April 21, 2014

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.

Erdoğan's game plan for Hizmet

İhsan Yılmaz

Last week, I was in Australia to participate in the launch of our recently published book “The Muslim World and Politics in Transition: Creative Contributions of the Gülen Movement,” that I edited with Greg Barton and Paul Weller. I also presented papers at a number of conferences, gave opening speeches at two meetings and gave seminars to the Australian-Turkish diaspora communities in Sydney, Australia. As far as Turkey's democracy is concerned, the picture is gloomy from the perspective of the people that I spoke to. We, who live in Turkey, because we are addicted to or accustomed to the crises, perhaps do not recognize the seriousness of the situation. People abroad are very concerned about what is going on in Turkey and they emphasize that since authoritarianism is evolving very gradually, similar to the 1930s in Italy and Germany, people in Turkey may not realize where the process is headed.

Students from West Africa gather at Turkish school in Senegal

Students from west African countries gathered in Senegal's capital city of Dakar to join Math Olympiads which were organized by Turkish "Yavuz Selim Educational Institutions".

Is the AK Party turning into the old CHP?

Abdülhamit Bilici

One of the usual tactics of old politicians is to blame external enemies for anything that goes wrong in the country. It was not really hard to convince people that this was the case given that our people were ready to buy the argument that we are surrounded by enemies and that the Turks have no friends other than the Turks.

Erdoğan hampers girls' education

Abdullah Bozkurt

Adalet Binici, a 14-year-old Kurdish girl in eighth grade, became the champion in last year's Level Determination Examination (SBS), a high school placement test administered by the Turkish government to over a million students nationwide, thanks to the supplementary education and training provided by a prep school run by the Hizmet movement that is inspired by education-savvy Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen. Coming from a poor family of seven, she did not even have her own room to study in, so she spent most of her after-school time at the prep school studying and preparing for this very competitive exam.

Municipality illegally demolishes building in İstanbul

Workers from the İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality have demolished a small, prefabricated shelter on land that belongs to the Hizmet-affiliated Mehtap Education Foundation, despite the lack of official permission to carry out the demolition.

April 18, 2014

Volunteer website serves as reference tool about Hizmet movement

Sevgi Akarçeşme

A website established and run by a group of Turkish volunteers based on the West Coast of the United States which aims to provide the most accurate and up-to-date source of information and news about the Hizmet movement has been attracting increasing attention globally.

Turkey Blessed with the Prayers of Tanzanian Orphans

Fighting against poverty in 110 countries, from Africa to Asia, from the Balkans to the Middle East, the volunteers of the Kimse Yok Mu Foundation now visited orphanages in Tanzania.

Turkey parliament gives spy agency controversial new powers

Turkey’s parliament has approved legislation to bolster the powers of the country’s intelligence service, a measure government opponents say will deepen a trend towards greater authoritarianism.

April 17, 2014

Today's non-Muslims are members of the Gülen movement

Orhan Kemal Cengiz

I have just recently read in a column published in the Bugün daily by Doğu Ergil, a fellow columnist with Today's Zaman.

Conspiracy theorists vs. columnists

Begüm Burak

The recent political turmoil that has been on the top of the agenda in the aftermath of the Dec. 17 corruption probe has been showing itself as an ontological problem for the media actors of today. In terms of conceptual conflicts, the first and foremost divide prevailing in the media scene is over the denomination of the Dec. 17 operation. The pro-government media from the very beginning labeled the operation started on Dec. 17 as a judicial coup against the Recep Tayyip Erdoğan government carried out by members of a “parallel state structure,” which mainly consists of people who government circles believe to be affiliated with the Hizmet movement.

Pro-gov't dailies report conflicting news on leaked audio on Syria

Pro-government newspapers have been contradicting each other about a leaked audio recording that includes an alleged conversation between some state officials about a possible incursion into Syria.
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