Why Turkey’s Demanding Extradition Of Fethullah Gulen Is Frivolous Grandstanding

Kevin Snapp is a former federal court staff attorney and have worked on extradition cases. (JD 1982, University of Chicago) Snapp worked for the US District Court in Chicago between 1989 and 2005, assisting judges with, among other things, extradition cases. The following is his expert opinion over the Fethullah Gulen extradition case being posted as guest article on WashingtonPoint. Why Turkey’s Demanding […]

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Fethullah Gulen: Muslims Must Combat the Extremist Cancer

Fethullah Gulen: ISIL Actions Contradict Quran

Muslims Must Combat the Extremist Cancer, Denounce terrorism, defend human rights and promote education. 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 act carried out in the name of Islam profoundly affects all Muslims, alienating […]

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Bank Asya lawyers call upon B Group shareholders to join against seizure

bank asya lawyers call upon group shareholders to join against seizure

Publicly traded Islamic bank Bank Asya’s owners have launched 100 cases against the seizure by regulators, with lawyer Süleyman Taşbaş emphasizing that lawsuits can also be filed on behalf of the 18,000 shareholders corresponding to the B Group shares. The total number of cases filed against the seizure of the bank in late May and the management overhaul in February […]

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The captain who fights with his compass

The captain who fights with his compass

by Abdülhamit Bilici-Interim Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu cited the following as reasons for the election failure of his party: “We were poisoned by power, we were spoiled and we were arrogant.” There are others including lies, slanders, oppression and corruption; but he is right. A number of figures who sided with the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) when it […]

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Sürat Cargo denounces claims made by pro-gov’t media over license

Sürat Cargo denounces claims made by pro-gov’t media over license

Sürat Cargo, a shipping company, has announced that a criminal complaint will be filed against certain pro-government media outlets which recently launched a defamation campaign against the company, claiming it does not have a license to offer its shipping services. A written statement by Sürat Company said on Thursday that the government mouthpieces Sabah and Yeni Asır dailies ran a […]

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European party leader calls on EU to warn Erdoğan over plans to seize Zaman media

ALDE President Sir Graham Watson

Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party (ALDE) President Sir Graham Watson has warned EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini over Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s alleged plans to seize the Zaman Media Group, one of few independent media outlets in the country. “As I am sure you are aware, signals from Turkey suggest that President Erdogan is about […]

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US urges Ankara to observe int’l standards after Bank Asya takeover

Bank Asya takeover

The United States has urged the Turkish government to observe international legal standards after the authorities seized Turkey’s biggest Islamic lender in a move that is widely interpreted as a politically motivated financial crackdown. An official from the US State Department, who wanted to remain anonymous, said they have seen the reports that Turkey’s state insurance fund took over Bank […]

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Seizure of Islamic lender Bank Asya intensifies concerns over stability in the Turkish financial system

Bank Asya

The seizure of Islamic lender Bank Asya has intensified concerns over stability in the Turkish financial system, with opposition lawmakers and banking experts warning that the move dealt a blow to the autonomy of financial institutions that helped Turkey recover from a financial crisis in 2001 and boosted investor confidence. Turkey’s Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BDDK) announced late on […]

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Turkey’s banking watchdog seizes Bank Asya in politically-motivated move

Bank Asya Seized

Turkey’s Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BDDK) has seized the country’s largest Islamic lender Bank Asya on Friday evening as a result of a months-long unlawful government-orchestrated campaign targeting the bank. The BDDK announced its decision late on Friday while reports of seizure appeared in pro-government outlets hours before the BDDK announcement. The government whistleblower Fuat Avni, whose revelations were […]

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Elizabeth Munisoglu: “The right of a free press is the bulwark against intrusions onto personal liberty.”

Elizabeth Munisoglu Press Freedom Fethullah Gulen

Elizabeth Munisoglu is a Commissioner at State of California Superior Court, Los Angeles County. She received her Juris Doctor degree from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1988. Munisoglu specialized in criminal law, and served as the Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney for 18 years. “I discovered that in 1787, when the Constitutional Convention was being held, George Washington […]

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