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.

March 29, 2017

Radio Sweden exposes how Turkish gov’t is tracking down critics in Sweden

Sweden’s official radio station, Radio Sweden, has documented that Turkey’s government is trying to identify and track down supporters of the Gülen movement in Sweden, the Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF) reported on Tuesday.

UK Clears Gulenists Of Turkey’s ‘Coup’ Accusations

On Saturday the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee issued a report on the UK’s relations with Turkey, in which the Erdoğan government’s claim that Gülenists masterminded the 15 July coup attempt is refuted.

March 28, 2017

Berlin launches probe into Turkish intelligence spying on Gülen followers in Germany

The German Interior Ministry has launched an investigation into whether Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT) has been spying on suspected supporters of the Gülen movement in Germany.

Germany informs Gülen sympathizers about MİT surveillance

German authorities have informed Turks linked with the Gülen movement about Turkish National Intelligence Organization (MİT) surveillance in Germany, German media reported on Monday.

Germany Accuses Turkey Of ‘Unacceptable’ Spying Against Gülen Supporters

Boris Pistorius, the Interior Minister for Lower Saxony State of Germany, has accused Turkey of carrying out “unacceptable” spying on its soil amid allegations that Turkey’s autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s regime sent agents after more than 300 people.

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.