March 27, 2017

After 8 Months, Turkish Gov’t Still Unable to Sell Coup Narrative to Allies

Abdullah Ayasun

Although 8 months have passed after a military insurrection that rattled Turkey, unsettling its political system and social fabric with still ensuing ramifications, swirling questions and doubts over the failed attempt have not dissipated to this day.

March 26, 2017

UK Parliament: No evidence that Gülen, movement behind coup attempt

Contrary to accusations made by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Turkish government, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the UK Parliament has concluded that Fethullah Gülen and the movement he inspired as a whole were not behind a failed coup attempt in Turkey on July 15.

March 25, 2017

Ex-CIA Director: Mike Flynn and Turkish Officials Discussed Removal of Gulen from U.S. without Going through Legal Process

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, while serving as an adviser to the Trump campaign, met with top Turkish government ministers and discussed removing a Muslim cleric from the U.S. and taking him to Turkey, according to former Central Intelligence Agency Director James Woolsey, who attended, and others who were briefed on the meeting.

March 19, 2017

[VIDEO] US House Intel Chair Says 'Hard To Believe' Gulen Behind Turkey Coup

The United State House Intelligence Committee chairman has said it is “hard to believe” that U.S.-based Turkish cleric is behind the military coup attempt last summer, questioning Turkey as a reliable ally.

March 18, 2017

German intelligence head: We are not convinced Gülen is behind coup attempt

The head of the Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service (BND), Bruno Kahl, said Turkey could not convince them that Muslim scholar Fethullah Gülen was behind a failed coup attempt on July 15 despite accusations against the Gülen movement.

March 17, 2017

Nigeria’s Robotics Whizkid

Robotics Engineering is an integration of Electronics, Electrical, Computing, Mechanical and Material Engineering, dealing with designs, manufacturing and use of robots for control, sensory feedback and information processing. As robots can replicate almost any form of human activity, they are now being deployed in danger prone instances, such as bomb detection and de-activation.

March 16, 2017

Islamabad High Court rejects petition by Maarif Foundation

The Islamabad High Court has ordered that no private enterprise could be confiscated by the state while announcing its decision in Pak-Turk schools case.

March 15, 2017

I am a teacher not a terrorist

M. E. Ünal

I’m a Mathematics teacher and decided to join other education volunteers who spread across the globe to share the message of peace and love.

March 14, 2017

I Went To Turkey To Interview The President And (Almost) All I Got Was A Meeting With A Conspiracy Theorist

Jessica Schulberg

Last week, the mayor of Ankara escorted me and about a dozen other journalists into a windowless room with rows of green velvet armchairs facing a flat-screen television and told us his theory about ISIS.

March 13, 2017

Turkish Attempt to Close Gap With the West Seems to Widen It

Gardiner Harris

American reporters got an intriguing glimpse into the political mind-set in Turkey last week, when the mayor of Ankara lured a group of us with promises of an interview with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

March 8, 2017

Fethullah Gulen’s Video Message for International Women’s Day

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I expressed my views on women’s rights in an interview to the Muslim World journal shortly after arriving in the United States.

March 6, 2017

Turkish school system in Liberia holds 7th Science Fair

The Turkish Light International School System campus along the Airfield route came alive when students between ages 10 and 18 demonstrated their talents in a science exhibition.

March 5, 2017

Liberian official: Science key to nation building

Assistant Foreign Minister for Administration, Mr. Terry Genesis has stressed a need for government to prioritize sciences in various high schools to enable students, who are desirous of becoming future scientists, achieve their dreams.

March 4, 2017

When the last barricade falls: Remembering unlawful takeover of Turkey’s largest daily

On March 4, 2016, exactly one year ago today , hundreds of riot police officers fired rubber bullets and gassed loyal readers of Turkey’s best-selling daily when they stood vigil on the sidewalk across the newspaper’s offices to peacefully protest the news of impending the unlawful takeover of Zaman newspaper.

March 2, 2017

US-based Turkish scholar Gülen denies rumors of moving to Canada

Turkish scholar Fethullah Gülen, who has lived in self-imposed exile Pennsylvania since 1999 and whose views inspired the Gülen movement, said on Wednesday that he has no plans to move to Canada, contrary to a claim by the Turkish government, which accuses Gülen of being behind a failed coup in Turkey last July.

