August 22, 2014

Islamic scholar Gülen rebukes ISIL over 'brutal atrocities'

Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen has strongly condemned a campaign of violence undertaken by the self-proclaimed Islamic State, sending his condolences to its victims as well as the slain American journalist.

Ethiopian FM Dr. Tedros holds talks with TUSKON delegation

Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Tedros Adhanom held talks Thursday with the representatives of TUSKON, the Turkish Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists.

August 21, 2014

Fatih graduates receive Feb. 28-like treatment at İstanbul University

Some graduates of the İstanbul-based Fatih University, affiliated with the faith-based Hizmet movement, have become the latest victims of the battle launched by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government against the movement, as they have been subjected to apparent discrimination during post-graduate interviews at state-run İstanbul University, reminiscent of the days of the Feb. 28 military coup.

Jamaican minister feeding the needy

The humanitarian relief organization Kimse Yok Mu Foundation extended a helping hand to the needy in the Central American country Jamaica. The donations arrived in the country located in the Caribbean Sea after a long flight from Turkey. The aid distribution saw the participation of numerous Jamaican authorities including the country’s minister for education Ronald Thwaites along with his advisers and deputies, local authorities and volunteers. The minister Thwaites in person served the food to the poor.

August 20, 2014

Kimse Yok Mu delivers humanitarian assistance to Yazidis, Turkmens

Kimse Yok Mu, one of the largest charity organizations in Turkey, has sent humanitarian assistance worth nearly TL 2 million collected by volunteers to help Turkmens and Yazidis escaping Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) forces in Iraq.

Erdoğan gov't expands ban on media coverage for public event

Independent and critical media outlets in Turkey -- including Zaman, the country's highest-circulation newspaper, and Cihan, the country's largest private news agency -- were denied accreditation to cover the ruling Justice and Development Party's (AK Party) extraordinary congress slated for Aug. 27.

Journalists and Writers Foundation in Rwanda for Global Peacemakers Conference

“Global Peacemakers Conference” took place in the Rwandan capital city Kigali, August 7-8, 2014. Turkey’s Journalists and Writers Foundation, the sole participant from outside Africa, attended the event having attracted a large number of academics, religious figures and NGO officials from across the continent.

Erdogan, not religion, divides Turkey

Mustafa Akyol

In the last decade, many observers of Turkey underlined the division between secular and religious Turks as the main fault line in politics. Accordingly, the more secular, Westernized Turks were represented by the main opposition Republican Peoples Party (CHP), while Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) represented the more religious, conservative folks. Some bones of contention between the two sides, such as the longtime ban on the Islamic headscarf in state institutions, were also reflective of this “culture war.”

August 19, 2014

'Separation of powers and free press are essential for efficient and fair democracy'

Fikir Atlasi*, Episode 4 (Full text)

Elizabeth Munisoglu
Elizabeth Munisoglu, J.D.
My name is Elizabeth Munisoglu**.

I have an interesting background and I think I have to tell you all of it so you understand the point of view that I will express.

Importance of Strong Cultural Foundations

One recurring theme in Fethullah Gulen’s writings is the problem of cultural identity, which is how the individual relates to his cultural and civilizational heritage. Culture is seen as very important since it is an encompassing environment where each individual member of the society is affected willingly or unwillingly. Thus the issue of discovering the roots of our cultural identity and staying true to it becomes fundamental to continuation of our civilization.

August 18, 2014

Gülen slams pro-gov't media for disseminating lies and blasphemy

Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen criticized on Monday the pro-government media in Turkey for spinning the truth and disseminating lies while trying to justify senior officials' blasphemous remarks.

What happened to getting permission from the authorities?

Özgür Küçük

The Mavi Marmara set sail for Gaza in 2010. Bülent Yıldırım, president of the Humanitarian Aid Foundation (İHH), association that organized the trip, said the goal was to set the agenda. But before the ship could reach Gaza, Israel raided it and killed eights Turks and one Turkish-American.

Former SPK head laments ‘unusual' gov't pressure

Ongoing government pressure on independent institutions and private companies has reached worrisome levels of despotism that markets have not seen for 30 years, former head of Turkey's primary financial regulatory agency has told Today's Zaman.

August 17, 2014

Cihan reported election results accurately despite cyber attacks

The Cihan news agency, which is both domestically and internationally renowned for its successful election coverage over the past 12 years, was able to deliver the most accurate results from polling stations during the Aug. 10 presidential election, despite experiencing a number of cyber attacks.

Back to the witch hunt

Mümtazer Türköne

Prime Minister and President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's balcony speech increased expectations that a new starting point both for himself and for the government would be established. Only three days were enough to smash this expectation to pieces. Erdoğan is making arrangements to ensure that he leaves behind a smoothly operating government which will have full obedience to him and will not cause him much nuisance. To do this, he uses the best method he knows: maintaining the witch hunt.