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Mr. Gülen’s felicitous advice

BÜLENT KENEŞ The interview Mr. Fethullah Gülen, a well-respected Turkish-Islamic scholar, gave to Rudaw, an online newspaper in northern Iraq's Arbil, resounded powerfully in the Turkish media. I must note that it would be wrong to analyze the views Mr. Gülen expressed in this interview within the scope of the developments that have occurred in the wake of the recent Gezi Park protests in Turkey. At a time when certain groups who excel in currying favor with the government are quick to accuse anyone who spurts out any opinion that even slightly diverges from that of the government of being "opportunists," I must emphasize that the interview consists of answers Mr. Gülen had given long before the Gezi Park protests started. The responses Mr. Gülen gave in May to journalist Rebwar Kerim's questions are proof that he approaches issues with a principle-based perspective rather than within the framework of daily or conjuncture-oriented developments. This point should be taken into consideration in assessing Mr. Gülen's views. Mr. Gülen's answers to Rudaw's questions can be summed up as follows: "The activities launched to stop the long-lasting bloodshed and violence in the region [the southeastern provinces of Turkey] deserve our support. Basically, we must not allow past tragedies to poison our future and we must focus on forward-looking constructive efforts. With sincerity and mutual respect, we must seek for everyone else what we seek for ourselves, as the Prophet of Islam put it, and we must avoid for everyone else what we avoid for ourselves... "... We must make sure that our words and acts do not offend anyone and we must act with patience and in a way that embraces everyone. Everyone must act with caution and prudence and be on alert against provocations. Problems cannot be solved with slogans or ravings. Issues should be handled with reason, perspicacity and clemency,...

A reasonable statement from Fethullah Gülen

The statement made by Fethullah Gülen regarding the choice of the name Yavuz Sultan Selim for the third bridge over the Bosporus that is to be built by the government will certainly enrich the ongoing debate about this issue and will lead to a reconsideration of using this name. The sensitivities of the Islamic segment while evaluating Ottoman history as well as its different understanding of history is probably the reason why this segment failed to discuss the choice of the name Yavus Sultan Selim. In addition, the fact that Yavuz Sultan Selim was chosen with the consensus of the president, the prime minister and the parliament speaker, prevented objections against the name from being voiced loudly. If this name had been just the choice of the government, it is likely that we would have seen a larger number of objections. Certainly, when the top state leaders decided on the name Yavuz Sultan Selim, they didn't think of taking a look at the incidents that were experienced 500 years ago. But a historical era named after Yavuz, we should admit, is etched in the memory of Turkey's Alevi citizens as a period of trauma. They believe that Yavuz massacred 40,000 of Anatolia's Alevis. There are those who don't agree; there are historians who say that such a massacre never took place. And the discussion goes on. But it is hard to say that having these different approaches to history is working. If a certain group of people in society has managed to carry the memory that 500 years ago they were subjected to a massacre during a certain period in history, this means there is a problem to consider. And it is unfortunately not possible to resolve the problem simply by producing an alternative understanding of history. It is not difficult to understand how it is that this is...

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Download PDF Video THEME CU.S.-Turkey Civil Nuclear Cooperation in the Post-Cold War Worldontent goes hereContent goes here SUMMARY This is Event Summary EVENT AGENDA Opening Dinner Closing FEATURED SPEAKERS Abdulmajid Katranji, the Islamic Society of Greater Rabbi David J.B. Krishef, Congregation Ahavas Israil Rev. Chandler Stokes, Westminster Presbyterian Church EVENT DETAILS Date: January 31, 2012 6:30 -9:00 pm Venue: Grand Valley State UniversityAlumni House & Visitor Center 1 Campus Dr. Allendale MI 49401 PICTURES String could not be parsed as...

Cashing in on the Global Crisis: Turkey’s Path Part 2

Immigration Reform and Immigrant Integration: The Prospects for 2013

Featured Speaker: Lawrence Benito, Chief Executive Officer Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights Theme: Immigration Reform & Immigrant Integration, The Prospects for 2013 Date: 11:30am — February 20th, 2013 — Wednesday In the 2012 Presidential election, Latinos, Asians, and other immigrants played a decisive role not only in the outcome of who would be President, but also in Congressional and State races. Fueled by the strength of immigrant turnout and the impact on elections, there is renewed bi-partisan interest in addressing our immigration policies, and taking a deeper look at commonsense approaches that uphold our nation’s values and moves us forward together. This presentation and discussion will provide a current state of play of the immigration proposals in Washington, DC, as well as insight to the current organizing campaigns of advocates locally and...

HUD’s Contributions to Winning America and Partnering with Faith-Based and Community Non-Profits

Luncheon Forum Theme: HUD’s Contributions to Winning America and Partnering with Faith-Based and Community Non-Profits Feathered Speaker: Antonio R. Riley HUD Midwest Regional Administrator Date: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 Venue:

200th Anniversary of Fort Dearborn-Chicago

Morning Conversation Theme:200th Anniversary of Fort Dearborn Featured Speaker:Hon. Edward M. Burke AldermanCity Of Chicago, 14th Ward Date: Venue:

The Prevalence of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse

Global Solutions to Global Challenges-Part 3 Theme:The Prevalence of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse in the General Population, the WorkForce, and the Criminal Justice System. Panelists:Kathleen Kane-WillisDirector, Illinois Consortium on Drug PolicyInterim Director, Institute for Metropolitan Affairs, Roosevelt University Bill HeffernanPresident, Employee Resource Systems, Inc. Pam RodriguezPresident, TASC — Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities Moderator:Michael J. DarcyPresident & CEO, Gateway Foundation Date: Venue:Michigan Plaza 205 N. Michigan Ave.Suite 2540 Chicago, Illinois...

The Prevalence of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse

Global Solutions to Global Challenges-Part 2 Theme:The Prevalence of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse in the General Population, the WorkForce, and the Criminal Justice System. Panelists:Kathleen Kane-WillisDirector, Illinois Consortium on Drug PolicyInterim Director, Institute for Metropolitan Affairs, Roosevelt University Bill HeffernanPresident, Employee Resource Systems, Inc. Pam RodriguezPresident, TASC — Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities Moderator:Michael J. DarcyPresident & CEO, Gateway Foundation Date: Venue:Michigan Plaza205 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 2540 Chicago, Illinois...

The Prevalence of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse

Global Solutions to Global Challenges-Part 1 Theme:The Prevalence of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse in the General Population, the WorkForce, and the Criminal Justice System. Panelists: Kathleen Kane-WillisDirector, Illinois Consortium on Drug PolicyInterim Director, Institute for Metropolitan Affairs, Roosevelt University Bill HeffernanPresident, Employee Resource Systems, Inc. Pam RodriguezPresident, TASC — Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities Moderator:Michael J. DarcyPresident & CEO, Gateway Foundation Date: Venue:Michigan Plaza205 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 2540Chicago, Illinois...

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