December 8, 2017

Why did Turkey Issue an Arrest Warrant Against Me?

Graham E. Fuller*

On 1 December 2017 the government of Turkey issued an arrest warrant against me, accusing me of personal involvement, right on the scene in Istanbul on the night of 16 July 2016, helping direct the failed coup attempt against the Erdogan government. [See BBC account http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42198399 ] According to earlier Turkish press accounts I was “spotted in Istanbul” and later that same night, following the failure of the coup attempt, was allegedly “exfiltrated by helicopter by the CIA by across the border into Greece.”

December 7, 2017

US slams Erdoğan’s henchman Ünal’s threats targeting Turkish journalists in exile

US State Department officially reacted to former speechwriter and a favourite henchman of Turkish autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and current ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputy Aydın Ünal, who has threatened Turkish journalists in exile with extrajudicial killings, in his column published in the pro-Erdoğan Yeni Şafak daily.

December 6, 2017

[VIDEO] Report: Gülen-linked family flees to Greece, pretending for children it was a ‘game’

A Turkish family that was victimized by a government purge of the Gülen movement following a failed coup in July 2016 has fled to Greece in an inflatable boat, telling their children it was a “game,” Euronews reported on Tuesday.

December 5, 2017

Erdogan’s Purge Stretches All The Way To Pakistan

Naeem Sahoutara

A Turkish family is rushing out to a weekend protest in this populous Pakistani city; outside the Karachi Press Club, Turkish residents release doves as a sign of peace; 25 Turkish teachers plea for safety in Pakistan. These Turkish families have lived here for over two decades, teaching at a network of international schools led by Fethullah Gülen, a moderate Islamic cleric from Turkey, who currently lives in the United States.

December 4, 2017

Erdoğan’s henchman threatens exiled Turkish journalists with extrajudicial killings

Former speechwriter and a favourite henchman of Turkish autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and current ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputy Aydın Ünal on Monday threatened Turkish journalists in exile with extrajudicial killings, in his column published in the pro-Erdoğan Yeni Şafak daily.

December 3, 2017

Enes Kanter – A Dervish in the NBA

Justin Pahl

Enes Kanter is unique among American athletes. He is one of the few practicing Muslim players in the NBA, and in a league known for its political activism, Kanter is still one of the most outspoken players.

December 2, 2017

Flynn admits to making false statements regarding work performed for Turkey

Former National Security Advisor to the Trump administration Michael Flynn has admitted to making false statements in a Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) filing made in March with the US Justice Department regarding work his company performed for the principal benefit of the Republic of Turkey.

December 1, 2017

EU’s counter-terrorism chief: EU does not deem Gülen movement as ‘terror organisation’

The European Union does not share Turkish government’s view that the Gülen movement, which has been inspired by the teachings of the US-based Turkish-Muslim scholar Fethullah Gülen, is a “terrorist organization” and would need to see “substantive” evidence to change its stance, the EU’s counter-terrorism coordinator said.

November 30, 2017

Fethullah Gülen’s Lawyers: Gülen Movement Has No Link With Zarrab Case In US

The lawyers of US-based Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen said on Tuesday that the Gülen movement has no link to the case of Iranian-Turkish businessman Reza Zarrab in the US.

November 29, 2017

Erdoğan’s Henchman: Oppression Targeting Gülen Movement To Be More Severe After Zarrab Case

Turkish autocratic President Erdoğan’s former speechwriter and current Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputy Aydın Ünal wrote on Tuesday that the witch hunt against the alleged followers of the Gülen movement in Turkey will eventually become severe as a result of the Zarrab case in the US.

November 28, 2017

Report: Erdoğan asked Trump to extradite Gülen

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan asked US President Donald Trump to extradite Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, and Trump promised to re-evaluate the issue, the Turkiye daily reported on Sunday.

CFP for WOCMES 2018 panel on the Gulen Movement after the 2016 coup attempt

Panel proposal for the 2018 WOCMES meetings, 16-22 July in Seville, Spain

November 27, 2017

Gülen-linked businessman jailed after forced return from Sudan

Memduh Çıkmaz, a Turkish businessman who was earlier detained in Sudan at Turkey’s request, has been returned back home and jailed pending trial over ties to the Gülen movement.

November 26, 2017

Can the U.S.-Turkish alliance survive Sultan Erdogan’s misrule?

Doug Bandow*

An important part of international diplomacy is making the outrageous palatable. Pretense is a diplomatic virtue.

