January 20, 2017

A Case Study In How Lobbyists For Turkish Government Manipulate The American Media

Chuck Ross

Turkish news outlets lit up this weekend after a former Republican lawmaker published an op-ed at The Hill calling on the U.S. government to extradite Fethullah Gulen, an exiled Muslim cleric whose return to Turkey is an obsession for the NATO nation’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey’s targeted teachers find refuge in Vietnam

This summer, Dursun Yildirim found himself jobless for the first time in a long time.

Cambodia's Zaman Institutes Get Big-Name Backing

A couple with close ties to the prime minister have taken leading roles in Zaman-operated schools in Cambodia, a move likely to weaken the position of Turkish authorities who want the schools shut down for their alleged links to “terrorism.”

January 19, 2017

German court fines pro-Erdoğan daily for calling Hizmet movement ‘terrorist’

German media reported on Monday that a court imposed a 250,000 euro fine on the German edition of the Sabah daily for labeling sympathizers of the Gülen, or Hizmet, movement “terrorists.”

January 18, 2017

Gülen says he could be blamed for assassination of an MHP, CHP politician

US-based Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen said on Monday that the possible assassination of an important politician from either the Republican People’s Party (CHP) or the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) in the coming days might be blamed on him by pro-government circles.

EU spy agency says Gülen not behind July 15 coup attempt

A report prepared by the EU Intelligence Analysis Centre (IntCen) has revealed that although Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Turkish government immediately put the blame for a July 15 failed coup attempt on the faith-based Gülen movement, the coup attempt was staged by a range of Erdoğan’s opponents due to fears of an impending purge, according to a report by The Times newspaper.

January 17, 2017

Gülen Speaks: My Meeting With The Man Accused of Plotting Turkey’s Coup

Reuven Firestone*

Last month, I met with Fethullah Gülen, “the man behind the coup,” according to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey, who accuses this reclusive cleric of being the brains behind the failed coup last summer in Turkey.

January 16, 2017

Erdoğan terrorizing Turkey to become caliph

Abdullah Bozkurt

In his latest push to secure an imperial presidency that will lead to a self-declared caliphate, Turkey’s top Islamist ruler, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, is intent on fomenting chaos by staging high-profile assassinations and terror plots to mobilize Turks into supporting him in his relentless drive to transform a secular parliamentary democracy into an Islamist dictatorship.

January 15, 2017

New York Times Editorial Board: Turkey’s Relentless Attack on the Press

New York Times Editorial Board

It should come as no surprise that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey would praise Donald Trump for refusing to talk to a CNN reporter at a news conference.

In Turkey, fresh affront on democracy

Nigerian Daily Trust Editorial*

Various methods which critics consider to be draconian and obnoxious are deployed by the government of Turkey to further clamp down on Turkish citizens who are averse to the continuous political and economic instability in the country. The new decrees, numbered 679, 680 and 681, authorize the Turkish cabinet to revoke the citizenship of people under investigation but who remain abroad if they fail to respond to a summons to return to Turkey within three months.

January 14, 2017

HRW: Erdoğan’s ‘dictatorial rule’ trampling on rights in Turkey in name of majority

A report released on Thursday by the US-based rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) said that Turkey’s president and government have used a coup attempt on July 15 as an excuse to crack down on perceived enemies and human rights in Turkey.

January 13, 2017

Talking with the “Religious Terrorist” that Turkey Wants Trump to Extradite

Mark Juergensmeyer*

Who would have thought that a Turkish cleric living in Eastern Pennsylvania would present the Trump administration with one of its first foreign policy challenges. But Turkey wants Fethullah Gulen extradited to face charges that he was involved in the failed coup attempt against the Turkish strong man, Recip Erdogan, several months ago. And Trump’s national security advisor, General Michael Flynn, a former Turkish lobbyist, has suggested that this will be on the top of the agenda for the new foreign policy team.

January 12, 2017

Turkish Islamic organization DITIB admits preachers spied in Germany

Germany's largest Turkish Islamic group admitted in an article published Thursday in the "Rheinische Post" newspaper that some of its preachers spied for the Turkish government.

January 11, 2017

Gülen worries fake news could associate new terror attacks, assassinations in Turkey with him

US-based Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen said on Tuesday that fabricated stories in the pro-government media about new terror attacks and political assassinations in Turkey could be associated with followers of the faith-based Gülen movement.

January 7, 2017

Parents Reject Decision to Shut Down Gülen-Inspired Schools in Morocco

Parents of students studying at Casablanca’s Mohammed Al-Fatih school are condemning the Moroccan Ministry of the Interior’s decision to shut down all the institutions linked to Fethullah Gülen, the alleged mastermind of the July 15 attempted coup d’état, which aimed to overthrow Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

January 6, 2017

Another mother detained over Gülen links while twins left in intensive care

A day after former teacher Ş.A., mother of a week-old premature infant, was taken into police custody over links to the faith-based Gülen movement while she was on her way to the hospital to feed the baby, another mother was detained as part of the same investigation while her twins were left in an intensive care unit.

