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.

Gülen seeks to dismiss US lawsuit, says it is ‘pure political theater’

Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit by the Turkish government in the US on the grounds that the charges are political.

February 4, 2016

Kimse Yok Mu organizes international cartoon competition: ‘Refugees’

Turkish charity organization Kimse Yok Mu has organized an international cartoon competition titled “refugees” in order to raise awareness of the difficulties facing migrants who fled their homelands and set out on dangerous journeys to Europe.

February 3, 2016

‘Parallel’ listening in on me too

Ali Yurttagül

It's no joke. When a friend of mine warned me “I bet they're listening in on you too,” I wasn't really surprised.

February 2, 2016

14th Int’l Festival of Language and Culture kicks off in Philippines

The 14th edition of the International Festival of Language and Culture, formerly known as the International Turkish Language Olympiad, kicked off with a spectacular ceremony held in Manila, the capital city of the Philippines.

Under what conditions was the Abant Platform meeting held?

Cafer Solgun

The 34th meeting of the Abant Platform, one of the distinguished gathering places of Turkey's intellectuals, was held in Bolu over the weekend.

Ex-Deputy PM Arınç says he stands by every word he said

Former Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç has criticized pro-government Twitter users and dailies that have launched a defamation campaign against him after he recently criticized a government-orchestrated witch hunt against the Gülen movement, adding that he stands by his statement in a live broadcast on CNN Türk on Friday night.

February 1, 2016

The Abant Platform: A photograph of Turkey

Mümtazer Türköne

The Abant Platform offers up some very realistic measures with which to grasp the specific chemistry and power of democracy in Turkey.

A conference under shadow of government scrutiny

Lale Kemal

Close to 100 participants were getting ready last Saturday for a conference in Bolu, a city around two-and-a-half hours away by bus from the Turkish capital city of Ankara, when news came of police raiding the houses and offices of six Turkish academics in the early hours of the same day, a few kilometers away from our hotel venue.

January 31, 2016

One-man rule remains main challenge for Turkey’s democracy, Abant Platform declares

A select group of leading intellectuals, politicians and journalists issued a joint declaration over the weekend decrying the authoritarian policies in Turkey, concluding that a desire for a strong autocratic government by one man remains the fundamental challenge.