May 25, 2017

Australian Relief Organization completes orphanage refurbishment project in Malawi

Australian Relief Org‏anization is delighted to share that our organisation has completed a major orphanage refurbishment project Malawi. Undertaken project will help significantly improve the living conditions of 140 orphans residing in a 23 building complex at Lilongwe. While Australian Relief Organisation provided the necessary funding to purchase furniture, equipment and fixings for the complex, our local partner in Malawi; Bedir Education and Medical Foundation Trust has carried out the installation of the project.

May 24, 2017

Study Reveals Horrible Pattern Of Hate Speech By Erdoğan, The Chief Hatemonger In Turkey

The xenophobic feelings towards minorities, vulnerable groups, opposition figures and foreigners in today’s Turkey are being charged by country’s authoritarian leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan who spews hate speech effectively every day, giving rise to discrimination and stigmatization of millions of people in Turkey and around the world.

May 23, 2017

Fethullah Gülen’s Statement of Condemnation on the Bombing in Manchester, UK

I am deeply saddened by the bombing that took place at a concert at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England on May 22. I condemn this brutal assault in the strongest terms, and extend my deepest condolences to the 22 victims – some of whom, unthinkably, are innocent children – who lost their lives and the 59 others who were injured, as well as their families and loved ones. The Islamic State claimed credit for the attack and continues to be a scourge on our society, propagating senseless, appalling violence and terrorism.

May 22, 2017

Civil death: Amnesty report on social upheaval caused by Turkey’s purge of public servants

The dismissal of more than 100,000 Turkish public sector workers is arbitrary and has had a catastrophic impact on their lives and livelihoods, a new report published by Amnesty International reveals.

May 21, 2017

International Workshop: Hizmet Movement between Political Islam and Civil Islam

Hizmet-inspired European organizations are organizing an international conference to be held in November 2017 in Amsterdam. The workshop will examine the Hizmet Movement in the realm of political Islam and civil Islam.

May 19, 2017

South Africa is not a hunting ground for Erdogan

Shannon Ebrahim

South Africans know what it means to be detained without trial and tortured. With that history in mind, the ANC-led government is not about to extradite a list of Turkish expats working in South Africa to Turkey, where their detention and torture is likely.

May 17, 2017

Flynn stopped military plan against ISIS that Turkey opposed – after being paid as its agent

One of the Trump administration’s first decisions about the fight against the Islamic State, ISIS, was made by Michael Flynn weeks before he was fired – and it conformed to the wishes of Turkey, whose interests, unbeknownst to anyone in Washington, he’d been paid more than $500,000 to represent.

May 16, 2017

More evidence Erdogan behind coup

As Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets President Trump, top on his agenda is the extradition of ally-turned-rival Fethullah Gülen, a Turkish theologian with whom Erdogan fell out in 2013 after Gülen’s followers exposed Erdogan’s corruption. Erdogan blames Gülen and his followers for staging the abortive July 15 coup. In Turkey, Erdogan has imprisoned tens of thousands and fired many more. He called the coup “a gift from God” enabling him to purge society of political and ideological opponents.

May 15, 2017

The Turkey I no longer know

Fethullah Gülen

As the presidents of the United States and Turkey meet at the White House on Tuesday, the leader of the country I have called home for almost two decades comes face to face with the leader of my homeland. The two countries have a lot at stake, including the fight against the Islamic State, the future of Syria and the refugee crisis.

May 14, 2017

Report: Turkey adopts extrajudicial tactics to crack down on critics abroad

A new report by the Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF) shows that Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) government has adopted a thuggish new tactic in persecuting its critics and opponents abroad by orchestrating abductions, enforced disappearances and extrajudicial renditions in addition to the profiling and harassment of Turkish expatriates by government institutions and clandestine groups.

May 13, 2017

Erdogan visit to US has Gulen supporters holding their breath*

Followers of the Pennsylvania-based Muslim cleric, Fethullah Gulen, whom Turkey accuses of orchestrating a failed coup last year, are being arrested, prosecuted or sacked in Turkey as part of a crackdown that extends as far as Saudi Arabia and Malaysia.

May 12, 2017

It’s clear that deportation of three Turks is to please Turkey’s president

Dr. P. Ramasamy*

What wrong have the three Turks done for the Malaysian authorities to deport them to Turkey? Is it because of their involvement in Islamic State activities or are they supporters of the exiled Turkish cleric, Fethullah Gulen?

May 11, 2017

Arab Students in Turkey Facing Arbitrary Arrest

Arab students who have previously studied at universities considered by Turkish security forces to have been influenced by the U.S-based cleric Fethullah Gülen are being arrested and threatened with deportation by police. Many such students have already been deported.