January 5, 2017

Mother detained over Gülen links while premature baby left in intensive care

Ş.A., a former private school teacher and mother of a week-old premature infant, was taken into police custody over links to the faith-based Gülen movement while she was on her way to the hospital to feed the baby.

January 4, 2017

Former President Gül says he has never been affiliated with Gülen movement

Former President Abdullah Gül said while responding to questions from a parliamentary commission investigating a failed coup attempt on July 15 that he has never been affiliated with either the faith-based Gülen movement or Fethullah Gülen, who inspired the movement.

January 3, 2017

Erdoğan and Gülen

Sophia Pandya*

Turkey’s Energy Minister, Berat Albayrak, recently described those affiliated with the Gülen Movement as a treasonous group more dangerous than the Islamic State (because of GM members’ high level of intelligence). He said, “There are people with higher IQs than mine, who are better-educated than me, who improved themselves. There are judges, commanders and professors among them. They also have a good level of income. However, the outcome is nothing but treason.”

January 2, 2017

Hizmet Movement is a 21st century global approach to what's best in Islam

Prof. Gregory Baum: Every religion is challenged by modernity. This is an enormous problem for all the religions. And they have to wrestle, how to react to it. And one reaction is to cling in a rigid way to the past and to say “no” to the modern society. And this is a kind of fundamentalist choice. And you find this in all religions. In Christianity you find this, in Judaism you find this, in Islam you find this. Another reaction is a creative reaction. That you listen to what is taking place in modernity, you are critical of the destructive potential of modern society, but you recognize the insights, the dimensions of humanization, the positive elements, and you support these positive elements. And therefore Mr. Gülen is an example of the creativity of religions in the response to modernity.

January 1, 2017

Fethullah Gülen’s Message of Condolences and Condemnation of the New Year’s Eve Terrorist Attack in an Istanbul Nightclub

Fethullah Gülen

I condemn, in the strongest terms, the New Year’s Eve terrorist attack in an Istanbul nightclub that cost the lives of at least three dozen people and wounded dozens more.

December 31, 2016

My Fears for Turkey

Cemal Yiğit

“President Erdogan is on the brink of ultimate power, but Turkey is falling apart.” Any country that is laced with injustice cannot experience meaningful and sustainable development. It’s more like building a house without foundation. In the words of Malcolm X, he said our objective is complete justice, total freedom, and full equality”. In whatever system that we run or operate and these three fundamental principles are absent, then you will have general cases of injustice, marginalization and more dangerously, pockets of violent eruptions here and there.

December 30, 2016

'Freedom' for Turkish cleric Gulen in Pennsylvania

Sertan Sanderson

Pennsylvania's Poconos Mountains are renowned for offering ample opportunities for urbanites to enjoy the great outdoors. But tucked away on a back road in the small Poconos' hamlet of Saylorsburg, less than 100 miles (160 kilometers) away from Philadelphia, one septuagenarian prefers staying indoors, as a political scandal of international significance has descended onto his doorstep.

December 29, 2016

As Erdogan consistently destroys Turkey

Chris Suleiman*

It started gradually, and the world failed to pay attention to the cunning way Erdogan started this. It was through the biggest lie of the decade that there was a coup. A coup he planned, plotted and executed alongside his foot soldiers and now, he has succeeded in using that tool to destroy his country.

December 28, 2016

[VIDEO] "Fethullah Gülen is important for this generation and for generations to come"

Imam Mamadou Toure*

I am not a member of the Hizmet Movement but I am very familiar of the work that has being done around the world. I just had the opportunity to travel to the Balkans and I am very familiar with the work that they are doing in Senegal. They are not just that are calling people to do good, but are themselves pioneers in that doing of good.

December 27, 2016

Gülen followers responsible ‘even for bolts of lightning,’ Turkish professor says

A Turkish political science professor from Sakarya University said in a tweet on Monday that the Gülen movement is responsible for everything that happens in Turkey, including bolts of lightning.

Pro-Erdoğan journalist: Gülen followers should be kept in camps, given food tickets

Cemil Barlas, a staunch supporter of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and commentator for the pro-government A Haber TV, said during a program on Monday that followers of the Gülen movement, which the government accuses of being behind a failed coup on July 15, must be kept in detention camps and should be given food tickets since the government has seized most of their assets.

Controversial pro-Erdoğan cleric demands fatwa for state to execute Gülen followers

Nurettin Yıldız, a controversial cleric and a staunch supporter of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, demanded a fatwa from Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) suggesting that supporters of US-based Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, who is accused by the Turkish government and Erdoğan of masterminding a failed coup in July, be executed, their opposing hands and feet be amputated or be exiled instead of keeping them in prisons.