November 25, 2017

Fethullah Gulen’s Message of Condolences and Condemnation for Terrorist Attack Against Mosque in Egypt

Fethullah Gülen

I grieve for the loss of lives as a result of the treacherous terrorist attack against a mosque in the city of Al-Arish in Egypt’s North Sinai region.

November 24, 2017

Turkish gov’t has sent 7 extradition requests to US for Fethullah Gülen

Turkish Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gül on Thursday said Ankara has sent the US a total of seven extradition requests and one temporary arrest warrant for Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

November 23, 2017

OSCE says Parıldak ruling unfounded, calls for her release

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Désir criticized a court ruling on Tuesday that sentenced former Zaman daily reporter Ayşenur Parıldak to seven years, six months in prison on charges of membership in a terrorist organization, calling for the release of all jailed journalists in Turkey.

November 22, 2017

Who really cares in the world about what’s happening in Turkey? Who really knows?

Aydogan Vatandas

Compassion has many faces. But the absolute universal truth about it is that compassion is not a luxury necessity. Without it, humanity cannot survive.

November 21, 2017

Why Turkey Cares about the Trial of Reza Zarrab

Amanda Sloat

In recent weeks, there has been increasing American interest in a previously little-watched judicial saga unfolding in New York district court. Like a Turkish soap opera, it involves a dashing businessman with a pop-star wife, corruption allegations, leaked tapes of private conversations and intrigue at the highest levels of government. The trial of Reza Zarrab on charges of evading Iran sanctions, including any revelations he makes about corruption in the Turkish government, could have significant political and economic implications for Turkey. It could also damage already fraught relations between Turkey and the United States.

November 20, 2017

Bitcoin a secret communication tool used by Gulenists: pro-gov’t columnist

Pro-government Yeni Akit newspaper columnist Abdurrahman Dilipak alleged that Bitcoin is a secret communication tool used by followers of the Gulen movement.

November 19, 2017

Turkish court rules for ‘bankruptcy’ of Gülen-linked Bank Asya

The Commercial Court of First Instance in İstanbul ruled late Friday for the bankruptcy of private lender Bank Asya, which had its banking license cancelled after the last year’s coup attempt over its affiliation with the Gülen movement.

November 18, 2017

5 Points On The Cleric Targeted In Mike Flynn’s Shady Dealings With Turkey

Allegra Kirkland

The focus of former national security adviser Mike Flynn’s tangle of business dealings with Turkey is one man: Fethullah Gulen, an ailing septuagenarian Muslim cleric who lives in a Pennsylvania compound.

November 17, 2017

Bar Chairman Feyzioğlu says acquittal of Gülen people would be ‘bad news for us’

Union of Turkish Bar Associations (TBB) Chairman Metin Feyzioğlu has said it would be very bad if people affiliated with the faith-based Gülen movement were to be acquitted, Sputnik reported.

November 16, 2017

60-year-old Turkish villager detained after questioning gov’t coup narrative

Murat Gulen, a 60-year-old villager and a relative of Fethullah Gulen was detained after he was revealed questioning the government’s narrative over the July 15, 2016 coup attempt during a video interview by the pro-government Ihlas News Agency.

November 15, 2017

Thousands arbitrarily detained over ByLock use, Wikipedia blocked: Freedom House

The US-based think tank Freedom House, which has listed Turkey in his newly released report among the countries in which Internet freedoms are restricted most, stated that tens of thousands of Turkish citizens have been arbitrarily detained for their alleged use of the encrypted communications app ByLock.

November 14, 2017

Turkish gov’t to take a child back from foster family for 10 years over links to Gülen movement

Turkish government has added a new cruelty to its numerous persecutions targeting the alleged members of the Gülen movement on Monday. According to an article written by human rights activist and columnist Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu in Artı Gerçek online news outlet, an adopted daughter of a Gümüşhane family is going to be taken by the government officials from the family after 10 years to back her to an orphanage again over her foster father’s alleged links to the Gülen movement.

November 13, 2017

Why does the U.S. tolerate Turkey putting American citizens in prison?

Sevgi Akarçeşme*

The U.S. visit of Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım hardly made news in the national media, not only because of notorious parochial nature of news in the United States, but also because even the people of Turkey know that he is the lowest profile premier in the country.

November 12, 2017

Report: Sweden launches espionage probe into Turkish gov’t representatives

An investigation has been launched into representatives of the Turkish government on suspicion of espionage against opposition circles including sympathizers of the Gülen movement, according to a report by Swedish newspaper Metro on Thursday.

