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.

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.

January 27, 2017

Erdogan’s Lust For Power Is Destroying Turkey’s Democracy

Alon Ben-Meir*

This is the first 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.

Erdogan’s power trip makes African pit stop

Ranjeni Munusamy

It is fascinating watching how the world rotates around an autocrat. The minions rushing around seeing to his every whim, the heavily armed men ready to spray paint your blood on the walls and the traveling fan club applauding every improbable promise he makes.

January 26, 2017

Panicky Parents Calmed Over Feza Schools Closure Reports

Saumu Mwalimu

Dar es Salaam — Feza Schools management yesterday moved to calm anxious parents and other stakeholders following reports that the Turkish government was plotting a take over or closure of the famed learning institutions.

Erdogan in Africa: Gulen and trade ties

Christine Harjes

Ostensibly the Turkish president is seeking support for his anti-Gulen campaign. A more pressing reason for his three nation African tour could be the search for new markets.

January 25, 2017

Police rescue 8 students, staff of Nigeria-Turkish International School from kidnappers

The kidnapped students and staff of the Nigerian-Turkish school in Ogun State have been rescued, police said Tuesday.

Report: Spying allegations against Turkish imams in Germany expand

In the wake of a recent admission by the German-based Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DİTİB), which said some of its imams had acted as informants against sympathizers of the Gülen movement, a German paper reported on Tuesday that spying allegations against the imams have expanded as it has emerged that five Turkish religious teachers have also been profiled by the imams.

January 24, 2017

Journalism in death throes after six months of emergency

In this release, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) examines the persecution of Turkey’s journalists and media under the state of emergency proclaimed exactly six months ago today, and urges Turkey’s national assembly to repeal all the decree-laws that are incompatible with its constitution and its international obligations.

ISIS ‘infiltrates’ Erdogan’s Maarif Foundation

There are indications that the Islamic State of Iran and Syria (ISIS), may have infiltrated the ranks of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), promoters of the recently established Maarif Foundation.

January 23, 2017

5 children abandoned in front of prison as mother detained

A video shared on Monday on social media shows five children left alone in tears in front of Sincan Prison in Ankara after their mother was detained while they were visiting their father in prison.

Erdogan Isn't Acting Like a U.S. Ally

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher*

American policymakers ask if Turkey’s increasingly autocratic president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, can really be counted on as an ally against international terrorism—or any other enemy, for that matter.
Appeasing Erdogan, in hopes of forging an alliance against the radical Islamic terrorists, may be tempting, but the incoming Trump administration and the new Congress need first to cast a clear eye on his regime’s drive toward dictatorship and its simultaneous drift toward anti-Americanism.

January 22, 2017

Erdogan targets Hizmet inspired schools on Africa visit

Turkey has courted Africa for more than a decade, boosting trade, opening more than two dozen new embassies and Turkish Airlines routes and dispatching aid to conflict-torn Somalia. More recently, the Turkish government lobbied African nations to close or take over local schools linked to Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused by Turkey of masterminding a failed coup attempt last year.

January 21, 2017

Victims of Turkey’s purge exploited also by lawyers with exorbitantly high fees

Victims of Turkey’s post-coup purge have been taking another toll from lawyers who ask outrageously high prices either to keep themselves out of trouble or to exploit from the lost causes.

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.”