January 16, 2018

What can Christians learn from a global Islamic movement?

The world’s largest Muslim movement is in crisis. Tens of thousands of supporters of the vast international network led by Islamic theologian and philosopher Fethullah Gülen languish in prisons in Turkey and other countries. Gülen himself faces extradition to Turkey from the US to face charges of subversion if Washington accedes to the Turkish request. Ankara is now linking the release of American Pastor Andrew Brunson, imprisoned on trumped-up terrorism and espionage charges, with Gülen’s extradition.

January 15, 2018

Former intel chief calls for use of ASALA, MOSSAD tactics to kill Gülen followers

İsmail Hakkı Pekin, a former intelligence chief of the Turkish General Staff, has suggested that Turkey make use of tactics it used against Armenian militant group the Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia (ASALA) and those employed by Israeli intelligence agency MOSSAD against Nazis in order to assassinate followers of the faith-based Gülen movement abroad.

January 14, 2018

Seized Gülen dormitory in Istanbul transferred to pro-gov’t Ensar foundation

A private dormitory in İstanbul’s Atasehir district that belonged to the Gülen movement until it was seized by the government has been transferred to the pro-government Ensar Foundation.

January 13, 2018

[VIDEO] ‘Gulenists’ talk about finding a safe haven in Kosovo

Three Turkish nationals discuss their decision to seek refuge in Kosovo following ‘crackdowns’ in Turkey after a failed coup in 2016.

January 12, 2018

Turkey to halt extraditions to US until it gets Fethullah Gulen

On Thursday, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that his country will no longer facilitate US extradition requests until Washington hands over US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen. Erdogan says the cleric is a "terrorist" and holds him responsible for orchestrating a failed coup attempt in Turkey in 2016.

January 11, 2018

24 former Bank Asya shareholders put in pretrial detention

A total of 24 former Bank Asya shareholders were remanded in prison pending trial over on accusations of membership to the Gulen movement.

January 10, 2018

Jailed father allowed to attend son’s funeral only with handcuffs

Jailed father of Berk Görmez, a 14-year-old boy who died of intestinel cancer last week, could attend his son’s funeral only with his hands cuffed during the ceremony.

January 9, 2018

Erdogan supporter threatens to execute Gulenists: We will hang them on flagpoles!

Menderes Obay, a pro-government shopkeeper in Cengelkoy, Istanbul was revealed to have threatened suspected Gulenists in the district with brutal methods.

January 8, 2018

Turkish Spy Imams 2.0 coming up

Abdullah Bozkurt

European governments’ increased scrutiny of Turkish imams who were dispatched by Ankara to serve diaspora groups amid embarrassing revelations of pervasive and unlawful profiling and espionage activities in Turkish mosques has forced the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to change tactics and adopt a new scheme to mobilize diaspora groups.

January 7, 2018

[BOOK REVIEW] Peace and Dialogue in a Plural Society

Justin Pahl

It is a difficult global moment for the Hizmet movement, the civil service group inspired by the ideas of Fethullah Gülen. Targeted in a far reaching witch hunt by the Turkish government, Hizmet has been forced to defend its noble goals of peacebuilding, dialogue, and religious tolerance. Thomas Michel’s book Peace and Dialogue in a Plural Society is a great source to discover these goals.

January 6, 2018

Erdogan’s long shadow reaches Gülen’s schools in Afghanistan

Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi

The worsening state of affairs in today’s Turkey is a matter of concern. Only in 2017, 364 women were killed in Turkey. Scores of women—many of them pregnant—were battered, raped, maimed and kidnapped for sexual violence. According to the data from the We Will Stop Femicide Platform, in the last few years, the ratio of women murders has increased more than 200%. By the end of 2017, the torture of women in Turkey exceeded all limits when they were attacked for wearing “un-Islamic” clothing.

January 5, 2018

Turkey’s MİT received 25,000 informer reports on Gülen movement in 2017

Amid an ongoing witch-hunt targeting the faith-based Gülen movement, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported that 25,000 reports on the movement were sent to Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT) in 2017.

January 4, 2018

Erdoğan’s henchmen call on Turkish gov’t to seize assets of all Gülen movement followers to pay US fine

Journalists Cem Küçük and Fuat Uğur, staunch supporters of Turkish autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, called on the government to seize all assets of people linked to the Gülen movement to pay off a fine the US Treasury is expected to impose on Turkish state lender Halkbank for evading Iran sanctions.

