July 22, 2014

Erdoğan's parallel bicycle gets rotten

Selçuk Gültaşlı

Because he believes that the lies about the so-called "parallel state" are a useful tool to cover up the corruption charges, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan keeps riding this parallel bicycle. He is aware that once he stops riding this bicycle, he will fall off and the corruption charges will be exposed to the people.

'There is still a way out of this impasse.'

Kemal Karpat

Criticism of the AK Party is ruining its legacy. It is a case where they are ruining in a few years what they built over the last decade. There is still a way out of this impasse. And there is also a delicate issue here; the Gülen movement [the Hizmet movement, inspired by the Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen] issue.

July 21, 2014

Gülen lawyers file complaint against prosecutors over wrongful probe

Lawyers representing Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen have filed a complaint against two İstanbul prosecutors who are conducting an investigation into their client, accusing them of violating procedural rules in the manner the probe is being conducted.

Police chief says Hizmet operation to come before Eid

Former head of the İstanbul Police Department's financial crimes unit Yakup Saygılı has said he has heard rumors that the Justice and Development (AK Party) government is planning to launch an operation against members of the Hizmet movement before the Eid al-Fitr, which will begin on July 28.

PM Erdoğan confesses to creating ‘super judges' for anti-Hizmet plot

Remarks by the prime minister regarding plans to assign “super judges” to tackle a looming operation against the faith-based Hizmet movement have led legal experts to comment that the remarks are indeed a confession that the prime minister and his government have been working on a plan to turn the Turkish legal system upside down to punish the movement.

Plan to vilify Hizmet for cold cases gears up

Laying responsibility for unsolved criminal cases on the Hizmet movement is picking up pace; the most recent example of this came on Monday, when former National Police Department Intelligence Unit head Sabri Uzun accused former İstanbul Police Department Intelligence Bureau chief Ali Fuat Yılmazer of hiding intelligence reports regarding an assassination plot on Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink in 2007.

RTÜK fines Samanyolu for news about boy named after Gülen

The Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) fined Samanyolu TV on Sunday for running a news story about a student named Fethullah Gülen who prepared for the Transition to Higher Education Examination (YGS) with the Hizmet-affiliated Körfez University Preparation School in İzmir.

This blatant distortion is too much

Ekrem Dumanlı

Last week, I participated in a TV program that was aired on Bugün TV. The first agenda item of the program was Israel's attacks on Gaza. I was asked, "Do you condemn it?" I said that I condemned it and tried to explain the horrible consequences of shelling people during the holy month of Ramadan. I further noted that we need to adopt a broader perspective and that this problem cannot be settled simply with condemnations, protests and harsh statements. I indicated that Turkey's prestige has been declining in the international arena and that its ties with the US and the EU have weakened; it cannot exert pressure on Israel because it does not have direct diplomatic contact, and it cannot press Israel because its ties with the Arab world, including Egypt, are not good...

SGK official asks for Parliament help to counter ‘parallel' claims

A department chief in the Manisa branch of the Social Security Institution (SGK) has submitted a complaint to Parliament's Petition Commission claiming that he has been accused of being a member of the “parallel structure” at his workplace and as a result, has been subjected to unfair treatment.

July 20, 2014

Turkish charity calls for increased aid to Gaza

Turkish charity Kimse Yok Mu (Is Anybody There) has launched an aid campaign for the people of the Gaza Strip and called for more humanitarian aid to the region, where 342 Palestinians have been killed during Israel's massive attack on Gaza.

Kimse Yok Mu purchases houses for 11 Soma families

The Turkish charity Kimse Yok Mu (Is Anybody There) has financed the purchase of houses for the families of 11 miners who were among 301 killed in a mining disaster in the district of Soma in western Manisa province in May.

Kimse Yok Mu reaches out to orphan children in Lesotho

International charity organization Kimse Yok Mu arrived in one of the world’s poorest countries, Lesotho to help orphan children and provide food packages to needy families in the holy month of Ramadan.

Concerns on rule of law and erosion of checks and balances*

Hakan Taşçı

Two severe economic crises since the collapse of the banking system in 2001 have led to an economic and political transformation in Turkey.

Erdoğan gov't transforms Turkey into land of oppression, bans

An upward trend of democratic achievements and efforts to make Turkey a more civilized and democratic country have been reversed recently -- particularly after the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) grew more authoritarian and intolerant toward criticism starting from the Gezi Park protests of last summer.

Interior minister fails to answer questions on plot against Hizmet

Interior Minister Efkan Ala has failed to respond to parliamentary questions concerning a plot against the Hizmet movement within 15 days, as required by the internal regulations of Parliament.