March 1, 2017

Ethiopian schools linked to Turkish cleric are sold

A network of schools in Ethiopia linked to Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused by Turkey of masterminding a failed coup attempt last year, is changing ownership.

Parents oppose handing over school chain to Turkish NGO

Parents of the students of Pak-Turk International Schools and Colleges on Tuesday criticised government’s plan to handover the education system to a Turkish non-profit organisation and warned of protest against the proposed move.

February 28, 2017

Re: The many lies (?) of Cemal Yigit

Clement Iloh*

An article in one of the na­tion’s dailies, The Many Lies Of Cemal Yigit, which centred on the ugly events in Turkey and the seeming chill­ing hangover on Turkish interest in Nigeria, recently caught my at­tention. I was further attracted to the write-up not only on the need to update myself of Presi­dent Recep Tayyip Erdogan new moves to acquire more dictatori­al powers through executive pres­idency but to also satisfy my curi­osity on the reason for the recent change of name of Nigerian Turkish International College to Nige­rian Tulip International College.

February 27, 2017

Victims of Erdogan’s witch-hunt and purge get their voice heard

A new website has recently been launched to publish stories or Turkish president Erdogan’s with-hunt, persecution and brutal crack-down on the dissents. The new website is named “Magduriyetler” (Victimization), which aims to disseminate the stories of the countless violations of law after the coup attempt in July 2016.

February 26, 2017

Parents urge government against transferring administration to Erdogan-linked organization

Parents of students studying at the Pak-Turk International Schools and Colleges have censured the government for handing over the school system to a non-profit organization.

February 25, 2017

Futures at stake: Parents slam Pak-Turk schools handover to Turkish NGO

Parents of students of Pak-Turk schools and colleges blasted the Pakistan government for handing over the education system to a Turkish nonprofit organization called Maarif Foundation. They alleged the move was an effort to gain political millage.

Parents slam handing over of Pak-Turk schools to Turkish NGO

Parents of students of Pak-Turk schools and colleges blasted the Pakistan government for handing over the education system to a Turkish non-governmental organisation (NGO) called Maarif Foundation.

February 24, 2017

'Erdoğan’s accusation that Hizmet organized the coup attempt is noxious and absurd'

Daniel Pipes

I participated Tuesday in a conference about the eastern Mediterranean at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies (BESA) just outside Tel Aviv; and because Tel Aviv is the diplomatic center of Israel, its events attract a good number of diplomats. Tuesday was no exception, with a foreign minister and other diplomats from several eastern Mediterranean countries, including Albania, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, and Turkey.

Deporting Gülen would undercut NATO

Michael Rubin

Ted Malloch, President Trump’s presumptive pick to be ambassador to the European Union, has reportedly said that he expects the Trump administration to extradite US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen. Here, for example, is a report from Sabah, a paper which Erdogan confiscated, transferred to his son-in-law, and transformed into the Turkish equivalent of the old Soviet Pravda:

February 23, 2017

Amnesty: Civil society under massive crackdown in Turkey, Gülen movement main target

An annual report released by Amnesty International on Wednesday has said a failed coup attempt in July prompted a massive crackdown on civil society in Turkey and that the faith-based Gülen movement has been the main target.

The Turkish invasion of Nigeria

Joshua Ocheja

This is a rather sad topic for me. But it is a necessary one in light of the recent happenings in Turkey and all around the world.

February 22, 2017

Atlantic Institute promotes peace through dialogue

Dr. Akif Aydin*

I appreciate this opportunity to clarify some points raised in a recent article published in The Greenville News concerning trips to Turkey organized by the Atlantic Institute of South Carolina.

February 21, 2017

Top Three Reasons Why Turkey’s President Erdogan is Obsessed with Gulen

Yuksel Alp Aslandogan

In his first phone conversation with President Trump, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly brought up the extradition of Fethullah Gulen, a retired preacher and Erdogan critic who has lived in the U.S. since 1999. Erdogan or his proxies have blamed Gulen and his sympathizers for nearly every trouble facing Turkey recently, including the July 15th coup attempt in 2016, the assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey in December 2016, the downing of a Russian jet by the Turkish air force in November 2016, and a corruption probe in 2013 implicating relatives of his cabinet members. Despite Gulen’s repeated condemnations of any and all heinous acts, he has become Erdogan’s go-to bogeyman.

