October 22, 2014

Journalists and Writers Foundation to hold peace conference at UN

The Journalists and Writers Foundation (GYV), a Turkish institution having consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will hold a peace conference in Geneva on Friday.

Bank Asya fights back against Erdogan attack

Ahmet Beyaz, the chief executive of Turkey’s government-besieged Bank Asya, says his bank is the victim of a political campaign waged by Turkey’s powerful president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Bank Asya shares kept closed despite SPK warning

The Capital Markets Board (SPK) has warned the Borsa İstanbul (BİST) to act in line with the law with regard to the BİST's decision on Aug. 14 to ban Bank Asya's shares from trading, local media reported on Wednesday.

October 21, 2014

Empowering TMSF bodes ill for economy's future, experts warn

The government's draft bill that promises extraordinary powers for the Savings Deposits Insurance Fund (TMSF) including transferring a failed bank's assets to other banks and establishing a bank without seeking the permission of the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BDDK) has caused experts to warn that such a move will jeopardize the country's economic outlook.

Gülen On Religion And Science: A Theologian's Perspective

Osman Bakar*

Introduction

A number of contemporary Muslim thinkers have dealt with the relationship between religion and science.[1] The subject itself is fast gaining popularity among Muslims, not only among scientists but also among other groups of Muslim professionals and intellectuals. Understandably, as Muslims they are primarily interested in discussing and debating the subject from Islamic points of view. We may even say that in many Muslim countries today practically every class of educated Muslims is concerned with some issue pertaining to the relation of religion and science.

October 20, 2014

Gülen's lawyer: A civilian structure demonized by fictitious slurs

Nurullah Albayrak, the lawyer of Muslim scholar Fethullah Gülen, rejected the Sabah daily's headline story on Monday titled “Parallel Council,” saying pro-government outlets aim to distract attention from anti-government corruption assertions by making false claims about the Hizmet movement.

Why are Fethullah Gülen's teachings so attractive to his followers?

Doğu Ergil

While today there are many Muslim thinkers and practitioners in the name of Islam, what is it in Gülen’s teachings that seem to be so attractive to his followers?

October 19, 2014

'Moderate voices such as Gülen movement are sorely needed'

"This is most unfortunate, as anyone who does the minutest amount of research would clearly see that [the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria] ISIS does not follow the teachings of Islam," says Joyce Davis, speaking about the bigoted comments of Bill Maher, who simplistically identified ISIS with the religion of Islam on a TV show last week. Davis is the president of the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg, part of the World Affairs Councils of America, based in Washington, D.C. She is the author of two books on Islam and has written extensively on international affairs and US foreign policy.

Principles of Dialogue in Fethullah Gülen’s Thought

Züleyha Keskin

1. Be sincere in dialogue

October 18, 2014

Moldovan orphans demand Kimse Yok Mu assistance continue

Orphanages in Moldova are in the hope that donations by the Turkish people through Kimse Yok Mu continue without interruption.

True journalism fights for survival under gov't carrot-stick policy

Veteran Turkish journalists who have lost their jobs for basically trying to perform their profession have said they did not experience as much government pressure and intervention during the turbulent coup times of the past as they have under the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government today.

October 17, 2014

Former Dutch FM: I don't understand Erdoğan's Hizmet hatred

The Netherlands' former foreign minister Bernard Bot has said that he cannot understand Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's hatred against the Hizmet movement, a social movement known for its cultural and educational activities.

German translation of Gulen’s book at Frankfurt Book Fair

Fethullah Gulen’s latest German translated book titled “Was ich denke, was ich glaube” has been released at the International Frankfurt Book Fair.

South Korean NGO: It’s hard to make sense of what is being done to Kimse Yok Mu

Officials of Bonita, a South Korean NGO that engages in research and efforts for children and labor rights, said they find it hard to make sense of the oppression against Kimse Yok Mu (KYM). The officials recently went to Aceh, Indonesia, to witness the KYM efforts during Eid al-Adha. The region had suffered most in the tsunami that hit the country in 2005.

Gov't perceives its citizens as threat, hurting state-citizen ties

The government-introduced bill that envisages harsher penalties targeting any dissident movement by extending the scope of offenses and granting extensive powers to the police, is being harshly criticized for posing a threat to basic rights and freedoms and harming state-citizen ties, reminiscent of the period of martial law that Turkey previously experienced.