC). In this interview, he reacts to the recent declaration by the Turkish President that he would push for the close down all Turkish schools outside Turkey.

February 25, 2015

NTIC Alumni urges Turkish govt not to close schools

No fewer than Three Thousand, Two Hundred (3200) Alumni members of Nigerian Turkish International Colleges (NTIC) have condemned plans by Turkish government to close down branches of their schools established in various parts of the country.

February 24, 2015

Gülen’s lawyer: New arrest warrant for Gülen is unlawful

The lawyer for Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, Nurullah Albayrak, in reaction to Turkish media reports on Tuesday of another arrest warrant being issued for his client, said in a statement that according to the law on criminal procedure, it is unlawful for a court to issue an arrest warrant unless the accused has been appropriately called to appear before the court.

Ankara court lifts RTÜK fine on Samanyolu TV

The Ankara 17th Administrative Court on Tuesday reversed a decision by the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) to fine the Samanyolu Broadcasting Group for a news bulletin it had aired, ruling that Samanyolu TV had broadcast the news in order to inform the public.

February 23, 2015

San Antonio nun at U.N.

Sister Martha Ann Kirk had spoken publicly about her trips to Iraq and her time in that beleaguered country — where so little hope seems to exist, especially for educational opportunity for girls.

A dirty war in the run-up to the elections

Mümtazer Türköne

With the Gülen movement officially marked in police reports as being a “terrorist organization,” we can say that the ruling party's war against the civilian populace has truly reached its dirtiest stage. A brief summary: The Gülen movement is undoubtedly one of the Muslim world's most peaceful and tolerant civil movements ever. Within this movement, religion is present as a source that nourishes people's altruism; the movement's areas of interests, however, are shaped by problems on the global level that are then faced through strong civilian solidarity.

Kimse Yok Mu extends help to thousands in Palestine

Turkish charity organization Kimse Yok Mu (Is Anybody There) continues to bind up wounds in Palestine with delivery of aid boxes to thousands of people in the country.

State inspectors warn of high penalties in Bank Asya overhaul

In the aftermath of the controversial Feb 3rd management take-over of publicly traded Bank Asya, an auditor from the banking watchdog warns that urgent measures must be taken or else there will be mass penalties.

February 22, 2015

Academic: AKP’s Green Kemalist regime might descend into totalitarianism

Expect more election rigging by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party or the AKP) and even totalitarianism with no checks and balances if it wins the June 7 elections, academic İhsan Yılmaz says.

Hot meals for 3 million Syrians from Kimse Yok Mu

The humanitarian aid group Kimse Yok Mu (Is Anybody There) has been providing help to Syrians who fled the civil war in their country and taken shelter in the southeastern province of Kilis.

AKP’s situation is so bad that it needs medical treatment

Emre Uslu

The pro-government media outlets continue to serve up nonsensical headlines.

And their latest headline is perfectly ridiculous. They say that I will arrange the assassination of Sümeyye Erdoğan, the daughter of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Should I laugh at it? Should I get angry with it? Should I feel pity? I don't know.

February 21, 2015

Gulen`s Interview with the German Newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung

Interview with German Newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung ‘Charge of the Preacher’, dated 13th December 2014

Interviewers: Tim Neshitov and Christiane Schlötzer

The Turkish government demands your extradition from Barack Obama. Do you still feel safe in the US? 

February 20, 2015

Does The Hizmet movement conduct self-criticism?

Mustafa Yeşil*

Principles, values and goals

The Hizmet movement is a social movement and a civil society initiative that emerged to develop projects by voluntary participants in order to advance peace and coexistence in the world with reference to universal values. Participation is based on a voluntary decision; for this reason, it is possible to see many diverse individuals from different backgrounds participating in the movement's services and activities. The individuals, coming from diverse backgrounds, agree on serving humanity and developing projects in different departments of society including media, humanitarian aid, education, dialogue and business.

Gülen’s lawyer denies allegation of plot against Erdoğan’s daughter, calls it ’immoral slander’

A lawyer for Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen categorically denied claims by pro-government newspapers that Gülen ordered the assassination of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's daughter, Sümeyye Erdoğan, ahead of the June 7 general elections, calling the allegations “immoral slander" that he regrets even having to deny.

What is behind conspiracy targeting CHP and Gülen?

Week-long conspiracy-oriented publications by pro-government media in Turkey that are apparently based on fabricated Twitter conversations aim to smear both the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, who inspired the social movement called Hizmet.