Fethullah Gulen: Muslims Must Combat the Extremist Cancer
As the group that calls itself Islamic State, known as ISIS, continues to produce carnage in the Middle East, Muslims must confront the totalitarian ideology that animates it and other terrorist groups. Every terrorist a...
74 US senators urge Kerry to back media freedom in Turkey
Seventy-four lawmakers from the US Senate have sent a letter to US Secretary of StateJohn Kerry to express concern over what they called "an affront to the basic principles of democracy" in Turkey, urging the secretary to speak up agai...
88 Members of US Congress withstand intense pressure over press freedom letter
Members of the US Congress who submitted a letter to Secretary of State John Kerrylast month on the dismal state of media freedom in Turkey are standing firm behind their signatures despite intense pressure from the Turkish government ...
Fethullah Gulen: Turkey’s Eroding Democracy
SAYLORSBURG, Pa. — It is deeply disappointing to see what has become of Turkey in the last few years. Not long ago, it was the envy of Muslim-majority countries: a viable candidate for the European Union on its path to becoming a func...
US congressmen urge the AK Party and Erdoğan to stop restricting rights
US senators submitted a resolution to the House of Representatives Committee of Foreign Affairs, calling on Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to end restrictions on freedom of expressi...
Ekrem Dumanli: Turkey’s witch hunt against the media
When I first appeared in court after last month’s raid on my newspaper in Istanbul and 80 hours of detention, I asked the judge: “Two columns and a news report: Is that all the evidence against me?” The judge replied, “Yes.” It surely was an “I rest my case” moment for me — as well...
Turkey's Media Faces Imminent Crackdown
The Turkish government is reportedly bracing to seize a number of media outlets ahead of key parliamentary elections slated for June 7, a move that will largely finalize the authorities' long-sought g...
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 Justi...
Turkey’s 2015 Election Prospects
On Sunday, June 7, 2015, Turkish citizens are headed to the polls once again. These will be nationwide general elections for 550 seats in the Turkish Parliament. The major issues that have p...
European Parliament accepts resolution on freedom of expression in Turkey
The European Parliament approved a resolution on freedom of expression in Turkey on Jan. 15, with most of the 593 members of the parliament voting for the measure’s adoption.Out of the 593 MEPs, 511 of them approved the resolution titled &ldquo...
Intl. Culture & Language Olympiad
New Mexico-Turkic World Dinner strengthened the Relations!
The leaders of New Mexico Executive Government and State Legislators in Santa Fe, New Mexico came together and enjoyed the 5th Annual Turkic World – New Mexico Friendship Dinner on February 16, 2014 at La Fonda Hotel. The reception and music followed the Water Marbling show and calligraphy arts before the dinner. Necip Orhan, Turquoise Council Representative in New Mexico introduced th...
Turkey, Texas hold friendship reception in Austin
A Turkish-Texan friendship reception was held over the weekend in the state capital of Austin, with the participation of high-level Turkish and Texan officials.
The reception was sponsored jointly by the Houston-based Turquoise Council of Americans and Eurasians (TCAE), the Texas State Senate, the Texas State Council and the Austin Raindrop Turkish House....
5th Annual Turkish Festival in San Antonio
April 4, 2015, San Antonio, TX – Raindrop Turkish House held its 5th Annual Turkish Festival in San Antonio. Historic Alamo Plaza in San Antonio was alive with music, food and festivities as this year’s festival, themed “San Antonio Goes Turkish” was taking place on a pleasant Saturday. Among the many the attended the festival were the Mayor of San Antonio, Ivy R....
Anatolian Festival in Austin
April 25, 2015, Austin, TX – Raindrop Foundation organized the 11th Annual Anatolian Festival in Austin, Texas. The event drew a diverse crowd of some 3,500 residents of Austin and took place at at the Raindrop Turkish House.
Former Representative Pete Gallego, who served in the Texas legislature for many years, noted that the Turkish community members in Austin were very dedicated to,...
Colors of the Wold at the White House, The Ellipse
April 26, Washington, D.C. – As part of the International Festival Language and Culture, ‘Colors of the World’ took place at the White House Presidents’ Park, the Ellipse between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM. More than 1000 guests came to see over 100 young performers from over 15 countries. The weather turned out to be much better than forecasted, which allowed the attendees t...
Colors of the World in Washington, D.C.
April 28, 2015 – International Festival of Language and Culture was held in the nations capital at the Warner Theater.About one hundred students from 17 countries and 4 States from the U.S.A sang and danced, representing their own cultures, while their talented performances drew approximately 2,000 spectators to the theater. Among those who attended the festival were U.S. Representatives BIl...