February 20, 2017

Turkey’s spying imams also active in Norway: Monitoring group

Infamous Turkish imams who were accused of profiling critics and opponents of Turkey’s president in the Netherlands, Austria and Germany, which prompted investigations by authorities, have footprints in Norway as well.

February 19, 2017

Der Spiegel: Turkish consulate officials involved in spying activities not only in Germany

Turkish consulate officials have spied on the critics of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan not only in Germany but also in other countries including Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Belgium, German news magazine Der Spiegel reported.

February 18, 2017

Journalist asks Nigerian National Security Adviser to stop Turkish espionage

Kreazetofa Odey

Suleiman Uba Gaya is the vice president of the Nigerian Guild of Editors and a member of the World Editors Forum. In this interview with select journalists, he bares his mind on why he had to write a petition to the Nigerian National Security Adviser, warning the country of the possibility of Turkey engaging in espionage against Nigeria.

February 17, 2017

Turkish imam spy affair in Germany extends across Europe

A German investigation into Turkey’s religious officials collecting information on its enemies may be the tip of the iceberg. DW has obtained several documents revealing Turkish activities in Germany and European states.

February 16, 2017

Turkey calls on parents to report Erdogan critics at German schools

Turkish consulates in Germany have been organizing events for Turkish parents and asking them to spy on critics of the President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Turkey at German schools, according to an education trade union, GEW (Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft).

February 15, 2017

Germany investigates possible anti-Gulen spies

German police have raided apartments of four men suspected of carrying out espionage on behalf of the Turkish government. The men, said to be clerics, are accused of spying on supporters of cleric Fethullah Gulen.

February 14, 2017

Austrian politician documents Turkish surveillance abroad [on Gulen movement]

Greens Parliamentarian Peter Pilz showed The Associated Press memos from the Turkish Embassy in Vienna and the Turkish Consulate in Salzburg. They show ATIB, the union of Turkish-Islamic cultural organizations in Austria, sending reports on organizations backed by U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen to diplomats, with the information then forwarded to Ankara.

PakTurk schools organise Pakistan’s largest mathematics Olympiad

The prize distribution ceremony of the 12th edition of Pakistan’s largest mathematics Olympiad ISMO was held on Tuesday at an auditorium of the PakTurk International Schools & Colleges Boys Branch, Chak Shehzad, Islamabad.

February 13, 2017

‘I feel like I have been buried alive’: families live in fear and isolation as Erdoğan leads a witch-hunt

Constanze Letsch

On 1 September, the life of Ahmet and Fatma Özer*, married teachers from Istanbul, changed dramatically. Accused of being sympathisers of Fethullah Gülen, both were fired. On the same day Ayse Yilmaz*, a law student, received a text informing her that her father, a civil servant, had been detained for alleged involvement in terrorism and coup plotting. “It was the day we were blacklisted,” Fatma recalls. “The day we were erased as citizens.”

February 12, 2017

Pak Turk Schools employees in UN protection after visa extensions turned down

As many as 108 Turkish employees of the Pak Turk Schools, along with their families, have been in the United Nations' (UN) protection after Pakistani authorities denied them an extension in their visas to work in the country, DawnNews reported.

February 11, 2017

Exiled journalist discusses crisis in Turkey

Bill Sherman

Mahir Zeynalov has the distinction of being one of the first journalists kicked out of Turkey by the government of President Tayyip Erdogan in a crackdown on the media.

February 10, 2017

This man stood up to Trump. In Turkey he was branded a terrorist

Laura Pitel

It was a picture that melted hearts around the world. Two dads - one Muslim, one Jewish - with their kids on their shoulders, united against Donald Trump's executive order banning citizens of seven countries from traveling to the United States.

February 9, 2017

Is Maarif capable of delivering quality education?

The Pak-Turk Schools and Colleges management is being pressurized to be handed over to Maarif Foundation as it has also filed petition to become party to the litigation process in Islamabad High Court.

February 8, 2017

‘Erdogan set up Maarif Foundation to seize Turkish schools’

Martin Paul

After failing in his bid to make governments across the world close schools run by Hizmet Movement associates, President Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has established a decoy foundation to achieve his aim.

