Contentions Gulen Schools and Rule-of-Law in Turkey

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By Michael Rubin – Much has been written about religious thinker Fethullah Gulen’s Hizmetmovement. To many, it is the most promising example of a peaceful movement to tie Islamic modernism to Western notions of liberalism. To others, it is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. I personally have often written quite critically of the movement. I have recently reconsidered some of […]

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Top court annuls controversial law on prep school closure

Top court annuls controversial law on prep school closure

Turkey’s Constitutional Court has annulled a controversial law seeking to close down dershanes, or private preparatory schools, in a landmark ruling that will influence the lives and futures of millions of students, parents and teachers across the country. As millions of students and parents were waiting for the ruling of the Constitutional Court, the court decided to annul the legislation […]

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Turkish educator says Demirel stood with Turkish schools abroad

Turkish educator says Demirel stood with Turkish schools abroad

Turkish educator Süleyman Alptekin has said that Turkey’s ninth president, Süleyman Demirel, who died on Wednesday at the age of 90, won people’s hearts with his open support for Turkish educators and Turkish schools abroad inspired by the views of Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen. Alptekin was flown back to the country in Demirel’s plane after being seriously injured in […]

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Australian PM praises international language festival’s contribution to peace

Australian PM praises int’l language festival’s contribution to peace

Abbott hosted the students at his working office on Monday after Australian Governor-General Peter Cosgrove hosted the group at his official residence with his spouse, Lynne Cosgrove, on Saturday. During their visit, the children sang the theme song of the organization titled “Dünyanın Renkleri (Colors of the World). Listening to the song, Abbott said underlined the importance of multiculturalism and […]

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A Festival of Dialogue Exploring Multiculturalism and Language Diversity

Michael Anthony Samuel

by Michael Anthony Samuel – At a dialogue festival in South Africa, teenagers embraced true multiculturalism and helped the author to envision a new world – one of harmony, respect, and engagement The opportunity for 15 countries to assemble beneath one banner under the South African sky is a feat all of its own. The massive background logistics to co-ordinate a […]

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Belgium ‘proud’ to be host as ‘colors of the world’ rocks EU capital

Colors of World Belgium

Children from across the world who participated in the 13th International Festival of Language and Culture (IFLC) performed a spectacular show in Brussels on Saturday night, drawing a large number of guests, including senior European politicians. Consisting of 350 children from a variety of countries across the world, IFLC ‘s different “Colors of the World” show in Brussels was broadcast […]

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Filipino student wins prestigious Turkish Olympiad song contest

13th International Festival of Language and Culture

Patricia Dalde Linogao from the Philippines won the 13th International Language and Culture Festival‘s prestigious prize for singing on Sunday night before a crowd of thousands in the Romanian capital Bucharest, beating 14 competitors from various countries. Students from 15 countries fascinated thousands of spectators with their performances in the final of the song competition, held at Sala Palatului, the […]

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Turkey’s Erdogan And The Albania’s Snub

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By Abdulkareem Ahmed – Events in the little but beautiful country of Albania caught my attention recently when President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey called on the authorities of the small Balkan country to close Turkish schools within its shores. Like many others, the rationale behind the campaign by Erdogan to shut down Turkish schools abroad was a major puzzle, not until […]

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

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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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