November 11, 2017

Report: Two Turkish nationals, abducted from plane in Kazakhstan, returned to Turkey

Enver Kılıç and Zabit Kişi, the two Turkish nationals who were abducted from a plane in Kazakhstan in mid-September turn out to have been forcedly returned to Turkey and taken into custody, according to media. Aktif Haber online news portal said on November 9 that the two are being held under custody in Turkey.

November 10, 2017

Mueller Probes Flynn’s Role in Alleged Plan to Deliver Gulen to Turkey

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating an alleged plan involving former White House national security adviser Mike Flynn to forcibly remove a Muslim cleric living in the U.S. and deliver him to Turkey in return for millions of dollars, according to people familiar with the investigation.

November 9, 2017

Turkish PM Yıldırım takes anti-Gülen witch-hunt to the US

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has called on Muslims in the US to distance themselves from people linked to the Gülen movement, inspired by US-based Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Thursday.

November 8, 2017

Minister: 2,274 Gülen-linked private educational institutions closed since coup attempt

Turkish Education Minister İsmet Yılmaz has announced that the government has closed 2,274 educational institutions since a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016, as part of a witch-hunt targeting the Gülen movement, accused by the government of masterminding the failed coup, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

November 7, 2017

Erdoğan admits trapping Gülen movement people

Turkish autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan admitted on Tuesday that people sympathetic to the Gülen movement have been trapped in Turkey, saying intelligent people have left the country, BBC reported.

JWF: The habitus of silencing journalists in Turkey have no limits

The Journalists and Writers Foundation (JWF) has stated that the habitus of silencing journalists in Turkey does not have any limits, in a statement at the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) “Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting: The Role of the Free Media in the Comprehensive Approach to Security” in Vienna on November 2, 2017.

November 6, 2017

Report: FBI refused to review Gülen extradition case

The federal investigation into US President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, retired general Michael Flynn, and his son as part of the probe into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election has revealed that the FBI refused a demand to review Turkey’s 2016 request to extradite Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, NBC News reported on Sunday.

November 5, 2017

Turkey, the Gulen Movement and Nigeria

Jideofor Adibe

Last month President Buhari made a four-day visit to Turkey - his first to the country since his election in 2015. Though Buhari’s trip was essentially to attend a meeting of the D-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation ( made up of Bangladesh, Egypt, Nigeria, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan and Turkey), he was hosted by President Erdogan, one-on-one, in Ankrah, for a full day in the Turkish capital in what some called the ‘compressed state visit’. It was reported that during the visit, the two leaders discussed issues of security, anti-terrorism and agricultural and trade cooperation - among others. President Erdogan was said to have specifically mentioned the ‘menace’ of the Fetullah organization, which the government accused of terrorism. President Erdogan had in March this year paid a state visit to Buhari in Abuja.

November 4, 2017

Anonymous witnesses fail to identify suspects they earlier tipped off as Gulenist

An anonymous witness in Denizli failed to identify any of the 145 suspects, earlier accused of being followers of the Gulen movement, during a court hearing on Oct. 30.

November 3, 2017

Journalist Karaca sentenced to 31 years for slandering al-Qaeda-affiliated group

Samanyolu Broadcasting Group General Manager Hidayet Karaca has been sentenced to 31 years in prison by an Istanbul court on charges of membership in a terrorist organization and for allegedly slandering the al-Qaeda-affiliated group Tahşiyeciler, Habertürk reported on Friday.

November 2, 2017

Turkish Colonel: I was Threatened to Say Gulen Ordered Military Coup

A Turkish colonel has said he was threatened to say that U.S.-based cleric ordered the military coup attempt last year, dismissing his earlier confession and rejecting any role in the putsch.

November 1, 2017

Fethullah Gülen’s Statement of Condolences and Condemnation for Manhattan Terrorist Attack

Fethullah Gülen

I am deeply shocked and saddened by the atrocious terrorist attack in Manhattan which resulted in the deaths of eight innocent civilians and left 11 others injured. I strongly condemn this despicable and senseless act of violence.

October 31, 2017

3,158 detained in October over Gülen links

The Turkish Interior Ministry announced on Monday that 759 people have been detained in one week due to alleged links to the Gülen movement, accused by the government of masterminding a botched coup attempt last summer, bringing the number of people detained in October to 3,158.

