July 25, 2016

Fethullah Gulen: I Condemn All Threats to Turkey’s Democracy

Fethullah Gulen*

During the attempted military coup in Turkey this month, I condemned it in the strongest terms. “Government should be won through a process of free and fair elections, not force,” I said. “I pray to God for Turkey, for Turkish citizens, and for all those currently in Turkey that this situation is resolved peacefully and quickly.”

A Different Kind of Coup? Why You Should Care About A “Reclusive” Turkish Imam in Pennsylvania

John Barton*

Fethullah Gülen may be the most influential Muslim leader in the world that you’ve never heard of. Or, at least, that may have been true until last week.

Who is Fethullah Gulen?

Ra'fat Aldajani, Drew Christiansen

Who is Fethullah Gulen, and what is the Gulen movement? Readers of headlines and consumers of news broadcasts are likely to identify him as the alleged mastermind behind last week's failed coup in Turkey, the archenemy of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

No evidence Gulen movement is guilty of subversive activities

Mohamed Nawab Osman*

I refer to the letter “Mastermind of failed Turkey coup should not be portrayed as naive” (July 23), from Mr Omer Celikkol of the Turkish Embassy, in response to my commentary “Democracy on the rocks in Turkey” (July 21).

The battle for Turkey's soul

Anwar Alam*

The recent attempt of a military coup has raised more questions than it has answered about the emerging complexities of Turkish politics. This development has sent a shock wave among all the international stakeholders in the region as it generated fear of further destabilisation of an already destabilised region.

Who is Fethullah Gulen, and was he the mastermind behind the failed Turkish coup?

Who is Fethullah Gulen, and why is the leader of Turkey on a rampage to arrest him and tens of thousands of his followers?

Is Erdogan seeing Gulenists or ghosts?

Simon A. Waldman*

The attempted military coup in Turkey ended in total failure. Within 24 hours, the AKP government and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan regained control. Within hours it initiated a purge against the organizers.

Erdogan’s coup


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s vengefully disproportionate response to the failed coup of July 15 is hardly surprising.

Turkey: A climate of fear

Azza Sedky*

A dear friend, hours into the Turkey coup d’état, wrote, “How many articles are being written right now on Turkey entitled ‘the Egyptian Model’?”

Turkish-American community grapples with Turkey coup’s aftermath

Dr. Mustafa Gokcek usually plans a summer trip to Turkey for his students at Niagara University. In October, following increasing tension in the country, Gokcek decided to cancel it this year.

Should education in Pakistan be held hostage to politics?

Rabia Ahmed

An often heard phrase when visiting Turkey is: ‘’Turkey, Pakistan, ‘brother brother’.’’ But Turkey, Pakistan’s brotherly neighbour is somewhat troubled these days. Following a failed coup attempt against his government, President Erdogan has clamped down on those segments of society he perceives as being involved in the coup. As a result the Turkish ambassador in Pakistan has requested that all schools set up under the aegis of the Pak Turk Education Foundation in Pakistan should be closed. The reason Erdogan’s government wants these schools closed is that they are suspected of having ties to Fethullah Gülen the exiled Turkish cleric, and of being run by the Hizmet movement set up by Gülen .

Turkey’s anti-Gulen campaign: Strengthening militants and jihadists

James M. Dorsey*

A Turkish demand that Pakistan close 28 primary and secondary schools associated with controversial, self-exiled Turkish preacher Fethullah Gulen has put the government in Islamabad in a quandary as it attempts to get a grip on an education sector in which militant Islamists and jihadists figure prominently.

July 24, 2016

Imran Khan says closure of Gulen Schools could be disastrous

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan Sunday said that closure of Gulen Schools in Pakistan could be disastrous for the country.

Turkey deserves a civilian constitution

Cemal Yigit is the spokesman of Ufuk Dialogue Foundation, a Nigeria-based foundation that advocates the philosophy of the Hizmet Movement initiated by the Turkish opposition leader, Fathullah Gulen. In this interview he denounced the recent coup attempt in Turkey and denied the allegation that the Hizmet Movement was involved, saying Gulen himself had been a victim of several military coups in the country.