12-year-old denied departure from Turkey for treatment in Cuba dies of cancer

A 12-year-old child has died of brain cancer several months after Turkish border agents seized his and his parents’ passports at İstanbul Atatürk Airport, causing the family to abandon their plans to receive cancer treatment in Cuba.

February 7, 2017

Say What? Ankara Mayor Blames Gulenists for Shaking Turkey With an Earthquake

No joke: Ankara's mayor suggests that an earthquake that has recently hit Turkey's northwest might have been caused by the followers of cleric Fethulah Gulen, blamed for masterminding the July coup.

Gov’t to destroy 216K math, science textbooks published by Gulenists

Turkey’s Education Ministry has decided to destroy at least 216,233 copies of math and science textbooks published by publishing houses affiliated with the Gülen movement, according to Hürriyet daily.

February 6, 2017

In Georgia the Shahin Friendship School facing closure – Political influence?

Vakhtang Maisaia

As the whole nation celebrated the visa liberalization nod from Brussels on February 3, a rather peculiar, conveniently-timed nay slipped under most people’s radar.

February 5, 2017

[VIDEO] 'Our prayers are with Hizmet volunteers who promote Islam not just with words but also with their deeds and action'

Plemon El-Amin*

We have established great relationships with the Hizmet Movement and those individuals we found them to be outstanding Muslims, very conscientious, always promoting the best values of democracy, but first of all, the best values of Islam and not just with words but also with actions and with their deeds that they do throughout this Atlanta area as well as those I'm familiar with in the D.C. area.

February 4, 2017

Tigers in the snow: Turkey’s purges are hitting its business class

The snow on Mount Erciyes sparkles in the early afternoon sun. The skiing on this volcano nearly 4,000 metres high is among the best in Turkey. At the bottom of one slope, a group of secular Turks dance and drink beer outside a new hotel. On the other, alcohol-free, side of the mountain, local families and Arab tourists drink tea. The entrance to a nearby mosque is littered with ski boots; young women in headscarves pelt each other with snowballs.

February 3, 2017

Erdogan: A Classic Case Of How Power Corrupts

Alon Ben-Meir*

This is the second in a series of articles based in part on eyewitness accounts about the rapidly deteriorating socio-political conditions in Turkey and what the future may hold for the country. The first article is available here.

February 2, 2017

Indictment shows journalists accused of terrorist activity only due to stories, tweets, retweets

The indictment of 28 jailed journalists reveals that they are accused of membership in a terrorist organization due to their stories, critical tweets and retweets in the absence of evidence of any violent activity or the means to engage in violence.

February 1, 2017

Turkey’s Moves Against Dissent

Nick Ashdown*

Purges in the country are an expression of an authoritarian transition underway for years, analysts say.

When pressed to recall the police detentions she has faced during the past two months, Nuriye Gülmen says they are so frequent that she now has trouble counting the interval from one to another.

January 31, 2017

Policies threaten Turkey

John A. Tures*

It’s not every country that has Santa Claus show up to kill nearly 40 nightclub patrons, but for Turkey, it was just another average day in President Erdogan’s world, where there were more than 30 major terror attacks alone in 2016. In his quest to destroy his political rivals, Erdogan’s policies are directly leading to this mayhem, which has spilled over to threaten the United States and West Europe.

January 30, 2017

'Making a positive, wonderful difference in the world, Hizmet embraces the entire human family'

Omar Shakir*

I'm saddened to hear that the Hizmet Movement here is being categorized as a terror group.

I've been working with them now for the past eight years. I've had an opportunity to work closely with them and to travel with them overseas, and I see no foundation for this

January 29, 2017

Feza Schools to open branch in Dodoma, Tanzania

Feza Schools chairman Habibu Miradji said in an interview that plans are underway to set up an international school in the designated future capital. “We’re holding talks with key stakeholders to ensure the plan materialises,” he said, adding “This will add to the already existing Feza schools in Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar and Arusha.”

January 28, 2017

Why the West ‘failed to understand’ Turkey

Ramazan Güveli*

The ‘coup attempt’ has very conveniently allowed the Turkish regime to accelerate and extend purges, imprisonments, and property confiscation to ever widening sectors of society and dismantle the separation of powers.