May 25, 2015

Kimse Yok Mu, Philippines sign agreement to further aid cooperation

Turkish charity organization Kimse Yok Mu (KYM) has signed a landmark agreement with the Philippine government, paving way for close cooperation between the two entities to further aid, education and development efforts in the two countries.

Filipino student wins Turkish international schools contest

Patricia Dalde Linogao from the Philippines wins the International Language and Culture Festival’s song contest held in the Romanian capital Bucharest.

Africa, Albania and Erdogan’s campaign against Turkish schools

Ademu Sadik

Nations that are not under colonial rule should operate as sovereign states with the ability to make laws and take decisions that concern their citizens.

May 24, 2015

Biggest failing of the Republic of Turkey

Şahin Alpay

The measures taken by the government of Turkey, headed by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, to not only cover up the greatest corruption probe in the history of the republic, which went public on Dec. 17, 2013, but to fully put an end to the separation of powers and to subjugate the judiciary, the media and civil society are building day by day.

Dark Clouds Over Turkey

With two weeks to go before a crucial parliamentary election in Turkey, tensions are rising and some critics of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan fear a new crackdown is starting to ensure that his Justice and Development Party wins. That kind of brute manipulation of the political process would be a serious mistake, further weakening the country’s battered democracy and tainting whatever victory might emerge.

May 23, 2015

Erdoğan’s requests to shut down Turkish schools abroad perceived as patronizing

On the latest stop of his world tour to disparage Turkish schools abroad, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan asked Albanians to shut down schools that boast scores of Albanian alumni, accusing the institutions of being part of a terrorist organization.

IFJ representative denied permission to visit journalist Karaca in prison

The Justice Ministry has rejected a request from a coalition of international journalist organizations to visit imprisoned Turkish journalist Hidayet Karaca at Silivri Prison in İstanbul.

Strangled to death? The future of media freedom in Turkey

Amanda Paul

Turkey's already stifled and repressed media freedom took another blow on May 19, when Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu fiercely attacked the Hürriyet daily during a speech at an election rally in Zonguldak.

NY Times highlights possible plan to shut down critical media

The New York Times has urged the US and other NATO allies to ask Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to turn away from "destructive path," highlighting the prevailing fear among journalists that he might be preparing to shut down critical media outlets, including this newspaper.

May 22, 2015

Senegal minister: Turkish schools’ students our hope for the future

Welcoming the students of the Yavuz Selim Education Institutions after their success in international competitions, Aly Ngouille Ndiaye, the industry and mines minister of Senegal, said the students of the Turkish schools are encouraging hope for the future of the country.

Students from Turkish school send pocket money to needy ones in Nepal

Students of a Turkish school operating in Australia send their pocket money to people who were affected by a massive earthquake in Nepal.