Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Hizmet movement and external forces

When a respectable theologian recently said, “The problem is whether these entities [religious communities] will knowingly or unknowingly become part of the intervention with Turkey,” this made explicit what has long been implicitly purported in recent debates.

You cannot explain it!

An elderly man approached me as I was walking out of the mosque. He recognized me; apparently, he wanted to tell me something. He said, “I have been voting for these people for almost two decades; but I now feel disappointed.” I tried to calm him down, but he continued, “Who has the right to insult an Islamic scholar so arrogantly?”

Saturday, February 15, 2014

EP discusses transparency call for Hizmet

A European Parliament (EP) committee discussed on Wednesday a proposal, calling on the Hizmet movement to increase transparency, a call backed by the movement.

The proposal has been tabled as a proposed amendment to an annual report on EU candidate Turkey, drafted by Dutch Christian Democrat Ria Oomen-Ruijten. The measure, known as the 87th amendment proposal, was taken up at the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Fethullah Gülen in Indonesia

Indonesia is the world's most densely populated Muslim country, and in many respects has the potential to become one of the leading countries in the world.

I have been living here for several years and, during this time, I have witnessed numerous intellectuals, scholars, opinion formers, community leaders and academics nurture and express favorable opinions about Fethullah Gülen, a well-respected Turkish Islamic scholar. Many of them haven't seen Gülen in person, but have read or listened to his translated works or sermons, and even limited exposure to Gülen's views has been enough to develop admiration for him.

Turkey's Fading Democracy

Not long ago, Turkey was considered a model of constitutional democracy in the Middle East. For this reason, President Obama chose Turkey as his first majority-Muslim destination. But this 90-year old democracy is now facing a major crisis. Four corruption investigations that touched the sons of three ministers and the prime minister have sparked massive government reaction, led to the collapse of rule of law and significantly undermined the foundations of Turkish democracy.

The preacher shaking up Turkey — from America

SAYLORSBURG, PA.—Fethullah Gulen, a frail 75-year-old Islamic preacher with a gift for oratory, leads an ascetic life in a 10-hectare compound tucked into rolling farmland and woods here, far from the political crisis and international intrigue he is accused of instigating in his native Turkey.

Aides say Gulen stays in a small apartment atop a modern three-storey house, one of 10 buildings on the bucolic property. He has gone out the front gate, past the stately oak and cedar trees, only a few times since he moved here in 1999 just ahead of a treason charge back in Turkey.

Religious Affairs Directorate's sphere of authority should be redefined

Turkey's political agenda has become extremely complicated in the aftermath of the corruption operation and probe that started on Dec. 17. This state of complicated affairs negatively affects economic indicators as well as the political situation in the country.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Opposition warns president not to ignore interference into judiciary

Turkey’s opposition has endorsed the Journalists and Writers Foundation’s (GYV) call on President Abdullah Gül to take the initiative in investigating the executive branch’s recent attempts to render the judiciary dysfunctional.
Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Deputy Chairman and spokesperson Haluk Koç said it is simply not acceptable for the president to do nothing while the rule of law is being dealt a grave blow.

Former MPP Ruprecht: Gulen Movement (Hizmet) has no secret agenda

Does Gulen Movement have any secret agenda?

Tony Ruprecht, who served as a member of Ontario Provincial Parliament in Canadauntil 2011 for more than 30 years, received an award from German Government. The award was presented to Mr. Ruprecht by Walter Stechel, the Consul General of Germany in Toronto, at Mr. Stechel’s residence. During his speech at the awards ceremony, Mr. Ruprecht commended the work of Intercultural Dialogue Institute (IDI) and the Hizmet Movement. He emphasized the good work of IDI and emphasized the fact that they were the only group of people in this whole political career, who has been friends with him and never asked for something. Referring to the latest controversy in Turkey, Mr. Ruprecht stated that Hizmet Movement has chosen itself a path for the common good of humanity and it has no secret agenda.

Turkey’s graft investigation and PM Erdoğan’s response

corruption in turkey

Turkey is passing through interesting times. Very recently the country has been shaken by two corruption investigations involving ministers from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party). The related investigations heralded the final parting of the ways between two strong players in Turkey: the AK Party and the Hizmet movement (a faith-inspired community affiliated with the now US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen). Once allies against military tutelage and staunch secularist elite control of power centers in the country, recent events and the Turkish prime minister’s response demonstrate the differing views and positions of both sides.