March 5, 2015

'Members of Hizmet (the Gulen movement) show that love truly is a verb'

Andrew Kosorok

Several years ago two dozen men changed, in the blink of an eye, how an entire country viewed one quarter of the world’s population. Of course, I’m speaking of the tragic events of 9/11 wherein 3,000 American civilians were killed in moments.

March 4, 2015

Yemeni authorities praise Turkish schools for persevering during hard times

Yemen's Education Ministry and scores of high-ranking officials and academics have expressed gratitude for Turkish educators and schools that have continued to offer educational services during difficult times in Yemen.

Fethullah Gülen extends condolences over death of Turkish literary giant

Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen has extended his condolences to the family and fans of Yaşar Kemal, one of Turkey's greatest writers, whose works were translated into 40 languages.

EP vice president says "parallel state" a conspiracy theory for many

The vice president of the European Parliament (EP) has said that the theory of a "parallel state," which has been forcefully endorsed by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government in the wake of corruption charges, is considered by many in Brussels to be a conspiracy theory.

Asya shares partially seized as S&P warns of risks

Turkey's banking watchdog, the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BDDK), said on Wednesday regulators had taken control of a small stake in Turkey's largest Islamic lender Bank Asya over what it described as an illegal share transaction.

S&P underlines Bank Asya takeover harbors potential political risks

Ratings agency Standard and Poor's said on Wednesday incidents surrounding Turkey's Bank Asya, which ended in its management takeover by regulators in early 2015, showed the potential for political risks to spill over into the financial system.

March 3, 2015

Pakistani students compete to advance to final of Turkish Olympiads

A total of 278 Pakistani students studying at Turkish schools, which have been operating in Pakistan for 19 years, competed in Pakistani leg of Turkish Olympiads to be qualified to participate in the 13 th International Turkish Olympiads.

Mr. Gülen's thoughts about political representation of Islam and democracy

What do you think about Mr. Gülen's thoughts about political representation of Islam and democracy?

What does Fethullah Gülen say about Islamists/Islamism?

Fethullah Gülen refutes in his speeches and writings Islamist claims for an Islamic political platform: “Islam does not propose a certain unchangeable form of government or attempt to shape it. Instead, Islam established fundamental principles that orient a government’s general character, leaving it to the people to choose the type and form of government according to time and circumstances.”

March 2, 2015

Gulen Movement, Civil Islam and Turkey’s Future

Uğur Kömeçoğlu

Over the last two decades, the Hizmet Movement has had a major influence on the ongoing transformation of Turkish political and religious life. The spread of Civil Islam has helped not only to usher in the post-Kemalist era, but it has also stimulated changes inside Turkish Islamism. Like the Muslim Brotherhood in Arab societies, the Turkish Islamist movement in the 1970s was hostile toward modernity, and it conflated religious belief with the need to struggle against the secular order and Western influences. The spread of Islamist ideology, therefore, has only sharpened the distinction between religious faith and loyalty to the modern Turkish state and its founding secularist ideology.

March 1, 2015

School Children, Not Tools Of War

Shehu Yakubu

AS a Nigerian who has experienced Turks and their culture both at home and in Turkey for over a decade of my life, I have come to see and feel Turkey as my second country. My first interaction with the Turkish society was through education in Abuja at one of their many schools nationwide before I went on to spend five years in Istanbul.

Youth address global poverty in Gülen Institute’s essay contest

Hundreds of young people from around the world pondered the issue of global poverty and proposed potential solutions based on their own research and experience in an international essay contest launched by the Gülen Institute, a US-based civil society organization.

Gov’t’s ‘parallel state’ claims collapse after it refuses parliamentary investigation

A parliamentary group proposal made by opposition parties to investigate claims of the existence of a so-called “parallel structure” was recently rejected by the government, prompting criticism of Justice and Development Party (AK Party) deputies and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who readily use the term to ostracize and persecute their opponents.

Disparaging language by gov’t officials feared to harm social cohesion

Top government officials' using dismissive and disparaging language towards the opposition and dissidents risk dealing a blow to social cohesion in Turkey as society becomes increasingly polarized.

Davutoğlu follows in Erdoğan’s footsteps with harsh rhetoric

Politicians have long relied on harsh language and discourse in Turkey. In one case, then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan made strong and offensive remarks about his opponents and the Gülen movement, also known as the Hizmet movement, after the Dec. 17 bribery and corruption investigation. But this did not change after Ahmet Davutoğlu became prime minister; he now follows in the footsteps of Erdoğan.

February 28, 2015

Pacifica Institute Utah hosts 'Love is a Verb' screening for interfaith season

Pacifica Institute Utah sponsored a screening of the film “Love is a Verb” on Monday, Feb. 23, at the Salt Lake City Library as part of Interfaith Season sponsored by the Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable.

February 27, 2015

Fountain’s Yeşilova: We believe human life and the universe are each a book to read

English-language The Fountain magazine Editor-in-Chief Hakan Yeşilova has said his magazine has an editorial policy that promotes love and respect for all, adding that they see human life and the universe as books that need to be read.

Turkish humanitarian NGO has cured 30,000 cataract sufferers

A campaign by Turkish NGO Kimse Yok Mu has fixed the eyes of over 30,000 people with cataracts in central Africa.

Straying from EU sidelines into Goebbels’ territory

Abdülhamit Bilici

Adolf Hitler is certainly known for having signed off on some of the most horrific acts in modern times, causing the deaths of millions and sending people to the gas chambers simply because of their beliefs. His military forces, his SS officers, his weapons industries, his war tactics, as well as the roads, bridges and dams he left behind -- they all deserve careful examination.

Feb. 28 spirit makes unwelcome return after 18 years

Despite the fact that Turkey has still not settled accounts with the Feb. 28, 1997 military coup, which dealt a heavy blow to democratic progress and individual freedoms, the country is now undergoing circumstances that many observers consider far worse than the anti-democratic practices of the coup era. Only, this time, the discontent comes at the hands of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government and its former leader and current president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

My answer to the police’s summary: Do not lend support to al-Qaeda

Emre Uslu

As you know, an arrest warrant was issued for me on charges of my connection to the Hizmet movement, inspired by Fethullah Gülen.

February 26, 2015

The plot: Arrest warrant against Gülen rife with unlawfulness

Another arrest warrant has been issued against Fethullah Gülen -- a well-respected Turkish Islamic scholar -- although a warrant had already been issued on charges connected to a soap opera and his sermons online.