December 26, 2016

Sister of Russian envoy’s murderer denies Gülen links

While President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the government and pro-government media argue that the police officer who murdered the Russian ambassador to Turkey last week was a sympathizer of the Gülen movement, his sister on Monday denied any links on his part to the movement and questioned how he had not been dismissed in massive purges over Gülen links.

December 25, 2016

Ankara assassination: Why Erdogan blames the Gulenists and ignores the jihadists

Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi*

Turkey has emerged as a new citadel of the lethal global jihadism today. An Ankara-based Turkish journalist, Burak Bekdil wrote an article explaining how Turkey is becoming the victim of its own enthusiasm for Jihadism. Buttressing his point, he quotes the media bureau chief of Hizb ut-Tahrir Turkey, Mahmut Kar, as saying: “We are shouting out that we will re-establish the caliphate, here, right next to the parliament.”

December 24, 2016

Exiled Turkish preacher Fethullah Gulen denies links to Russian envoy's murder

In a video message, US-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen repeatedly said that "like all acts of terror" he condemned the attack on the Russian envoy to Ankara, Andrei Karlov, adding that the ambassador was someone who held his movement in favorable regard. Gulen also said in his video that he fully expected "other assassinations" presumably taking place in the future to be blamed on him and his movement as well.

December 23, 2016

AfSV’s response to Turkish Government’s Irresponsible and Desperate Effort to Divert Attention from Lapse of Security Surrounding the Assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey

We categorically deny and protest Turkish Government officials’ allegations trying to link the assassin of Russian ambassador to Turkey with Mr. Gulen or Hizmet movement. Mr. Gulen immediately condemned the heinous terrorist attack and sent his condolences to Russian people.

Russian analyst: Turkey’s claim Gülen was behind envoy’s killing insult to ‘our intelligence’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s claim that US-based Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen was behind the assassination of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey on Monday is an insult to Russian intelligence, a prominent Russian analyst said.

December 22, 2016

Mother of ambassador’s murderer: My son did not attend any Gülen school

Hamidiye Altıntaş, the mother of police officer Mevlüt Altıntaş, who killed Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov on Monday, denied pro-government media claims that her son attended a prep school linked to the Gülen movement before joining the police force, the T24 news website reported.

Turkey recalls spying religious attaché from Netherlands

The Turkish government has recalled Yusuf Acar, the religious attaché of the Turkish government in the Netherlands, who recently admitted to spying on followers of the faith-based Gülen movement, Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders announced on Wednesday.

December 21, 2016

Group encompassing al-Nusra reportedly claims responsibility for Russian envoy murder

Jaish al-Fatah, an umbrella organization that encompasses the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front, has reportedly claimed responsibility for the murder of Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov by a Turkish policeman in Ankara on Monday evening.

December 20, 2016

The Failed Military Coup in Turkey & The Mass Purges

This report has been written in response to recent events in Turkey — the attempted coup of July 15, 2016 and the extraordinary purges that are continuing in its aftermath. With the current government crackdown on the media in Turkey, it is difficult to extract an objective account of events on the night of the failed coup and establish responsibility for them. For that reason, here we examine the Turkish government’s official account of events and some of the difficulties with it. We also present a number of alternative conclusions about events from academics and experts from across the political spectrum. We document the alarming rise in wholesale human rights abuses for which the failed coup appears to be a pretext. We then show how the Turkish government or its supporters are also instigating similar abuses within the borders of Europe.

December 19, 2016

Fethullah Gulen Condemns the Assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov

Fethullah Gülen

I am shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the tragic assassination of Russia’s Ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, who was speaking at an art gallery in Ankara. I condemn in the strongest terms this heinous act of terror.

Australian university professor jailed in Turkish purge

An internationally renowned Australian university professor has languished for five months in a Turkish jail cell without charge, with the Turnbull government blocked from providing assistance to him and other dual ­nationals who have fallen victim to a purge by President Recep ­Erdogan.

December 18, 2016

Fethullah Gülen: Turkey is being dragged into a civil war

Issuing a press statement following the latest terrorist attack in Turkey on Saturday, Muslim scholar Fethullah Gülen claimed that Turkey is being dragged into a civil war but underlined that sympathizers of the movement sometimes called after him would always remain peaceful no matter how they are treated.

World Human Rights Day: US Urged To Dismiss Bid on Gulen’s Extradition

Coalition for the Protection of Rights and Justice (CPRJ), has urged the United States (US) to dismiss the various moves to extradite Cleric Fethullah Gulen over alleged involvement in the July 15 botched coup in Turkey.

December 17, 2016

Fethullah Gülen’s Message of Condolences and Condemnation of the Terrorist Attack in Istanbul Beşiktaş Stadium

Fethullah Gülen

I condemn, in the strongest terms, the cruel terrorist attack carried out beside the Istanbul Beşiktaş Football Stadium that cost the lives of 44 of Turkish citizens, the majority of whom are members of the security forces.