May 10, 2017

Amnesty Int’l demands urgent action for Turks at risk of extradition from Malaysia

Amnesty International has launched an “urgent action” for three Turkish nationals who were detained in Malaysia, asking people to call on Malaysian officials to avoid extradition.

May 9, 2017

Nigerian school wins 48 Olympiad medals in 1 year

The Nigerian Turkish International Colleges (NTIC) has won no fewer than 48 Olympiad medals in one year, Mr Muazu Omeji, Principal NTIC, Abuja has said.

May 8, 2017

Fethullah Gulen on attempts to associate Hizmet with terrorism and ISIS

Translation of Fethullah Gulen’s remarks on ‘ISIS accusation’ that was broadcasted on herkul.org on April 23, 2017.

May 7, 2017

SCF reveals mass torture and abuse in an unofficial detention facility in Turkey’s capital

Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF), a monitoring group for rights violations in Turkey, has received credible reports of mass torture and abuse in an unofficial detention center in Turkish capital.

May 6, 2017

Turkish headmaster accused of Isis links met Malaysian PM, not fit profile of an Isis operative

Malaysia’s prime minister, Najib Razak, held a meeting with a Turkish man who has since been detained over his alleged links to Islamic State, photographs seen by the Guardian have revealed.

May 5, 2017

Saudi Arabia deports members of 16 Turkish families to Turkey over alleged links with Gülen movement

Saudi Arabian Kingdom has allegedly deported the members of 16 Turkish families to Turkey over their alleged affiliation with the Gülen movement, reported by Yeni Hamle news portal.

Malaysia re-detains Turkish academic for second time at Turkey’s request

İsmet Özçelik, a Turkish academic with a UNHCR refugee card, was detained again on Thursday in Malaysia amid news that two other Turkish citizens who were believed to have been kidnapped were in fact detained by the authorities.

CCTV shows school principal being ‘abducted’ as post-coup crackdown in Turkey spreads to Malaysia

A school principal has disappeared in the latest in a string of international arrests allegedly ordered by Turkey in a post-coup crackdown that has seen more than 100,000 people detained.

May 4, 2017

Fethullah Gulen’s statement on World Press Freedom Day

Fethullah Gulen

World Press Freedom Day is an occasion that shines a light on the importance of free speech and a free press. One truly cannot be considered a human being without freedom. Protection of essential freedoms, including the freedom of thought and expression are as important as the protection of life, freedom of religion, bodily and mental health, family and property. Free speech and an independent media are critical components of a peaceful and free society.

May 3, 2017

Fears grow Turks held in Malaysia may face unfair trial or torture at home

Oliver Holmes

Human rights group calls on Malaysian government not to extradite Turgay Karaman and İhsan Aslan to Turkey.

Two Turkish men have been arrested in Malaysia, raising fears they might by forcibly returned to Turkey, where a rights group warned they could face unfair trial and torture.

May 2, 2017

How Can Erdogan Advise India on Kashmir When He Has Failed Turkey

Dr. Kashif Hasan Khan

I would like to bring to your kind notice that I have been a victim of what happened on 15th July, 2016 on the streets of two beautiful cities of Turkey: Istanbul and Ankara.

May 1, 2017

Turkish officers speak: Erdogan may have staged coup

Michael Rubin

Controversy still surrounds last summer’s abortive coup in Turkey. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called it “a gift from God” and used the coup as an excuse to crackdown not only on one-time ally Fethullah Gülen, whom he fingered before the smoke even cleared, but also on tens of thousands of opponents from across the political spectrum.

April 30, 2017

17,000 women, 515 babies in Turkish prisons: SCF report

Thousands of women in Turkey, many with small children, have been jailed in an unprecedented crackdown and subjected to torture and ill-treatment in detention centers and prisons as part of the government’s systematic campaign of intimidation and persecution of critics and opponents, a new report titled “Jailing Women In Turkey: Systematic Campaign of Persecution and Fear” released by the Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF) has revealed.

April 29, 2017

Erdogan vs Gülen: Predicament of Indian Muslims

Anwar Alam

The Indian Government must be cautious in responding to Erdoan’s anti-Gülen request from legal and political point of view but also must take into consideration the relevance of the Gülen movement for integration of Indian Muslims in the country.

April 28, 2017

April 26, 2017

Turkey’s Erdoğan Regime Extends Post-Coup Witch Hunt Targeting Gülen Followers Abroad

Turkey, under the autocratic rule of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has stepped up its witch hunt against the alleged members of Gülen movement abroad, pro-Erdoğan English paper Daily Sabah reported.

April 25, 2017

Pak-Turk Schools: Turkish teachers' deportation stayed till May 22

The Sindh High Court (SHC) directed on Monday the federal law officer to submit a detailed reply on behalf of the federal government on a petition against the deportation of Turkish teachers.

