July 29, 2014

TUSKON warns against probing policemen under 'shadow of politics'

A large Turkish umbrella business group has called handcuffing and abusive treatment of policemen who participated in important criminal investigations as "unacceptable," expressing deep concern over the politicized measures.

EFJ: Zaman, Today's Zaman journalists targeted by Turkish authorities

Journalists working for media outlets such as Zaman, Today's Zaman or Taraf appear to be a new group of potential journalist targets for the Turkish authorities who have pursued a policy of criminalization against Kurdish, leftist and investigative journalists in the past, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) has said.

July 28, 2014

Handcuffed justice

Ekrem Dumanlı

The ruling party has been undermining rule of law since the graft and bribery investigation that became public on December 17, 2013. It sees itself unfettered by laws and the Constitution. It has been sticking to the hoax of "parallel structure" --a veiled reference to members of the Hizmet movement inspired by Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen-- in a desperate attempt to cover up the graft investigations.

July 27, 2014

'Erdoğan fights to eliminate Hizmet movement'

When asked about the issue of Erdoğan's survival, [CHP Istanbul deputy] Erdoğdu said: “The upcoming presidential election [which is scheduled for Aug. 10] is not the main part of this struggle. He might be elected president and elude the graft investigation. What about his son Bilal and other family members? How can they escape an investigation? The main battle is between Erdoğan and the Hizmet movement. That is why Erdoğan talks about eliminating the movement. He considers the matter a fight for survival.”

July 26, 2014

Gov't reshuffling justice system to punish Hizmet

The Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government, in what many consider an attempt to take revenge on the faith-based Hizmet movement, has been reworking the justice system in Turkey -- shutting down certain courts, establishing new ones and quickly assigning some prosecutors and judges to deal with certain cases -- which is diametrically opposed to the principles of law.

Aid delivery to Gaza continues under bombardments

Turkish charity organization Kimse Yok Mu managed to deliver aid supplies in worth of 76 thousand USD to war torn Gaza Strip despite fierce bombardments by Israel.

July 25, 2014

Second single-party era

Murat Aksoy

Turkey is going through a difficult time. As noted in a Chinese proverb, we are having interesting times. We are being divided, gravely and slowly. The current political tension in Turkey polarizes the people in terms of mindset. What we have right now is the result of the political style and method Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan deliberately chose. Erdoğan tries to consolidate his power through the majority plebiscite within a classical democracy. He believes that his acts and policies are endorsed as he wins the elections.

Kimse Yok Mu holds iftar dinner for Thai Muslims

Extending a hand to all over the world, Kimse Yok Mu Foundation held yet another iftar dinner for Thai Muslims as a part of its Ramadan activities. Ramadan is different in Thailand from Turkey. Families choose to break their fast together with others at the mosques rather than doing it alone at home. What is notable in these iftar dinners is that everyone is voluntarily involved in setting and cleaning up the tables. Following the prayers and salawat before the adhan (call to prayer), Thai Muslims move on to break their fasts with water and dates. Next is salat al-maghrib (prayers after sunset) and then they go back to the tables to continue their dinner.

Cambodian General: Turkish schools are building bridges between two countries

The spokesman for the Cambodian Ministry of Defense General Chhum Socheat said the Turkish schools in his country are functioning as bridges between Turkey and Cambodia.

July 24, 2014

'Arınç's demand that Hizmet repent admission of witch hunt'

Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç's words, saying that if police chiefs detained early Tuesday morning in a large-scale operation repent things can go back to normal, is considered an admission of a politically orchestrated witch hunt by the government.

'Parallel' is a fantastic panacea

Orhan Kemal Cengiz

So many police officers have been taken into custody in connection with allegedly illegally tapping telephones, espionage charges, on suspicion of creating false evidence and so on. And these police officers include almost all the police officers who conducted the graft investigation in which ministers, their children and the prime minister's son were shown as prime suspects.

Uganda: Makerere University to teach Turkish

NILE Dialogue Platform, the Ugandan subsidiary of Gülen Movement, a Turkish social movement whose teachings lay emphasis on interfaith and intercultural dialogue is set to support the introduction of Turkish at Makerere University.

No better gift for Nigerien orphans

Kimse Yok Mu Foundation, which has been giving off Ramadan joy with the slogan “Fill up your umbrella of mercy with the abundance of sharing” in 110 countries on 5 continents, lifted up this time the orphans in the Nigerien capital Niamey. The foundation gave away scholarships to 250 orphan to the volume of 75 thousand dollars in total and also served iftar dinners to 2,500. It continues to reach out to the orphan around the world.

Kimse Yok Mu’s Ramadan packages for Filipino families

Kimse Yok Mu Foundation, in cooperation with the participating organizations and volunteers, keep bringing in Ramadan’s abundance to those in need around the world.

Kimse Yok Mu Iftar in Kyrgyzstan

Kimse Yok Mu Foundation has recently held an iftar dinner in the capital city Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The dinner at Sarmerden restaurant saw the attendance of some 300 guests. The Kyrgyz people expressed their gratitude to Turkish people. The KYM official Habibulla Arzikulov said they also gave away Ramadan aid packages to the needy around the city.