October 30, 2017

The Fountain Essay Contest 2017

Hurricanes, tropical storms, earthquakes … More and more, humans are being affected by natural disasters. But life’s challenges do not come only in the form of natural disasters – individuals have to face all sorts of disasters in their personal lives. Sometimes it’s the loss of a loved one or a job, or even a loss of faith; it could be having to abandon one’s home due to war or persecution at the hands of a tyrant. Some disasters may seem smaller at first glance, but can feel just as consequential – a first gray hair, a failed class, getting passed over for a promotion … the list goes on and on.

October 29, 2017

Purge In Turkey Worries Kansas City Emigres

Bill Tammeus

The brutal, imperious reaction of Turkey’s dictatorial government to a failed coup attempt last year has turned life into a nightmare for most, if not all, Kansas City-area residents of Turkish nationality.

October 28, 2017

Kosovo arrests Gülen-linked man at Turkey's request

Kosovo authorities have arrested Turkish citizen Ugur Toksoy on Friday, at Turkey's request. Toksoy who is considered as opponent of the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is wanted by Turkish authorities on charges for “organisation and participation in a terrorist group.”

October 27, 2017

The restructuring of Turkey: Filling the gap left by Gulen

Ulrich von Schwerin

With schools seized, residential homes nationalised, newspapers closed and tens of thousands of supporters behind bars, things do not look good for the movement led by the Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, which is being held responsible for the failed military coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over a year ago. This fraternity, which was once so powerful in Turkey that it was simply known as the cemaat (Islamic community or group), has now been branded a terrorist organisation and is banned. Its structures have been smashed, its assets seized and its leaders have either been imprisoned, fled the country, or have had warrants issued against them.

October 26, 2017

285 Turkish teachers and families risk forcible deportation and persecution in Pakistan

Pakistan must protect 285 Turkish nationals from forcible repatriation, arbitrary arrest, and other human rights abuses, FIDH (The Worldwide Human Rights Movement) and its member organization Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) said today. This call follows the deportation of a Turkish family of four on 14 October 2017.

October 25, 2017

Turkish government to collect 518 textbooks over Gülen paranoia

Turkish Education Ministry has decided to collect and revise 518 different textbooks over the paranoia on the Gülen movement with the claim to clear alleged propaganda and controversial content, according to a report by Cumhuriyet daily on Tuesday.

October 24, 2017

Nigeria says asked by Turkey to extradite over 1000 people

Turkey seeks extradition of 1000 people in Nigeria as part of its post-coup crackdown against the Gulen movement, local media reported on Monday.

October 23, 2017

Terror investigation launched against Galatasaray’s Rocky choreography

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has ordered an anti-terror investigation into the Rocky Balboa choreography, displayed by Galatasaray fans during a Sunday derby with Fenerbahce, daily Hurriyet reported.

October 22, 2017

7 detained for putting money into Bank Asya after Dec 2013

At least 7 people were detained for having raised the amount of the money held at their Bank Asya accounts after late 2013, state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Saturday.

October 21, 2017

In Erdogan’s Post-Coup Turkey, Anti-Semitism is on the Rise

Sophia Pandya*

On a visit to Turkey in 2011, I visited the Belek “Garden of Tolerance,” where a diminutive mosque, church, and synagogue are housed close together in an emerald-green park, apparently a testament of Turkey’s acceptance of other faiths.

October 20, 2017

Freedom of Press Is Under Threat in Turkey

“Too many things happened. The police called me to the station almost every day. My whole working day was spent defending myself. I had no time to write articles. Then came the attempted coup d’etat and my name was on a list kept by the national security service. I was forced to flee the country.”

October 19, 2017

Lahore High Court orders protection for Turkish teachers in Lahore

The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday sought records from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) regarding the arrival of a special Turkish plane late on October 13 to take a Turkish teacher back to his home country. The court had stayed the deportation of Mesut Kacmaz of Pak-Turk Schools and Colleges, who was among dozens of Turkish school staffers that had been granted temporary refugee status.

October 18, 2017

Peace Islands Institute donates platefuls of generosity

When volunteers at Toni’s Kitchen get together, it’s all about fostering friendships with one another while cooking for people who to get day-to-day meals.

October 17, 2017

Pakistan admits they secretly deported Turkish family wanted by Erdogan govt

The Pakistan government on Tuesday admitted before the Lahore High Court that it had secretly deported a Turkish family wanted by the Erdogan government, in violation of the court’s order. Expressing its anger over the government’s deportation of Mesut Kacmaz, his wife and two teenage daughters despite its ruling not to do so, the Lahore High Court (LHC) issued a contempt of court notice to the federal government for October 20.