April 24, 2017

Opposing Injustice vs. Endorsing Accused

Michael Rubin

Since last year’s abortive coup attempt in Turkey, the Turkish government has unleashed a massive crackdown on followers of Fethullah Gülen, an exiled theologian who now lives in Pennsylvania, and demanded Gülen’s extradition for his alleged role in last year’s failed coup. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan hints that Gülen could be subject to the death penalty once he is returned to Turkey. The same threat looms over tens of thousands of Turks imprisoned on suspicion of supporting Gülen, all of whom Erdogan, Turkish officials, and his court journalists have labeled the Fethullah Terrorist Organization (FETO). Ankara has sought to tar anyone—myself included—who questions the official narrative put forward by Erdogan about last summer’s coup attempt, Erdogan’s own misbehavior, or Turkey’s general orientation as being associated with terrorists.

April 23, 2017

Cold Turkey: Erdogan’s withdrawal from democracy

Tess Lawrence

In the first of a three part series, contributing editor-at-large Tess Lawrenceuncovers troubling evidence of corruption in Turkey’s ruling Erdogan family, as well as disturbing links to the Trump administration.

April 22, 2017

Afghan Students, families baulk at Turkey taking over schools

A number of parents of students at Afghan-Turk Schools on Saturday said at a meeting in Kabul they support the continuation of the schools in the country and do not want control to be handed over to the Turkish government.

April 20, 2017

Sami Gul: From Turkey to Kansas City

Sami Gul is a junior at UMKC [University of Missouri - Kansas City] and is originally from Turkey. He came to UMKC in partnership with the Dialogue Institute, which has an organization here at UMKC as well as in many other countries around the world. He is also involved on campus as a part of the UMKC Intercultural Dialogue Student Association. He is getting his bachelor’s degree in political science. U-News spoke with him about his involvement with the Dialogue Institute both on and off campus as well as his interests, passions and goals for the future.

April 17, 2017

A fate undecided

Waqar Gillani

Last July, Turkey witnessed an attempted coup followed by a strong and persistent campaign by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to crush its opponents — Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen and his movement — allegedly involved in this coup-attempt inside and outside Turkey.

April 16, 2017

As Turkey Gears Up to Vote, Its ‘Traitors’ Speak Out

Lauren Bohn and Tugba Tekerek

In Turkey, a national trauma has turned into a never-ending nightmare for hundreds of thousands of citizens. Following a failed coup attempt in July, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan targeted alleged coup plotters, who he believes acted at the direction of Fethullah Gulen, a self-exiled Islamic cleric living in Pennsylvania. But Erdogan didn’t stop there. He aimed to root out all Gulen sympathizers and turn them into what one local columnist called “socially dead people.” They have been ostracized, declared traitors, and dismissed from their state jobs.

April 15, 2017

Did Erdogan stage the coup?

Michael Rubin

It’s been almost nine months since Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan crushed a coup attempt and then declared a state of emergency, imprisoning opposition politicians, arresting tens of thousands of perceived opponents, journalists, and civil society leaders, confiscating opponents’ businesses and bank accounts, and cracking down on the remnants of the free press. Erdogan called the coup attempt and the excuse to crush his opponents “a gift from God.”

But was the coup really “a gift from God” or was it Erdogan’s gift to himself? Was it Turkey’s equivalent of the Reichstag Fire?

April 14, 2017

Inside Turkey’s Purge

Suzy Hansen

The police officers came to the doctor’s door in Istanbul at 6 a.m. — dawn raids usually start then, sometimes 5:30 — and one of them said, “You are accused of attempting to kill President Erdogan.”

April 13, 2017

Turkey, The great purge – Episode 1: ‘Asli’

Turkey, the transcontinental country that straddles Europe and Asia, has been witnessing tectonic shifts in recent years that accelerated after the July 15, 2016, coup attempt. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised a “cleansing” of state institutions that led to a tightening of his grip on power and sparked a major purge that upended the lives of hundreds of thousands of ordinary Turks. On the eve of the April 16 constitutional referendum, FRANCE 24 met with four victims of this purge.

April 12, 2017

Turkey seeks three consecutive life sentences for Zaman journalists on coup charges

An indictment prepared by an İstanbul prosecutor seeks three consecutive life sentences for 30 individuals who include journalists and executives from the now-closed Zaman daily on coup charges.

April 11, 2017

UK acknowledges Gülen movement asylum seekers

The UK Home Office has recognized that being a Fethullah Gülen sympathizer in Turkey may be grounds for asylum in the UK.