January 3, 2018

Turkish gov’t detains Bank Asya’s 49 shareholders over alleged links to Gülen movement

Turkish government has issued detention warrants for 68 former shareholders closed Islamic lender Bank Asya and detained 49 of them so far on Wednesday over their alleged links to the Gülen movement as part of its massive pos-coup witch hunt targeting the alleged members of the movement.

January 2, 2018

What On Earth Has Gone So Wrong in Turkey?

Greg Barton

Six months on from the mysterious coup attempt of July 15, the situation in Turkey has become much clearer. Unfortunately, it has also become much darker. In the confusing hours of that terrible night, President Erdogan’s declaration upon landing in Istanbul that, “This uprising is a gift from God to us because this will be a reason to cleanse our army,” was both enigmatic and foreboding. In the hours that followed, he sought to bring clarity to the confusion by alleging that a previously consistently pacifist civil society movement was in fact a terrorist organization and had been behind the coup attempt. At that moment, Erdogan had the empathy and attention of not just his nation but the global community. No one wants to see a military coup succeed and a democracy toppled – especially not when this democracy represented the hopes of the greater Middle East and entire Muslim world.

January 1, 2018

Turkish justice minister: Gülen cases won’t be on Turkey’s agenda in 2018

Turkish Justice Minister Abdülhamit Gül said on Monday that cases against members of the faith-based Gülen movement, which the Turkish government blames for a failed coup in the summer of 2016, would no longer be on Turkey’s agenda.

December 31, 2017

AST urges foreign governments to ensure safety for participants of Hizmet Movement

Aydogan Vatandas

Since the attempted coup of July 15, 2016 the Government of Turkey has engaged in illegal extraterritorial and extrajudicial actions been taking strict measures to silence dissidents in other countries from various ideologies recently.

December 30, 2017

Erdoğan calls on people to show no mercy to Gülen movement

Amid an ongoing witch-hunt targeting the faith-based Gülen movement, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Saturday called on people to not show mercy to the movement, saying the pitiful will be pitied, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

December 29, 2017

Jailed Turkish journalist Hidayet Karaca reportedly put in solitary confinement

Hidayet Karaca, a jailed Turkish journalist and the former chairman of the now-closed Samanyolu Broadcasting Group, has reportedly been put into solitary confinement following now-closed Zaman daily columnist Mümtaz’er Türköne and Zaman daily’s renowned art director Fevzi Yazıcı.

December 28, 2017

Turkish gov’t detained 62,402 people over alleged links to Gülen movement in 2017

Turkish security forces detained a total of 62,402 people in 2017 over alleged links to the Gülen movement, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Wednesday based on data released by the Interior Ministry.

December 27, 2017

Prosecutor’s office says 11,500 mistakenly investigated for ByLock use

The Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office on Wednesday stated that 11,480 GSM users were found to have been involuntarily directed to mobile phone application ByLock, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

December 26, 2017

HDP deputy warns of assassinations of exiled Erdoğan critics

Pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Garo Paylan on Wednesday said he has confirmed intelligence that exiled opponents of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan including Alevi and Armenian leaders, journalists and academics will be exposed to assassination or a series of assassinations in Europe, CNNTürk reported.

December 25, 2017

Human rights group urges foreign gov’ts to ensure safety of Gülen followers

Virginia-based human rights organization Advocates of Silenced Turkey (AST) in a piece on HuffPost has called on foreign governments to ensure the safety of participants of the Gülen, or Hizmet, movement.

December 24, 2017

Turkish gov’t puts columnist Türköne in solitary confinement after media designer Yazıcı

After jailed media designer Fevzi Yazıcı, was put a solitary confinement for not accepting the fake document made with photoshop, veteran journalist and political scientist Mümtaz’er Türköne was also reportedly put solitary confinement by the Turkish government.

December 23, 2017

OSCE says concerned on solitary confinement of Zaman’s art director Fevzi Yazıcı

Harlem Désir, the Representative on Freedom of the Media at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), has reacted the maltreatment of Fevzi Yazıcı, who is jailed art director of now-closed Zaman daily, on Tuesday and urged Turkish government to release all journalists in prison.

EU reacts to maltreatment of renowned media designer Fevzi Yazıcı by Turkish authorities

The European Union (EU) has reacted to the maltreatment of Fevzi Yazıcı, who is jailed art director of now-closed Zaman daily, on Thursday and stated that “The EU has repeatedly stressed that Turkey, as a candidate country, needs to respect the highest democratic standards and practices, including in the area of freedom of expression and media.”