July 23, 2016

A coup was launched from here? Intrigue in rural Pennsylvania

It is high summer in this rural corner of northeastern Pennsylvania – a time of blue skies, boating on the Delaware River, and, if Turkey’s president is to be believed, plots to overthrow his government.

July 22, 2016

The Gulen Movement Is Not a Cult — It’s One of the Most Encouraging Faces of Islam Today

Graham E. Fuller

Last week witnessed what may be the last act of an unfolding struggle between two major Islamic movements in Turkey. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused exiled Islamic leader Fethullah Gulen of plotting last week’s failed coup against the government. Immediately thereafter, Erdogan unleashed massive Stalin-style purges and arrests across the country of anyone suspected of any connection with Gulen or indeed of anyone of any ideology who opposes Erdogan.

Turkey’s almost coup and the need for perspective

David Tittensor*

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was quick to quell the attempted military coup on July 15 and to accuse the Gülen movement of being responsible. This accusation has since dominated the news on the coup.

Turkey and Erdogan: Here comes the (real) caliphate

Ralph Peters*

...The immense and destructive crackdown underway in Turkey now, with at least 10,000 Turks taken into custody and as many as 100,000 others dismissed from their positions — not only soldiers, but judges, civil servants, police and academics — isn’t an end-game. It’s a beginning.

July 21, 2016

Turkey crisis: Cleric Gulen condemns post-coup 'witch-hunt'

Rural Pennsylvania is not the sort of place you would think to look for someone accused of throwing the Middle East into further turmoil.

Canada rebuffed Turkish request for information on Gulen movement: Dion

Canada has expressed sharp concerns over Turkey's imposition of a three-month state of emergency and reports that it may reintroduce the death penalty in response to last week's botched coup attempt.

Chicago organization welcomes new scrutiny amid fallout of failed Turkish military coup

Renewed attention to an exiled Turkish Muslim cleric accused of orchestrating a failed coup last week could mean a brighter light on a Chicago group that promotes his brand of social activism.

Democracy on the rocks in Turkey

Mohamed Nawab Osman*

Last week’s military coup attempt in Turkey is likely to have a debilitating impact on Turkish democracy. Already, several thousand military officials and bureaucrats have been arrested. Even more perturbing, more than 2,000 judges were removed from their jobs. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has squarely blamed the coup on the popular Hizmet movement, led by Turkish imam and philosopher Fethullah Gulen.

Somaliland rules out closure of Gulen-linked school

Somaliland administration in northwestern Somalia has refused to follow in the footsteps of the federal government that suspended a school with links to reclusive Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen following a failed coup attempt in Turkey, Garowe Online reports.

A Turkish witch hunt

Jeff vonKaenel

Last week, there was an attempted coup in Turkey that left hundreds dead, thousands jailed and a troubled world even more troubled. In the aftermath of this failed coup, Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan is going on a witch hunt. He’s dismissed 2,500 judges and is threatening life sentences for those soldiers who participated in the coup attempt.

Of judges and coupists

Steve Nwosu

If I were to be in Turkey, I’d probably be in jail by now. For I doubt if any judge, tribunal or, much less, a political power monger – in the mould of ‘The Boss’ in Ankara, would believe I was not preparing the ground for Friday’s coup attempt in Turkey, with my article of penultimate Wednesday.

Police raid Meydan daily, arrest editor-in-chief following coup attempt

The office of the Meydan daily was raided by İstanbul Police on Wednesday evening, Editor-in-Chief Levent Kenez and Managing Editor Gülizar Baki were detained, while searches were conducted in the building, in what is considered to be part of the major government crackdown in the aftermath of last Friday’s coup attempt.

July 20, 2016

Fethullah Gülen issued the following statement on Turkey’s extradition request

Fethullah Gülen

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan today once again demonstrated he will go to any length necessary to solidify his power and persecute his critics. It is ridiculous, irresponsible and false to suggest I had anything to do with the horrific failed coup. I urge the US government to reject any effort to abuse the extradition process to carry out political vendettas.