April 10, 2017

Fethullah Gülen’s Statement of Condemnation for Terrorist Attack Against the Coptic Christian Community in Egypt

Fethullah Gülen

I have learned with grief about the horrific terrorist attack against two Coptic churches in Egypt during a Palm Sunday mass, killing at least 43 worshipers and police officers. I vehemently condemn this atrocity against the Coptic Christian community.

April 9, 2017

Turkish imam in Australia mobilizes worshippers to spy on Gülen movement

Salih Arslan, a member of the board of the Ankara-funded Süleymaniye mosque in the Australian city of Perth, was revealed to have incited worshippers to spy on followers of the Gülen movement and affiliated institutions, including schools.

April 8, 2017

When nations spy on their nationals on foreign soil

Ofem Uket

All democratic nations of the world are bedeviled with political wrangling, with various degrees of rivalry between political parties and opposition and constant allegations and counter allegations. Democracy is defined as the government of the people, not the government of a few political dictators ruling over a majority of the people enslaved in poverty and want without any hope of better days ahead.

April 7, 2017

Turkey’s Unethical Interference in American (Muslim) Civic Society is Dangerous

Parvez Ahmed*

I serve on the board of Atlantic Institute of Jacksonville, whose mission is to promote diversity and inclusion through engagement and dialogue. Atlantic Institute was founded by members of the Hizmet (Service) movement led by Fethullah Gulen, who lives a reclusive life in Pennsylvania. Turkey wants Gulen extradited because of his alleged but unproven links to last summer’s unsuccessful coup. The Obama administration, despite the geo-strategic importance of Turkey, remained unconvinced that Gulen was behind the coup.

April 6, 2017

Foes on the Run as Erdogan Makes Power Personal

Patrick Kingsley

Members of the Gulen religious movement insist they are innocent of plotting against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, but he has chased them into the shadows, and they fear for their lives and livelihoods. At the same time, Mr. Erdogan has increasingly made himself the face of Turkey’s state, and now he is seeking more authority to rule. This is the fifth and final part of the State of Emergency series, in which our correspondent takes us behind the scenes of a nation in crisis.

April 5, 2017

Fethullah Gulen’s Message of Condemnation and Condolences for St. Petersburg Terrorist Attack

Fethullah Gulen

I strongly condemn the brutal terrorist attack Monday on the metro in St. Petersburg, Russia, which cost the lives of 11 people and injured dozens more.

April 4, 2017

Class Dismissed - The demise of academia in Erdogan’s Turkey

Emre Çelik

We are seeing reports of academics being investigated and subjected to penalties for expressing their opinions about the conflict in the southeast. While we may not agree with the opinions expressed by those academics, we are nevertheless concerned about this pressure having a chilling effect on legitimate political discourse across Turkish society regarding the sources of and solutions to the ongoing violence. In democratic societies it is imperative that citizens have the opportunity to express their views, even controversial or unpopular ones.

April 3, 2017

[VIDEO] German intel expert says Erdoğan was behind failed coup based on CIA, BND reports

German intelligence expert and author Erich Schmidt-Eenboom has said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, not the faith-based Gülen movement, was behind a failed coup attempt in Turkey on July 15, 2016 based on intelligence reports from the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the German Federal Intelligence Service (BND).

April 2, 2017

Turkish “religious advisors” are keeping an eye on Erdogan opponents in Belgium

Turkey is pressuring “religious advisors” to keep an eye on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s opponents in 38 countries, including Belgium.

Report: Imams spied on Gülen sympathizers in Romania

A report published by The Black Sea news website on Saturday revealed that imams from Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) spied on people sympathetic to Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen and the movement he inspired.

April 1, 2017

Turkey's Worldwide Monitoring of Gülen Supporters

The Turkish Embassy in Tokyo took the easier route: In a secret report, it listed 15 schools believed to be associated with Muslim preacher Fethullah Gülen. The list included the schools’ names, Japanese addresses, names of the school heads, email addresses, telephone numbers and the dates of their establishment. The list filled four pages. It provided no further comments, analysis or criticism.

March 31, 2017

Tillerson fails to ease US tensions with Turkey on Syria conflict, Gulen

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson failed to soothe relations with Turkey after holding tense talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on issues ranging from the Syrian conflict to the extradition of a Turkish cleric.

March 30, 2017

Turkish teachers, students not to be deported, court told

The federal government Wednesday told the Lahore High Court that Turkish national teachers and students of PakTurk International Schools would not be deported.

Report: Reason for EU-Turkey row is Erdoğan’s imams spying on Gülen followers

US-based news magazine Foreign Policy claimed in a Monday report that the latest row between Turkey and the European Union over the cancellation of Turkish ministers’ referendum rallies in early March actually emerged after EU authorities found out that Turkish imams loyal to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had spied on followers of the Gülen movement, which is accused by Turkey of orchestrating a failed coup last summer.