Africa, Albania and Erdogan’s campaign against Turkish schools

Africa Turkish Schools

By Ademu Sadik – Nations that are not under colonial rule should operate as sovereign states with the ability to make laws and take decisions that concern their citizens. The responsibility of managing the affairs of the people in most countries are usually entrusted in the hands of certain persons who emerged either through elections or other selection processes depending […]

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Biggest failing of the Republic of Turkey

Sahin Alpay

by Şahin Alpay – The measures taken by the government of Turkey, headed by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, to not only cover up the greatest corruption probe in the history of the republic, which went public on Dec. 17, 2013, but to fully put an end to the separation of powers and to subjugate the judiciary, the media and civil […]

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31 detainees released, 12 referred to court for arrest in Konya-based probe

Konya-based probe

Thirty-one people who were detained in simultaneous Konya-based police operations across 19 provinces on Friday as part of an investigation into the so-called “parallel structure” were released over the weekend after questioning while 12 detainees were referred to court for arrest. The “parallel structure/state” is a term coined by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to refer to the faith-based Gülen movement […]

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Fethullah Gulen: ISIS Actions Contradict Quran

Fethullah Gulen: ISIL Actions Contradict Quran

The Alliance for Shared Values, where Turkish scholar Fethullah Gulen is the honorary president, has issued a statement. Gulen has said that he deplores the brutal atrocities being committed by the terrorist group hiding behind a false religious rhetoric. “Any form of attack, suppression or persecution of minorities or innocent civilians is an act that contradicts the principles of the […]

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Gulen’s peace award: Upswing in Islam’s global image?

fethullah gulen gandhi king ikeda peace award

For centuries, the relationship between western and Islamic civilization has been edgy, due largely to the misconceptions that each of the two civilizations have for each other. Series of international debates have been held across Europe, Asia and Africa on the conflict of between Islamic and other civilizations. Traditional and new media have been awash with divergent and more often […]

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Michael Rubin: ‘I may have misread the Gulen movement’ – Reconsidering Fethullah Gulen

michael rubin fethullah gulen

Fethullah Gulen, the 74-year-old Turkish Islamic thinker, has long been the subject of controversy in both American and Turkish policy circles. Born in Erzurum, Turkey, he taught and preached in Turkey for decades. His writings have focused on the interplay between religion, modernism, and interfaith tolerance, though his critics have suggested that his public and private statements were often at […]

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Targeted by Erdoğan, Turkish schools earn praise, offer success abroad

Gulen Schools Obama

Turkish schools established by educational volunteers affiliated with a movement inspired by teachings of Turkish scholar Fethullah Gulen receive widespread praise due to the quality of education they provide internationally, but for months they have been targeted by the Turkish president. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has waged a war against the Gülen movement since a major corruption investigation that implicated […]

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EP: Turkish prosecutor’s move to silence dissident media very worrisome

Europian Parliament Hizmet

The European Parliament’s (EP) Turkey rapporteur, Kati Piri, and another EP member have leveled criticism over a Turkish prosecutor’s recent request to prohibit media outlets critical of the government from using the state’s communications infrastructure, emphasizing that the EP is very concerned over the news coming from Turkey. Ankara public prosecutor Serdar Coşkun, who is responsible for the Bureau for […]

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Samanyolu files complaint against prosecutor seeking to silence dissident media

Samanyolu FilesComplaint

Turkey’s Samanyolu Broadcasting Group has filed a complaint with the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) against Prosecutor Serdar Coşkun over his recent controversial bid to silence dissident media outlets. Lawyers Fikret Duran and Bahadır Temiz, representing the Samanyolu Broadcasting Group, have petitioned the HSYK, stating that the prosecutor’s demand to prohibit media outlets critical of the government from […]

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