Jailed media designer Fevzi Yazıcı threatened by Turkish gov’t, put in solitary confinement over a fabricated ‘letter’

Fevzi Yazıcı, the jailed media designer and the art director of the now-closed-down Zaman daily, was threatened at police headquarters to admit having carried a fabricated letter that was submitted to a New York court allegedly written by US-based Turkish Muslim scholar Fethullah Gülen ordering judges in Turkey to release several police officers in 2015.

December 22, 2017

Journalist thrown in solitary as Erdoğan’s latest scheme unfolds

Abdullah Bozkurt

Faced with hard facts and bitter truths that exposed his corrupt Islamist regime, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has always found a sanctuary in false flags, conspiracy schemes and forged evidence to shift the blame, find a scapegoat and avoid any accountability whatsoever.

Indonesia deports Turkish businessman to Turkey over Erdoğan regime’s request

Mustafa Kenel, a Turkish businessman, was reportedly deported by Indonesian government to Turkey on December 16, 2017 over his alleged links to the Gülen movement.

December 21, 2017

Afghan-Turk Teachers Call Their Extradition Illegal

Following government’s move to arrest three teachers from Afghan-Turk Schools, other staff members said they are refugees in Afghanistan and that their extradition to Turkey by the Afghan government is illegal.

Why does Turkey’s President Erdogan want Knicks’ Enes Kanter in jail?

A Turkish prosecutor asked for NBA’s New York Knicks star Enes Kanter to be jailed for up to four years for insulting Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, the state-run news agency Anadolu reported on Wednesday.

December 20, 2017

Turkey wants NBA star jailed for insulting President Erdogan

A Turkish prosecutor asked for NBA’s New York Knicks star Enes Kanter to be jailed for up to four years for insulting Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, the state-run news agency Anadolu reported on Wednesday.

December 19, 2017

Lawyers: Associating the assassin of Russian envoy with Fethullah Gülen a big slander

The lawyers of US-based Turkish Muslim scholar Fethullah Gülen have stated on Tuesday that the claim of their client knows police officer Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, the killer of Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov, is totally groundless and a big slander.

December 18, 2017

Afghanistan Releases Detained Turkish Teachers Linked With Gulen Movement

Afghan authorities have released four teachers linked with Gulen movement, an arch-rival of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government, after keeping them in detention for several days, local media reported on Sunday.

December 17, 2017

Judge in Sanctions Case Dismisses a ‘Conspiracy Theory’

For three weeks, a Turkish banker, Mehmet Hakan Atilla, has been on trial in Manhattan, charged with participating in a billion-dollar scheme to smuggle oil for gold in violation of United States sanctions on Iran.

Turkish man in Netherlands sentenced for threatening Erdogan critic

Oğuzhan Erkuş, a 19-year-old supporter of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), who threatened to kill Mehmet Demirözcan (32), a sympathizer of the Gülen movement who live in the Netherlands’ Tilburg city was sentenced by a Dutch court.

Pro-Erdoğan columnist: Gülen followers soon won’t be able walk freely in the US

Pro-government Yeni Şafak daily columnist Hikmet Genç, a staunch supporter of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, said on Thursday that followers of the faith-based Gülen movement, who are blamed by the Turkish government for a failed coup last year, will soon not be able walk freely in the US, threatening them by saying, “Don’t rest at easy at night.”

December 16, 2017

Gülen’s lawyers refute letter submitted to US court by Atilla’s lawyer

A letter submitted to a New York court that was allegedly written by Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen ordering judges in Turkey to release several police officers has been refuted by Gülen’s lawyers, who said it was “complete nonsense invented and fabricated” for further false allegations against their client.

Istanbul municipality renames 192 streets to remove any Gulen links, inappropriate words

The Istanbul Municipality has changed the names of 192 streets in a campaign largely aimed at removing any connection to Turkish Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen and his movement.

December 15, 2017

Ugandan teacher in Turkey’s Diyarbakir detained in post-coup probe

Vanitho Ivan Kerawiya, a Ugandan national who until recently was working as a teacher at the Simya private college in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish province of Diyarbakir was detained over his alleged ties to the Gulen movement.

Rhode Island’s latest refugees flee Turkey’s repressive regime

A new community of Turkish immigrants has taken root in Rhode Island. And its leading members, some of them refugees seeking political asylum in the United States, are spreading a message of tolerance and diversity through their work at Dialogue Foundation, a new organization with a headquarters near Wayland Square.

December 14, 2017

Report: Turkey Imprisoned the Most Journalists Worldwide in 2017

Turkey has experienced a worsening crackdown on press freedom over the course of 2017, imprisoning the highest number of journalists anywhere in the world.