Turkey Coup Attempt Leaves America With Stark Choice

Blaise Misztal*

In the aftermath of Turkey’s attempted, and failed, coup, Washington is primarily concerned about the future of the U.S.-Turkish alliance and its central objective these days: the fight against Islamic State (ISIS). In particular, U.S. policymakers are concerned about the fate of U.S. access to the Turkish airbase at Incirlik, from which assets used in the campaign against ISIS currently operate. Even though U.S. operations at Incirlik have resumed after being briefly suspended this weekend, there are good reasons to believe that the bases’ final status still hangs in the balance. There are not, however, good reasons for U.S. policymakers to waste their energies and leverage continuing to fight to keep Incirlik. The price demanded by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s may prove too much.

President Erdogan’s Assault on the Human Rights of the Turkish People

Hon. Christopher H. Smith*

Mr. Speaker, I rise to remind our government that the human rights abuses committed by Turkish President Erdogan are grave and ongoing, and to distinguish between the Turkish president and the Turkish people–and to stand with the people.

July 19, 2016

[VIDEO] Fethullah Gülen: 'I deplore and reject any anti-democratic attempts.'

Q: What is your position on this coup attempt and the claims that you are involved in this?

US lawmaker says Gülen should not be extradited, calls his movement strongest element against radical Islamists

United States (US) Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats, released a statement on Monday, saying that the US should turn down the Turkish president’s demand of the extradition of Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen as he could not be part of a coup attempt, calling his movement “strongest element in his society opposing radical Islamist terrorism.”

Turkey coup and Fethullah Gülen: Why blame a progressive Islamic modernist?

Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi*

The coup in Turkey attempted by a group of middle-ranking soldiers of the country has gone down in West Asian history as an ill-designed expedition.

A Visit with Fethullah Gülen, Erdogan's Chief Adversary

Fethullah Gülen is sitting in a small reception room in his home. There's a small side table next to him, a blue fan and a glass of water. He wears a dark blazer and leather slippers. The elderly man has something he wants to say.

July 18, 2016

Erdogan is escaping scrutiny by blaming Gulen for failed Turkey coup

Mohammad Behzad Fatmi

Painful days in Turkey continue unabated. On Friday (July 15) night a faction of renegade soldiers attempted a military coup against the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government.

[VIDEO] Who is Fethullah Gülen?

Q&A: Turkish Imam Fethullah Gulen

Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based imam who Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused of masterminding Friday’s failed coup, answered questions from The Wall Street Journal’s Jay Solomon via email on Sunday:

[VIDEO] Gülen: The truth will eventually come out, let us focus on integrity and togetherness of our society

Q: Is there any message that you would like to send out to the people of Turkey?

US-based Turkish cleric denies involvement in coup plot

An exiled Muslim cleric whom Turkey's president has accused of orchestrating a failed coup denied any responsibility Saturday, saying he had no knowledge of the plot.

A Very Predictable Coup?

Philip Giraldi

The military coup in Turkey last weekend started on Friday and consisted of attempts to take over government buildings and key infrastructure. The coup drew mostly on troops from the gendarmerie and the air force and was led by mid-level generals and colonels. There were some initial successes but by early Saturday morning it was clear that the government had prevailed. By Sunday nearly 6,000 arrests of alleged plotters had taken place with more certain to follow.

Was Turkey's coup attempt just an elaborate hoax by Erdogan?

Cengiz Candar

While the Turkish coup was underway, The New York Times was asking me whether I was surprised, expecting my answer to be, “Of course I am.”

I bluntly wanted to respond “No” and remind New York Times correspondent Sabrina Tavernise that only two weeks ago, in our lengthy chat in Istanbul, I had told her of the “Faustian bargain President [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan made with the military, which therefore, in my opinion, opened the way for a coup or a coup attempt to take place in Turkey within the upcoming two years.”

Turkey’s Coup That Wasn’t

Roger Cohen

As coups go, the Turkish effort was a study in ineptitude: No serious attempt to capture or muzzle the political leadership, no leader ready to step in, no communication strategy (or even awareness of social media), no ability to mobilize a critical mass within either the armed forces or society. In their place a platoon of hapless soldiers on a bridge in Istanbul and the apparently uncoordinated targeting of a few government buildings in Ankara.

From Poconos retreat, Muslim cleric Gulen: 'We will oblige' if extradited for Turkish coup

The reclusive Muslim cleric blamed by the Turkish government for last week's failed military coup said Sunday that he did not believe U.S. authorities would give in to Turkish demands for his extradition.

