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Carson's Far Right Christian Attack on the Constitution

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics
Anhvinh Doanvo

There is no ambiguity in Carson's statements during his Meet the Press interview on September 20. He's clearly stated his belief that Islam is fundamentally incompatible with the Constitution.

Turkey's Erdoğan Is Hanging on for Dear Life

Behlül Özkan | Posted 09.15.2015 | World
Behlül Özkan

ISTANBUL -- We could be witnessing the beginning of the end for Erdoğan and his circle. He evidently hopes that if fighting with the PKK resumes, the resulting chaos will turn the tide in his favor in the Nov. 1 elections. But this desperate strategy is fraught with peril.

A Muslim Cleric That America Should Support

John A. Tures | Posted 09.02.2015 | World
John A. Tures

Usually, when Americans hear the term "Muslim cleric," they cringe. Yet there's a Muslim leader who calls for peace and inter-faith dialogue, whose supporters are being rounded up by an increasingly authoritarian leader. Backing the right leader could be the key in the war against ISIS.

Killing in the Name of God

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 08.31.2015 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

A couple from Mississippi were arrested several weeks ago. They were trying to fly to Istanbul and spend their honeymoon joining the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. Having recently returned from an interfaith trip to Turkey, I wish this couple could talk with some Muslims I met there.

Pluralism in Islam -- Between Scripture and Praxis

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion
Parvez Ahmed

Muslim scholars, political leaders and civic society must emphasize the pluralistic message of the Quran and urgently address the pervasive exclusivist attitude among many Muslims.

Why Both Erdoganism and Kemalism May Finally Be Dead in Turkey

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.27.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Turkey is headed in a dangerous direction, toward a corrupt, authoritarian state. The country needs an Arab Spring of sorts, but within the democratic process. An electoral revolution, not a street putsch. The use of the rule of law to end an illiberal government. The ballot box must make political power accountable.

Dimensions of the Authoritarian Drift in Turkey

Alp Aslandogan | Posted 06.22.2015 | World
Alp Aslandogan

Turkey's journey of democratization toward EU membership stalled and made a U-turn during the third term of its ruling party AKP. Turkey's democratizing reforms have been both a state policy and a popular path throughout 90s and were accelerated under then-prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2003.

Turkey's Best Asset to Tackle ISIS: Ankara or America?

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 06.17.2015 | World
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

There is no Hizmet Movement plan to take over Ankara, no desire to rule the religious roost. In fact, in my meeting with Islamic scholar and preacher Fethullah Gulen, America was lauded for its religious freedoms. That was the model offered up. Not a Muslim state but a state where all religions are supported in their practice. Turkish President Erdogan should take note.

Another Victim of Erdogan's Wrath

Mahir Zeynalov | Posted 04.07.2015 | World
Mahir Zeynalov

In an unprecedented display of solidarity to bail out a bank that has been a target of a relentless campaign waged by the Turkish authorities for over a year, Turkish depositors flooded the branches of the bank across Turkey to save it from the president's wrath.

Turkey Issues Arrest Warrant For Muslim Cleric Gulen

Reuters | Posted 12.19.2014 | World

By Ece Toksabay ISTANBUL, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Turkish authorities are seeking an arrest warrant for U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen whom Pr...

Erdogan's Latest Attack on Critical Media

Alparslan Akkuş | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics
Alparslan Akkuş

Turkish police raided media outlets and detained journalists nationwide on Sunday in operations against what President Tayyip Erdogan says is a network conspiring to topple him. The detentions came days after the government-sponsored bill was signed into law that made it possible to arrest suspects based on "reasonable doubt."

Is Anybody Out There?

Emre Celik | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Emre Celik

It's unfortunate when an organization tasked with providing help to the needy must ask for help itself. It's even more unfortunate when the help it seeks is rooted in deliberate and systematic suppression.

Hate Speech is Undermining Turkey's Fragile Democracy

Emre Celik | Posted 02.12.2015 | World
Emre Celik

Erdogan has employed a multidimensional effort to intimidate, silence and otherwise persecute every institution or individual remotely associated with Gulen.

Fethullah Gulen's Message Condemning ISIS Appears in 5 U.S. Dailies Today

Emre Celik | Posted 11.17.2014 | Media
Emre Celik

Fethullah Gulen, a world renowned scholar, preacher and social advocate published his message of condemnation in today's New York Times, Washington Po...

Fethullah Gulen's Maxim: Live So That Others May Live

Emre Celik | Posted 11.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Emre Celik

Gulen places a great importance on the interdependence of individuals, communities, nations and systems on one another. Each fundamental unit within any system plays a role and has an inexplicable effect -- small or great -- on every other unit within such a system.

Standing by the Education Rights of Schoolgirls

Alp Aslandogan | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Alp Aslandogan

The kidnappings must serve as a reminder to all in the Muslim world of the important role that education plays in cultivating free societies and in protecting people against totalitarian, oppressive forces.

Turkey's Erdogan Says He Wants The U.S. To Extradite His Rival Gulen

Reuters | Posted 06.29.2014 | World

* Gulen in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999 * Erdogan accuses him of building "parallel state" * Erdogan al...

Erdogan Chooses Soccer for First-Post Election Strike Against Islamist Opponents

James Dorsey | Posted 06.12.2014 | Politics
James Dorsey

In a symbolic gesture, Mr. Erdogan called on Turkish soccer legend Hakan Sukur to resign from parliament after his nameplate was removed from an Istanbul's Sancaktepe Hakan Sukur Stadium.

Sophia Jones

Turkish Businesses Fear Government Retaliation Ahead Of Elections | Sophia Jones | Posted 03.28.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is widely feared in Turkey’s business world. From the country’s billionaires to its bankers, peopl...

Fethullah Gulen: From Izmir to the Global Hizmet Movement

Emre Celik | Posted 05.07.2014 | Impact
Emre Celik

Gulen's name has progressively reached a wider Western audience. From the New York Times to 60 Minutes, there are thousands of references to his name in the world media. Attention is being paid.

Internet Freedom Just for 4 Hours

Alparslan Akkuş | Posted 04.20.2014 | World
Alparslan Akkuş

Ragged by already tight regulations on the Internet, Turkey seems to suffer more since the new legislation allows government officials to block sites they deem violate personal privacy within four hours, without obtaining a court order.

Turkey's Fading Democracy

Alp Aslandogan | Posted 04.12.2014 | World
Alp Aslandogan

That the AKP's third term is mired in systemic corruption is discouraging for Turkey's democracy. Even more worrisome, though, is the fact that corruption has led to an authoritarian trend in which those who refuse political obedience are profiled and discriminated against.

Reclusive Turkish Imam In Pennsylvania Accused Of Attempting To Bring Down Prime Minister Erdogan

Religion News Service | Jacob Resneck | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

ISTANBUL (RNS) Has a reclusive Turkish cleric exiled to Pennsylvania hatched a plot to bring down the government of his former ally? That’s the n...

Islamists Have Failed to Deliver

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 03.05.2014 | World
Parvez Ahmed

Muslims favor democracy, symbiotic coexistence with others and a system of governance that best reflects their own ethical values. Islamists like the ruling secularists they deposed have not been able to translate this aspiration into effective governance.

Turkey: CHP Leader Says He Would Consider Stepping Aside For Sarigul

Joe Lauria | Posted 02.18.2014 | World
Joe Lauria

Kilicdaroglu has consistently bashed Erdogan on both domestic and foreign policy in the midst of a deepening gulf in Turkish society between secularists and Islamists that threatens more street violence.