Kosovo acquits a Turkish man detained on terror charges

A Kosovo court has acquitted a Turkish man of terror charges and will not extradite him to Turkey.

Turkey's Political Rift Has Made Prisoners Of Babies And Mothers

Junaid Jahangir*

This weekend the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights conferred awards to human rights champions in Edmonton. There was a sizable Muslim community in the audience judging by the number of women who sported the headscarf. They were from the Turkish community and had prepared excellent Turkish treats. Food, of course, is an essential part of Muslim hospitality.

December 13, 2017

BBC World: Turkey’s Gulen supporters flee to Greece

Hundred of members of Turkey’s Gulenist network have sought refuge in neighbouring Greece. Turkey accuses the network of being behind the failed coup in July 2016. And in recent months, the number of lives in exile appears to be increased as the BBC’s Cagil Kasapoglu reports from Thessaloniki, Greece.

Turkish teachers linked to Gülen movement detained in Afghanistan

One Afghan and three Turkish teachers linked to the faith-based Gülen movement were detained by Afghan intelligence officials on Tuesday, Reuters reported.

December 12, 2017

Pro-gov’t journalist suggests killing family members of jailed Gülen followers

Journalist Cem Küçük, a staunch supporter of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, suggested during a live TV program on Monday that Turkish intelligence should kill family members of jailed Gülen followers in order to turn the inmates into operatives for the Erdoğan regime.

December 11, 2017

Le Monde: Ankara offered Senegalese government $7.5 million to transfer Yavuz Selim educational group to Maarif

Parents of Senegalese children attending schools run by followers of U.S.-based Turkish preacher Fethullah Gülen – the man blamed for last year’s coup attempt in Turkey – are worried by reports these schools could be handed over to Turkish government control, news website Quartz said.

December 10, 2017

A battle for power in Turkey faces resistance in Senegal

One Saturday evening last January, hundreds of children and parents gathered in the schoolyard of Collège Bosphore in Senegal’s capital, bouncing to the sounds of a hip-hop concert being broadcast on national TV. Despite the festive mood of the crowd, they weren’t celebrating. They were protesting the influence of a political leader thousands of miles away—Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

In Greece, Turks tell of lives full of fear in Recep Erdogan’s Turkey

Fear and uncertainty has been spreading in Turkey for years. Serhat, 24, a political activist and member of a progressive-leftist organization was an active participant in Istanbul’s leftist scene; now he lives and studies Greek literature in Thessaloniki and is an active member of a leftist student union.

December 9, 2017

İstanbul court rules for continuation of arrest of Zaman columnists

An İstanbul court on Friday evening ruled for continuation of imprisonment of 19 journalists from now-closed Zaman daily, the P24 news portal reported.

December 8, 2017

Why did Turkey Issue an Arrest Warrant Against Me?

Graham E. Fuller*

On 1 December 2017 the government of Turkey issued an arrest warrant against me, accusing me of personal involvement, right on the scene in Istanbul on the night of 16 July 2016, helping direct the failed coup attempt against the Erdogan government. [See BBC account http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42198399 ] According to earlier Turkish press accounts I was “spotted in Istanbul” and later that same night, following the failure of the coup attempt, was allegedly “exfiltrated by helicopter by the CIA by across the border into Greece.”

December 7, 2017

US slams Erdoğan’s henchman Ünal’s threats targeting Turkish journalists in exile

US State Department officially reacted to former speechwriter and a favourite henchman of Turkish autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and current ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputy Aydın Ünal, who has threatened Turkish journalists in exile with extrajudicial killings, in his column published in the pro-Erdoğan Yeni Şafak daily.

December 6, 2017

[VIDEO] Report: Gülen-linked family flees to Greece, pretending for children it was a ‘game’

A Turkish family that was victimized by a government purge of the Gülen movement following a failed coup in July 2016 has fled to Greece in an inflatable boat, telling their children it was a “game,” Euronews reported on Tuesday.

December 5, 2017

Erdogan’s Purge Stretches All The Way To Pakistan

Naeem Sahoutara

A Turkish family is rushing out to a weekend protest in this populous Pakistani city; outside the Karachi Press Club, Turkish residents release doves as a sign of peace; 25 Turkish teachers plea for safety in Pakistan. These Turkish families have lived here for over two decades, teaching at a network of international schools led by Fethullah Gülen, a moderate Islamic cleric from Turkey, who currently lives in the United States.