Fethullah Gülen: alleged coup mastermind – and friendly neighbor

The rural town of Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, seems unfazed by the attempted military coup that rocked Turkey overnight on Friday, and threatened to destabilise the region.

July 17, 2016

Coup Attempt

Ahmet Kurucan

First and foremost, I would like to extend my condolences to the families of the 161 civilians who were martyred. I pray that God receives them with His grace; I pray for patience and strength to their families and I pray for quick recovery and good health to the thousands who have been wounded. This attempt has wounded not only them; I, together with the 80 million citizens of the Republic of Turkey, have been greatly wounded.

[VIDEO] Fethullah Gülen comments on rumors about the coup attempt in Turkey

Q: What is your opinion about the possibility that they (the Turkish gov't) staged this coup attempt themselves; are there any findings that suggest this?

[VIDEO] Mr. Gülen calls for an international investigation of coup attempt in Turkey

Fethullah Gülen

"On the occasion of the latest incident (coup attempt in Turkey), I can say that, if there is such a claim that there were people [among the perpetrators] whom I knew, whom I motivated and lead, people who acted with my orders, let's have an international committee investigate this matter. Let them investigate if there was such a thing and let them make a decision. I will comply with whatever the result is, even if it is a lie... I will comply even if the committee is bribed and signs and fills papers that calumniate. But only a big international organization should do the investigation, in my humble opinion."

[VIDEO] Fethullah Gülen: No return from democracy (Remarks in 1994 & 2016)

For more than 40 years, Fethullah Gulen and Hizmet participants have advocated for, and demonstrated their commitment to, peace and democracy.

Mr. Gulen has reiterated his clear stance on democracy, in the wake of the coup attempt in Turkey.

July 16, 2016

Fethullah Gulen issued the following statement on recent developments in Turkey

Fethullah Gülen

I condemn, in the strongest terms, the attempted military coup in Turkey. Government should be won through a process of free and fair elections, not force. I pray to God for Turkey, for Turkish citizens, and for all those currently in Turkey that this situation is resolved peacefully and quickly.

Fethullah Gülen: Turkey coup may have been 'staged' by Erdoğan regime

Fethullah Gülen, the reclusive cleric blamed by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for the failed coup in Turkey, believes the uprising by members of the country’s military could have been “staged” by the government it aimed to overthrow.

Who is Fethullah Gulen, the man blamed for coup attempt in Turkey?

Was a plan to overthrow Turkey's government really hatched behind a gated compound in a small, leafy Pennsylvania town, or is that merely a smoke screen?

Turkey Coup Attempt: Who is Fethullah Gülen, The Cleric Being Accused Of Orchestrating The Turmoil?

In an address to his supporters at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport early on Saturday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Fethullah Gülen — a cleric living in a self-imposed exile in the United States — of orchestrating the coup attempt against his government. Here’s what you need to know about Gülen, who has denied being involved in the coup, and his movement, known as the Gülen movement or Hizmet.

Gulen-linked body condemns attempted Turkey coup

On Friday Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and others in his government blamed Fethullah Gulen for an attempted coup.

But the Alliance for Shared Values, a nonprofit movement inspired by Mr Gulen, put out a statement condemning “any military intervention in domestic politics of Turkey”.

Dialogue Platform’s Statement on Developments in Turkey

Dialogue Platform which is connected with Gulen’s mouvement Hizmet, in a Statement denied any involvment in Turkey’s coup.

Turkey Coup: Who Is Fethullah Gulen and Is He To Blame?

As Turkey’s police forces helped the government to restore control and detain soldiers attempting to carry out a coup on Friday night and the early hours of Saturday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was ready to point the blame at a familiar foe.

July 15, 2016

Have Muslim societies succeed in coping with the challenges of globalization? If not, why?

Dogu Ergil

According to Gülen, the answer to this question is very clear. The Muslim countries were caught unprepared with globalization and could not respond to it effectively. One dimension of this weakness was structural problems and not being developed sufficiently. The other dimension was the ineffectiveness of the Muslim intellectuals in their duty of pioneering and guidance.