October 1, 2014

Hate Speech is Undermining Turkey's Fragile Democracy

Emre Çelik*

Many TV viewers could not believe their ears upon hearing the terms "blood sucking vampires, leeches, traitors, spies, worse than Shiites, and assassins" uttered by then Turkish prime minister Erdogan in his political rallies.

Inspectors find no flaw in Kimse Yok Mu activities

A report prepared by inspectors assigned by the Interior Ministry earlier this year clearly states that not a single irregularity was discovered in the activities of the charity organization Kimse Yok Mu at the end of an audit carried out by the ministry's inspectors.

From political Islam to Islamic terrorism: Is there a way out?

Anwar Alam*

The declaration of the “Islamic state” and the “caliph” under the leadership of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), now called the IS, in the contagious parts of Iraq and Syria has brought the issue of Islamic militancy and terrorism to the center stage of Middle Eastern politics.

İETT cancels bus line to Fatih University, disabled student drops out

A student dropped out of school when the İstanbul Transportation Authority (İETT) canceled the only bus line to Fatih University, which is considered to be affiliated with the faith-based Hizmet movement.

Opposition reacts to witch hunt against UN-affiliated aid organization

In the face of the targeting of Kimse Yok Mu? (Is Anybody There?), the biggest humanitarian aid organization in Turkey, by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government, some opposition deputies have described the targeting as “irrational” and there are rumors on social media platforms that the smear campaign is being led by Interior Minister Efkan Ala.

September 30, 2014

Cingöz: Kimse Yok Mu welcomes all auditors from state institutions

İsmail Cingöz, president of the Turkish charity Kimse Yok Mu (Is Anybody There), which is affiliated with the Hizmet movement inspired by prominent scholar Fethullah Gülen, explained to Today's Zaman that the organization has contributed to social and international peace since the day of its foundation.

Fethullah Gulen’s books draw large interest in Sweden

Fethullah Gulen’s books were on display at Sweden’s largest book fair saw large interest from book enthusiasts.

Obsession with closing down

Nedim Hazar

The people who obsessively hate a certain part of the society have been moving their unfair and cruel practices to a new level each day.

Civil servants spy on one another for higher posts

More and more civil servants are tending to spy on one another to win the government's favor for promotion to higher posts, Today's Zaman has learned.

September 29, 2014

GYV summit highlights link between education, sustainable development

A recent summit organized jointly by the Journalists and Writers Foundation (GYV) and the United Nations in New York has highlighted the correlation between education and sustainable development.

Why Gülen is indignant about corruption

Abdullah Bozkurt

One of the main reasons why Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen has been so disturbed by the massive graft scandal that was exposed during then-Prime Minister and now President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's regime is that he saw that his lifetime ideal of fostering greater connectivity among key areas of the country such as education, business and culture in order to contribute to the social, human and economic development of his nation had been severely undermined.

Kimse Yok Mu offers much-needed help in Gaza

The Kimse Yok Mu (Is Anybody There) foundation, known for assisting people all over the world, has reached out to victims in Gaza who are still reeling from Israel's attacks last month.

Kimse Yok Mu lends helping hand to 15,000 Syrians in Suruç

Kimse Yok Mu (Is Anybody There) has sent TL 50 million worth of aid to Syrian Kurds who have fled from the town of Kobane to take refuge in Suruç, a district of Şanlıurfa province.

UN-affiliated aid organization becomes new witch hunt target

As the largest volunteer and global aid organization based in Turkey, Kimse Yok Mu (Is Anybody There), which holds official UN consultative status, has become the target of a smear campaign carried out through the government-controlled media, while Kimse Yok Mu officials have said all their activities are transparent and that not a single flaw has been discovered at the end of months of government auditing.

‘Code 111' brought to court by former bureaucrats

Government officials previously serving in the Ministry of Family and Social Policy who were dismissed or demoted after being blacklisted under “Code 111,” used to denote individuals believed to be affiliated with the faith-based Hizmet movement, have sued the ministry over the practice.