January 27, 2015

Indonesian authorities request 100 more Turkish schools

Schools operated by the Pacific Nations Social and Economic Development Association (PASİAD) is the crown jewel of the Indonesian education system.

War on Gulenists undermines Turkish diplomacy

Fehim Taştekin

Bent on dismantling the “parallel state,” Ankara has embarked on a reckless campaign that threatens to undermine Turkey’s foreign relations. After corruption probes targeted Cabinet members in December 2013, it came as no surprise when the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government dismissed and reassigned thousands of police officers, prosecutors and judges in the course of fierce war on the movement of cleric Fethullah Gulen. No one would have imagined, however, that Ankara would go so far as to dismiss dozens of honorary consuls in Turkey and mount a diplomatic offensive to force the closure of Gulenist-founded schools abroad.

January 26, 2015

EU on 'parallel state' claims: ‘We don't use conspiracy theories'

What do the EU leaders think of the “parallel state” claims of the Turkish ruling party in regards to the Gülen movement (Hizmet movement)?

Will Erdoğan succeed in wresting away the reins of religion from civilian hands?

Mümtazer Türköne

I am going to talk about a situation similar to the process by which the tools of production become state possessions. These are concepts far removed not only from Western culture but from socialist ideologies as well. After all, what we are talking about here is not nationalization, but rather the transitioning of cultural arenas that are directly linked to the society -- and that the society has even created on its own -- into state property.

Erdoğan receives harsh criticism from civil society over bid to close Turkish schools

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's bid for the closure of Turkish schools affiliated with the Gülen movement in African countries has drawn harsh criticism from various segments of the society, including journalists, artists and politicians.

Gov’t ignoring court verdicts since Dec. 17 graft scandal

The Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government, various state agencies and a number of municipalities ruled by the AK Party have ignored scores of court decisions regarding their actions since a huge corruption scandal erupted on Dec. 17, 2013.

Even a village cannot be ruled this way

Ekrem Dumanlı

A simple question: by what standards is Turkey being ruled now? Constitution? Laws? Unfortunately, neither. We have a rule based on arbitrariness and bullying. How about democratic criteria? They were long shelved. Legal criteria? They are preserved in the deep freezer. So by what standards is our country being ruled? By the wishes and desires of some privileged individuals…

January 25, 2015

‘Turkish schools are building the future’, expresses Somaliland leader

The leader of Somali’s autonomous Somaliland region, Ahmed Muhammed Silanyo, has hailed Turkish schools for their efforts to bring up a bright, new generation in the Somalia, calling on Turkish entrepreneurs to open more schools in the country.

Dr. Rainer Hermann: ’Erdoğan wants to build a regime according to his wishes!’

"Even if [Recep Tayyip] Erdoğan wanted to transform Turkey into a dictatorship, he would not succeed.

Erdoğan’s stance on Turkish Schools turns to hatred after corruption probes

The discourse that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan displays towards internationally-located Turkish schools -- which are run by Turkish entrepreneurs inspired by the teachings of Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen -- shifted completely towards a hateful stance after corruption investigations went public in December 2013 incriminated Erdoğan, his family members and close associates.

January 24, 2015

Gov’t claim of cheating on exam aimed at diverting public’s attention, past record reveals

A government-propagated claim saying the faith-based Gülen movement was involved in cheating on an exam that is obligatory for public service appears to be principally aimed, as was the case with previous operations against the police, at diverting the attention of the public from sweeping allegations of corruption that have made the government feel cornered.

"Hizmet Movement is one of the most important spiritual and social movements in the world"

Fikir Atlasi*, Episode 31 (Full text)

My name is Scott Alexander**. I’m Associate Professor of Islamic Studies in Christian-Muslim Relations and Director of Catholic-Muslim Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.

January 23, 2015

Gülen extends condolences over death of Saudi King

Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen has expressed condolences over the death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah.

Erdoğan draws ire from all segments of society over bid to close Turkish schools

Members of opposition parties, prominent businessmen and figures in the education world have severely criticized President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for campaigning for the closure of Turkish schools in African countries that are affiliated with the Gülen movement, also known as the Hizmet movement, inspired by Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, who is a former ally of the president.

Pro-gov’t daily claims White House held special session on Gülen

Pro-government Turkish daily Takvim claimed in a Friday report that the White House held a special session on Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, who is based in the US, in September 2014.

Ministry dismisses honorary consuls, allegedly for 'Hizmet' affiliation

The Turkish Foreign Ministry did not renew honorary consuls’ certificates due to their affiliation with the Hizmet movement, Turkish media reported.

Kimse Yok Mu, the prominent outlet for international aid

With activities spanning across 113 nations, the non-profit organization's aid activities continues to reach across the globe defying theTurkish government’s unjustified persecution.

January 22, 2015

Opposition up in arms over Erdoğan’s badmouthing of Turkish schools abroad during visit to Ethiopia

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is pressing ahead with campaigning the closure of Turkish schools affiliated with the Gülen movement, also known as the Hizmet movement, inspired by Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, in African countries, causing a number of members of the opposition parties in Turkey to reacted against his move.

Erdoğan pushes to close down Turkish schools in Africa

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is pressing ahead for the closure of Turkish schools affiliated with the Gülen movement (Hizmet movement) of Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen in African countries.

GYV’s dialogue center not returned despite court order

Journalists and Writers Foundation (GYV) officials were forced to leave its affiliate Intercultural Dialogue Center (KADIM) office in the Eyüp district of İstanbul despite a court order ruling that GYV could return to the premises after the dialogue center was unlawfully evacuated by municipal police on Dec. 26, 2014.

January 21, 2015

'Gulen is a teacher of great love and great good for all people; the voice of Hizmet is very necessary.'

Fikir Atlasi*, Episode 30 (Full text)

My name is Peggy Price**. My official title is Reverend Doctor Peggy Price.

Gülen’s lawyer says plot to frame Gülen movement for unsolved murders is in the works

Nurullah Albayrak, the legal representative for Fethullah Gülen, an Islamic scholar in self-imposed exile in the US, said in a statement released on Tuesday that unsolved murders are trying to be heaped upon his client and the Gülen movement, a grassroots initiative inspired by Gülen and also known as the Hizmet movement.