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.

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.