March 30, 2015

Turkish charity announces cooperation with German counterpart

ASYA, the disaster team of the Turkish charity Kimse Yok Mu, declared its cooperation with the German humanitarian organization I.S.A.R. with a press release on March 30.

GYV: 2010 KPSS investigation is another gov’t plot against Hizmet

Mustafa Yeşil, the president of the Journalists and Writers Foundation (GYV) -- of which prominent Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen is the honorary president -- said in a press conference on Monday that a case pertaining to alleged cheating in the State Personnel Examination (KPSS) in 2010 is the latest example of a ruling government plot against sympathizers of the Gülen movement, which is inspired by the teachings of the Islamic scholar.

Documents alleging Gülen is Mason turn out to be forgeries

Documents published by a pro-government daily on Monday alleging that Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen had secretly joined a Masonic Lodge have turned out to be completely fabricated.

Things should not go this way!

Ekrem Dumanlı

I recently ran into one of Turkey's leading businessmen in a crowded place. I wouldn't have been offended if he had ignored me. I would have thought that he feared government pressure. He did not do so.

Political asylum from persecution in Turkey

Abdullah Bozkurt

The political asylum cases originating from Turkey will likely increase against the background of intensified political persecution of opponents and critics in Turkey by the growing authoritarian and Islamist regime that is bent on abusing the criminal justice system with partisan judges and prosecutors.

BDDK infringes on own ruling in Bank Asya seizure

Turkey's banking watchdog, which took control of a small stake in the country's largest Islamic lender, Bank Asya, over what it described as an illegal share transaction early this month, appears to have breached one of its own rulings, made during a similar case in 2008, in which the watchdog had not required any permission for the transaction of corporate shares accounting for less than 10 percent of the bank.

March 29, 2015

What I Saw In Turkey

Catherine Agbo

When I told my family and friends that I would be going on a trip to Istanbul, Turkey, as if it was planned, nearly every one of them asked me to bring them turkey from Turkey, before asking what my mission in Turkey was. Sadly, throughout the five days I spent in the beautiful country which straddles two continents, neither did I see nor taste turkey meat. That is not to say turkey meat isn’t consumed in Turkey but our guide, Cemal Yigit, whose organisation, Inci Production/Ebru Tv Africa facilitated our visit had explained that Turkey is the bastardisation of the original name of the country, Turkiye, by the English in the 14th Century, which had since stuck, and added that turkey meat was however not a constant on the traditional Turkish menu.

Erdoğan the caliph

Mümtazer Türköne

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan asserts, “I am the leader of a political movement.”

March 28, 2015

Introducing the Hizmet Movement *

Thomas Michel

I thank the organizers for this invitation to be part of the inaugural dinner of the conference “Islam in the Age of Global Challenges: Alternative Perspectives of the Gülen Movement.” I am also grateful to Georgetown University for hosting this event.

March 27, 2015

NTIC Maths contest raises hope for Nigerians

Fear has been implicated as one of the major causes of poor performance rate in Mathematics among primary school pupils. And it is against this backdrop that the Nigerian Turkish International Colleges, NTIC, in partnership with National Mathematics Center, NMC, decided to rekindle hope through the institution of the Annual National Mathematics Competition for pupils in primary 5 and 6 classes.

Democracy 'at risk' in Turkey, according to IPI special report

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One of the leading international press freedom watchdogs, the International Press Institute (IPI), has said in a special report on Turkey that Turkish authorities' failure to safeguard -- and, in some cases, their active steps to undermine -- the right to share and receive information has led to serious deficiencies in the country's democracy, placing its future at serious risk.