December 16, 2016

In Berlin, inside a Gulen “light-house”

Naomi Comrad

Turkey has detained thousands with alleged links to the Gulen movement – a religious network that spans the globe. Students often live in shared flats, so-called lighthouses. Naomi Conrad gained access to one of them.

December 15, 2016

Written Evidence to UK Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee on Hizmet

The Alliance for Shared Values of the US & The Dialogue Platform of the UK prepared a report on “UK’s relations with Turkey” that focuses on the Hizmet Movement. The report may be downloaded, disseminated for free and even printed.

December 14, 2016

Turkey asks imams abroad to profile Gülen-linked expatriates

A document dated Sept. 20, 2016 shows that Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) asked Turkish missions and religious representatives abroad to profile Gülen movement expatriates living in their respective foreign countries.

December 13, 2016

[VIDEO] ‘It’s happening’: Maddow previews ‘explosive’ Newsweek story that hints at Turkey’s blackmail of Trump

In a preview of a Newsweek article due to be released Tuesday morning, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow explained that writer Kurt Eichenwald has uncovered evidence that President-elect Donald Trump may have already been compromised by a foreign leader holding the power to threaten his overseas holdings to gain a political advantage.

EU and Turkey’s rights abuse

Sadiq Umar

Just a few days ago during my usual rituals of flipping through the pages of newspapers, a nerve-jangling story on how Turkey was fast drifting towards a full-blown dictatorship captured my attention once again.

December 12, 2016

Fate of Pak-Turk Schools: Erdogan, JI-backed Maa'rif Foundation?

As the litigation continues over the fate of nearly 450 Turkish nationals, the Nawaz government is determined to go a step further i.e. hand over the school to Maa'rif Foundation, a recently formed body with a mission to push Erdogan's political agenda.

December 11, 2016

World Human Rights Day: Concerns On Hizmet Movement In 38 Countries Raised

The Coalition for the Protection of Rights and Justice (CPRJ), has raised concerns on the alleged move to clampdown on the Hizmet Movement in Nigeria and 37 other countries as a fallout of the July 15 coup in Turkey.

December 10, 2016

From ‘parallel state’ to ‘terrorist organization’: Dissecting Erdoğan’s labeling of Gülen

Numan Aksoy

For Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, enemies are everywhere. His speeches and official comments are littered with references to the hostile elements lurking in Turkey, the so-called “parallel state.” Erdoğan has long used the “parallel state” term to refer to the movement founded in the early 1970s by Turkish Muslim cleric, Fethullah Gülen. But lately, the moniker has been used as a catch-all term for the government’s perceived enemies inside the country. Ever since the failed coup attempt in mid-July, Erdoğan has rarely missed an opportunity to reiterate his promise of eliminating what he calls the “parallel state.”

December 9, 2016

Staff expelled from Turkish-backed schools on Erdogan’s demand

The expulsion of over 100 Turkish staff from a network of Turkish-backed schools has sparked controversy and put the future of more than 11,000 students at stake, parents, teachers and senior students said.

December 8, 2016

Erdogan’s macabre dance in Africa

Joshua Ocheja

This is indeed a fascinating topic and a product of great research work. I decided to undertake in this research work to put in public space a motive expressed by the Turkish President, Recep Erdogan to extend his clampdown on Hizmet movement affiliated institutions as he has done in Turkey in the aftermath of the failed July 15th Coup. And with sheer disregard for the sovereignty of other countries, especially in Africa.

[VIDEO] UK Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Fethullah Gülen and the Hizmet

The UK Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee is examining the bilateral relationship between the UK and Turkey, focusing on rights and freedoms as well as how Turkish foreign and security policies relate to those of the UK. The inquiry is ongoing.

Launch of Fethullah Gulen Chair in Islamic Studies and Intercultural Dialogue at Deakin University

The Melbourne based Deakin University launched its inaugural Chair, named after Fethullah Gulen, in Islamic Studies and Intercultural Dialogue with a ceremony held on Tuesday 22 November at its Melbourne Corporate Centre (MCC).

December 7, 2016

Bipartisan think-tank: The U.S. should not interfere politically in Gülen extradition case

Whatever promises Ankara may make about improving its cooperation with the United States if only it were to hand over Gülen, doing so would only aggravate the dynamics currently disturbing the U.S.-Turkish relationship and damaging Turkey. It is critical that the United States lead by example and demonstrate to Turkey what the proper rule of law looks like. This requires allowing the Gülen extradition process to play out in U.S. courts and according to the provisions of U.S. laws. Any temptation to interfere in this process, in pursuit of patching up ties with Ankara, must be resisted. It would be as counterproductive as it would be disreputable.