February 12, 2016

Mr. Gülen’s lawyer: Views other than state ideology considered a crime in Turkey

Nurullah Albayrak, the lawyer of prominent Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, has criticized the blocking of herkul.org, a website that regularly broadcasts speeches by Gülen, saying views that are different from the state ideology are considered a crime in Turkey today.

Trustees seize control of schools in government-led move

A judge in İstanbul has ordered that trustees be appointed to 12 companies, including the FEM and Anafen prep schools established by people sympathetic to the faith-based Gülen movement for allegedly being affiliated with Kaynak Holding.

February 11, 2016

Turkey’s Internet watchdog blocks access to website broadcasting Gülen’s speeches

Turkey's government-controlled Internet watchdog, Telecommunications Directorate (TİB), has blocked access to herkul.org, a website which regularly broadcasts speeches by Turkish-Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen.

Free to criticize if ready to be punished

Orhan Kemal Cengiz

The other day, when I heard Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu's comment about the level of freedom of the press in Turkey during a joint press conference he held with German Chancellor Minister Angela Merkel, I felt in a position wherein I was listening to someone on TV saying he had never killed anybody whilst I was conducting a forensic check on the body of the victim he killed.

Hüseyin Çelik: Koza İpek Holding usurped by new trustees

Former minister and ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) spokesman Hüseyin Çelik said during an interview on Thursday that the seizure of companies under Koza İpek Holding and the appointment of new trustees to its administration is a usurpation.

February 10, 2016

'Hizmet Movement: A key bridge between the Muslim world and the Western world'

Fikir Atlasi*, Episode 38 (Full text)

My name is Pim Valkenberg**. I teach at the Catholic University of America. I teach in the field of Religion and Culture. My specialty is Christian-Muslim relations. That is also how I got involved in learning about Fethullah Gulen and the Hizmet Movement.

February 9, 2016

Cuba wins Kimse Yok Mu cartoon competition

Aristides Esteban Hernandez Guerrero from Cuba has won the international cartoon competition titled "Refugees," which was organized by the Turkish charity organization Kimse Yok Mu.

February 8, 2016

Why do parents choose a Gulen-inspired school for their children: A case study in Belgium

F. Zehra Colak

This paper explores a Gulen-inspired school in Brussels, L’Ecole des Etoiles, as a choice that provides parents with opportunities to realize their dreams regarding the education of their children. Conducting semi-structured interviews and participant observation, I carried out fieldwork among Turkish-Belgian mothers and investigated their motivations for choosing to send their children to L’Ecole des Etoiles.

February 7, 2016

Texas enjoys International Festival of Language and Culture

Around 3,000 people attended the 14th edition of the International Festival of Language and Culture, formerly known as the International Turkish Language Olympiad, in the US state of Texas on Saturday.

February 6, 2016

February 5, 2016

Afghans laud honorable Fethullah Gulen

Afghanistan’s capital city Kabul hosted a conference entitled “Fethullah Gulen’s Perspectives on Combating Extremism in the Muslim World,” jointly organized by the local Tolerance and Dialogue Center and Baran-i Omid Publishing. Leading Afghan officials called attention to Gulen’s approach and education for an efficient and permanent solution to extremism.